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Alligatoring and Checking

Alligatoring is a type of paint film failure in which the surface develops a cracked pattern with deep relief, resembling a reptile's skin.

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Blistering Paint

Blistering paint is identified by small- to medium-sized bubbles or blisters under the paint film. It is most commonly seen on wood siding and trim.

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Chalking

Chalking is identified by the fine chalky powder that forms on the surface of a paint film.

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Efflorescence

Efflorescence is identified by crusty white salt deposits bubbling

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Mildew

Mildew is a fungus that feeds and grows on the paint film or caulk and is identifiable by its grey, brown, green, or dark black splotchy spots

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Paint Tip for the Weekend #1

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Paint Tip for the Weekend #2

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Peeling Paint - Exterior Moisture

Peeling due to moisture can be distinguished from other causes by the large peeling sections that expose bare wood underneath

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Peeling Paint - Interior Moisture

The last cause of peeling paint is interior moisture, characterised by cracking and gentle peeling away of the paint from the substrate

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Peeling Paint - Poor Adhesion

Peeling paint is a very common paint problem that can be caused either by moisture or poor adhesion.

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Rust Discoloration

This problem is characterised by rust-coloured, reddish-brown to black stains on the paint surface.

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Sagging or Running

This paint failure is easily identified as paint film with a droopy, dripping appearance.