Whether you are a professional painter or a homeowner, there are several common problems that can arise during the paint process. Some painting imperfections can easily be overlooked, while others should be addressed sooner than later. Doing some investigating on the issue will help you to understand any underlying issues that may be causing the problem and prevent you from making the same mistake twice. Keep reading to learn about the different types of paint problems and how to solve them effectively.
Before attempting to remove mildew from your painted surface, you should determine that what you’re seeing is actually mildew and not mold. Mildew is a type of fungus which is less harmful than the black growth we all know and refer to as mold. To check if mildew is present, apply a few drops of household bleach to the area. If the stain disappears within a few minutes, you have mildew.
In order to prevent mildew, you should consider the following tips:
When paint begins to crack, it can seem insignificant upon first glance. However, over time these hairline cracks can worsen, causing larger pieces of coating to flake off. The most common cause of paint cracking and flaking is poor preparation of the surface. You can prevent this mishap by:
Lap marks usually appear as a darker tone or an intensified gloss where the wet and dry layers of paint overlap during the application process. It’s important to move quickly enough so that the paint is applied evenly and seamlessly all over. Paint lap can occur by painting in direct sunlight or too much wind, as well as applying a different thickness than what is recommended. Use the following methods to prevent lap marks:
Heat and moisture are the two biggest culprits of this painting problem. Blistering and bubbling happens when painting in the direct sunlight or on excessively hot surfaces. This issue can also arise when painting over a dirty surface, neglecting to use a primer, or using an improper technique. You can prevent blistering by:
Latex paints contain necessary ingredients known as surfactants. These water-soluble components can rise to the surface of the paint over time when exposed to high moisture and humidity during the curing process. Paint drying in cool, humid temperatures, condensed moisture in bathrooms and on outdoor surfaces, and deeper tinted paints can all increase the chance of surfactant leaching. You can fix this aesthetic concern by doing the following:
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