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Pro Tips: Why is My Paint Peeling and How Can I Fix It?

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In our Pro Tip Series we attempt to answer frequent questions that homeowners have.

In today's post we tackle the question: Why is the paint peeling off my doors and trim?

There could be any number of reasons for this surface condition, the most common cause tends to be water-based paint having been applied over oil based paint.  Water-based paints have a lot of great qualities, sticking well over oil based paint just isn't one of them. This can be a real challenge to repair, but it can be fixed if you take the right steps.

What are those right steps you ask? Well that’s a great question and I’m glad you asked.

The first step is to check and see how well the paint is sticking. Meaning, it is not coming off easily when scratched with your fingernail. In the best case scenario the paint is still sticking fairly well.

If this is the case follow these steps:

  • Lightly sand the failing paint
  • Apply a coat of oil based primer on top of the water based paint.
  • Next lightly sand the primer to get a smooth surface
  • Finally apply two coats of quality semi-gloss enamel and you're done

If the paint scratches off easily with your fingernail, you will need to follow these steps:

  • First remove all loose and failing paint using a stiff putty knife, paint scraper and sandpaper. 
  • Once this has been accomplished sand the surfaces thoroughly
  • Apply a coat of oil based primer 
  • Next lightly sand the primer to get a smooth surface
  • Lastly apply two finish coats of quality semi-gloss enamel.

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If you just hate the idea of using oil based primer, check with your local paint store and explain the situation. Depending on where you live they may have a water-based primer that will do the job for you. Good luck with your painting project!

 

Your friendly professionals at Maxson Painting

Faux Finish Painting Project | Ventura

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Here are some examples of a beautiful faux finish painting job. This was completed on an iron handrail in Ventura by Maxson Painting.

For more information please visit our project page.

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People are saying… David Kurtz

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I would definitely call Maxson Painting to do any painting that I need to be done either outside or inside.We called Maxson Painting to give us an estimate on painting our 3 story home which is down by the beach and close to the ocean. I had seen the the work that his company was doing on the office building where my office is located and I was very impressed with their quality of work.

George came to our home and looked around and discussed with us what needed to be done and what he would do for us. He had the estimate to us the next day which was in detail and listed the things we discussed and he described the paint that he was going to use and the reason that he would recommend that particular paint. Maxson painters were prompt, courteous, knowledgeable, professional and cleaned up at the end of every day. George was there at the house every day at least once checking on the work that the painters were doing and to see if we had any questions or complaints. George is easy to get in touch with and he wanted to make sure that we were happy with his painters and that they were doing a good job. My wife is very particular and if you can please her, you have to be good and she is very happy with George and his painters. George and his painters went overboard to make us happy and I would strongly recommend Maxson Painting for any painting job that you have.

Pierpont Painting Project

Here is some progress on an exterior residential painting project we are working on in the Pierpont area of Ventura California.
If you would like to see more examples of our residential work click here!

 

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Exterior Painting Ventura Missionary Church

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We are getting started on the seventh church we have painted since starting in the business. Blessings every time but this time its like coming home. So far we have used of 1000 pounds of stucco patch and over 100 gallons of paint.

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