I love to paint. It’s relaxing and therapeutic for me. Except when it’s not.
Ever have your paint just not want to stick? That happened to me on this piece. Here’s what to do when paint won’t stick.
I was painting some old cabinet doors for a project. I had cleaned the doors with Fusion’s TSP degreaser and scuff sanded. When I began to paint, I realized that paint wasn’t going to stick!
This is called “lacing.” Something on the surface was interfering with adhesion!
I knew that painting more wouldn’t make a difference, so I took a wet paper towel and wiped off the paint.
When paint won’t stick it can be caused by several things. Wax is a resist so if it’s been previously waxed, that can keep the paint from sticking. Some pieces, especially IKEA things, can be coated with a fire retardant coating that keeps paint from sticking. And sometimes the use of Pledge and other furniture polishes causes a buildup of silicone. Paint won’t stick to silicone, either!
The solution is simple. I grabbed a bottle of Fusion’s Odorless Solvent and scrubbed the surface down. Sometimes I’ll use a green scrubby sponge to really loosen stuff up. Odorless Solvent will dissolve wax and other residues that interfere with adhesion. So I scrubbed and wiped back with a paper towel. Repeat until the paper towel is clean.