Bubbling new paint on interior bedroom door?

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Diane Staff asked 4 years ago

I very recently painted an inside bedroom door with eggshell paint. The door had a glossy finish originally and this is an old house (23 yrs.). I sanded the door first, as it was suggested. Someone accidentally put pencil marks on the Swiss Coffee door (I’ve read that this is the hardest mark to remove). I looked up online how to remove it and was advised to use a lightly damped Mr. Clean Magic Eraser using light strokes, which I did. Even doing it this way, the paint was removed to its old finish. When I went to paint over this small spot, the paint began to bubble and peeled like rubber. I was sick! So, I sanded down the rough patches and decided to primer it, this time, but the primer did the same thing causing more bubbling. Please help me find a solution to get my door painted, again. Thank you.

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Anonymous Staff answered 6 years ago

Try to get a quart of Zinnser BIN primer. If this does not work then you might have to sand back to the wood. Then Prime it. BIN is a white pigment shellac, cleans with denatured alcohol or ammonia.

Anonymous Staff answered 6 years ago

On this door, I have sanded it down as much as I can, then cleaned it with rubbing alcohol. I let it sit for awhile. I just put a fresh coat of primer on it and it is peeling in other spots. All the previous paint could not sand off, so it shows a shadow where the paint peeled off to the original paint. I have gone over these spots a number of times with the primer. I'm just sick of painting and repainting this door. What can be the problem?

Anonymous Staff answered 6 years ago

I remember my father in law who was a painter say that if you have an oil base paint underneath you can't put a latex over it or it won't stick and will bubble. I would think that is your problem. The only solution I see is to remove the paint and start from pare wood. Remember, oil and water to do mix.

Anonymous Staff answered 6 years ago

I sanded over the door and put rubbing alcohol on it. I still had problems with bubbling and it wouldn't all sand down to the original paint. But, I think it is, now, at least looking better. What a pain it's been.

Anonymous Staff answered 6 years ago

and I primered it.

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