Oops, Water in Painted Stucco

February 10th, 2017

With stucco, you can either let it show its natural color, or you paint it. The problem with painting it is that if any water gets in behind the paint, there’s no way for it to get out. And paint cannot reliably keep water out in the first place—there are always cracks forming in the […]

Oops, No Ventilation

November 22nd, 2015

Peeling paint in only some areas of this exterior suggests vapor was gradually making its way through from the inside, loosening the bond between the paint and the wall. Behind the peeling areas you’re likely to find a bathroom, kitchen, or other humid area without a good vent. If this were new, tightly-sealed construction, but still […]

Cheap Bling

November 22nd, 2015

All the gold on this façade was done with one and a half packages of leaf, or about $22. Amazingly thin stuff at around 7-millionths of an inch—the same as gold plate—it’s thin enough sunlight can pass through.

Oops – Half-Off Paint Job

March 3rd, 2012

These apartments were only half-painted because: A. The co-owners didn’t agree on whether it was time to paint. B. The scaffolding company went into foreclosure after a month. C. A wealthy neighbor across Guerrero St paid only for the side that faced him. D. The owners chose the painter who’s estimate was only half the […]