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Dirt Pick-up

Dirt Pick-upAccumulation of dirt, dust particles and/or other debris on the paint film; may resemble mildew.

Possible Causes:

  • Use of a low quality paint, especially lower grades of satin or semi-gloss.

  • Soil splashing onto siding.

  • Air pollution, car exhaust and flying dust collecting on house body and horizontal trim.


  • Wash off all surface dirt before priming and painting, using a scrub brush and detergent solution, followed by a thorough rinsing with a garden hose. Heavier dirt accumulations may require the use of a power washer. While dirt pick-up can't be eliminated entirely, top quality exterior latex paints typically offer superior dirt pick-up resistance and washability. Also, higher gloss paints are more resistant to dirt pick-up than flat paints, which are more porous and can more easily entrap dirt.