The Guide | Introduction | Paint Failures | Surface Preparation | Surfaces | Caulk
Primers and Paints | Stains | Maintenance | Colour | Painting Pointers

Maintenance usually begins after the first year the paint project is completed. Maintenance is not terribly pain-staking if it is kept up with, providing homeowners have not cut corners. However, it is necessary to ensure the longevity of any paint project. If maintenance is neglected, the homeowner will pay for it in the end. Be sure to do annual inspections. Check for weathered areas, chalking, cracks, loose paint, nail stains, dirt, mildew, etc. Surfaces expand and contract as temperatures change from season to season, causing minor defects such as cracks in caulking. Keep up with repairs. Something that was not rotten this year might be rotten next year, which no one could have anticipated. Older homes with excessive coats of paint will require more attention unless the paint problems are repaired properly. There is no such thing as maintenance free.