Dirt Pickup

Exterior Paint Solution

 
 

Dirt Pickup: Accumulation of dirt, dust particles and/or other debris on the paint film; may resemble mildew.

Possible Causes:

Use of a low quality paint, especially lower grades of satin or semigloss.

Soil splashing onto siding.

Air pollution, car exhaust and flying dust collecting on house body and horizontal trim.

Solution:

Wash off all surface dirt before priming and painting. If unsure whether the problem is dirt or mildew, conduct a simple spot-test (see Mildew). Clean off dirt with a scrub brush and detergent solution, followed by a thorough rinsing with a garden hose. Heavier dirt accumulations may require the use of a power washer.

While dirt pickup can't be eliminated entirely, top quality exterior latex paints typically offer superior dirt pickup resistance and washability. Also, higher gloss paints are more resistant to dirt pickup than flat paints, which are more porous and can more easily entrap dirt.

 

Interior Paint Problems

 

Exterior Paint Problems

Blistering

Burnishing

Blocking

Caulk Failures

Cracking - Flaking

Foaming - Cratering

Lapping

Mud Cracking

Mildew

Picture Framing

Poor Scrub Resistance

Poor Sheen Uniformity

Poor Stain Resistance

Poor Flow - Leveling

Poor Hiding

Roller Marks - Stipple

Roller Spattering

Sagging

Surfactant Leaching

Wrinkling

Yellowing

 

Alligatoring
Blistering

Chalk Run down
Chalking
Cracking Flaking

Dirt Pickup
Efflorescence - Mottling
Fading-Poor Color Retention
Frosting

Lapping

Mildew

Nailhead Rusting

Paint Incompatibility

Peeling
Poor Galvanized Metal Adhesion
Poor Alkali Resistance
Poor Gloss Retention

Surfactant Leaching

Tannin Staining

Vinyl Siding Warp

Wax Bleed

Wrinkling

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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