Here Are the Top 10 Exterior Paint Problems, and How to Fix Them (2022)

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Updated on 08/21/22

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Under the blistering exposure to sun, frequent soakings by rain, and radical temperature shifts, the paints that cover exterior siding and trim surfaces face some of the most demanding conditions possible. Modern paint chemistry makes today's paints remarkably adept at handling these situations, and the house surfaces that once required painting every two or three years can now sometimes go a decade before they require repainting. But under certain conditions—or when the preparation or application has been less than ideal—there are a number of common problems that occur with exterior paint jobs. Understanding the origins and solutions for these ten common problems will help you address them quickly and avoid them in the future.

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    Blistering Paint

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    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.

    Possible Causes

    • Paint was applied in direct sunlight on a hot surface, which trapped solvent vapor as the paint dried too quickly.
    • The paint was applied when the wood was damp, causing trapped moisture to expand the paint film.
    • Dew, rain, or very high humidity penetrated after latex paint dried—a common problem if the latex paint was of lower quality or if the substrate surface preparation was inadequate.
    • House moisture escaped through the walls due to improper house ventilation.

    Repair and Prevention

    • Scrape away blistered paint, and sand to bare wood. ​Let wood completely dry before painting.
    • Make sure to sand, prime,and paint in non-direct sunlight and in non-humid conditions.
    • Use high-quality latex paint.
    • If due to lack of home ventilation, corrective repairs must be made to properly ventilate the home's walls, roof, eaves, bathrooms, etc.
    • Check and repair any loose or missing caulking around windows and doors.
    • Consider providing siding ventilation.
  • 02 of 10

    Alligatoring and Checking

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    Alligatoring is a type of paint film failure in which the surface develops a cracked pattern with deep relief, resembling a reptile's skin. Checking is a similar failure, but it is less severe and is characterized by long, fairly evenly spaced cracks in the paint film, having shallow relief or depth. Occasionally checking may become severe in some areas, leading to a deeper crack or split in the paint.

    Possible Causes (Alligatoring)

    • The second coat of paint was applied over the first coat of primer or paint base coat that had not yet fully dried.
    • The second coat of paint was applied over an incompatible paint, such as a glossy paint or a hard oil enamel over a latex-based paint.
    • Oil-based paint has naturally aged and lost its elasticity, leading to cracks caused by fluctuations in temperature.

    Possible Causes (Checking)

    • Natural aging occurredwith several layers of older oil-based paint. As the material that was painted (usually wood) contracts and expands over time, the paint has to move, and it "checks" as it loses elasticity.

    Repair and Prevention

    • Remove the old paint, then sand, prime, and repaint with a flexible latex-based paint.
    • Use high-quality latex paint.
  • 03 of 10

    Efflorescence

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    A problem of painted masonry construction, efflorescence is identified by crusty white salt deposits bubbling through the paint film from an underlying masonry structure. It is caused by salts in the brick or concrete dissolving with water and then leaching to the surface as the water evaporates.

    Possible Causes

    • Surface preparation was poor; prior efflorescence was not entirely removed and washed before the surface was repainted.
    • Heavy moisture migrated through exterior masonry walls from inside the home.
    • Inadequately waterproofed basement walls allowedgroundwater penetration.
    • Masonry was painted before the concrete or mortar had adequately cured and dried out.
    • Cracks in the masonry wall or poor tuckpointinghave allowed water to get behind the masonry wall.

    Repair and Prevention

    • If moisture is getting into the masonry wall, eliminate thesource of moisture by properly tuckpointing any cracks or missing mortar in the wall or patching concrete with a latex concrete patch; clean out gutters and downspouts, and caulk joints around windows and doors with a butyl rubber caulk.
    • If moisture is migrating through the wall from the outside (e.g., basement wall), apply waterproofing to the outside of the wall.
    • Remove all efflorescence and anyloose flaking, chalking paint with a wire brush, scraping, or power washing. Then clean the area with a trisodium phosphate cleaning solution and rinse with clean water. Let completely dry, then prime and paint with a high-quality latex house paint.
  • 04 of 10

    Chalking

    Chalking is identified by the fine chalky powder that forms on the surface of a paint film. Although some chalking is a normal way in which paints self-clean when exposed to the sun and rain, excessive chalking can indicate paint failure. In dry arid climates where there is little rain, chalking can become excessive. Chalking is actually the paint pigment released by the paint binders that have been broken down by exposure to the weather. Chalking is especially common with very light-colored flat paints, especially lesser quality oil-based paints containing high levels of pigment extenders. When chalking gets severe, it may run off and stain the surrounding construction.

