Tips & Techniques


Poor Gloss Retention

May 08, 2017
A deterioration of the paint film may result in excessive or rapid loss of lustre of the topcoat.

POSSIBLE CAUSES

  • Using an interior paint outdoors
  • Using a lower-quality paint
  • Using a gloss, solvent-based paint in areas of direct sunlight

SOLUTION

While all types of paint will lose some degree of lustre over time, lower-quality paints generally lose their gloss much earlier than better grades of paint. The binder in top-quality acrylic water-based paints is especially resistant to UV-radiation, while solvent-based paints actually absorb the radiation, causing the binders to break down. 

When preparing the surface of a coating displaying poor gloss retention, follow the techniques outlined under Chalking.