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This article discusses how to study the site history of a building to gather key information used when diagnosing the cause of building paint job failures like peeling, cracking, chalking, or bubbling. We provide a suggested paint failure checklist for gathering information about the building.
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We provide a detailed site checklist used when inspecting buildings with peeling, flaking, or other paint problems. We include photographs of paint failures on buildings and more photos of forensic paint laboratory examination of samples of failed paint useful to assist in diagnosing the probable cause of each type of paint failure.
Our most exhaustive list of paint failure types is at PAINT FAILURE DICTIONARY.
Our page top photo shows unambiguous evidence of ice dam leaks onto and into a building wall - certainly a contributor to paint failure on this structure and risking a hidden mold, insect damage, or rot problem as well. Readers should also see Paint Failure Case Photographs-SITE and then Paint Failure Case Photographs-LAB, and see PAINT & STAIN GUIDE, EXTERIOR for a guide to the selection and proper application of paints and stains on exterior wood surfaces.
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