How to Fix Sticky Paint- 2 Handy Methods

If you have a new house to paint, sticky paint might be a situation that you might face. We agree that it sucks to face such sticky paint on your newly built wall or any surface.

And this sticky paint on the wall that might seem like nothing, it’s going to be a problem for you in the future for sure.

So, if you’re planning to take care of this situation, you might be wondering that how to fix sticky paint.

And we have good news for you today because we’ll be your budget Superman today and rescue you from a huge mess in the future. We’ll show you today how and which method can you use to take care of the sticky paint.

Moreover, we’ll show you how you can just avoid the sticky paint situation in the first place.

Then, let’s not waste any more time and focus on fixing that sticky paint-


How Does Sticky Paint Happen?

When you’re up for painting you have to remember there’s a certain process that you need to follow to sequentially to get your job done.

However, you might forget a part of the process of painting on your wall or door. So what happened if you just forgot a simple step of the painting process, right?

Well, you just might make a complete disaster that might result in the sticky paint. In most of the cases, this happens when you’re doing an improper preparation, using a low-quality primer or no primer at all.

Latex paints might also be the cause of this situation that you have. Also, if you don’t let the first coat dry perfectly and set in, applying the second coat too soon might make it turn the whole thing into a mess.

These are the main causes that might cause the sticky paint on the surface that you have. But it might also happen if you don’t take proper care of the surface from time to time.


How to Fix Sticky Paint

There are two most common methods that you can follow to fix the sticky paint situation.

However, you have to choose the right method of taking care of the sticky paint and it totally depends on the situation you have with your paint.

So, here are the methods that you can use to fix the sticky paint-


Method 1 of 2: Heat

Heating the victim place is a very old and very common technique that you can give a run.

As we all know that liquid evaporates when it comes anywhere near extreme heat. So, as the paint contains liquid, the heat might help to set the paint better on the surface.

Here’s what you’ll need to get your hands on for the heating process-


Thing’s You’ll Need

  • Hair Dryer
  • An Electric Plug
  • Drop Towel


Step 1: Set Your Hair Dryer

Instead of drying your hairs today, we’re going to dry the sticky paint that you have on your wall.

So, now you need to plug in your hairdryer first and then set it on its lowest setting that you have available.

Step 2: Follow a Heating Technique

Now, you need to hold your hand just above the paint surface that you have the whole issue with. Then, you have to aim your blow dryer at the surface so that the air blows on both your hand and the paint.

However, if you ever feel that the heat is too high for your hand, you might consider turning it down a bit. Because that might cause burning or bubbling the paint which is another mess.


Step 3: Run the Hairdryer All Over

You need to run the hairdryer over the entire painted surface to try to help the tacky paint dry. Because it might help you to remove some of the moisture from the paint.

Nevertheless, if you cover the entire surface twice and not notice any difference, you’ll need to strip and replace the paint.


Method 2 of 2: Strip and Replace

We often consider this process when there’s no other way to solve the problem of the sticky paint. So, here’re the things that will help you get your job done-


Things You’ll Need

  • Scraper
  • Paint Stripper
  • Solvent Cleaner
  • Rags
  • Oil Based Primer
  • Paintbrush or Roller
  • Paint


Step 1: Scrape the Sticky Paint off

You need to scrape the sticky paint off of the surface first. You’ll need a flat-edged plastic or metal scraper in this case.

Moreover, you need to make sure that you keep the scraper flat at all times to avoid scratching your surface.


Step 2: Clean the Surface

Now, you need to apply a thin layer of solvent cleaner to the surface with a rag. It can be a necessary item to help you remove the paint. You should keep on cleaning until you have removed all the paint.

After cleaning, you need to rinse the surface with a rag dampened in clean water and they dry it thoroughly with a clean towel.


Step 3: Prime the Surface

Priming the surface is one of the most important steps before painting. You need to prime the surface with an oil-based primer to help the paint adhere and dry.

You need to coat the surface in a thin coat of primer and you need to give it time to dry completely before you continue.


Step 4: Paint the Surface

After the primer is set on the surface, you need to paint the surface newly again.

However, be sure that you’re following the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the number of coats to use.

Also, do check for the appropriate drying time on the paint that you’re using. If you have a clean and properly primed surface, the paint will dry to the proper consistency.

So, now you know how to fix sticky paint and how you could’ve just avoided the situation. So, you’re now all set to make your wall or other surface look as good as new.

However, if anything goes wrong with the sticky paint, remember that the professionals are always there to help your take care of it.

So, best of luck taking care of the sticky paint.

Call us direct at Earles Paints on 07 4121 5202 for all the information you need and visit us : Earle Paint Place Maryborough.

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