Accumulation of dirt, dust particles and/or other debris on the paint film; may resemble mildew.

Possible cause

  • Use of low quality paint
  • Soil splashing onto the substrate
  • Air pollution, car exhaust and flying dust collecting on house body and horizontal trim

 

Solution

Wash off all surface dirt before priming and painting. If unsure whether the problem is dirt or mildew, conduct a simple spot-test (see Mould).

Clean off dirt with a scrub brush and detergent solution, followed by a thorough rinsing with a garden hose. Heavier dirt accumulations may require the use of a power washer.

While dirt pickup can't be eliminated entirely, top quality exterior latex paints typically offer superior dirt pickup resistance and washability. Also, higher gloss paints are more resistant to dirt pickup than flat paints, which are more porous and can more easily entrap dirt. Dulux recommends the use of Dulux Weathershield® Gloss for exterior surfaces.


More problem solving advice

Yellowing

Development of a yellow cast in aging paint solvent-based enamels

Wrinkling

A rough, crinkled paint surface occurring when paint forms a 'skin'.

Tannin staining

Brownish or tan discoloration on the paint surface due to migration of tannins from the substrate through the paint film.