My paint is starting to look yellow. What should I do?

What is it?

Yellowing is when aging paint develops a yellow cast. This is most obvious in white finishes or clear varnish coats.

What are the possible causes?

  • Paint film is not exposed to enough sunlight, especially in areas behind appliances, inside cupboards, etc.
  • Yellowing can also happen with too much exposure to sunlight.
  • Oil-based or alkyd paints or varnishes become oxidised.
  • Heat emitted from heating ducts and stoves.

How can I fix this problem?

  • Use a high-quality latex paint which does not yellow.
  • Select a non-yellowing varnish.
  • Avoid alkyd paints as they are more susceptible to yellowing especially in areas that do not have access to light.