Look around your neighbourhood, and we bet you’ll agree: Almost every house on the block could be improved, inside or out, by a new coat of paint! There is something about a fresh coat of colour that completely re-energizes a home, and breathes new life into a living space. The older the home, the more rejuvenation; however, without proper maintenance, even a newer home can quickly fall victim to premature wear at tear.
We here at The Repaint Specialists want to help you avoid undue, costly damages, and get the most out of your paint job for years to come.
Keep reading if you want to learn more about prolonging your homes radiance, and keeping your hard earned dollars in your wallet!
The Repaint Specialists Presents…
TOP 5 COMMON PAINT PROBLEMS, AND HOW TO AVOID THEM!
What Is Yellowing?:
We’ve all seen it, and it’s a far too common scenario! You decide it’s finally time to wash the walls, but when as you begin to remove your family photos, you’re taken aback by the unwelcome, rectangular, shade of yellow that has plagued your perfectly white walls. You see, places protected from sunlight, such as your kitchen, behind pictures or inside closets, are most likely to be affected by yellowing.
Why Does Yellowing Happen?
Yellowing is the visual symptom from oxidation of alkyd or oil-based paint/varnish. Extreme heat such as that made from stoves and heaters, or limited exposure of light can also contribute to this type of yellowing. Have you ever taken a wedding dress out a closet years later? Yeah, the same thing applies to your walls!
What Can I Do About It?:
Choosing the right paint to begin with goes a long way! Try and avoid using alkyd paints in spaces with low light availability as these paints tend to yellow without exposure to sunlight. Furthermore, selecting a high quality, non-yellowing acrylic paint or varnish near heat sources and dim spaces will also help a great a deal!
What Is Blistering?:
You’ve probably seen this one some place or another. Typically, blistering can be found outside on wooden sidings or trims, It appears as small to moderate bubbles under the paint film.
Why Does Blistering Happen?
Blistering is typically happens due to trapped water under the paint. Either the water dries quickly, leaving a hollow space, or trapped moisture expands the paint film. A number of different weather related conditions could can lead to blistering, from direct sunlight, heavy dew or rainfall, to very high humidity. Painting on a damp, dirty or hot surface (or applying oil-based latex paint over improperly prepared surfaces) can result in blistering.
What Can I Do About Blistering:
The cure is the prevention! The best way to avoid blistering is to avoid painting in imperfect weather conditions. Avoid damp, humid, or very hot days, and aim to paint in the late spring when things are still cool but not prone to “April Showers”. If blistering is already a problem, your best bet is to remove the entire coat of paint, and begin a new! While there are some alternative options for blistering, they are often quite costly, labour intensive, and time consuming, In the end, you will save yourself one heck of a headache by simply redoing the project, and getting it done right!
What Is Chalking?:
This one is pretty self explanatory. When you see your coat of paint has a fine, white, chalky appearance on it, that’s chalking! Although, it is normal to see some amounts of chalking after a new coat, excessive chalking could be a cause for concern.
Why Chalking Happen?
“You get what you pay for” has never been so true. Cheap paints often contain high amounts of pigment extenders, or have been thinned to make up for the low cost. This, can ultimately lead to unsightly “chalking”. Additionally, if you do not seal a porous surface properly before painting, chalking will appear.
What Do I Do About Chalking?:
We can’t stress this enough: proper preparation is KEY! Be sure to clean your surface and completely remove all dirt in the area you intend to paint BEFORE you start. To remove existing chalking, you can try scrubbing with a trisodium phosphate cleaning solution, then rinse with water. Afterwards, be sure to give the area ample time to dry and use high-quality latex paint to do the repainting.
What Is Peeling?:
Again, peeling is just as it sounds, we’re talking about the separation or ‘peeling’ of the upper paint surface.
What Causes Peeling?
A few different scenarios can cause peeling to occur, which happens with the loss of adhesion between a coating and the substrate. Common causes of peeling include excessive moisture, improper surface preparation (we told you this was key!), and painting over a dirty or uneven surface.
What To Do About Peeling:
There is no getting around this one. You simply have to remove all the loose paint, prep the area, and apply a new coat!
What is Wrinkling?:
When your paint surface becomes rough and wrinkled.
How Does Wrinkling Happen?
Wrinkling happens naturally as your home ages and starts to produce less collagen… GOTCHA! In all seriousness though, ‘Wrinkling’ is generally caused by a paint application which is too thick. Likewise, if you apply a second coat of paint over an improperly dried first coat, the risk of wrinkling increases. We may have mentioned it once before, but preparation is key, and painting over an unclean surface or exposing uncured paint to extreme weather – such as rain, dew or fog – can also lead to paint wrinkling.
How to Take Care of Wrinkling:
Again, you are going to have to start all over. So, begin by removing the old paint, and sanding the surface until it is nice and smooth. Remember to remove all dust, dirt and debris! Afterwards, provide ample time to dry between paint coats; the more time, the better. If the weather is too hot, too cold or damp, extra drying time will be required.
Over time, all paint jobs will need to be redone, but by following our advice above, using high-quality paints, and seeking the help of a professional, you can reduce to amount of time and money spent renovating, and spend more time enjoying the memories you create in the home you love.
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Edmonton: (780) 448-5996
St. Albert: (780) 459-9246
Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835