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dtoddp

10:08AM | 02/15/03
Member Since: 02/14/03
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Hi, I'm having a new house built. The interior painting was done using spray equipment. I noticed after the painting was dry, that there were a lot of "craters" on all the walls. This is flat paint and I've never seen this before. This appears to be a major issue that I must approach my builder about (i.e., sand out all craters and repaint by hand). However, wanted an opinion if this makes the paint any less durable (i.e, needs repair), or if it just makes it "unique" and would not be a serious problem (i.e., caan let it go)? Thanks for any tips.

homebild

03:29AM | 02/17/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
How large are these 'craters'?

If they are about the size of a quarter you are probably seeing poorly finished (spackled) drywall nails.

This wouldn't be of a structural concern but could be easily repaired for cosmetic appearance.

If by 'crater' you mean something else, please explain....

dtoddp

03:54AM | 02/17/03
Member Since: 02/14/03
4 lifetime posts
The "craters" are more like "popped air bubbles" -- rather small (I'd say no bigger than 1/16 of an inch - but most are pencil tip sized). I can scrape my finger nail across some of them and they'll pop right off exposing the drywall. For the most part, if you look at the walls, you see flat paint smooth (like it should be in some sections), and cratered (or pocked) in other areas. Never seen this before. Does that help?

5slb6

09:54AM | 02/17/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
It sounds as if they applied the paint to heavy as this can give you a cratered finish. It is cosmetic and does not hurt the durability of the paint. The walls should be sanded and then rolled as most likely this is the first coat of paint and most new home painters roll the final coat to aid in touch up and to help hide the tape joints. Be sure to stay on the builder about this because it is your house and you are the one that will have to live with it.

dtoddp

12:02PM | 02/17/03
Member Since: 02/14/03
4 lifetime posts
OK -- I finally got an answer from another source, thought I'd post it for all to see. Apparrently this isn't a problem with the paint, the painter, or even the guy who did the taping/texturing. This is "one of those things", according to a finisher, that "happens about every 15th house I do", where there is some sort of "chemical reaction" and the mud itself used to texture the walls does this "cratering effect". He showed me the problem in the Utility Closet in the garage (where no paint had been applied) -- sure enough, there was cratering in the texture -- just more difficult to see than after the paint was applied. The solution is to retexture the walls wherever the cratering is and re-paint. Don't know if anyone has seen this before or not, but hope it helps others. Thanks for the feedback I did receive.

5slb6

01:21PM | 02/18/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
dtoddp
Are your walls textured or are they smooth?
I was just wondering as one post here seems to think that they are textured and I do not remember see that in your question.

5slb6

01:27PM | 02/18/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
I am sorry you did mention that the walls are textured, I must be brain dead from the snow and ice we have had.
I would like to know what type of chemical reaction there is with the texture. Why don't you ask the guy that did the texture work what it is? I would like to know if just for my future information.

Thanks

dtoddp

02:23AM | 02/19/03
Member Since: 02/14/03
4 lifetime posts
Yes, the walls were textured -- sort of a "spread mud texture" (as opposed to the method where they blow it on and smooth it flat). The guy I talked with said it was a reaction of the texture/mud with the drywall (now this is stuff made for drywall) - most likely the manufacturer of the mud's fault. Kind of like a bad batch. I'll see if I can dig up more on it.

BV000897

11:33AM | 04/27/13
I am dealing with the exact same issue right now and would like it fixed. Did you get it resolved or did you decide to live with it? If you did get it resolved could you let me know exactly how they did it, please? Thank you!
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