Poor scrub resistance can be identified if paint film wears away when scrubbed with a brush, sponge or cloth.

Possible Cause

It can be caused by any of the following things:

  • Choosing the wrong sheen for the area
  • Use of lower quality paint
  • Use of an overly aggressive scrub medium (see also Burnishing)
  • Inadequate dry time allowed after application of the paint before washing it

 

Solution

Areas that require frequent cleaning should be painted with a highly washable premium quality paint that’s specially formulated to provide scrub resistance. High traffic areas may require a low sheen, semi-gloss or gloss paint rather than a flat paint because the additional gloss is less porous and provides improved scrub resistance.

Once you’ve completed your paintwork, always allow an adequate dry time, as scrub resistance does not fully develop until the paint is thoroughly cured. Typically, this is one week. Try washing the painted surface with the least abrasive material and mildest detergent first. For optimum scrub resistance, we recommend using Dulux Wash&Wear®.


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