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When a historical home is suffering from neglect or just normal wear and tear due to its age, learning to decipher what the problem is can go a long way toward restoration and preservation. For homes with cracked or crumbling walls and damaged paint, the restoration process can be made a lot easier if homeowners know what is causing the damage. Utilizing the extensive knowledge of Colorado Springs painting contractors will help restore the home to its former beauty.

There are a myriad of ways that a home's painted surfaces can be damaged. Dirt is typically the biggest problem. Old homes were heated by fireplaces or coal fired furnaces, which emitted a significant amount of smoke. That dirt became embedded in the walls and highlighted the patterns in plaster and made the original paint look extremely dingy. Water is another extremely common contributor to paint damage. Whether it's coming from neglected roofs and windows or faulty plumbing, many historical homes are sagging from water damage. Painted plaster walls are especially susceptible to water damage, especially if it the paint was sealed with glue. These types of walls typically have paint separation, which continues even with small amounts of water contact.

Age and sunlight contribute to a paint's fragility.

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Oil based paints were made with linseed oil, which leads to very brittle paint after decades of sun and wear. The linseed oil also darkens over time when it doesn't get any ultraviolet exposure, so the paint behind long hanging pictures might be many shades darker than the exposed paint. If it's painted over, it turns an unsightly yellow brown color.

In cases where the paint needs to removed, it can be removed with a variety of methods. Homeowners should always consult with experts before removing paint to eliminate any dangers of lead poisoning. Heat is effective at removing old paint, but it can be dangerous when the contents of the paint are unknown. Scraping tends to be the best method by mostly eliminating health hazards. Using the proper tools and tried and true methods will preserve the surface beneath the paint. Chemical stripping is sometimes used, but the chemicals are more likely to damage wood surfaces if they're left on too long. Water based paints, like distemper, can be removed easily using mild cleaners like water and vinegar.

Recognizing exactly what's causing the paint damage will ensure its repair and replacement are done properly without harming the home's historic integrity.

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