Poor Scrub Resistance

Poor Scrub Resistance

Wearing away or removal of the paint film when scrubbed with a brush, sponge or cloth.


  • Choosing the wrong sheen level for the area
  • Use of a low quality paint
  • Use of an overly aggressive scrub medium (see Burnishing)
  • Inadequate dry time allowed after application of paint before washing it


Areas that need frequent cleaning require a highly washable premium quality paint formulated to provide such performance. High traffic areas may require a low sheen, semi gloss or gloss paint rather than a flat paint to provide good scrub resistance. Allow adequate dry time, as scrub resistance will not fully develop until the paint is fully cured. Typically, this will be one week. Try washing the painted surface with the least abrasive material and mildest detergent first.

Source: The Paint Quality Institute

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