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Poor Scrub Resistance

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Image of paint with poor scrub resistance.

Poor scrub resistance leads to the wearing away or removal of the paint film when scrubbed with a brush, sponge, or cloth.

What Causes It?
Poor scrub resistance can be caused by a number of conditions:

  • Choosing the wrong sheen for the area.
  • Using low quality paint.
  • Overly aggressively scrubbing the paint.
  • Allowing inadequate for the paint to dry before washing it.

How to Solve It
Areas that need frequent cleaning require a high quality paint formulated to provide such performance. High traffic areas may require a semi-gloss or gloss paint rather than a flat paint to provide such good scrub resistance.

Allow adequate dry time, as scrub resistance will not fully develop until the paint is thoroughly cured. Typically, this will be one week.

Try washing the painted surface with the least abrasive material and mildest detergent first.

Note: images provided by The Rohm & Hass Paint Quality Institute.

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