All exterior paint problems are correctable-find the right solution here. This section lists a variety of exterior paint problems. Simply select the problem you have to find the remedy.
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Surface imperfections on the paint, film have the appearance of an alligator hide. Learn More
Bubbles appear on the surface of the paint resulting from localized loss of adhesion and lifting of the paint film from the underlying surface. Learn More
Chalking occurs when the paint film decomposes into a loose powder on the surface. Some degree of chalking is normal, but excessive film erosion can result in heavy chalking. Learn More
Chalk Run-Down
Chalk run-down is the washing down of chalk from an excessively eroding paint onto
another area. Learn More
Cracking or Flaking
Cracking or flaking is the splitting of a dry paint film through at least one coat, which can lead to
the complete failure of the paint. Learn More
Dirt Pickup
This occurs when dirt, dust particles, or other debris accumulates on the paint film. This may resemble mildew. Learn More
Efflorescence or Mottling
Efflorescence or mottling is crusty, white mineral salt deposits. These can leach out to the surface on mortar, concrete, or masonry surfaces. Learn More
Fading or Poor Color Retention
Premature or excessive fading of color often occurs on exterior surfaces facing southern and western exposures. Learn More
Frosting is a white, salt-like discolored substance on the paint surface. It is most noticeable on dark tints. Learn More
 Lap Marks
Lap Marks
Lapping is the appearance of a denser color or higher gloss where wet and dry layers overlap during painting. Learn More
Mildew appears as black, gray, or brown spots or areas on the paint film or caulk bead. Learn More
Nailhead Rusting
Nailhead rusting appears as reddish-brown stains on the paint surface. Learn More
Paint Incompatibility
Paint incompatibility causes the loss of adhesion between coats were old coats of alkyd-based paint was painted over with latex. Learn More
Poor Alkali Resistance
Poor alkali resistance can cause color loss and overall deterioration of paint film on fresh masonry. Learn More
Poor Galvanized Metal Adhesion
This occurs when paint has lost its adhesion to a galvanized metal substrate. Learn More
Poor Gloss Retention
Poor gloss retention causes a rapid loss of gloss in the topcoat. Learn More
Surfactant Leaching
Surfactant leaching is a concentration of water-soluble ingredients in latex paint leaching out to the paint surface, often creating a brownish blotchy or shiny appearance. Learn More
Tannin Staining
Tannin staining appears as a brownish or tan discoloration on the paint surface from wood tannins migrating from the substrate through the paint film. Learn More
Vinyl Siding Warp
Vinyl siding warps or buckles after it has been repainted. Learn More
Wax Bleeding on Hardboard Siding
The paint is discolored by waxy components found in wood products.Learn More
Wrinkling manifests as a rough, crinkled surface that occurs when paint forms a “skin.” Learn More