Fading / Poor Color Retention

Fading / Poor Color Retention

Premature and/or excessive lightening of the paint color, which often
occurs on surfaces with sunny southern exposure. Fading/poor color
retention can also be a result of chalking of the coating.

Possible Causes
Use of an interior grade of paint for an outdoor application.
Use of a lower quality paint, leading to rapid degradation (chalking) of
the paint film.
Use of a paint color that is particularly vulnerable to UV radiation (most notably certain bright reds, blues,
and yellows).
Tinting a white paint not intended for tinting, or overtinting a light or medium paint base.

Solution
When fading/poor color retention is a result of chalking, it is necessary to remove as much of the chalk as
possible (see Chalking). In repainting, be sure to use a quality exterior house paint in colors recommended
for exterior use.

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