Exterior Painting Shortcuts to Avoid

Exterior paint has risen almost twice as much in price since 1995, but R&D (Research and Development) has resisted, making most of the exterior paints much longer. Understanding the cost of high-quality 100 percent Acrylic paints now available, along with other specific materials, time and effort, most of us have an external painting job completed, do not wish to replicate this in the near future at any time. If you would like to learn more about this, please check out Proline Painting Services Inc-Painting Company.

Today, most painting jobs on the outside last anywhere from 12-25 years , depending on the consistency of the exterior paint. Even using the very best goods and materials, however, does not guarantee the paint warranty specified on the box. The following are key tips for avoiding harsh elements when painting an exterior, ensuring lasting beauty and protection against weathers.

1) Never use and paint products on the same day when washing power: this refers to caulk and primers. Allowing the substratum to dry out completely from cracks and crevices would normally ensure a dry surface for these items to stick to and bond to 24-48 hours after power washing is finished. Many times unscrupulous painting contractors who are in a rush to start and finish an exterior painting job will start caulking and priming power washing the same day, which is a big no-no.

2) Do not think that power washing takes the place of scraping: hand scraping is required after power washing is completed and completely dried out. Power washing only removes dirt and grime, and large chunks of moving, curling paint. High pressure washing will damage the wood surface, washing too close to the surface, so the order of business is to use a hand scraper, just as a dentist uses a tool to check for cavities.

3) Caulking over old caulk: old caulk is often removed from at least one surface substratum, if not both, at 90 degree angles, say where the trim meets the edge. Not caulk over old caulk, as this separation has already happened with old caulk, and if old caulk isn’t replaced, new caulk will follow the same separation lines. There is a little more time involved, but well worth the effort before any paint is applied to the exterior.

4) Do not paint on bare wood areas with finished coat paint: bare wood can obtain much better priming than trimming or body painting with your choice of colors. Outside primers are made to have stronger bonding properties within the paint than finish coats, thereby allowing the finish coats to bind much stronger than bare wood to the exterior primers. Upon removal of all loose flaking paint, add a dense uniform outer priming coat to all bare wood surfaces.

5) Do not think that 1 coat is adequate: for paint warranty, each paint supplier suggested mill thicknesses. Knowing that more paint is required, this suggestion is not meant to line up the painting firms’ pocketbooks, but rather how the specific paint was evaluated before rolling out to the public, wasting countless dollars on R&D. Yes, paint suppliers will benefit from further paint sales, but you will benefit from a consistent standard and quality finish as well as following the instructions provided on the paint can. Exterior painting typically requires 13-16 mills of wet space. This can be achieved by applying 2 separate coats of 6-10 mills of wet paint each wet on dry method.

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