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    I painted a bedroom 6 months ago.the paint is still slightly tacky to the touch. I have taken a wet paper towel and wiped the wall, and I find paint from the wall has come off onto the towel.
    using a dry paper towel renders the same results.the humidity
    and temp at time of the painting was 40% and 72deg.
    anybody have an idea what is causing this,and what if anything i can do about it.

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    Thommy,
    I would be interested in knowing exactly what type and brand of paint you were using. It is not impossible that you just simply got a bad batch from the manufacturer. for years I used a national brand with generally good results, however, every one in a while I would get great variations in such things as viscosity. When using their oil enamels, once in a while it was as if they had forgotten to put the drier in the batch. Aftermany hours it would still be tacky.

    A tacky, gummy feeling is not unusual with many latex paints, especially when it is humid out. Also, deep base colors accentuate this because they are loaded with colorant which greatly retards the drying and curing. The liquid in universal colorants, which are dispenced into paints at the dealer, is closely related to automotive anti-freeze. Is it possible the dealer overdosed the paint with colorant? Most deep colors would have no more than 13 or 14 ounces per gallon. The colorants themselves NEVER dry if left exposed to the air!

    After several months, the situation you describe should not still exist. I don't know how to reduce that gummy feeling. I think I would try priming over the bad paint with a quality acrylic primer and follow up with a quality acrylic paint. I would steer away from the glossier finishes and very dark colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ordjen View Post
    Thommy,
    I would be interested in knowing exactly what type and brand of paint you were using. It is not impossible that you just simply got a bad batch from the manufacturer. for years I used a national brand with generally good results, however, every one in a while I would get great variations in such things as viscosity. When using their oil enamels, once in a while it was as if they had forgotten to put the drier in the batch. Aftermany hours it would still be tacky.

    A tacky, gummy feeling is not unusual with many latex paints, especially when it is humid out. Also, deep base colors accentuate this because they are loaded with colorant which greatly retards the drying and curing. The liquid in universal colorants, which are dispenced into paints at the dealer, is closely related to automotive anti-freeze. Is it possible the dealer overdosed the paint with colorant? Most deep colors would have no more than 13 or 14 ounces per gallon. The colorants themselves NEVER dry if left exposed to the air!

    After several months, the situation you describe should not still exist. I don't know how to reduce that gummy feeling. I think I would try priming over the bad paint with a quality acrylic primer and follow up with a quality acrylic paint. I would steer away from the glossier finishes and very dark colors.

    the paint is made by Prograss Paint manufacturing co.
    Louisville KY. 40202

    under the GRAY SEAL brand
    it was semi gloss neutral base # 839
    it is a mustard color

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    Thommy,
    I have not heard of this brand before, but there are many quality regional brands around the country. There are only a handful of national brands. I would suggest that you contact the company directly. Most companies have good technical inquiry services. Progress can be reached at: WWW.Progesspaint.com or by calling 1-800-626-6407. Most companies guarantee their paints at least to the point that they will refund the cost of the paint.

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    customer satisfaction does not exist with this company.
    a rep came to the house,took samples with a dry cloth,also
    I gave him a full gallon of paint.
    he called me and said no action will be taken reguarding
    my complaint.

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    Their refusal to act is surprising.

    What are you going to do now? repaint?

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