Bubbling new paint on interior bedroom door?

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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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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. The bubbling and peeling paint issue on your bedroom door can be attributed to various factors such as improper surface preparation, previous paint defects, or incompatible paint products. To address this problem effectively, follow these steps for a successful paint finish:

    1. Sand the door: Sand the door to remove any remaining loose paint and provide a rough surface for better paint adhesion.

    2. Clean the surface: Wipe down the door with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris before painting.

    3. Apply a bonding primer: Use a high-quality bonding primer specifically designed for glossy surfaces to promote adhesion and prevent further peeling.

    4. Choose the right paint: Select a premium-quality interior paint suitable for doors and trim, ensuring compatibility with the primer used.

    5. Apply paint in thin, even coats: Avoid applying thick layers of paint, as this can lead to bubbling and peeling. Instead, apply multiple thin coats, allowing each coat to dry completely before adding the next.

    6. Allow for proper drying time: Ensure that each coat of paint is given sufficient time to dry according to the manufacturer’s recommendations before applying additional coats.

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