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Poor Print Resistance Causes & Solutions

by Ali |

What is Poor Print Resistance?

What happens when a painted area, such as a wall or door, takes on the imprint of an object placed on or next to it? This is known as poor print resistance, which usually occurs when using low quality gloss or semigloss paints. Figuring out which paint to use when depends on the difference between acrylic vs. vinyl latex based paints. The former tend to have better print resistance when it comes to painting than the latter. As an alternative, you can also use fully cured alkyd paints, which have the top print resistance on the market. Just make sure that the recommended curing time is followed, and keep in mind that depending on the condition on the day of painting, cooler or more humid conditions require more curing time.

Usually, damper or warmer conditions can add to the problem of poor print resistance, since placing furniture or other moveable items adjacent or up against a freshly painted wall or door can lead to the imprint on the painted surface. To avoid such post-paint issues, make sure sufficient time is allotted before moving back furniture items or other such objects close to or adjacent to painted areas.

Also, enough space between the painted surface and the moveable objects should be a given. Use high quality semigloss or gloss latex paints to avoid poor print resistance, and also ensure that the painting conditions are taken into consideration before beginning the application process, especially if using higher quality, fully cured alkyd paints.