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Old 03-14-2013, 02:40 PM  
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Default Eight years later - paint still wet?

I'm at my wit's end. Eight years ago we had the exterior of our home painted (Florida). The window frames are metal - not wood. My problem is that every time I wash the windows (exterior) it's as if the paint is still wet. i.e. the white paint streaks across the window if I get anywhere near the frames. It's exactly as if I'm trying to wash them only minutes after painting.

What the heck is up?


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Old 03-14-2013, 03:48 PM  
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cheap paint?


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cheap paint?
Even if that was the case what would make this happen?
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When the windows are dry, wipe your hand across the paint. If you have white dust on your hand, it's simply chalking of the coating. It's the natural aging process and not much to be worried about.
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Wow! That was it, alright. Looked like I'd painted my hand. What's the fix? Repaint? What kind of prep?
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Wow! That was it, alright. Looked like I'd painted my hand. What's the fix? Repaint? What kind of prep?
Chalking is just a natural aging process of paint. All paints chalk, but some more than others. Typically the better paints will chalk less, and this is one area where you get what you pay for. So spend an much as the budget will allow.

When you do repaint though, make sure to wash off all that chalk, as it will interfere with adhesion of your coating. A good rule of thumb for paint to stick is:

Clean
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Paul nailed it. The only thing I would add is that flat and cheaper quality paints will chalk sooner.
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sorta what I said in post 2
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Thanks, all, for your input. It's much appreciated.
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The easiest and trouble-free way to get rid of chalk paint is to simply soak the area with water. The idea is to let the water saturate the paint. Leaving it soaked for at least 24 hours would be ideal. That way, it’d be easier to scrape allowing it to be re-painted with smooth surface.


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