Paint Problem Solver
Poor Gloss Retention


Deterioration of the paint, resulting in premature and/or excessive loss of gloss.


  • Use of an interior paint for an exterior application
  • Use of an oil-based paint in areas exposed to ultraviolet light, especially on a southern exposure


  • Surface preparation for a paint showing poor gloss retention should be similar to that for chalking. See Chalking for more information.
  • Use a high-quality, exterior, water-based latex paint, formulated to resist ultraviolet deterioration.

Please note that these suggestions are provided as a service to you. We are unable to guarantee or be responsible for the results obtained by these procedures. If you have additional questions, ask any of our expert sales associates.