Poor print resistance

Poor Print Resistance

This occurs when the paint film takes on the imprint of an object that is placed on a painted shelf, table, window sill, or countertop, for example.


  • Using a low-quality satin or gloss paint.
  • Placing objects on the painted surface before the paint has fully dried.

Use a top-quality, water-based acrylic satin or gloss paint. Low-quality water-based satin and gloss paints may have poor print resistance, particularly in warm, damp conditions. Acrylic water-based paints generally offer better print resistance than vinyl acetate co-polymer-type paints. Fully cured solvent-based paints also offer excellent print resistance.

Make sure the paint is allowed to cure for the recommended amount of time before it is put into service. Cool or humid conditions require a longer curing time.

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