[Greenbuilding] moisture and painting issues in Seattle

Joe Killian kaa-ajk at sonic.net
Sun Jul 6 12:06:08 MDT 2014

   Some years ago I helped our daughter move out of an apartment the 
owner had painted with Behr paint just before they moved in.  It looked 
great.  He had told them not to clean the walls.  We did some wiping 
with a damp cloth anyway, wanting to leave it in good clean shape.  To 
my amazement the wall color came off on our cloths, and the spots we 
wiped were visibly losing their color.  We stopped any efforts to clean 
the walls.
   Now that was interior paint, and that was 10 or 15 years ago, maybe 
they've changed?, but for my money I'm not going anywhere near Behr 
paints.  We've had very good luck with several of the major paint 
brands.  Yes a bit more cost but we're interested in a long-lasting result.


On 7/6/2014 9:34 AM, Sacie Lambertson wrote:
> All,  I would appreciate advice vis a vis the following:
> An old 1904 house gutted and insulated not real well with fiberglass 
> batts, rewired, plumbed and painted by the previous owner.  The paint 
> job, done probably within the past 6-7 years over both old and new 
> clapboard is failing.
> A number of painters have looked at it, each having their own theory 
> and practice.  Photos taken of the outside in the cold indicate 
> likely, moisture from the inside, usually where the studs and floor 
> rims are.  (Paint failure no more here than elsewhere).
> Paint company reps suggest climate does not allow thorough clapboard 
> drying. Sun on damp clapboard causes previous paint to blister pulling 
> up all layers of previous paint to expose raw clapboard.  Notable, up 
> high where overhang protects, the paint is in good shape.  Best 
> practice would be to first scrap/sand as necessary, allow air behind 
> clapboard via 'widgets' placed every 12-18 inches followed by an 
> application of oil OR water-based primer and two coats of good paint.
> Would appreciate comments/advice on all aspects, including the use of 
> oil OR latex primer and why and the idea of allowing air behind clapboard.
> Curious too why paint reps, (two different known brands), sniff at 
> Behr paint the single most often recommended paint by Consumer 
> Reports.  Assume no discount from Home Depot to painters??
> Thanks, Sacie
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