How to Keep Your Wall Paint Intact: Prevention is Better than Cure!

The excitement of waking up to freshly painted walls takes a while to die down! Even after that, you can’t help but spare a moment to admire your choice of colour and its perfect finish! Eventually, weeks go by and just when you’re starting to pay less attention to your beautiful walls, there it is; the first crack/bubble/peel in the paint. In an instant, the painted walls that were once a dream-come-true are now crashing down before you (metaphorically, of course)!


With that dramatic end etched in your mind, the search for tips on how to prevent paint from cracking, bubbling and peeling is the need of the hour! Well, you’ve come to the right place because we are about to share some tried and true ways of keeping wall paint intact. Read on!




All it takes is one, tiny crack in the paint before it starts to look like a streak of lightning running down your wall! What’s worse, one crack can lead to several more, leaving you with no other option but to re-paint the walls. To avoid cracks in your wall paint, factor in the following do’s and don’ts at the time of painting:


  1. Don’t settle for anything less than superior quality paints. Some options may claim to outdo the competition for a lower price but our advice is to stick with reputable brands.
  2. Check the expiration dates on the tins before opening or using paints. Old or expired paint will crack in no time.
  3. Clean and prepare the wall properly; if this is not done in a professional manner, you can expect cracks and an overall poor finish.
  4. Do not apply another coat until the previous one has dried up completely.
  5. If the application is too thick or too thin, the paint will start to crack.
  6. Avoid painting walls in humid conditions or extremely cold temperatures




You’ve probably seen bubbles formed on old painted walls that, when pushed, tend to wrinkle or crack. These little bumps make your walls look like they’ve got a bad case of hives! So, how do you prevent wall paint from bubbling? Here’s what you need to know:


  1. Whether a brush or roller is being used, the application must be done in a slow-paced manner. Quick strokes or rolls do not allow the paint to catch or cling to the surface, leading to bubbles.
  2. Make sure that your walls are not in any way damp, too cold or warm at the time of applying paint.
  3. Clean and prepare the surface. If a damp cloth is used to clean, allow the wall to dry up completely before painting.
  4. Keep moisture away from freshly painted walls for at least 48 hours after application.
  5. Avoid painting in humid conditions.




When paint starts to flake off, homeowners start to freak out! Especially if you’ve painted your interiors recently, the sight of paint peeling can be really disappointing. This typically happens when the paint does not catch the wall properly or when the paint job is old and worn out. Like cracking and bubbling, preventing paint from peeling can be done in similar ways such as:


  1. Avoid thick layers of paint. If a second or third coat is required, it’s best to pick a shade darker instead. Test the colour by applying it to an inconspicuous area and wait for the paint to dry completely before observing the shade.
  2. Don’t go forward with wall painting if humidity levels are on the rise. It helps to paint walls in air-conditioned rooms so that the desired temperature can be maintained.
  3. Clean and prepare the surface; the smoother the wall is, the more efficiently paint will stick to it.
  4. Take your time when applying the paint; not too fast, not too slow and you should be good to go!


These are some of the most important do’s and don’ts to avoid that unsightly cracking, bubbling and peeling of paint! So, whether you’re planning a do-it-yourself wall painting project or leaving it to a contractor, it pays to know this stuff to ensure that you are satisfied with the finish!

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders is the content marketing manager at PaintMates. With extensive experience in the home and garden space. Karen researches and writes about home improvement.

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