Painting is a necessary part of home maintenance. Whether you're painting the exterior or interior of your home, a quality coat of paint increases your home's value and protects it from normal wear and tear and exposure to elements. A fresh coat of paint can also transform a room, giving it a whole new look and feel.
Many homeowners are relatively comfortable taking the paintbrush into their own hands. When the paint dries, they are rewarded with a sense of pride and accomplishment when they see the product of their hard work for the first time. However, not all paint jobs are an immediate success. Paint leaching rarely occurs but can create immense anxiety for a homeowner or contractor that has never incurred the problem before.
Water-based latex paint contains water-soluble components known as surfactants, which allow the paint to adhere to the surface being painted. As the paint dries in ideal conditions, the surfactants slowly rise to the paint's surface with no issue. Leaching occurs when a concentration of surfactants builds up on the paint's surface, leaving behind streaks or residue on the painted surface. These areas can feel glossy, soapy, oily, or sticky, and coloration can vary from tan or brown to clear.
When latex paint is introduced to cold or moisture before it is fully cured, it causes the surfactants to rise to the paint's surface too quickly and leave behind those telltale streaks and staining. Paint leaching is more likely to happen when:
Leaching is chiefly an aesthetic issue; brown streaks and splotches are awfully unsightly. If treated quickly, you may be able to remove the effects of leaching by cleaning the affected area just by wiping it down.
Staining can occur in some cases, however, such as in areas that aren't exposed to the elements. When staining occurs, the surface will need to be repainted. The costs of repainting can easily cause a project to exceed its original budget.
There are several measures you can employ to decrease your paint's chances of leaching. Some preventative measures include:
If painting is outside your wheelhouse of expertise or you would like to have a professional do the job right the first time, Major Painting Company is happy to help. Our qualified, experienced, trusted painters have been serving the Lee's Summit and Greater Kansas City metro area for decades. We provide commercial and residential painting services and are adept in both interior and exterior projects. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.