    Possible Causes

    • Cheaper-quality exterior paint was used, containing high levels of pigment extenders.
    • Improper paint (such as interior paint) was used in an exterior application.
    • Paint was applied over lower-quality factory-finished aluminum siding.
    • The paint was over-thinned before it was applied.
    • Porous surfaces were not properly sealed before painting.

    Repair and Prevention

    • Chalking must be removed before repainting. Remove chalking by power washing or scrubbing with a trisodium phosphate cleaning solution and rinse with clean water. Let dry and paint with a high-quality latex house paint.
    • To clean brick areas stained by chalking runoff, the masonry should be scrubbed with a specialized masonry cleaning solution. If staining persists, a professional cleaning contractor may be required to clean the brick.

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  • 05 of 10

    Sagging or Running

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

    Possible Causes

    • Application of a coat of paint was too heavy or overloaded.
    • Paint was thinned too much at the time of application.
    • The paint was applied in poor environmental conditions, such as when temperatures were too cool or when humidity was too high.
    • The paint was applied to a high-gloss surface that was not first primed. This prevents the paint substrate from having the "tooth" necessary for the finish coat to adhere.
    • Painted surface was not clean or properly prepared at the time of application.

    Repair and Prevention

    • If you catch the sagging while the paint is still wet, use a brush or roller to redistribute the excessive paint evenly.
    • If the paint is dried, sand the uneven area and lightly reapply paint.
    • If the paint was applied to a glossy surface, sand the glossy surface to dull it and create a "tooth" for thepaint to adhere, or apply a primer and repaint.
    • Paint using two light coats instead of one very heavy coat.
    • Do not overload the paintbrush. Follow proper technique for use of a paintbrush.
  • 06 of 10

    Mildew

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

    Possible Causes

    • Moisture, poor ventilation, and lack of direct sunlight have combined to create an environment where fungus can thrive. The underside of soffits and eaves are especially prone to mildew.
    • Paint was applied over a surface or prior paint film that still had mildew.
    • A lower-quality paint was used, without adequate mildewcide.
    • Bare wood was not primed before painting.

    Repair and Prevention

    1. Wearing eye protection (goggles) and rubber gloves, scrub vigorously with a trisodium phosphate cleaning solution or a household bleach solution of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water.
    2. Let the solution set on the cleaned area for 10 to 15 minutes.
    3. Rinse with clean water.
    4. Wash the area with a detergent solution and rinse again.
    5. Let completely dry and paint with a high-quality latex house paint.
  • 07 of 10

    Rust Discoloration

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

    Possible Causes

    • Non-corrosion-resistant nails were used to attach siding, rather than galvanized zinc-plated or stainless steel nails.
    • Steel nails have come into contact with the air.
    • Steel nails have popped up from below thesurface.
    • Excessive weathering or sanding has worn away galvanized coating on nail heads.
    • Tannic acid from moist wood (e.g., oak) has reacted with steel nails, creating a black stain.

    Repairs and Prevention

    • If possible, replace steel nails with galvanized or stainless steel nails.
    • If rusted nails can't be removed,then remove rust by sanding nail heads to bare metal and countersink them. Then, prime with a stain-blocking, rust-inhibiting primer. Caulk, fill, or patch depressed nail heads and sand smooth, and paint with high-quality paint.
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  • 08 of 10

    Peeling Paint Due to Poor Adhesion

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    Peeling paint is a very common paint problem that can be caused either by moisture or poor adhesion. Peeling due to poor adhesion is characterized by the paint peeling and separating from an earlier paint layer (intercoat peeling) or from the substrate, leaving some paint behind. Sometimes, portions of earlier paint layers are visible under the curling, peeling paint layer.

