Breckenridge Store: 970-423-6664
Silverthorne Store: 970-368-6225

Chalking

A fine powder can occur on the surface of the paint film during weathering, which can cause color fading.

What Causes It?

  • Although some degree of chalking is a normal, desirable way for a paint film to wear, excessive film erosion can result in heavy chalking.
  • The use of a lower-quality, highly pigmented paint or an interior paint can cause the paint to erode prematurely and cause chalking.

How to Solve It

  1. First, remove as much of the chalk residue as possible, using a stiff bristle brush (or wire brush on masonry) and then rinse thoroughly with a garden hose; or use power washing equipment.
  2. Check for any remaining chalk by running a hand over the surface after it dries. If noticeable chalk is still present, apply a quality oil-based or acrylic latex primer (or comparable sealer for masonry).
  3. Repaint with a quality exterior coating. If little or no chalk remains and the old paint is sound, no priming is necessary.
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    • Breckenridge Location

      0056 County RD. 450
      Breckenridge, CO 80424
      Phone: 970-423-6664
    • Silverthorne Location

      795 Blue River Parkway
      Silverthorne, CO 80498
      Phone: 970-368-6225
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