Sring House, PA (Vocus) March 28, 2007
With warm weather just around the corner, soon it will be time to begin those home exterior painting projects. "Whether you're contemplating a whole house re-do or a simple front door color change, spring is the perfect time to spruce up your home," offers Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert with the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute (PQI).
To get picture-perfect, long-lasting results, Zimmer shares these four basic rules for a successful and attractive exterior paint job.
1. Prepare the surface properly
Anyone who has ever painted knows that there is a natural tendency to start applying paint as quickly as possible. But even the best quality paints can fail if they are applied to a dirty or unsound surface.
Before beginning to paint, make sure the surface is clean and free of chalk and dirt. Use soap and water with a scrub brush, then rinse or, consider using a power washer, when may be rented or purchased. Treat any mildew on the surface with a 1:3 ratio mixture of household bleach and water. Apply the mixture and allow it to remain on the surface of 20 minutes. Be sure to wear eye protection.
Remove any loose, flaking or peeling paint by scraping, sanding or wire brushing. Feather back rough paint edges by sanding. If you are repainting a glossy surface, be sure to sand it so that the new paint will adhere better. And, spot prime any bare wood.
Finally, brush off any dust or particles left from the sanding and scraping prior to painting.
2. Buy top quality acrylic latex paint
To get a durable paint job, be sure to purchase the highest quality paint. A top quality acrylic latex paint is an excellent choice for most exterior applications. These paints have superior adhesion, and will maintain a tight grip on a properly prepared surface. This helps prevent premature paint failures like blistering, flaking and peeling.
Another plus with top quality acrylic latex paint is its flexibility, which enables it to expand and contract with the surface below when temperatures rise of fall dramatically. This adds to the life of the paint job.
3. Use the right tools and brushes
To get the best results from your top quality paint purchase apply it with good quality brushes, rollers and other applications equipment. They'll make the work more effortless and help you apply a thicker, more uniform coat of paint for a better-looking, longer lasting paint job.
With brushes and rollers, be sure that you have the right type of applicator for the paint you are applying. Use synthetic-bristle brushes that are tightly packed and well-balanced and synthetic-nap rollers for latex paints.
4. Paint in the right weather conditions
Weather conditions play an important role in both paint application as well as the long-term performance. Choose the right type of day to do your exterior painting. It's best to paint when the weather is mild but not to hot and when there is little or no wind. It's also best to avoid painting in direct sunshine, since the surface of your house can be 10 or even 20 degrees hotter than the air temperature, which can cause the paint to dry too quickly. By painting in moderate weather, you'll get the best performance from your paint and your effort.
By following these four simple steps, you'll get a long-lasting and attractive finish and add value and protection to your home," Zimmer says.
For more tips on home exterior painting, visit http://www.paintquality.com, where a great paint job begins.
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About The Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institutesm
The Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institutesm, based in Spring House, Pa., was formed by the Rohm and Haas Company, a worldwide producer of specialty materials, in 1989 with a charter of independence and objectivity to educate painters everywhere on the advantages of using high quality paint, as well as to inspire them with information on innovative ways to use paint and decorating and color trends. Please be sure to visit the Paint Quality Institute Web site at http://www.paintquality.com.
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