Wax Bleed

Exterior Paint Solution


Wax Bleed: Stains that come from waxy substances in the reconstituted wood products used to make hardboard siding. When the substrate is painted, these staining substances bleed through the paint; they can even bleed through some ordinary primers, possibly causing dirt pickup, mildew and/or poor paint adhesion
see Dirt Pickup and Mildew.

Possible Causes:

Failure to apply a proper primer to hardboard before applying the top coat.

Allowing hardboard siding to weather before being painted.


To treat or prevent, apply a quality exterior acrylic latex primer; follow with a coat of high quality exterior acrylic latex paint. The American Hardboard Association recommends two coats of top quality acrylic exterior house paint for best results. Some hardboard grades have adequate factory primer and need only a quality paint applied. Low quality, highly pigmented flat paints are more prone to wax bleed than are higher quality paints.


Interior Paint Problems


Exterior Paint Problems




Caulk Failures

Cracking - Flaking

Foaming - Cratering


Mud Cracking


Picture Framing

Poor Scrub Resistance

Poor Sheen Uniformity

Poor Stain Resistance

Poor Flow - Leveling

Poor Hiding

Roller Marks - Stipple

Roller Spattering


Surfactant Leaching





Chalk Run down
Cracking Flaking

Dirt Pickup
Efflorescence - Mottling
Fading-Poor Color Retention



Nailhead Rusting

Paint Incompatibility

Poor Galvanized Metal Adhesion
Poor Alkali Resistance
Poor Gloss Retention

Surfactant Leaching

Tannin Staining

Vinyl Siding Warp

Wax Bleed



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