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    Question Peeling paint on house trim

    My house in 3 years old. The exterior trim has peeled in some areas & been touched up once. It is peeling again, any suggestions on the best method and paint (Brand names?)to resolve this problem?
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    Dennis

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    Dennis, I think it sort of depends on where you are and how much humidity you have. I presume that this is wood trim on a masonry home??? One reason it is peeling might be that the builder didn't prime the wood properly and just slapped a coat of paint on the bare wood. It probably would benefit from being scraped down to bare wood, then a coat of a good oil-based primer (which can be tinted to your color coat--or close to it) before putting your color coat on it.

    I'm no finishing expert, so you can probably assume that some of the experts will chime in, but this is my initial reaction to your problem.
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    i would have ta agree with nancy but the other cause could be moisturte coming in from somewhere..would be lookin for that as well. hey nancy one more time where it would help to have at least the state in the name area..
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    hey nancy one more time where it would help to have at least the state in the name area..
    Larry,

    HUH? It shows in my location that I'm in Rio Rancho, NM (that's NEW Mexico).. It's dry as a bone out here - 35% humidity is considered HIGH!!

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    Nancy
    I think Larry meant it would help if I had my location shown, I've added it
    Thanks for the response
    Dennis

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    Dennis,

    I have been painting the outside of our house, and used Kiltz primer first. It was recommented by my paint store and others on the web. Clean-up is a bit more than other primers, but it goes on easily and works very well.

    Check out their site for further info. I would highly recommend it.

    http://www.kilz.com/pages/default.aspx?NavID=61

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    Question Oil or water base Kilz primer?

    Greg
    Did you use the oil or water base Kilz primer?
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    Dennis

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    i have used both

    and for my shop ceiling i used water base, which covered the black markings very well ,, its great stuff either one.... KILZ rocks
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    No expert but I second the notion it's not just the paint. Painting peeling is a sign of bad prep work in most cases. There is something wrong under the paint. The surface is not prepared for the paint properly.
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    I've seen a lot of spec houses built with no primer on the exterior trim - just a quick coat of paint to "wrap it up" quickly. It will be a hassle to fix - sand/scrape, prime, and paint. Whatever you do, don't wrap it with aluminum break metal or vinyl. It would effectively trap moisture in the wood trim, promoting rot and fungus/mold growth.
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