Yellowing of White Paint

The yellowing of light colored alkyd (oil base) paints, especially white, a common problem, is a natural part of a coating’s drying and aging process. Because of the chemical make up of these paints today, they have an increased tendency to yellow with age. The yellowing process is accelerated in dark rooms or those lacking natural sunlight. The presence of ammonia during the application of alkyd paints will also accelerated yellowing.

Caulk Failure

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Caulk may lose its initial adhesion and flexibility, which will cause it to crack or pull away from surfaces.

Caulk problems are commonly due to one of two errors: the substrate was not effectively prepared or the wrong paint was selected. Consider how and where the caulk is being used before choosing a product.

What Causes Caulk Failure?

Moist Basement Walls

If you find that moisture is moving through the walls in your basement you need to take a look at the draining conditions around the outside of your house.   Rain water that runs off your roof needs to be moved as far away from your house as possible. As the soil around your house becomes saturated with water, the next place that water would like to go is through the walls and into your basement. When your house was new, the foundation walls had a nice thick coat of tar or other waterproofing material applied to the side next to the soil.

The Touch-Up Paint Myth

At some time most of us just want to touch-up a damaged area of a painted surface. When we use the same can of paint for touch-up that was originally applied to the surface we may find that there is now a difference in the paint color. I will just mention a few of the most common reasons for less than perfect touch-up.

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