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Question DetailsAsked on 5/9/2011

Bubbling on wooden clapboard exterior

A home that is being considered to purchase has some bubbling on the wooden clapboard exterior. It appears on each side (not necessarily where sun is direct). Any suggestions for remedies, repairs, or indication of minimum or max problems. The house is newly painted (approx 1-2 yrs).

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Bubbling and blistering normally points to an issue with water vapor. It could just be an issue with when the previous paint jobs were done, or the age of the structure, but it could be something more serious. The best way to tell is to puncture and peel a blister and see what it pulls back to. If it pulls back to more paint, then it’s a paint job problem, but if it pulls back to wood, you might have something more serious on your hands. It’s probably a good idea to have a pro come out and look at it before you sign on the dotted line.

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