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6 Common Exterior House Painting Challenges, Causes, and Solutions

When it comes to enhancing the beauty and protection of your home, a fresh coat of paint can work wonders. However, like any home improvement project, painting the exterior of your house can present certain challenges.


In this article, we will discuss some common exterior house painting problems, how they're caused, and provide helpful tips on how to overcome them.



#1. Peeling and blistering paint

One of the most common challenges faced during exterior house painting is peeling or blistering paint. This can occur due to the following:

  • Moisture buildup

  • Poor surface preparation

  • Use of low-quality paint.

  • Painting over wet surfaces

To address this problem, it's crucial to thoroughly clean and prime the surfaces before painting.


#2. Fading and discoloration

Exterior paint eventually fades, primarily due to the following:


  • Constant exposure to harsh sunlight

  • Using low quality paint products

  • Using interior house paint for the exterior.

To combat this challenge, opt for paint with UV protection properties or consider using light-reflective colors that are less prone to fading.


#3. Paint cracking and alligatoring

Cracks and alligatoring are common problems that occur when the paint film dries and contracts, resulting in a cracked or textured appearance. These issues are often caused by:

  • Using an incompatible primer

  • Applying an excessively thick layer of paint.

  • Overly cold surface temperature before the paint was applied

To prevent cracking and alligatoring, ensure proper surface preparation, including scraping off old, loose paint and sanding the surface before painting. Then, apply the paint in thin, even coats, allowing each layer to dry completely before applying the next.


#4. Mildew and mold on exterior paint

Exterior surfaces are susceptible to mildew and mold growth in the following circumstance:

  • Damp or humid climates.

  • Lack of direct sunlight

  • Poor ventilation

These unsightly growths not only mar the appearance of your home but can also cause damage if left untreated.


Before painting, thoroughly clean the surfaces using a mildewcide cleaner and a scrub brush. Applying a primer with mildew-resistant properties can also help prevent future growth.


#5. Paint bubbling

Paint bubbling is a frustrating problem that occurs when air or moisture becomes trapped beneath the paint film, causing it to bubble and peel away from the surface.


The causes including the following:

  • Inadequate surface preparation

  • Moisture intrusion

  • Painting over a wet surface

To address paint bubbling, identify and eliminate the source of moisture, ensure proper surface drying, and prime the affected area before repainting.


#6. Chalking

This is often a common feature of exterior painting. Here, a quick rub on the surface will have your hand come off with chalky, powdery substance.

This is usually caused by the following:

  • Weathering

  • High-pigmented, low-quality paint.

To address this challenge, use high-quality, acrylic paints for your exteriors.


Transform your home’s exterior with quality painting

While exterior house painting can present its fair share of challenges, proper preparation and attention to detail can help overcome these obstacles.

Are you ready to transform your home's exterior into a masterpiece? Look no further than Goliath Exteriors! With our expertise and passion for craftsmanship, we'll revitalize your property, tackling any painting issues with precision and care. Get a FREE quote today.

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