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Old 04-24-2012, 10:10 PM   #1
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powdery look on paint finish

why has full gloss doors over time have a powdery feel to them


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Ok what is it, and where is it you painted?


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Old 04-25-2012, 08:27 AM   #3
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If it is oil based finish the paint is aging. "Chalking" is characteristic of oil finishes over time.

Harsh detergents can also cause the effect you describe. A rinse with a weak acid (add some vinegar to rinse water) MAY help.

Finally, the paint film may just be degrading. If it is vinyl and not acrylic it will dull just like your car interior.

How long since you painted? Is it time again?
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Sdsester is on it again! I agree with the chalky observation. Old oil-based paint is notorious for chalking up after 7 or 8 years, even sooner if exposed to direct sunlight. You could wipe them down with warm water and a mild detergent to see how well they clean up. Some chalky surfaces clean up well and look as good as the day the paint was applied. If they don't look so good at least you have them prepped for the next paint job.
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