    Possible Causes

    • Paint was applied over a surface with poor paint surface preparation, such as being dirty, wet, or shiny.
    • Underlying paint had poor adhesion prior to being repainted.
    • An oil-based paint was applied over a wet surface.
    • Blistering paint was allowed to progress. Blisters will eventually break and begin peeling.
    • Lower-quality paint was used.

    Repair and Prevention

    1. Scrape away old peeling paint and feather-sand affected areas.
    2. Spot prime bare area.
    3. Caulk as required with appropriate caulking product.
    4. Repaint with a high-quality acrylic latex house paint.
  • 09 of 10

    Peeling Paint Due to Exterior Moisture

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    Peeling due to moisture can be distinguished from other causes by the large peeling sections thatexpose bare wood underneath. Unlike peeling due to adhesion problems, where peeling may be spotty, moisture-related peeling causes much larger areas to peel away, often around windows, doors, and gutters.

    Possible Causes

    • Moisture has infiltrated behind paint film due to failing or missing caulk, leaks in roof or wall systems, or being too close to the ground.
    • Faulty guttering or missing ventilation has caused ice dams or water to back up.
    • Paint was applied when the surface was wet from condensation or rain.

    Repair and Prevention

    • Ensure proper drainage of gutters and downspouts flowing away from home.
    • Eliminate thesource of moisture by installing exhaust fans, soffit vents, siding vents, louvers, fans, or dehumidifiers.
    • Repair and replace missing or damaged caulk.
    • Scrape away old peeling paint and feather-sand affected areas. Spot prime bare area. Caulk as required with appropriate caulking product. Repaint with a high-quality acrylic latex house paint.
  • 10 of 10

    Peeling Paint Due to Interior Moisture

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    The last cause of peeling paint is interior moisture, characterized by cracking and gentle peeling away of the paint from the substrate as it loses adhesion due to the moisture. Moisture originating from behind the paint film, or frontal moisture that forces its way through the paint film, can create this type of paint failure.

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    Possible Causes

    • High humidity areas, such as bathrooms, kitchens, hot tubs, and wet basement areas, have created humidity that penetrated the paint film.
    • Leaking flashing around a chimney or other exterior wall/roof intersection has allowed water to seep into the house and wet the plaster from behind the paint film, causing the paint to separate from the substrate.

    Repair and Prevention

    • Ventilate high-moisture areas such as bathrooms by providing an exhaust vent fan that removes humidity and discharges it to the outside.
    • Ensure proper ventilation of the roof, walls, and soffits.
    • Repair missing or damaged flashing at chimney or other wall/roof connections.
    • Scrape away old peeling paint and feather-sand affected areas. Spot prime bare area. Paint with high-quality acrylic latex paint.

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FAQs

What is the greatest single cause of exterior paint failures? ›

Paint failures in exterior walls is a common phenomenon. There are many types of paint failures in exterior wall surface but the most common cause of the paint failures are Weathering, Moisture, poor surface preparation, improper paint application and use of lower quality paint.

Can you paint over existing exterior paint? ›

If the existing paint is of the same type and the wall is in good condition, you can go ahead and paint without sanding. However, when it comes to wood, you may have to sand for proper adhesion. However, you can also skip the sanding process and make do with a primer.

What is the longest lasting exterior paint? ›

Acrylic paint lasts the longest and is also known for resisting all sorts of damage caused by weather and other natural variables. Acrylic paint is also excellent for resisting fading or damage caused by exposure to the sun, making it perfect for homes located in hot regions or climates.”

How do you overcome paint failure? ›

Solution: Try to identify and eliminate the source of the moisture. Prepare the surface by removing all the loose paint with the scraper or stiff wire brush, sand rough edges and apply appropriate primer. Repaint with a top quality acrylic latex exterior paint for best adhesion and water resistance.

What is the most common reason for paint failure? ›

There are many types of paint failures in exterior wall surface but the most common cause of the paint failures are Weathering, Moisture, poor surface preparation, improper paint application and use of lower quality paint.

