Paint Not Covering - Causes & Solutions


Is your paint not covering the surface to which you are applying it? Repainting is a great way to transform the look of a room, but some surfaces are harder to cover than others. If your first coat of paint is doing a poor hiding job, here are some pointers for effectively covering the base surface with future coats.

Painting over wallpaper

Since removing wallpaper is expensive and often necessitates either more wallpaper or new drywall, most people elect to paint over it. Unfortunately, if your wallpaper is dramatically textured, the texture is going to show through any paint. On the other hand, if your wallpaper is flat, covering it with paint is not difficult. If there are bubbles in the wallpaper, remove them before you get started by taking a razor blade, cutting them open, applying a thin layer of oil-based undercoat and smoothing them flat again. Start with a coat of primer. Let the primer dry completely before applying at least two coats of paint. The end result is a fresh, new wall.

Painting over filler

The rough and porous texture of filler or mud repairs can make them hard to cover with paint. Sanding and then priming these sections is a simple solution. Sand your repaired area down until it is even with your wall and indistinguishable in texture. Then prime that area, and allow the primer to dry. Once the primer is dry, you can repaint the entire wall without worrying about the repaired area showing through the new paint.

Painting over paneling

Many homes still have dated wood paneling in some rooms. Like wallpaper, removing paneling is expensive, and the only way to repair your walls is to re-panel, or put in new drywall. Painting over paneling is tedious, but possible. The first step is to strip it of any finish that might interfere with your paint. A de-greasing product followed by a coat of gloss remover are enough to do the trick on most types of paneling. Next, you can hide the ridges in the paneling by skim coating it with plaster or filling it with caulk. Once all the ridges are filled, you need to sand down the filler until it is even with the rest of the paneling. Roll on a coat of primer for a uniform look, then follow with your selected paint.

If you are having trouble painting over the surface, then the fix is often as simple as sanding or applying a coat of primer. Taking the extra time to get the job done right is crucial to enjoying a finished product with which you are satisfied.

Primers and Finishes

Priming is essential for better adhesion, sheen uniformity, mildew control and durability. 
Select a top quality interior paint in the color and sheen of your choice.

Substrates, Primers

Substrate: Various 
Primer: Additional Coat 
Finish Coats: 550 Super Latex Interior Flat Wall Paint 
1610 Sat-N-Sheen Int. Low Sheen Finish 
1650 Acry-Plex Interior Latex Semi-Gloss 
1685 Dura-Poxy+ Int. Semi-Gloss Acrylic En. 
1680 Dura-Poxy+ Int. Gloss Acrylic En.