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Why does interior paint fade?

One problem that many homeowners have once it’s too late to correct is that over the years, their new interior paint begins to look less concentrated in certain areas. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including ample natural lighting or simply choosing the wrong type of paint. In order to get the most out of your new transformative home investment, read on to learn how to keep interior paint from fading.





WHY DOES INTERIOR PAINT FADE?


The most common reason why homeowners notice that their interior paint is fading is due to penetrative UV rays. In many dyes, there are light-absorbing molecules called chromophores that provide the paint with the shade of colour that you fell in love with. UV light breaks these down and causes the colour to fade over time. Certain paints, like exterior paints, are made to withstand these effects. However, they often can’t be used indoors due to the chemicals present in them.

It’s crucial to discuss the type of paint that you’re looking into getting with your contractor to ensure that it’s suitable for the area that you’re repainting. They can also offer some tips and tricks on how to help preserve the pigment of indoor paint so you can get the most out of it.


HOW CAN YOU STOP INTERIOR PAINT FROM FADING?


There are a few different ways to address or prevent interior paint fade. Some of these include:


  • Choose the Right Colour. If you’re painting a room that receives an ample amount of natural sunlight, it’s important to keep in mind that choosing a darker colour may not be the best option. These absorb heat more than lighter shades, often causing them to drastically and noticeably fade.

  • Choose a High-Quality Paint. Although you may save a few extra quid on choosing a cheaper paint, that’s not always the best choice. High-quality paints often contain more durable and stable ingredients, such as pigments. This helps them provide more impressive and longer-lasting results.

  • Be Mindful of UV Exposure. If you’re painting a room that receives a lot of natural lighting, then it’s a good idea to consider getting curtains for the window. This will block out any harmful UV rays whenever you’re not in the room, making the paint job last longer.

  • Age: Over time, all paints may naturally degrade and fade as they are exposed to various environmental elements.

  • Interior Design: Rearrange furniture or decor to minimize exposure to direct sunlight. Consider rotating artwork or decorative items to distribute any fading that might occur more evenly.

  • Touch-Ups: For minor fading or small areas, consider spot touch-ups rather than repainting the entire surface. This can be an effective way to maintain the appearance without a full repaint.

  • Repainting: The most effective solution is to repaint the affected areas. Choose high-quality paint with UV protection or fade-resistant properties. Before repainting, ensure the surface is clean, dry, and properly prepared to achieve the best results.



Other factors, such as the quality of the painting, can also play a large role in achieving great-looking results. That’s why it’s important to consult with a professional painter before you start the process, to ensure that you’re taking all of the right steps the first time around.





About ProFinish (Bolton)


Our team at ProFinish (Bolton) helps transform and update residential homes & commercial properties by providing expert painting & decorating services. We work closely with homeowners and business owners and have many, many years of experience providing fantastic results. We also offer a satisfaction guarantee and are fully insured for homeowners’ peace-of-mind. For questions or to schedule a free estimate, visit our website: www.profinishpainters.co.uk or Ring/Text/WhatsApp us on 07591 334 212

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