The How-To Experts: Paint Problems

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Today’s feature is Paint Problems. What are some of the common problems, causes, and solutions regarding paint and moisture?

PROBLEM: Blistering and peeling (an extension of blistering), usually on exterior siding and woodwork.

CAUSE: Blisters pop up when moisture trapped beneath the paint expands and creates bubbles in the paint. The source can be dampness in the wood when the paint was applied or excess moisture that escapes through the walls when it is not adequately vented from a home’s interior. Blisters may also appear if the paint was applied in direct sunlight, trapping solvent vapor as the paint dries too quickly. Peeling occurs when the blisters finally burst and the paint curls away from the surface.

SOLUTION: Scrape and sand to bare wood. Repaint only when the wood is completely dry. This may require some corrective measures to improve interior ventilation. If preventative measures are not taken, the problems will almost certainly recur. The use of a water-based latex paint is recommended from our Abbotsford Lumber supply company because it is porous and will allow interior moisture to escape.

PROBLEM: Mildew, a fungus-caused discoloration that has a green or black splotchy, dingy look.

CAUSE: In most cases, a combination of moisture, low light and inadequate ventilation.

SOLUTION: Scrub vigorously with a mildew remover such as trisodium phosphate (available where paints are sold) or with a solution of household bleach, detergent and water. Wear rubber gloves and protective glasses. Repaint, when completely dry, with paint to which a fungicide has been added.

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