When residential or commercial property owners apply paint to their properties using the correct materials and application techniques, the results can be spectacular. That said, if property managers fail to use the proper paint application methods, then the results can be unsightly and expensive to fix.
One paint-related issue that fits this description is called paint flaking. This damaging phenomenon occurs when paint cracks or flakes off of underlying structures. While cracking paint is undesirable, property caretakers can avoid this hazard by taking a few basic paint-application tips into account before they begin their painting projects.
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Cracking Paint can Harm Property Values
Home and business owners have many good reasons to keep their properties structurally sound and visually appealing. For one thing, properly applied coats of paint can actually protect underlying wood, masonry, or metal surfaces. By keeping these materials free of contaminants and water, paint can contribute to the long-term durability of buildings.
Well-applied paint also has intrinsic monetary value. Professionally applied paint can help property owners to maintain or raise the value of their holdings.
In contrast, individuals who apply their chosen sealants at the wrong times or in the wrong ways can expose their properties and their work to the ravages of paint-failure.
How to fix Cracking Paint
Preventing the onset of paint cracking and flaking is much easier than trying to repair paint-damage once it has set in. The following tips can help property managers to keep these damaging effects from occurring in the first place.
Poor paint adhesion often causes paint flaking problems. This can happen for many reasons, including inadequate pre-cleaning and preparation of building surfaces. Improperly prepped surfaces like wood or brick may harbor moisture that can make it hard for paint to adhere to walls, and this makes it important for home and business owners to use the proper kinds of primer before they commence with paint projects.
Alkyd primer is a type of high-adhesion paint-primer that is popular with building professionals. This kind of priming-liquid can adhere to many different materials, including metal, masonry, and wood. It is also useful for priming pre-painted surfaces, and builders who plan to apply oil-based paints over latex sub coats should always consider using alkyd primers on the latex first.
Paint cracking is closely related to flaking. It too is caused by poor surface preparation of painted surfaces, though it can be aggravated by builders who add too much thinner to paint stocks or apply overly thin layers of paint to walls and other surfaces.
Priming And Mixing
In addition to priming and mixing issues, flaking paint problems are also caused by ambient weather conditions. Individuals who attempt to coat their buildings in weather conditions that are too hot or too cold may be setting their projects up for eventual cracking or flaking. Thus, it important for prospective painters to always apply their products while favorable weather conditions prevail.
Unfortunately, in some cases cracking and flaking does take place. Since flaked areas cannot be repainted without surface pre-preparation, all of the cracked paint in the damaged areas must be removed. Repair persons can accomplish this task with paint-sanders, scrapers, or heat guns.
After they remove all of the damaged paint, repair personnel should then use material-appropriate primers to precoat and seal the prepped surfaces. Lastly, they should apply fresh coats of quality exterior latex paints to primed surfaces.
The Final Fix
There is no doubt that cracking or flaking paint can be disheartening for property owners to see. Thankfully, property caretakers who apply these prevention and remediation tips can prevent these damaging issues from happening in the first place.