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July 08, 2015 2 min read

Blistering | JC Licht

The Problem: Bubbling and blistering of the paint surface resulting from the loss of adhesion and lifting of the paint film from the underlying surface. If not corrected, this condition will lead to the paint peeling.

Causes: Can include painting on a hot surface in direct sunlight, applying an oil-based or Alkyd paint over a damp, wet surface, exposing a freshly applied latex paint film to dew, high humidity and rain, or moisture passing through interior or exterior walls.

How-to-fix: The first step is determining whether the bubbles were caused by heat or moisture. This can be done by examining the substrate and back of the blistered paint. If only the newest top coat is blistered it was probably caused by heat and can be remediated by sanding/scraping following by priming and painting with a quality acrylic latex interior or exterior paint. If blisters contain several coats and the bare surface is exposed, the source of the moisture must be removed followed by the steps noted above.

Product Solutions:


  • Benjamin Moore Arborcoat®Oil-based Primers and Fresh Start® Oil-based Primers are ideal for raw or natural exterior wood surfaces.
  • Benjamin Moore Fresh Start® Enamel Underbody Primer is optimum for interior wood trim, doors and cabinets.
  • Benjamin Moore Fresh Start® Acrylic Latex Primers and Sure Seal™ Acrylic Latex Primer are suited for previously painted drywall, exterior wood and masonry surfaces.
  • Stix® Waterborne Bonding Primer by Insl-x® will ensure top coat adhesion to challenging surfaces including PVC, Vinyl, Plastic, Glass, Glazed Block, Pre-Coated Siding, Fiberglass and Aluminum surfaces.

Interior Paints

  • Benjamin Moore Aura® Interior, Regal Select® Interiorand ben® Interior Paints, along with Benjamin Moore Advance® for interior trim, doors and cabinets come in a wide variety of finishes.

Exterior Paints

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