Four Tell-tale Signs of a Bad Paint Job


When you hire a professional painting team to repaint your interior, you expect professional results. Unfortunately, that’s not always what you get. Unskilled or dishonest painters can leave you with walls that look untidy, quickly become blistered or cracked, and end up looking a whole lot worse than what you started with. Here's our Brisbane Homeowners' Guide to Spotting a Bad Paint Job to help you spot the tell-tale signs of a bad paint job, ensuring you make an informed decision.

1. Stains and flaws are visible through the paint

We cannot tell you how many times we’ve been called into a freshly painted property only to find stains, marks, dents, and other flaws on the walls. If you can see areas of discolouration or uneven surface texture after you’ve called in the so-called pros, chances are they failed to do one or more of the following:

  • Clean your walls: if your walls are stained before the paint is applied and there is no effort to remove these stains, they’ll most likely be visible through the newly applied paint. This is especially true if you have opted for a white or light colour.
  • Fill in any holes: all holes, including small holes from things like picture hooks, should be filled, sanded, and primed before paint is applied.
  • Prime: primer helps cover up stubborn marks and ensures your new paint shows true-to-colour.

2. The paint is streaky or blistered

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Streaks and blisters are clear signs that your paint was not applied properly.

Most likely, the painting team you hired didn’t give each coat enough time to dry before applying subsequent coats. This traps moisture – as well as dust and dirt particles in the air – beneath the paint, preventing it from properly adhering to the surface.

3. The paint looks faded

Generally, faded paint suggests that the painter didn’t apply the correct number of coats. Most paints require two or more coats to ensure they show up clear, vibrant, and true-to-colour. This tell-tale sign is particularly noticeable if you’ve chosen a dark or bright colour for your walls.

4. You have paint splatters all over your floor

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Yes, DIYers do tend to end up with paint splatters all over their floor and furniture. But professionals should have the experience – and, quite frankly, the respect – to ensure their clients’ homes and belongings are properly protected throughout the painting process.

Your professional painters should move all furniture into the centre of the room before laying drop cloths over the floors and using painters’ tape to cover up any fittings and fixtures.

Professional Painters in Brisbane

Ending up with a bad paint job can be extremely frustrating. Let us clean up the mess for you. We can remedy any issues and leave you with the fresh, polished finish you expected. Give us a call on 07 3829 5735 or fill out the form on our contact us page and we’ll be in touch soon.

With years of experience, a proven track record, and a commitment to customer service, Kraudelt Painting in Brisbane is the house painting company you can rely on.

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Meet Louise Kraudelt, a knowledgeable and insightful author in the field of house painting. With a passion for sharing her expertise, Louise provides valuable information and tips on all aspects of commercial and house painting in this blog.

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