Paint Problem Solver


A rough, wrinkled paint surface that occurs when the top coat dries before the bottom layer.


  • Painting during extremely hot weather, which causes the paint film to dry faster on the top than the bottom
  • Painting when humidity levels are high
  • Applying too thick a film of alkyd or oil-based paints
  • Applying a top coat before the primer or first coat has dried thoroughly
  • Applying a hard finish over a softer coat without priming, or painting over a glossy surface without sanding


  • First, remove the wrinkled layers. If the layers underneath are soft, they can be removed by scraping; if they are aged, you may need to use chemical paint removers (wear safety gear as directed).
  • Sand until smooth and remove dust.
  • Avoid painting in high humidity or extreme temperatures(below 50º F and above 100º F).
  • Areas stripped to the bare wood should be primed with a high-quality primer and allowed to dry thoroughly.
  • Apply a high-quality paint. Avoid wrinkling by brushing out each coat thoroughly and allowing it to dry completely before applying the next coat.

Please note that these suggestions are provided as a service to you. We are unable to guarantee or be responsible for the results obtained by these procedures. If you have additional questions, ask any of our expert sales associates.