Archive for Mold and Mildew Problems

Mildew-proofing the Exterior of a Beach Area Home

Mildew loves a warm, moist environment. This La Jolla beach area home, with old, linseed oil based, stained cedar siding, provided the food that dirty, unsightly mildew just loves to gobble up!. The owner was looking for a local La Jolla housepainter with specific experience mitigating the mold and mildew.

After removing all trace mildew spores by pressure washing clean with sodium hypochlorite bleach (Clorox) and a bio-degradable soap as a surfactant, we applied Amteco Mildew Sealer, a clear super mildew retardant followed by Amteco W-100UV, a clear flat sheen acrylic  that we turned into a semi-transparent finish with paint added to it in a 5:1 ratio. The result is a beautiful 10 year finish that will stay mildew free with washing off of the ocean contaminants every few years.

Exterior Mildew and Mold on Wood

Mildew and mold are unsightly and can damage exterior paints and stains. For some people Their presence is even a health hazard. Some paints and stains are made so cheaply that they not only allow mildew and mold to grow on their surface but some of these cheap coatings actually feed the infestation.

To treat mold and mildew the surface must be wet down with household bleach and a soap. You know you have rid the surfaces of mold and mildew when it no longer is visible. If the surface to be re-coated has had substantial mold and mildew, it is wise to use Amteco Bio-Control primer. This specialty primer comes in clear or white base. If we are going over a semi-transparent wood stain that has had infestaion with mold or mildew and we wish to keep a transparent look, we will use the Amteco clear Bio-Control Primer and then top coat it with Amteco W-100 UV, which is a dead flat ultra violet stabilized clear. If we have a painted surface that is infested, we will bleach, coat with white base BioContol and then paint with a top quality paint finish. We have homes near or on the ocean that are free of mildew after 7-10 years. Watch the video an see!