What is the best paint to use to paint the outside of your house? ›

Oil-based paints shrink less than latex and acrylic paints do, hold up in high-traffic areas and glide on smoothly. Oil-based paint dries to a smooth, hard surface and works well on porch floors, doors, trim and other small details.

What is the best time to paint house exterior? ›

Early summer and early fall usually offer up the best weather conditions, with minimal rain and minimal fluctuations in temperature from day to night. This will ensure the paint goes on smoothly and has the chance to dry and cure properly.

Do I need to prime over old exterior paint? ›

When it comes to residential exterior painting and interior painting, it's usually a good idea to prime before painting, especially if you're coating a new surface, a previously-painted surface that's falling apart, and/or need an extra boost in terms of color coverage.

What Sheen should exterior paint be? ›

All things being equal, satin or eggshell finish is preferable for the exterior of a home. A satin/eggshell finish satisfies basic maintenance points while providing a pleasant appearance that appeals to the widest range of homeowners.

How many years should exterior paint last? ›

Exteriors should be painted every 5 to 10 years, depending on the quality of paint and craftsmanship it was painted with last time. Here are some guidelines based on exterior surface: Wood surfaces need to be painted every 3 to 7 years. Aluminum siding needs to be painted about every 5 years.

What color paint fades the least? ›

Whites and lighter neutrals are going to get you the most fade-resistant results.

How do you fix Alligatoring paint? ›

Solutions
  1. Scrape or sand the paint down to the bare surface or use a chemical paint remover. ...
  2. Remove all dust and allow the surface to dry completely.
  3. Prime the surface with a high-quality latex primer and let it dry completely.
  4. Apply a high-quality paint in the desired finish.

Why is my paint cracking after painting? ›

A common reason for cracking paint is an error being made during the painting process. Using the correct amount of paint is very important for the outcome of the project. If too much or too little paint is applied, then cracking can happen easily and quickly which can be very frustrating.

What causes peeling paint? ›

Peeling paint is most commonly created when water gets under the paint. Therefore, the most common areas for peeling paint to occur are in the wet areas of a house or building e.g. bathroom, laundry or kitchen. However, there may be other issues with the premises such as excess humidity or a leaky roof.

Will new paint stick to old paint? ›

Oil-based paint will not adhere to your existing latex paint layer, so you need to create a middleman, of sorts. A thoroughly applied (2 coats is a good idea) primer will allow your new paint to bond to a new layer, which is specifically formulated to bond with your new paint.

Can I paint over cracked paint? ›

Never paint over cracked paint. Allow paint to dry thoroughly before adding another coat.

What is flashing in painting terms? ›

Flashing, or 'the halo effect', is when patches become visible on a painted surface in certain lights/angles. The Cause. Flashing appears when two areas of a painted surface have been applied differently.

How can you tell the quality of a painting job? ›

How to Check for a Quality Paint Job?
  1. Even Surface Coverage.
  2. Perfectly Painted Small Areas.
  3. No Gaps.
  4. Uniformity.
  5. Clear Color Separation.
  6. Faux Finishes.
  7. Smooth Paint Coats.
  8. No Paint Bleeding.
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Is it better to brush or spray exterior paint? ›

Spraying covers better and the application is more uniform. Spraying has no brush strokes and offers a more durable satin finish that looks much nicer. Hand brushing a new color may not give you the complete, even coverage you are looking for.

Is it better to roll or spray exterior house paint? ›

The advantages to rolling a house vs. spraying is that the paint will be applied much thicker giving overall better coverage than if it was sprayed. Also it is much easier to be precise and when a house is rolled it eliminates the risk of such things like overspray.

Should exterior house paint be flat or satin? ›

Satin/eggshell: Best for siding because it's a low-reflective finish that's good at hiding surface imperfections. It has a slight gloss, so it stays cleaner, is more easily washed, and stands up to abrasion better than flat or matte paints.

What is the best month to paint? ›

Summer tends to be the ideal time for painting, since it's typically dry and warm. Since not every homeowner can paint over the summer, though, some opt to paint in early spring or into the late fall.

