Undesirable sticking together of two painted surfaces when pressed together (e.g., a door sticking to the jamb).
- Not allowing sufficient dry time for the coating before closing doors or windows.
- Use of low quality semigloss or gloss paints.
- Use top quality semigloss or gloss acrylic latex paint. Low quality latex paints can have poor block resistance, especially in warm, damp conditions.
- Follow paint label instructions regarding dry times.
- Acrylic latex paints generally have better early block resistance then vinyl latex paints or alkyd or oil-based paints; however, alkyds develop superior block resistance over time.
- Application of talcum powder can relieve persistent blocking.
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