How to Slow Down Exterior Paint Fading

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Did you ever wonder why your commercial building’s exterior paint fades faster than its interior paint?

When paint is exposed to UV rays, harsh weather, or air pollution for long periods of time, its pigments will gradually begin to break down. Eventually, this breakdown leads to fading.

There’s no avoiding the sun in South Florida. Given the amount of sunlight and high temperatures, it’s inevitable that your commercial property’s paint will fade over time. While there’s no way to prevent exterior paint from completely fading, fortunately, there are some ways to slow it down.

What exterior paint colors fade the least?

Neutral tones (gray, beige, and white) retain color longer, while vibrant tones (yellows, reds, dark and deep shades) are more likely to fade quicker. 

When compared to dark shades, light shades absorb less heat and retain less moisture. So, if you prefer color, it’s better to opt for lighter shades.

If you do want to use a darker color on your commercial building, consider using it on the entrance door or windows. Not only will this make a statement, it’ll also make retouching much easier when that color begins to fade. 

3 Tips To Slow Down Exterior Paint Fading

Use exterior-grade paint

Using the same paint inside and outside might seem like a good idea. However, one of the most effective ways to reduce fading is to use exterior paint that has a reflective layer. Besides being of higher quality than interior paint, exterior paint contains chemicals that protect it against UV rays.

Known for their weather-resistant qualities and durability, some of the most trusted brands we use for exterior-grade paint are Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, and PPG. 

Inspect and maintain the paint

No paint job will last forever, and exterior paints must be maintained to stay resilient and in good condition. The key is to regularly check your building and take action as soon as you notice any signs of damage or deterioration to its paint.

Keep in mind, if paint looks faded, the walls of your building may be more vulnerable. Typically, acrylic paint lasts around 5-10 years, while elastomeric paint lasts about 10-20 years. Once it’s been longer than that, it’s time to repaint your commercial property.

Pressure washing 

We recommend pressure washing once or twice a year as part of regular maintenance. Pressuring washing your commercial building regularly can help prevent mold and mildew from forming and keep it in good shape overall.

We also recommend pressure washing before a repaint. To make sure that the new coat of paint sticks well, pressure wash your building to remove any old or flaking paint.

Count On Our Commercial Painting Experts 

Looking for a way to make your new commercial building’s paint last longer? Or is it time for a repaint with UV-resistant paint? Let’s get started!

Contact Sepi Painting & Waterproofing today for a free estimate!