What Does a Bad DIY Exterior Painting Job Look Like in Houston, TX? Cracking or Peeling Paint & More

Many processes have their problems. The exterior paint on your home is no exception. The good news is that the problems associated with painting the exterior of your home can be significantly reduced if you paint correctly. What are these problems you may ask? To help you avoid them, Arrows Painting & Renovations lists the most common DIY exterior painting mistakes below.

Cracking Paint

Over time your exterior paint can start to crack. It will first begin with little hairline cracks, but then as more continue, the paint will start to flake off. The reason this happens is because of temperature, humidity, preparation, or even the quality of paint. If you use low-quality paint then it can’t handle shrinking or swelling very well. If you do not prep the surface of your home correctly and then paint over it without priming, it will cause these cracks. Last, if you are painting and leave the paint spread out too thin. It can also crack more quickly.

Paint Fading

Fading on exterior paint happens because it is losing the pigment which is the color part of the paint. It is normal for paint to fade, it happens over time. When you have a darker color it is usually more noticeable. But all paint will fade slowly because of the sun. You will notice more fading when your house is in direct sunlight. If you use interior paint instead of exterior paint and of course if you use low-quality paint. The better quality of paint can help the color last longer

Peeling Paint

When your paint starts to peel, it pulls the paint away from the exterior leaving patches that expose the previous paint layers or even the wood. This can happen because of moisture getting under the paint. Before you repaint your home you need to make sure that there is no leaking happening on the roof or around the windows. Water will seep under the paint, causing moisture and causing it to peel.

Paint Blistering

Just like blisters on the skin when you see paint that has bubbles this is called blistering. When your paint starts to blister, it can also lead to cracks. This is caused by moisture and heat. When your paint is in direct sunlight, with hot surfaces, it could start to blister if it is damp. You need to figure out where the moisture is coming from and if that is what is causing the issue before you repaint.

Alligatoring Paint

An alligator’s skin has a lot of lines, crisscrosses and cracks. When you see your paint looking like this, it is also called alligatoring. This can be caused by poor paint sticking to the exterior, the surface temperature, the base coat wasn’t dry before you painted on it, or the paint products were not compatible.

Mildew Growth on Painted Surfaces

If you are seeing black, gray, green, or brown spots on your paint, this could be mildew. This is caused by moisture, poor ventilation, and lack of direct sunlight. You will want to remove the mildew before you repaint the exterior of your home.

Exterior & Interior Painting & More in Houston, Spring, Cypress, Katy & Stafford, Texas

All of these problems can happen to your paint over time. Making sure you have good quality paint and it is done correctly can help prevent these problems from happening earlier than needed. If you are ready for an exterior house painting, then give Arrows Painting & Renovations a call. We offer expert, long lasting paint application.

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