Poor scrub resistance, poor stain resistance. You know you've got an issue, but you're not exactly sure what's causing it and more importantly, how to fix it. Scrub resistance is the tendency of paint to mimic something around it as you paint. It leaves a small impression in the paint that ruins the job you're trying to do. Stain resistance means that your paint is more prone to absorbing dirt and grime, which can cause the paint to become seemingly permanently dirty and grimy. The main cause of both of these issues is the use of a low-quality paint that is porous in nature. This can also happen when you're using paint without a primer or not waiting long enough between coats. At this point, you may be about ready to give up, having exhausted every option that you can think of.
Luckily, H-I-S has been experts in the paint industry for a very, very long time and we can help you fix this mess that you're in so that the project turns out perfect.
Symptoms & Remedies:
POOR SCRUB RESISTANCE: Tendency of the paint film to take on the imprint of an object that is placed on it (e.g., a shelf, table, windowsill or countertop with books, dishes and other objects on them).
POSSIBLE CAUSES: Use of low-quality semi-gloss or gloss paint. Putting a painted surface back into use before the paint has fully dried.
SOLUTION: Use top quality acrylic semi-gloss or gloss latex paint. Low-quality latex semi-gloss and gloss paints can have poor print resistance, especially in warm, damp conditions. Acrylic latex paints generally have better print resistance than vinyl latex paints. Fully cured alkyd paints also have excellent print resistance. Make sure the recommended "cure" time is allowed for the paint before it is put into service. Cool or humid conditions require more curing time.
POSSIBLE CAUSES: Use of lower quality paint that is porous in nature. Application of paint to un-primed substrate.
SOLUTION: Higher quality latex paints contain more binder, which helps prevent stains from penetrating the painted surface, allowing for easy removal. Priming new surfaces provide the maximum film thickness of a premium top coat, providing very good stain removability.