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How Do You Fix Bubbles in Paint?

You do have the option of fixing bubbling paint on your own time. To do so, you’ll need to bring a toolkit together including:

  • A putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Wall cleaner or a gentle general cleanser
  • Rags
  • Joint compound
  • Primer
  • The paint you want

To clear up bubbling paint, take the following steps:

  • Scrape the bubbles off of the water. You can use a putty knife or a similar tool to remove paint from your walls. You need to undertake this process instead of painting over the bubbles to get back to the surface you originally painted on and make sure that it is still in good condition.
  • Sand the revealed surface. For the sake of ease later down the line, take your sandpaper and smooth out the surface you intend to paint.
  • Determine why the paint bubbled – The reason your paint blistered will determine your next steps. For example, if it was excessive moisture in your home that caused blisters to develop, you’re going to want to work with a professional to remove that moisture from your home before you repaint your walls. Alternatively, if your walls were simply dirty before you painted them, you’ll want to make a point of using your cleanser to clear away any grime that may still be on your walls.
  • Dry out your walls. You do not want to apply primer nor paint to a wall that is damp or dirty.
  • Fill any holes or pits. If there’s been some damage done to your wall, you don’t want to try and fill those gaps with paint. Instead, take your joint compound and apply it gently to your wall, all the while striving for a smooth application.
  • Once dry, prime your wall. Only once the joint compound is dry and settled should you apply primer to your wall, or you risk wasting your primer.
  • Repaint the cleaned area. Ideally, if you’ve cleared the wall well and repaired any damage to it and to your home, you should be able to reapply your paint without worrying about what it may look like in a day or two.