What is Blistering ?

Bubbles resulting from localized loss of adhesion and lifting of the paint film from the underlying surface.

Possible Cause:


  • Painting a warm surface in direct sunlight.
  • Application of an oil-based or alkyd paint over a damp or wet surface.
  • Moisture escaping through the exterior wall (less likely with latex paint than with oil-based or alkyd paint).
  • Exposure or latex paint film to dew, high humidity or rain shortly after paint has dried, especially if there was inadequate surface preparation.


  • If blisters go down to the substrate, try to remove the source of moisture. Repair loose caulking; consider installing an exhaust fan. Remove blisters.
  • If blisters do not go all the way down to the substrate, remove them by scraping, then sanding; prime any bare wood and repaint with a quality exterior paint.

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