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    AKaeTrue Posts: 1,599, Reputation: 272
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    Feb 10, 2006, 11:42 AM
    Painted shutters - white powdery haze forming
    It was suggested to me where I bought my paint that I strip the enamel off because the paint was not sticking, so I did. Then I cleaned them with soap and rinsed them. I primed them then painted them. They looked really good. I let them dry for a day then put them on the house (last night). This afternoon when I went out to view the house w/ it's new shutters, I noticed a white haze on them. It can be rubbed off and forms a power type stuff but returns right before your eyes. You can also breathe your breath on it and it goes away, but as it dries, the haze comes back again right before your eyes. I took pic's but they are too big for the website - any suggestions about what's wrong and what can I do to fix this problem?
    Thank you,
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    Feb 10, 2006, 12:05 PM
    Are they wood shutters, and what kind of paint did you use? The old nitrocellulose lacquers used to do that if it was too humid, but haven't heard of anything like that in years. Maybe talk to where you bought the paint.
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    Feb 10, 2006, 05:04 PM
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    Feb 10, 2006, 05:07 PM
    Well, above is about the best manual resizing I can do.
    They are vinyl shutters w/ exterior latex paint.
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    Mar 26, 2006, 08:05 PM
    Rubbed off? Or washed off? As in if you have some perspiration/oils on your hands the film becomes more translucent and appears to be removed. If it magically reappears before your eyes then its just an illusion that it was removed by just rubbing it away and if that's the case its your paint. If it "grows" with time then it maybe moisture in the wood, are the flip sides of the shutters painted ?
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    Mar 29, 2006, 11:53 PM
    As strange as it was - perspiration/oils on hands did make it appear to go away, but it would come back. I left them alone - and one day the haze was gone and I've never seen it again. Still don't know what it was.
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    Mar 30, 2006, 06:21 AM
    Hi, Kae,
    It's been my experience over the last many years that this is mostly caused by "cheaper paints". Please don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you bought a "cheap" paint.
    The dull powder is usually caused by this.
    Hopefully, since the powder appearance is gone, it won't come back.
    Best of luck.
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    Mar 30, 2006, 05:41 PM
    American Tradition at Lowe's - interior/exterior semi gloss latex paint w/ matching tinted primer - probably not top notch; however, it was the most expensive paint and primer I've ever bought and the least impressive. I was very disappointed with it. I'm just happy what ever the problem was worked it's self out.

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