There’s nothing quite like laying down a fresh coat of house paint. The colours are vibrant, the finish is smooth and the satisfaction is unrivalled. But we’re sorry to say that even the best paint job won’t remain perfect forever. Over time, paints begin to weather and fade until they are looking tired and in need of some TLC. In this article, we want to take a look at what causes paint to fade and what you can do to keep on top of the issue.

Why Do Exterior Paints Fade?

Paints are relatively simple products that are made of a few ingredients: resin, pigment and solvent. Once you apply the paint to a wall, the solvent evaporates, leaving behind the pigment sealed in a layer of dried resin. Over time both the resin and pigment begin to lose their protective and colourful properties due to a few main reasons:

Why Do Interior Paints Fade?

The exterior of your house might have to withstand the sun and rain, but the interior has the rough and tumble of family life to contend with. Interior paints fade for most of the same reasons that exterior paints do. Exposure to sunlight, heat, hard use and temperature fluctuations all contribute to the breakdown of paint coatings. Since interior paints usually don’t include things like anti-UV additives, the effects of sunlight can seem even more obvious on the inside of your home. Preventing this is as simple as choosing high-quality paints, though many people opt for the additional protection of window films that reflect UV rays.

How Do I Stop Paint From Fading?

There is no perfect way to stop paint from fading. Modern painting systems are tough and can last for decades even in the sun, but there are a few things you can do to get longer life from your house paint:

When is it Time to Repaint?

The answer to this question is entirely up to you. Faded house paints don’t look very nice, and they often develop an unpleasant chalky texture, but the faded paint isn’t harmful. Repainting is mostly about protecting your house for longer. Paints and coatings like varnish are an important part of protecting timber decking and house cladding from the sun and weather. Your house won’t immediately fall apart due to faded paint, however, it’s something you should get fixed when you can. After all, a fresh paint job is more cost-effective than having to replace the weatherboards on an entire home.

Ready to Repaint Your Home? Contact Pristine Painting Perfection Today!

When it comes time to repaint your home, it pays to invest in products that will stand up to whatever you can throw at them. The experienced team at Pristine Painting Perfection are more than happy to help you with any interior and exterior repainting you need! As Gold Coast locals we have a thorough understanding of the coastal elements your home is battling, and we will design and specify a paint system that can keep your home looking brighter for longer. Chat to us today if you’d like to know more about our paint products or if you want to book a consultation.