Our Four Tips for a Perfect Exterior Paint Job
Is exterior painting on your 2019 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.
Q...So, what are the four tips for a great-looking, long-lasting paint job? A...we recommend following the four tips below.
Prepare The Surface Properly. A professional-looking paint job always begins with good surface preparation. The surface should be clean and sound, free of dirt, mildew, and loose, flaking, or peeling paint. Areas that are bare – because they are unpainted or because the paint has worn off – should be primed with a top quality exterior primer before they are painted.
Use Quality Brushes and Rollers. Quality tools and accessories make the painting more effortless and apply a thicker, more uniform coat of paint, which in turn enhances 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., 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 correct 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 as 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 to form.
Already Painted Metal: Remove loose or peeling paint with a scraper and/or sandpaper, then sand any glossy areas using wet and dry to a dull finish. If needed, use an oxy- bleach solution 1part bleach to 4 parts water to remove mildew/mould. Next, wash the surface and wipe clean, and let thoroughly dry. Prime all areas 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, I tend to use Owatrol E-B Bonding Primer, but there are many different products out there 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 prior to painting.
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