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4 Steps to Protect Your Exterior Paint

Exterior paint not only helps to add curb appeal to your home, but it also adds a layer of protection to your home by protecting your home from the elements. When it comes to exterior paint, here are the 4 steps you should take to keep your exterior paint in proper working order.

1. Wash

Washing is the first most important step to any exterior paint project, whether it’s your home or a piece of outdoor furniture. It is crucial to thoroughly wash off any period paint or dirt that may have accumulated on the surface of the object you’re painting. Humidity and elements can cause mildew to buildup on the surface, therefore pressure washing the surface is a must before applying a new coat of paint.

2. Prime

Harsh weather elements take their toll on exterior paint. A good, high quality primer can save the surface you’re painting from rough weather. To help retain the richness of your chosen paint colour, select a primer that is tinted the same shade as the end colour.

3. Paint

Using the right type of paint for your project is also a very important step. The exterior paint on your home is subjected to a wide range of elements including UV rays, ice and moisture. Be sure to select a paint that won’t fade in the sunlight or crack in the cold to ensure that the surface is preserved. Acrylic latex paint tends to offer the most protection from the elements when it comes to exterior paint.

4. Drying

Regardless of whether you’re washing, priming or painting, it is important to allow for adequate drying times between each step. Exterior paint will last much longer and is easier to apply when each previous step is allowed to thoroughly dry before the next step is applied. Generally it is best to allow twenty-four hours between each step when possible, so always be sure to keep an eye on the local weather channel when you’re selecting a potential time to undertake your painting project.

Whether you’re looking for advice or a company to perform your next exterior paint project, the experts at ProRise painting are here to help! We specialize in exterior painting projects on both a large and small scale, from residential homes to commercial buildings and condos. Get in touch with our team today to schedule your exterior painting consultation.

           

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