With over 20 years of painting experience, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to prevent problems before they occur. We’d like to share a few fix-it tips with you here.
Cracking – Due to poor surface preparation or painting in cold weather.
Tip – If the cracking occurs over plywood, only periodic scraping, sanding, re-priming and recoating will solve the problem.
Peeling from wood – Due to moisture or water between the surface and the coating, inadequate surface preparation or using a low quality paint, causing the paint to loosen.
Tip – remove all loose paint by scraping, wire brushing and sanding. Prime with appropriate primer and two coats of high quality paint.
Chalking – Due to long term exposure to moisture and sunlight, using a low quality paint, overthinning the paint or spreading too thin, or not priming and sealing porous surfaces.
Tip – Pressure wash surface thoroughly and let dry. Use a high quality primer and let dry thoroughly. Use a high quality 100% acrylic latex paint.
Mildew – Due to failure to prime surface before applying paint, painting over surface previously infected with mildew, excess humidity or other moisture problems.
Tip – Clean surface with mildew remover or use a homemade solution of one quart bleach to three quarts warm water and 1/4 cup ammonia. Rince surface thoroughly with clean water. Allow surface to dry. Use an appropriate primer and apply a high quality paint.
Paint Incompatibility – Due to use of water base paint over multiple coats of old oil base paint.
Tip – Remove all loose paint down to the bare surface. (If you are using a liquid remover, be sure to cover yourself.) Prime any bare surface with a high quality primer and allow to dry. Paint with a high quality paint.