Should I power wash my house before I paint it? ›

So, yes — you should power wash your house before painting so that the new coat of paint will properly bond to your home exterior. Power washing is the key to ensuring a long-lasting paint job every time.

What temperature should it be to paint exterior of house? ›

“It should be at least 50° F when you're applying the paint and shouldn't drop below 32° F at night for several days after,” says Rico de Paz, who oversees Consumer Reports' paint tests. Even if it's warm during the day, the paint won't form a good film if temperatures drop too low at night.

How many coats of exterior paint are needed? ›

So, How Many Coats of Exterior Paint Should You Apply? Two coats is typically all that's needed, if you're painting over a well-prepped, primed surface. This is particularly true if you are painting a dark color over a lighter, existing one, as you're guaranteed to have good coverage.

What happens if you don't use primer before painting? ›

If you skip priming, you risk peeling paint, especially in humid conditions. Moreover, the lack of adhesion could make cleaning more difficult months after the paint has dried. You may find the paint wearing off as you're trying to wipe off dirt or fingerprints.

How do you paint exterior trim like a pro? ›

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Is satin or semi gloss better for exterior paint? ›

Satin finish paints, while not glossy, do have more of a sheen than flat finish paints. Because of the extra shine, satin sheen paints are perfect when you plan to use bright, vivid colors on your home exterior. The satin sheen will reflect light and make the colors pop.

What is the best exterior paint for direct sunlight? ›

One of the best UV-resistant exterior paints on the market today is the Behr Marquee, Sherwin Williams SuperPaint, Dunn Edwards Eversheild, and PPG Advantage which we use when painting the home exterior.

Should front door be satin or gloss? ›

While you can choose any finish, glossy paints are typically preferred for doors and trim, because they stand out and highlight these architectural features. They also tend to stand up to nicks and scrapes better than flat or eggshell paint, meaning they could last longer.

How do you make exterior paint last longer? ›

For long-lasting results, apply exterior coatings on mild days - ideally, when the temperature is between 60 and 85 degrees F. - with little or no wind. In these conditions, primer and paint “cure” more slowly and form the most protective dry film.

How long does Sherwin Williams Duration exterior paint last? ›

Depending on the weather and the condition of your siding, Duration paint should last between eight and ten years. That means you will not have to think about repainting your home for quite some time. One big advantage of Duration paint is that it is self-priming.

How long does Sherwin Williams exterior paint last? ›

Q: How long does Sherwin Williams exterior paint last? A: Sherwin Williams exterior paint typically lasts about 5-7 years.

What is the most popular color for a house exterior? ›

Today, and in recent history, white is the most popular trend in home coloring. White is almost always a sure thing as it's a clean color that shows up well and has the potential to be personalized with vivid borders.

What exterior color makes a house look bigger? ›

What exterior colors make a house look bigger? Bright, neutral colors like whites and pale colors will help to make a house look bigger. Just as when it is used for interiors, bright, light colors such as whites, light grays and even pale yellows will reflect light and help to make your property appear larger.

Is it better to paint exterior light or dark? ›

A lighter field color will make it look larger; a darker color will visually shrink it. Lighter colors can also make a house look visually flimsy, while darker colors can give it a strong, solid appearance.

What does Alligatoring mean in paint? ›

Alligatoring is the large formation or pattern of shallow and deep cracks, which look like the skin of an alligator or crocodile on the surfaces of: Paint with limited flexibility, excessive thickness, top coat that did not bond well or shrunk faster than the underneath layer.

What is paint Alligatoring? ›

Natural aging of oil-based paints due to temperature fluctuation. The constant expansion and contraction results in a loss of paint film elasticity. Application of an extremely hard, rigid coating, like an oil enamel, over a softer, more flexible coating. Application of a topcoat before the primer or basecoat is dry.

What is orange peel on paint? ›

Orange peel is typically the result of improper painting technique. It is caused by the quick evaporation of thinner, incorrect spray gun setup (e.g., low air pressure or incorrect nozzle), spraying the paint at an angle other than perpendicular or applying excessive paint.

