A rough, crinkled paint surface, which occurs when uncured paint forms a “skin.”

Possible Causes

  • Paint applied too thickly (more likely when using alkyd or oil-based paints).
  • Painting during extremely hot weather or cool damp weather, which causes the paint film to dry faster on top than on the bottom.
  • Exposing uncured paint to high humidity levels.
  • Painting over a contaminated surface (e.g., dirt or wax).


  • Scrape or sand substrate to remove wrinkled coating. If using a primer, allow it to dry completely before applying top coat. Repaint (avoiding temperature/humidity extremes), applying an even coat of top quality interior paint.