7 Exterior Paint Problems And How To Fix Them in Denver Metro, CO

Exterior paint problems can arise under a number of situations, many of which are entirely beyond your control and just are a result of the passage of time.

Other problems that you will find come as a result of poor decisions that were made previously in earlier paint jobs, things that the painter or painters may not even have realized were so bad for the exterior of the home.

With that being the case, here are seven exterior paint problems and how to fix them in Denver Metro, CO.

1. Peeling Paint

There are a number of things that can cause peeling paint, including paint that was applied to a damp exterior surface and even caulking that isn’t done properly.

To correct peeling paint, you’re going to have to sand and clean the area and then prime and paint it once more.

You will of course want to make sure that you don’t apply the paint to a damp surface so that you don’t see peeling paint down the road.

2. Bubbling / Blistering

The sight of bubbling paint is fairly unmistakable — you’ll know it based on what appears to be small bubbles or blisters on the surface of your exterior paint.

There are various reasons that you can have bubbling paint including painting the exterior when you are under direct sunlight, and possibly even new paint that has been exposed to some level of rain or humidity.

When you find yourself dealing with blistering, the best thing you can do is to first see if the bubbles were caused by heat or moisture — popping bubbles and finding no paint underneath, it likely is related to moisture and therefore you should figure out what caused the moisture and try to resolve it before removing the bad paint, sanding, priming, and painting.

If on the other hand you find the previous layer of paint you will know it was more likely heat related, and you can just scrape the previous paint and then sand and prime and only paint if you are not doing so under similar direct sun conditions.

3. Chalking

Chalking is almost always a sign that the wrong kind of paint was used to paint the exterior of your home.

It could be that a low quality exterior paint was used, or a paint that was meant to be used on the interior was used on the exterior.

Either way, you’re going to want to basically giving the house a good power washing, or washing with a good trisodium phosphate solution to get the chalking off, allowing it to dry, and then painting with a high quality exterior paint.

4. Sagging

Sagging paint is when your paint looks as though it’s literally sagging down off of the exterior walls and can be pretty bad unless you’re looking to go for a sort of bizarre artistic effect.

It can come about if you lay the paint on too thick when you are painting the house or even worse if you try to water down the paint in an effort to make a little go a long way — a good pro-tip is that you should never water down your paint.

What you’re going to need to do if you find sagging paint is to sand all of the areas where the paint is uneven and then gently and lightly repaint, preferably with paint that has not been watered down!

5. Mildew

Mildew can be rather unpleasant and of course doesn’t just go away by itself — it can come about by mildew being underneath the paint surface.

You’re going to need to clean it up properly and then make sure to sand well and prime and paint the exterior of your home.

6. Efflorescence

Efflorescence looks a bit like looking at a salty pretzel — and that’s not good for anyone.

It’s possible that there was efflorescence on the exterior of the home that wasn’t removed as well as could be and it made a comeback as it were.

It could well take a stiff wire brush and a trisodium phosphate solution to get rid of such a thing, which will then allow you to to seal in the exterior of the home with a good sealant and then repainted.

7. Rust Discoloration

When you see rusty colored stained on the surface of your paint work, you know you may have a problem with rusted nails that attached the siding to the house.

When this is the case you will need to replace the rusted nails with nails that won’t rust and then you will apply a rust inhibiting primer and properly paint, confident that the rust should not return.

Don’t settle for just any painter when you can get the attention to detail and professionalism from Imhoff Fine Residential Painting in Denver Metro, CO. Call us today to speak with one of our professional color consultants.

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