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Transform and Renew: Professional Paint Restoration Services


How to Fix Common Painting Issues

No matter what paint problems crop up, we’ve got you covered. Is your paint peeling or cracked? Facing mildew, or maybe your siding is warping? Find the solution below to fix your painting troubles.



How to Repair Walls

Tips for Repairing Walls Before Painting

If your walls have nail holes, cracks, nicks or flaking paint, follow these simple steps to properly prepare the surface so it’s smooth, dry and clean for painting.



Scraping Paint

  1. For previously painted surfaces, begin by scraping off any loose, bubbling or flaking paint with a rigid putty knife.

  2. Then smooth the area out with a fine-grit sanding sponge.

  3. Be safe and wear safety glasses and a dust mask whenever scraping off paint or sanding down surfaces.



Repairing Small Holes

  1. Fill any small holes and cracks with a spackling or patching compound. A flexible putty knife is best for working it in.

  2. Swipe on the compound and gently remove as much excess as possible. This will make your job less messy when it comes to sanding.

  3. Give the spackle a few hours to dry before smoothing it out with a fine-grit sanding sponge.



Larger Repairs

  1. For larger holes or dents, use a self-adhesive fiberglass mesh tape stretched across the area you’re repairing.

  2. Use a flexible putty knife to push spackling or patching compound into the hole, through and around the mesh.

  3. Gently remove as much excess compound as possible while it is still wet.

  4. Allow your compound to dry overnight and then smooth the surface with a fine-grit sandpaper or a sanding sponge.

  5.  For easier cleanup and to protect your furnishings, lay down a drop cloth to catch the spackle dust.

  6. After drying, if your patch isn’t perfectly smooth, apply a second coat of your compound. Let dry and repeat the same steps for sanding.



Sanding Trim

  1. For glossy painted surfaces like your window and door trim, lightly sand to a dull finish.

  2. Wipe clean with a slightly damp cloth. This will help your new coat of paint to adhere better.

How to Fix Peeling Window Sill Paint

What is Cracked Window Sill Paint?

Paint film around window frames and sills can lose its adhesion, usually exposing down to the bare surface.


What Causes It?

  • Paint usually peels from window sills and frames because of moisture. Water standing on the sills eventually penetrates the paint film. When it later evaporates, the pressure from under the film causes peeling. This moisture may be condensation on the interior, or rain and snow on the exterior.

  • Paint also peels from window sills due to poorly sealed framing that was not properly caulked, or the caulk has cracked or peeled away, allowing water to undermine the coating.


Solutions for Repainting Cracked Window Sill Paint

  • Remove as much paint as possible by scraping or sanding, or using a chemical stripper, or heat gun. Follow all manufacturers' directions. Test the coating in a six to 12 inch radius around any peeled areas to be sure the adhesion is adequate.

  • Prime bare surfaces with the appropriate primer and caulk where necessary to eliminate opportunities for moisture to penetrate into the painted surface. Be extra thorough around angles and crevices.

  • Do not seal or paint shut any vent holes in the window trim of storm windows.

  • If a wood surface is deteriorated, replace it using cedar, redwood, or pressure-treated wood. Prime the butt ends of the wood before installation to reduce moisture penetration.

  • The use of storm windows and dehumidifiers may help prevent recurrence of peeling.

  • We do not recommend painting over cracked window trim for two reasons. The cracking may persist and your finished paint job will have an unattractive texture.


Window Sill Paint Repair Products

Interior Repairs

One you have removed as much paint as possible create a strong seal with White Lightning® Silicone Ultra Window & Door Sealant. Before painting you may need to prime. We recommend Multi-Purpose Interior Oil-Based Primer. Then finish the job with ProClassic® Waterborne Interior Acrylic Enamel.

Exterior Repairs

Removed peeling paint then reinforce any seals with White Lightning® Silicone Ultra Window & Door Sealant. If you need to prime, use Multi-Purpose Latex Primer and finish with SuperPaint® Exterior Acrylic Latex to protect against the elements.

How to Fix Paint Bubbling

What Causes Paint Bubbling?

Paint bubbling — also known as fisheyes — are small circular, crater-like openings that appear during or shortly after the application.

They are generally caused by painting over surfaces contaminated with oil, wax, silicone, grease, etc.; using a thinner/reducer in place of a solvent cleaner; or spraying over previously repaired areas containing "fisheye eliminator" additive.

Paint Bubbling Solutions

To avoid paint bubbles before painting, thoroughly clean the surface with detergent and hot water, followed by a solvent cleaner. Wipe dry with clean rags.

If fisheyes appear in a basecoat, allow the color to dry then spray a mist coat over affected area. Do not use fisheye eliminator in undercoats or basecoat color.

If bubbling occurs in a topcoat when paint is still wet, remove the paint film with a solvent, clean the surface and refinish. Add the recommended fisheye eliminator and respray the affected area.

If the paint has dried, sand to a smooth finish below the fisheye cratering and refinish.

Additionally, you can install an air filtering system that removes and prevents oil and moisture contamination in your environment. Maintain the air supply by draining, cleaning and changing filter(s) on a routine basis.

Be sure to visit our lead information page for tips on staying safe during restoration projects requiring preparation prior to paint application.

Paint Bubbling Solution Products

Sherwin-Williams offers strong pre-design products like Premium Wood & Wall Primer for interior surfaces and Exterior Latex Wood Primer.

We also offer post-design products, such as ProClassic® and Resilience®, for mitigating paint project challenges or mishaps.

Using these products ensures a more durable and longer-lasting finish, decreasing the likelihood of imperfections in the surface coating.

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