Common Paint Problems: Peeling

Tips on how to avoid paint that peels. Causes as well as remedies for the problem.

You might not give too much thought to what kind paint you use, or what kind of surface you are painting... until you see the paint peeling. Then, you are sure to wonder what has caused your seemingly - perfect paint job to look so bad.

Peeling is a common problem with painting, and there are many possible causes for it. One popular manufacturer of exterior house paints states that oil - based types will always peel after it has been on your house for some time. The reason is, that oil - based paints oxidize over time. When they do, they naturally become weak and brittle, and then they start to peel. There is nothing you can do to remedy this problem, except scrape the peeling paint off of your house. Then, you will need to prime all of the paint - peeled areas. Finally, these areas will need to be repainted with a good - quality latex paint. As other areas of your house peel, you will need to repeat this process until the paint all over the entire house has been re-covered with latex.

Note: Always read and follow the manufacturer's directions on paint containers in order to achieve the best results.

Or, if you choose, you can just scrape all of the oil - based paint off the exterior of your house at one time. Then, you can apply a primer coat to the entire house. Finally, you can apply latex paint on the entire house, and your peeling problem might well be solved.

So, when you are choosing a type of exterior paint for your house, keep in mind that latex is better than oil - based paints because it is more durable. Furthermore, even though it is the most expensive, acrylic - latex paints will hold up the best. You may also choose to use an oil stain, if your house is covered with bare wood. Fortunately, oil stains don't peel either, so you won't encounter that problem.

Paint is not always the culprit when you have the peeling problem on your house. Another common cause for peeling is moisture. When moisture gets underneath the paint, or it gets in behind the siding on your house, then this can cause the paint to peel. Moisture can get trapped underneath the paint if you apply a primer, but you don't allow it to dry thoroughly before applying the first top coat. Or, it can get trapped in between the first coat and the next one.

If you are sure this is not the case, when you find areas of paint that are peeling, you should inspect the exterior of your house. If you notice that the paint is only peeling at the top of a wall near the roof, then you might have water leaks in the roof or in the gutters. Inspect these two areas and repair where needed.

If you notice paint peeling on an exterior wall, and there is a bathroom on the other side, then it's highly possible that there is moisture escaping from the bathroom. Showers, hot tubs, bath tubs, et cetera, are major producers of heat and steam. The moisture escapes through the inside wall to the outside wall. The moisture causes the exterior paint to lose its holding power, and then it peels off.

To remedy this problem, you should install an exhaust fan in the ceiling of your bathroom. This fan will pull the moisture out of your bathroom and vent it directly to the outside. Having an exhaust fan in every bathroom in your house is a wise idea anyhow. Exhaust fans can be an important part of the overall ventilation system for your house.

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