Common Exterior Paint Problems and Solutions

Maintaining the exterior paint of your home or building is more than aesthetic; it protects its structural integrity from weather conditions. However, various issues can arise that will compromise its quality and durability; in this article we explore some common exterior paint problems as well as ways to solve them so you can keep your property looking its best!

Peeling Paint

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Peeling paint is one of the most frequently encountered problems among property owners and should only ever be caused by moisture or lack of adhesion, not by general wear and tear. If this problem exists in your property, remove all loose, flaking paint before cleaning with trisodium phosphate cleaning solution and rinsing thoroughly under clean water before priming and painting with high quality latex house paint.

Blistering Paint

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Blistering paint occurs when bubbles appear under the paint due to loss of adhesion, often as the result of painting in direct sunlight or on hot surfaces or when moisture seeps under its layer of protection. To correct it, scrape and sand all blistered areas before priming and repainting.


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Alligatoring refers to cracked paint film which resembles alligator scales and may result when multiple coats of paint are applied before drying completely; typically when second coat is added before dry. To address it properly, surface must be completely stripped back, primed, and painted again.


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Chalking refers to a powdery substance that forms on paint surfaces over time due to weathering effects; mild chalking may help clean off paint surface dirt while severe chalking could result in color fading, so for best results choose high quality paint which resists chalking. To prevent chalking issues altogether it’s wiser to purchase high quality paint designed specifically to resist chalking.


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Efflorescence refers to deposits of salt that form when water evaporates from walls or ceilings. If this condition arises in your space, it’s crucial that its source be addressed prior to repainting it.

Surfactant Leaching

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Surfactant leaching may occur if paint is exposed to moisture or dew soon after drying and left exposed, which manifests itself as soapy patches on its surface. Rinsing with clean water should remove these patches.

Fixing common paint issues typically requires proper surface preparation, selection of an appropriate product to suit conditions, and application using correct techniques.

At Palm Garden Painting, we understand how trying these problems can be daunting and are here to assist with all your exterior painting needs – our professional painters possess all of the expertise required for high-quality results that stand the test of time. Contact us now for your complimentary consultation session!

Reach out to Palm Garden Painting now, and allow us to solve your exterior paint woes!

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