Interior and Exterior Paint Tips: 3 Danger Signs and Solutions

Mar 4, 2020

We are all surrounded by interior and exterior paint in our homes, at work, in businesses, facilities and so many other places, and may not really notice or think about it. Every drywall surface, most concrete and metal are painted and most wood is either painted or stained. Paint protects and beautifies our architecture. Paint is really what we are looking at, so much of the time!

Like most other things in life, paint needs to cared for and maintained to get the full value from it. The PLE team can help you identify and remedy any paint issues you may have, and will help educate you on best practices for maintaining and updating your paint to maximize longevity and its aesthetic value. PLE believes painting is one of the best ways to care for some of the things in life that mean a lot to you (your home or business). You can love your paint as much as you love your painters!



Exterior: Mildew, particularity on areas where water hits directly and does not get as much direct sunlight. This green “slime” can often be found on wood, stucco, concrete and metal, especially int eh rainforest (Vancouver). Mildew breaks down paints and stains, and doesn’t look great (as you will see in March as the sun starts to shine again after a long wet winter). Regular maintenance and washing can prevent prolonged mildew build up and the resulting damage to your painted surfaces.

Exterior: Staining, from dirt, grime, rust. This is often more about appearance, but can be a sign that there is an underlying issue. With a good wash and repaint, most of the time this can be solved, leaving your place looking great

Exterior: Faded paint, where the original sheen and even the colour has faded, is a sign your paint is breaking down and may be on its last legs. UV is the biggest factor, so you will typically see fading on exposed S and W facing surfaces. Before the paint fails altogether, leaving your surfaces unprotected and looking shabby, it is best to repaint with 1 or 2 coats of a high-quality paint.

Exterior: Peeling Paint, looks terrible and leaves the underlying surfaces exposed and vulnerable to damage and water ingress. This can happen to most paint but will be most prevalent on exposed (to water and UV) areas of painted wood and metal. The remedy: Wash, scrape away failing paint, sand, caulk, prime, repaint. Good as new. Note that the more you let your paint peel, the worse it will look later (and more time to repair), so best to get to it before the paint peels.

Interior: Chipped and Damaged paint, will be most prevalent in high traffic areas like doors, railings, walls and areas that have exposure to moisture (washrooms, kitchens). It doesn’t look great, plus we all know once paint is chipped or peeling, people will pick at it making it worse!

Interior: Tired, Faded looking paint is no fun. Maybe your colours are even dated. Applying fresh, high quality No VOC paints will protect, beautify and modernize your space. Take a look around and see what areas could use a refresh!

Please be on the lookout for any of these issues, so you can proactively protect your property. PLE is always here to help you with advice, a quote and of course with painting. Click HERE to contact us for a free estimate.