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What Went Wrong?



They say we learn more from our mistakes so PaintInfo publishes some educational advice in this section - letting you gain valuable experience at the expense of those who were left wondering 'What Went Wrong'.

  • It's Not Always the Paint - It isn't always the paint that lags in performance. Often the problem can be attributed to flaws in design, construction, or poor application procedures ...

  • Military Tank Farm Failure - The government awarded a painting contract to clean and paint the exterior of a steel fuel tank. The contractor maintained that all cleaning and painting was carried out according to environmental requirements but within months the paint coating was blistering and peeling ...

  • Bolt
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Corrosion - Shortly after construction, corrosion has appeared on the building's angle bracket supports ...

  • A Bad Choice of Paint System - This is a good example of where the choice of a coating system for a specific use would save a lot of time and unnecessary cost and labour ...

  • Unhappy Home Owners - After less than five years, rusting nails destroyed the exterior of this house -- one of 43 units in a complex. The builder did not use quality galvanized nails ...

  • Peeling Rubber - The owners asked the low bidder if he could "get down to budget". The contractor suggested cutting the Quality Assurance Program (here and there saving $700 - $800), and reduced his price by $1600. The owners agreed, and painting started the next week. Two months after the project was completed, bubbles and blisters began to appear ...

  • Too Much Color? - The weather was clear during the two days of painting with temperatures ranging from 55° F (12° C) to 78° F (25° C). Two weeks later, after a day of light rain, the owner noticed that the paint had lightened and was tacky to the touch ...