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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 present here the causes and simple solutions to common paint and finish problems facing many builders and new homeowners.

Hardwood Floors

Polyurethane finishes look "plastic", are prone to scratching, and need to be recoated frequently. Choosing a Finish for Hardwood Floors.

Coordination and sequencing of Floor finishes and Wall finishes many times leads to damage to walls by floor finishers, or damage to floors by painters.
More on sequencing finishing of wood floors.


Failure of inferior Deck Coatings, and improper drying and preparation of new wood leading to subsequent cupping, splitting, and warping of treated decking material.

DeckCare Blog

Driveways/ Concrete Patios

Improper mixing of ingredients, and incorrect water ratio leads to widespread irreparable weakness in a majority of residential applications, including stamped concrete installations. Solutions

  Mold Prevention and Cleaning-

Most homes suffer crawl space and attic mold that can be easily prevented. We explore options for mold cleaning and mold prevention. Mold Zap and Mold B Gone from Citrifresh are featured.

  Drywall Preparation & Finishing

Drywall finish problems lead to unacceptable paint finishes, and Nail-Pops lead to inconvenient and generally unacceptable repairs for the builder and new homeowner.

Drywall Dust is a controllable nuisance
. Homeowners should encourage their contractors to utilize dust-free solutions for all drywall and prepaint sanding.

Studs must be dry before drywall is installed in order to prevent most common Drywall Finish Problems

Paint Failures Exterior Wood Trim

Exterior Paint Failures resulting from the use of finger-jointed or
Pre-Primed exterior wood
siding, windows, and trim. See video

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

  Interior Paint Problems Cold Weather
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 Clear Finishes

The use of Marine Spar Varnish and other Exterior Polyurethanes on wooden entryways and doors leading to moisture entrapment, brittle film cracking, and guaranteed coating failure on exterior wood surfaces. See Video


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.


Check out BEE STOP for Carpenter BEES and other Flying Insects

Please try Citri Fresh Bee Stop.


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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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