Poor Hiding

Poor Hiding

Failure of dried paint to obscure or 'hide' the surface to which it is applied.


  • Use of low quality paint
  • Use of low quality tools/incorrect roller sleeves
  • Use of improper combination of tinting base and colour
  • Poor flow and leveling (see Poor Flow/Leveling)
  • Use of a paint that is much lighter in colour than the substrate, or that primarily contains low-hiding organic pigments
  • Application of paint at a higher spread rate than recommended


If the substrate is significantly darker or is a patterned wallpaper, it should be primed before applying a topcoat. Use a top quality paint for better hiding and flow. Use quality tools, and use the recommended roller nap if rolling. Follow manufacturers recommendation on spread rate. If using tinted paint, use the correct tinting base. Where a low-hiding organic colour must be used, apply a primer first.

Source: The Paint Quality Institute

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