Paint Sticking

Paint sticking happens when two surfaces that have been freshly painted are pressed together without allowing enough drying time.  The most common of places that this happens is for example when painting the front door or window frames or sills.

peeling paint and sticking paint

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 If you have closed the doors or windows that have been freshly painted without allowing enough time for the paint to dry you will see the paint peeling, sticking or transferring over.  At the door jamb, frame or at the weather-stripping you will most likely notice the transferred paint colour if the paint is still wet, if the paint has dried for let’s say an hour or so you will still notice peeling paint because there needs to be more time allotted to dry the paint completely.

Why Does Paint Stick

Paint sticks to the other surface because of insufficient drying time to allow the paint to completely dry before closing the door or windows.

Using cheaper low quality paints will result in having poor results especially in warmer, damp conditions.  Humidity and moisture are culprits for paint peeling, while inexperienced painting is the reason why paint is sticking.  Hiring the best painters and using quality paint products will make every difference.

How to Fix Paint Sticking 

If the situation has already occurred where the paint is sticking to the door or window frame simply follow these tips to fix.

Tip #1    Scrape and remove any loose paint

Tip # 2   Sand the surface to smooth any imperfections

Tip # 3   Clean the area with damp cloth and allow enough time to dry

Tip # 4   Use top quality paint primer and paint and allow proper drying time in between coats

Tip # 5   Read manufacturers instructions on the paint cans.  Information is key to successful painting results

Bonus Tip  Use Vaseline around the door or window frame to prevent the paint from sticking and avoid peeling paint

How to Prevent Paint from Sticking

Before getting started on painting any exterior doors or windows make sure you start with plenty of  time, and a well ventilated area.   Starting early in the day will give ample hours to pass for the paint to dry before night sets in.

Recommended drying times for interior painting is at least 2 to 3 hours and for exterior painting it should be at least 6 to 8 hours for optimal time to lapse before you close the doors or windows and avoid any paint problems.

Experienced painters will sometimes use petroleum jelly a.k.a. vaseline around the frame or weather-strip where the door meets the frame or jamb.  Applying a reasonable amount provides a barrier and prevents the fresh paint from sticking to another surface.  This is true for any interior or exterior windows and frames or sills.

Planning ahead will help prevent the headache of paint sticking or peeling from happening.  Follow the paint manufacturer’s instructions regarding application and drying time.

If this a worry you would rather not call on Ottawa painters to help.