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Common Painting Problems and Solutions

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Woodpecker Damage

Are wood peckers causing damage to your home? This is quite common and can be pretty frustrating but luckily there are a few possible solutions.

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Tannin Wood

Brownish or dark discoloration on the surface due to migration of tannins from the material that the paint was applied to.

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Efflorescence is the migration of a salt to the surface of a porous material, then evaporates, leaving a coating of the salt on the material. On porous construction materials it may present a cosmetic outer problem only causing staining, but can sometimes indicate internal structural weakness.

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Image: Benjamin Moore

Chalking Paint

A fine powder occuring on the surface of the paint film during weathering, usually most common on metal siding material, which can also cause color fading.

Alligatoring and flaking paint

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Alligatoring and Flaking Paint

Alligatoring is a patterned cracking in the surface of the paint that look similar to the regular scales of an alligator.

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Peeling Paint

Peeling can occur when the surface hasn't been cleaned, prepped, or primed properly. It’s also caused from in-adequate drying time between coats or if the area isn't well ventilated.