Exterior Painting 2021
On Your Spring to-do List?
There’s plenty of incentive to do the job right: By following simple correct procedures, you’ll help ensure that your paint job will not only look more attractive but also last much longer, so you won’t have to re-paint anytime soon.
Four Tips For a Great-Looking, Long-Lasting Paint Job
We recommend following the four tips below.
- Use Quality Brushes and Rollers.Quality tools and accessories make the painting more effortless and apply a thicker, more uniform paint coat, enhancing its durability. If you choose to speed your work by using power washing and spray equipment, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Apply a Quality Paint.The highest quality paints should adhere better, are far more flexible (to withstand expansion, contraction, or other movements in the exterior), and contain special additives to resist mould and mildew formation. That makes them much more durable than ordinary paints. In most cases, the best choice is a top quality 100% acrylic latex paint.
- Ideal Painting Weather Conditions.It’s best to do exterior painting in mild weather, ideally when the temperature is between 60° and 85° degrees F., (above 10° C during the day, and not below 0° C at night)with little or no wind. Paints form the most protective coating in this type of weather.
As you can see, it isn’t difficult to get a durable exterior paint job, as long as you go about things in the right way. Use these four tips to unlock the way to a perfect exterior paint job for your home.
Tips for Some Commonly Painted Surfaces.
Here’s advice explaining how to prepare different exterior surfaces for painting:
New Unpainted Wood:
Remove the dirt and other contaminants (if any present) by washing with soapy water. If mildew is present, apply a solution of one part oxy- bleach to four parts water, allow the solution to sit for 15-20 minutes, then scrub clean. Sand and spot-prime knots and other surface imperfections. Complete the job by applying a coat of acrylic primer to the entire surface, then apply two coats of your chosen type and colour paint.
Already Painted Wood:
Remove all the loose, peeling, or flaking paint with a scraper or wire brush, then sand any rough edges that remain. Dull any glossed painted areas with sandpaper with 80-120 grit and spot-prime those that have no paint at all. Brush off any remaining dust particles. If mildew or mould is present, remove it as described above.
New Unpainted Metal:
Remove any loose paint or rust with a scraper or wire brush, then wash the surface with soap and water, and rinse clean and let it dry probably. Apply a good metal primer "Zinc-Phosphate" with a stain blocker to help the paint adhere better, and paint quickly before new rust begins.
Already Painted Metal:
Remove loose or peeling paint with a scraper and sandpaper, then sand any glossy areas using wet and dry to a dull finish. If needed, use an oxy- bleach solution 1-part bleach to 4 parts water to remove mildew/mould. Next, wash the surface and wipe clean, and let thoroughly dry. Prime all areas (zinc phosphate) where any bare metal is exposed.
New Unpainted Masonry:
Render, brick or cement. Clean thoroughly with soap and water, and if necessary, use a wire brush to remove loose material, don't brush too hard. Treat weathered, very porous surfaces with a masonry conditioner, and I tend to use Owatrol E-B Bonding Primer. Many different products exist on the market to choose from before applying alkali-resistant 100% acrylic latex paint.
Previously Painted Masonry:
Render, brick or cement. Remove loose or peeling paint with a scraper or wire brush. If heavy “chalk” is present, remove that also using a wire brush. Wash the surface clean. On very porous surfaces, apply a masonry conditioner before painting.
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