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Common Paint and Finish Problems on new Homes

Many common preventable paint and caulking problems continue to cost builders and frustrate new homeowners. These problems can be minimized or eliminated by using proven solutions and procedures outlined in The PaintSource Guide to Painting and Finishing New Homes.

We will be happy to consult with you about the causes and simple solutions to common paint and finish problems facing most builders and new homeowners including:

Drywall Preparation and Finishing Drywall finish problems leading to unacceptable paint finishes, and Nail-pops leading to inconvenient and generally unacceptable repairs for the builder and new homeowner. Drywall Dust is a controllable nuisance with readily available dust -free sanding tools.
Hardwood Floors Coordination and sequencing of Floor finishes and Wall finishes, leading to damage to walls by floor finishers, or damage to floors by painters.
More on wood floors.
Exterior Wood Trim Exterior Paint Failures resulting from the use of finger-jointed or
Pre-Primed exterior wood
siding, windows, and trim. See video
Decks Failure of inferior Deck Coatings, and improper drying and preparation of new wood leading to subsequent cupping, splitting, and warping of treated decking material. Listen to discussion
Oil Based or Acrylic? Use of Oil-based Paint on exterior wood leading to a brittle and non-breathable paint film that will crack and trap moisture; resulting in costly repaint, and wood deterioration or rot. See video
Paint Problems Failure to maintain a constant temperature or using temporary heat during paint application, or painting in low temperature leading to inability to match color when Touch-up Paint is applied at higher or normal temperature leading to problems for the painter, builder, and new homeowner. More...
Exterior Wood Stains / Finishes The use of Marine Spar Varnish and other Polyurethanes on wooden entryways and doors leading to moisture entrapment, brittle film cracking, and guaranteed coating failure on exterior wood surfaces.
Caulking Moisture damage to a variety of surfaces and substrates resulting from the common use of inferior or incorrect Caulking Products, or the "one caulk does it all" approach.
Fiberglass Doors Unsatisfactory results and coating failure when staining and protecting Fiberglass Doors. more..
Mildew Resistant Paint
for Kitchen / Bath
Improper preparation, and incorrect coating and caulking selection for Bathroom Walls. We see excellent performance from Perma-White Mildew Resistant Paint.

Our systematic approach encompasses all aspects of new home painting and starts before the framing is completed. We have observed and tested these proven procedures to reduce callbacks, and to provide a better quality and lower maintenance home for builders and their clients.

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Dust free sanding is the only way to go when finishing drywall. We see excessive drywall dust remaining in most new homes-in the ventilation systems, outlets and switches, can lights, etc. Drywall dust is extremely light weight, and should be prevented from becoming airborne, and traveling throughout the job site. This is an easily controllable nuisance when utilizing readily available tools and techniques.

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