If your home has any covering other than vinyl, including stucco, wood siding, shingles, or even metal, the odds are good that it has been painted at some point. In some cases, paint lasts for quite a few years and, in others, it needs to be redone every year or two. This depends mostly on how well the paint job was done to begin and what the climate is in your region of the Carolinas. From time to time, however, even the most high-quality paint jobs can start to fail. As you read this article, you will discover some useful tips that will help you fix a selection of common house paint issues.
Repairing paint that is peeling
Typically, if exterior house paint has begun to peel, it never adhered to the surface properly to start with. There are a number of possible reasons for this, including a damp or dirty surface, painting over flaking paint, or doing the project in extreme temperatures. Typically, the only way to fix peeling paint is to repaint the area. Before you begin, though, make a point of thoroughly cleaning your siding and using a scraper to get rid of any loose paint chips or rough edges.
Repairing paint that is blistering
A couple of things can cause blistering paint. You will need to open the paint blister carefully (an Exacto knife is usually a good tool to use) and look at the surface beneath it. If raw wood is visible, the blister was almost certainly caused by water that somehow got trapped in the wood and had to other way to exit but through the paint. If, however, you find paint underneath, it’s likely that a paint solvent was used to apply the new layer and wasn’t completely dry before the job was finished.
To fix blistering paint, use a scraper to completely get rid of the problem area, then sand the spot down and paint it a color that matches the rest of your house. The odds are good that you’ll only have to repaint a small patch of exterior wall.
Repairing paint that has developed a chalky surface
It is not uncommon for exterior house paint to experience “chalking.” As a matter of fact, a chalk-like substance is a normal byproduct of most outdoor paint. Normally, rain washes this chalky surface away periodically , so homeowners don’t really notice it. If, however, the chalking on your siding has become excessive, you should first try to fix the problem by power washing your home’s exterior. If that doesn’t solve the issue, repainting your house is probably the best solution.
If you are having a problem with the exterior paint on your home, but you don’t feel comfortable fixing it yourself or it isn’t even detailed in this guide, contact the team at Hatch Homes to assist you. We enjoy doing outdoor remodeling projects and believe that a perfect paint job is key to helping your house look its very best. We look forward to working with you soon!