Month: April 2020

Painting outdoors has a trick. Before doing so, you should know what the right time to paint, since rain is or humidity can affect the work. Also, the type of paint for exterior painting is key because being exposed to the changing climate; it must be resistant enough so that the color stays alive over time. If you are thinking of changing the color of the facade of your house or floor, this post is for you, since we have included the five main tips for you to paint outdoors like a professional. Let’s go step by step. 

Type of Paint

The latex is cleaned with soap and water, dries quickly, and has little odor. Alkyd paints require mineral spirits (paint thinner) for cleaning, rather than just soap and water. However, many professional painters prefer alkyd paint because it is durable, stain-resistant, flows very smoothly, and dries with fewer brush marks.

Which one you choose is up to you. Just remember that if you are going to apply latex paint over a surface where alkyd pai50nt has been applied, you must first prepare the wall surface to make sure the new coat adheres properly.

Always read the label

There is a wealth of information printed on the can that can help you get your painting project done right. Pay particular attention to instructions on how to prepare the surface and resistance of the paint to outside temperatures.

Prepare the surface

Clean the exterior of the house from dust, dirt, mold, and debris with a thick bristle brush. Use a hammer to remove the nails from the wall and fill in the gaps using outdoor putty. Be sure to scrape off the old paint.

Brush or Roller? The Eternal Dilemma

The brush and the roller have different uses. Use the brush for narrow surfaces, edges, and small areas and the roller for wider spaces where you need to quickly cover the surface.

Paint In The Shade

Painting with the sun directly on the chosen surface or painting a surface burned by the sun will make the fresh paint dry faster. As a result, it will not adhere well, and air blisters will develop. That is why it is preferable to paint while there is shade and do not hit the sun directly. Also, this way you will avoid melting in the sun!

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I have quite a bit of experience with painting, as I have painted everything from rooms to furniture … and anything else you can think of. I always achieved excellent results, except for one occasion: at that time when I painted the front door of my house. The door in question is metal and receives a good dose of sun in the afternoon. As a result, the metal heats up to oven temperature, and, over time, the paint deteriorates.

After applying the trial and error technique to many base and paint combinations for years, I discovered a successful formula. I tried it last summer on the outer side door of my house, which is also metal and exposed to the sun as much as the main one. No cracks have occurred.

So this spring, I intend to do the same at the front door.

Step 1. How to prepare the door to apply a new coat of paint

If your door has old paint, what you will need to do depends on the state of the paint. If the door finish is free of cracking or peeling, but simply needs a fresh coat of paint, just gently sand the surface and clean it. If the surface paint is cracked or chipped, it will need to be removed with a paint remover or hot air gun. I decided to use a chemical remover. When using a paint remover, it is essential to be careful not to damage the door metal with scratches or indentations. I followed the instructions on the can labels that I had used on previous projects.

It’s a chore and mess job, but it’s a necessary step if you want the new coat of paint to stick to the metal with no problem.

Step 2. Sand and clean

Once all the paint has been removed, sand all areas where the paint has not come off, then wash the door with TSP cleaner and rinse thoroughly. Let dry.

Step 3. Apply foundation

Apply a gripper base coat to the flat surfaces of the door. Use an angled brush to paint any area where there are low relief panels. Let dry.

Step 4.  Paint

Coat a light coat of exterior paint on flat door surfaces using a roller. Use the angled brush to paint any area where there is low relief or beveled panels. Let dry.

This is what the door looks like with a light coat of paint on the gray gripper base. Once the first coat dries, add a light second coat of paint and let dry. Make touches if necessary.…

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The function of exterior paint is not only to beautify but also to protect the surfaces of walls or floors. Therefore, choosing the right one requires analyzing not only its aesthetic contribution but also its characteristics, durability, and application techniques.

And to limit the options in colors, when choosing between such variety of exterior paints, they recommend taking into account the hue of the other houses in the neighborhood, as well as the natural landscape. For example, experts say, paints in shades of ocher and green work well in wooded regions, and those in earth tones are better suited to desert areas.

Regarding the wooden protective lacquers, they always suggest choosing the one with opaque tones, since these tend to last longer than the clear ones.

The selection process

Without a doubt, the color palettes that the businesses specialized in paints for the best of the home have created have become the first starting point in the selection process.

But, since the brightness of the preferred shade can change from brand to brand, as well as when observing it inside or outside the store, the advice is to buy the small sample cans to apply them on any of the front walls of the house and observe it to different hours of the day to see how the color varies.

Outside this point, the quality, durability, and finish of the paint must also be taken into account.

The Finishes And Their Uses

Like interior paints, exterior paints have different types of finishes designed to embellish brick, concrete, wood, or stucco walls, floors, and fences. According to Home Depot (HD) experts, these are the types of finishes to consider:

“Plain” or flat.- Paints with a “plain” finish, or with a matte finish, are the best option to cover imperfections. They are ideal for painting older, weather-worn walls, but because they are less waterproof than gloss paints, they should not be used in rainy, high-humidity areas.

‘Eggshell’ and satin.- Eggshell and satin finishes have a slight sheen and can also work well on walls, especially newer, softer ones.

“Semigloss” and “gloss”.- Gloss and semi-gloss finishes are most often used to highlight the details of the wood.

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