Painted timber weatherboards – peeling or flaking paint

Cause

Thermal expansion and contraction of timber substrates

Repair

  • oil-based paint should generally not be applied over water-based paint. To determine whether an existing paint finish is water-based or solvent-based:

    • soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol (isopropyl or ethyl alcohol), an acetone-based nail polish remover or lacquer thinner

    • rub it over a small, inconspicuous section of wall

    • if paint comes off, it is water-based; if unaffected, it is a solvent-based paint

  • follow the preparation and repainting guidance for the first repair. Apply at least two coats of good quality high-gloss or semi-gloss water-based paint.

Cause

Loss of adhesion due to excess moisture in substrate

Repair

  • follow the preparation and repainting guidance for the first repair. Be careful with preparation, ensuring the substrate is completely dry before painting begins.

Cause

Poor initial substrate preparation

Repair

  • follow the preparation and repainting guidance for the first repair. Be careful with preparation, ensuring the substrate is completely clean and dry before painting begins.

Cause

Oil-based (alkyd) paint applied over water-based (acrylic) paint

Repair

  • oil-based paint should generally not be applied over water-based paint. To determine whether an existing paint finish is water-based or solvent-based:

    • soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol (isopropyl or ethyl alcohol), an acetone-based nail polish remover or lacquer thinner

    • rub it over a small, inconspicuous section of wall

    • if paint comes off, it is water-based; if unaffected, it is a solvent-based paint

  • follow the preparation and repainting guidance for the first repair. Apply at least two coats of good quality high-gloss or semi-gloss water-based paint.

Cause

Surface was damp or dirty when painted previously

Repair

  • follow the preparation and repainting guidance for the first repair. Be careful with preparation, ensuring the substrate is completely clean and dry before painting begins.

Cause

Dark colours 

Repair

  • follow the preparation and repainting guidance for the first repair. Scrape off the old dark-coloured paint. Repaint with a good quality high-gloss or semi-gloss acrylic paint in a lighter colour. Darker colours attract heat, which can cause greater expansion/contraction of the timber, and thus a reduced lifespan for the paintwork.

Cause

Timber swelling/shrinkage caused by moisture absorption into timber end grain if joints were not adequately primed before installation

Repair

  • follow the preparation and repainting guidance for the first repair. After scraping and removing loose paint, pay particular attention to any joints, gaps, cracks or splits in the weatherboards. Ensure they are primed and/or filled with flexible filler as appropriate before painting – follow the product manufacturer’s guidance.

Cause

Paint coating is not thick enough on sharp board corners 

Repair

  • follow the preparation and repainting guidance for the first repair. Ensure very sharp corners are rounded when sanding to help paint to adhere.