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Poor Scrub Resistance

DESCRIPTION
Wearing away or removal of the paint film when scrubbed with a brush, sponge, or cloth.
POSSIBLE CAUSES
  • Inadequate length of time allowed for paint to fully dry (i.e., cure) before washing or scrubbing.
  • Use of an abrasive cleaner.
  • Choosing the wrong sheen or product for the area.
SOLUTIONS
Allow adequate dry time, as scrub resistance will not fully develop until the paint is thoroughly cured.

Try washing the painted surface with the least abrasive material – sponge or cloth and water, or the mildest detergent first.

High traffic areas may require a semi-gloss or gloss paint rather than a flat or satin paint to provide good scrub resistance.

Alkyd/oil-based paints are generally more scrubbable than latex coatings.

Exterior products will seldom provide a scrubbable surface as they are softer and more flexible to accommodate the expansion and contraction caused by temperature and humidity changes. Wash exterior surfaces carefully with a mild cleaning solution.