Unfortunately, it’s an all-too-common practice for some contractors to thin the exterior paint they use before applying it to the exterior wall. Thinning exterior paint helps to reduce their overhead because less paint is used in the project, but it can cause significant problems for the homeowner down the road.
In this blog, we’re going to explore the problems associated with thinned-out paint, and how to select an exterior painting company—like Crash of Rhinos Painting—that is trustworthy and does things right.
What are the most-common problems associated with thinning exterior paint?
#1. Doing so modifies the color
When you water down exterior paint, it changes the color by making it lighter. This means that the end result often differs from the sample patches or the digital renderings, if the contractor provided them at all. Watered-down paint also causes inconsistencies, especially when the water and paint are poorly mixed. As a homeowner, you’ll notice this in the finished project, especially if your home is being painted in darker shades.
Avoiding this problem is as easy as finding a locally trusted exterior painting company that offers digital renderings, samples, and a free estimate. Get a pledge from that company that they don’t water down their paint supply.
#2. Consistency matters
Thinning paint changes its chemical consistency, which makes it less likely to cover the old color underneath. This is important: you don’t want the old paint showing through the new paint layer. In practical terms, this would mean that the contractor would need to apply multiple coats.
However, since come shadier contractors are thinning paint as a means of saving money, they’re probably not going to do that. Instead, they’ll bet that you might not notice the difference until they’ve been paid.
#3. It lowers the UV resistance
Watered-down paint doesn’t have the same properties as an untouched can does. When you add water, you change its properties. One problem with changed properties is a lack of UV resistance. Thinned paint will not withstand the sun as well. Faster fading means spending more money on touch-ups.
#4. It won’t stick as well
Exterior paint has a thick texture that helps it to stick to the stucco surface being painting. When you thin it out, it will not adhere to your home as well. This means that the paint is going to start peeling far, far earlier than it would have otherwise.
Think of exterior paint as a shield against the elements. If certain parts of that shield are significantly weakened, the whole structural integrity is compromised. The UV and adhesion issues caused by thinning exterior paint are going to mean that your freshly painted home will likely need to be repainted in less than 5 years. Not ideal!
Call Crash of Rhinos for exterior home painting done right
Consider this: Crash of Rhinos offers a 7-year warranty on our exterior painting. Why? Because we know we use the right paint and the right process, so that your home’s paint should last from 10-15 years, not 3-5.