How do you overcome paint failure? ›

Solution: Try to identify and eliminate the source of the moisture. Prepare the surface by removing all the loose paint with the scraper or stiff wire brush, sand rough edges and apply appropriate primer. Repaint with a top quality acrylic latex exterior paint for best adhesion and water resistance.

How do you prepare exterior paint for cracks? ›

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Why is my new paint cracking when it dries? ›

What causes paint to crack? Insufficient surface prep is the main culprit behind crack attacks. Over-thinning your paint or applying it too thinly can also cause it to split. Conversely, a heavy hand while painting can lead to what's called mud cracks, where too-thick paint dries with a clumpy, swollen look.

What is the most common reason for paint failure? ›

There are many types of paint failures in exterior wall surface but the most common cause of the paint failures are Weathering, Moisture, poor surface preparation, improper paint application and use of lower quality paint.

At what temperature does paint start to peel? ›

Too Hot. If you paint your house when the temperature is too hot, the paint dries too rapidly and the heat compromises adhesion. At temperatures over 90 F / 32.2 C, bubbles and blisters form in the paint. Once the paint cures, it could start to peel away from the surface.

Does peeling paint mean damp? ›

Another of the key signs of rising damp is peeling wallpaper or paint. As a result of continuing damp issues, the levels of moisture within your walls will increase as a result. More moisture can cause wallpaper or paint to peel away from the wall.

What is the Distempering? ›

Distemper, also known as Cement Paint is one of the oldest types of paints that has been used for a long time. It is made with a combination of pigment, chalk, lime, water and animal glue-like resin or egg. The animal glue is made out of caseins and resins, which helps increase the durability of the paint.

What causes car paint wrinkles? ›

Wrinkling, often called lifting, is when an existing paint layer shrivels during the application of a new finish or as the new finish dries. This is caused by the solvents in the new finish attacking the old finish.

Do you need to paint structural steel? ›

1. When must structural steel be painted? As stated in the AISC Specification Section M3. 1, "Shop paint is not required unless specified by the contract documents." Therefore, fabricated structural steel is left unpainted unless painting requirements are outlined in the contract documents.

What is better primer or distemper? ›

The process of painting walls with distemper paints is easier and quicker as they can be applied directly to cemented walls without the need for a primer. This means you do not necessarily have to prepare the walls before painting them. Distemper paints are much cheaper in comparison to other types of paints.

What is Samosam paint? ›

The Samosam Paints, offered by the company, can be applied on any type of walls. The Samosam Paints are offered under the brand name 'GODREJ' and the company is one of the major distributors of the paint from last 25 years. The Samosam Paints are available in all colors and economical products for wall finishing.

Which paint is better than distemper? ›

Emulsion paint gives a silken smooth finish with excellent coverage and is the most popular choice for home interiors. However, it is more expensive than distemper.

How many coats of paint does a car need? ›

This will normally depend on the actual shop you take your car to. But generally speaking, most shops will spray two coats of primer and two or three coats of paint. Lower quality shops will spray two coats, while higher quality shops will spray three coats.

How do you spray clear coat like glass? ›

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Why does clearcoat ruin paint? ›

Oxidation, on vehicle paint, is when the sun, heat, and the other elements wear down the surface of the clear coat (on a 2 stage paint job) and make it look faded or cloudy. In extreme cases, it can become chalky and rough to the touch.

What is the best anti corrosion paint for steel? ›

EPOXYCOAT-AC antirust epoxy primer is applied for active anti-corrosive and anti-rust protection of iron and steel surfaces that are to be coated with EPOXYCOAT or DUROFLOOR epoxy systems. It is extremely hard and resistant to friction.

What is a 3 coat paint system? ›

A 3-coat paint system consists of a primary coat, an intermediate coat, and a top coat of a color or finish typically specified by the end user. View some of our products manufactured with a three coat paint system.

What paint is used on structural steel? ›

Polyurethane

Polyurethane paints are usually applied as a finish coat on the zinc primer or epoxy (Figure 1). Several types of polyurethane paints can also be applied directly to steel without the use of primers.

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