October 19

Should You Paint Over Rotten Wood?


Painting over rotted wood may seem like a quick fix to improving the appearance of your home. Doing so can actually make the problem worse. When your wood is rotten, “out of sight, out of mind” is not the way to deal with the issue. Learn when to fix the wood first instead of painting over in this article:

Don’t Paint Wood When…


Termites can do serious damage to your home. They can eat and damage your walls. If you see your walls cracked or the wood is hallow sounding, termites may have taken over. Painting over termite infested walls will not rid you of your termite problem. You need to eliminate the termite infestation first. Call a professional pest control company to get rid of the issue before painting your walls.


When water soaks into wood, it can cause it to soak and swell. Eventually, the wood can deteriorate and fall apart. You may need to replace wood panels before painting your walls. Painting over the wet wood will not prevent it from falling apart.


Molding walls are very dangerous for your health and should be removed immediately. Mold releases toxins causing lung irritation, allergies, and more concerns. Painting over mold should never be done. You need to get rid of the spores before they spread in your home.

Mark Powers Painting can evaluate whether painting your residential or commercial property is safe. Contact us today to work with professional house painters in Beaverton, Tigard, and Portland Oregon.


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