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What is paint failure

Paint Failure Definitions Chalking – Natural occurring with paint wear.
Premature Chalking – Paint was over thinned during application
Blisters – Paint applied in heat of direct Sun. ( Mostly Dark Colors)
Painting over a wet surface.
Multi-coats applied too soon to a painted surface
Checking or Cracking – Wood shrinkage after paint application or multiple layers of paint on plywood.
Premature Fading – Paint over thinned during application or the use of interior paint on exterior surfaces.
Bleeding through Streaks – excessive moisture behind painted surface moves water soluble pigments to the surface. ( find and fix excessive moisture source and prime with a high quality primer before painting).
Bleeding through Stains – Non compatible stains move through the paint and to the surface before to paint dries. ( apply a high quality primer/sealer to stains before painting )

Alligatoring –  the weathering of multiple layers of paint usually of different types or the application of a layer of paint over oil based paint that is not fully dried.
( alligatoring appears as Alligator skin, and often is an indicator of Lead based paint in an underlying coat.)

Wrinkling –   The top surface of paint dries before the underlying layer. ( this is usually a problem when using oil based paint in cold weather.)

Peeling–  Can be caused by poor surface preparation or moisture bleed into the paint film.( premature peeling may be noticed after the FIRST application of Acrylic paint over wood that has been previously painted with oil based paint)

Always prep surfaces well and use only high quality primers and paint.      
Mould Control
Mould and mildew form on painted walls when there’s a high level of humidity and inadequate ventilation. Once mould forms, the spores can become airborne. They can lead to allergic reactions and breathing troubles, as well as unpleasant smells and unattractive spotting.Sometimes mould develops in hidden corners, up high in the back of a cupboard, or around a window frame where it’s hidden by the window treatments. You may not realize you have a problem with mould until smells or health concerns bring it to your attention.If you’ve been coughing and sneezing, or your home doesn’t seem as fresh as you like it to be, check those hidden areas and see if mould is the culprit.Here’s how to avoid mould troubles:
  • Keep your home clean, dry, and well-ventilated.
  • When you dry washing inside, whether it’s intimate apparel on a line over the tub or wool jerseys lying flat on a counter, open a window to allow the extra moisture to escape.
  • When you run a bath, run the cold water first and then warm up the tub with the hot water. This creates less condensation than running warm water from the beginning.
  • Use an exhaust fan when you shower.
  • Deal with leaks or spills quickly, before the moisture soaks down into carpets or soft furnishings. Leaks around windows and damp carpets can eventually create mouldy walls, as well as mildew in the fabrics and fibers.
  • If weather permits, open a window in your bathroom, kitchen and laundry room. Let the steam escape and have less trouble with mould.
  • Insulate cold pipes.



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