Air Bubbles in Wall Paint?

I am painting a bed room wall a burgundy color and keep getting trapped air bubbles that do not go away. I have painted it 5 times so far using a roller, short and 3/4 mat, brushes, Behr and Ralph L. eggshell paints and yet it still looks horrible! Why? What am I doing wrong?


Mike from Sacto, Calif

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By Rasta (Guest Post)
February 29, 20080 found this helpful
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We had that problem years ago when I lived at home. My dad used to paint with oil based paint all the time. Then we went to latex paint and there was a huge problem with bubbles. We also had plaster walls. He had to sand the walls and put a skim coat of plaster on the walls then a sealer then paint. My mom was very upset through this whole thing. The next time he painted he thoroughly washed and dried the walls then primed them and painted.

By mortonpainting AT (Guest Post)
March 26, 20080 found this helpful
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Your problem could be a number of things. Is it an old plaster wall you're painting? That's usually the problem. If not, did you have wallpaper removed?


Anyway, the ideal solution, the only way to get rid of it is by using a FLAT OIL PRIMER. Let it cure for a day or 2 and then you can paint with latex or oil. The slight chance bubbles come up again just plaster and then prime with oil again. A lot of the time it's the glue reactivating from the wallpaper/vinyl or moisture in the wall (usually an exterior wall).


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February 27, 20080 found this helpful

I would call the store and talk to someone about the problem that you're having. Call Home Depot and talk to a professional.

By (Guest Post)
February 28, 20080 found this helpful

I have talked to B.M. and Home Depot will no luck on solving my problem!

March 1, 20080 found this helpful

As Rasta said it may be that the paint you are painting over is oil based and what u are using is latex. If that is the case, prep by sanding and a correct primer will help alot.


Have you just tried putting a pin in the bubbles and deflating them?


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