Oil-based paints have excellent qualities of adherence, which is essential for a durable outdoor paint product. Their main disadvantage is brittleness that can lead to cracking.
Even with this drawback, oil-based outdoor paint is the desired formulation under two circumstances. The first has to do with an exterior surface that is heavy with chalking. The second issue crops up when the new oil-based paint is being applied over four or more layers of old oil-based paint. In both instances, only the oil-based paint should be used.
Oil-based paints should never be applied directly to unpainted masonry or galvanized iron. The paint fails rapidly on these surfaces.
Any messes incurred with oil-based paints demand that they be cleaned up with paint thinner and rags. The brushes and rollers must also be soaked in thinner until completely free of paint in order to be reused. Unlike water, paint thinner has a very strong odor and the thinner-soaked rags used for cleanup must be properly disposed of as paint thinner is highly flammable.
Repainting an exterior requires much research into the outdoor paint type and color as the project will make a significant dent in the budget. The results must not only be visually appealing, but that visual appeal must last a long time so the process does not have to be repeated in a few years. Choosing the right type of paint for the job may be the most important consideration of all in terms of durability.
The New England states are fortunate to have a rich mix of historical homes, traditional homes and homes featuring the most modern designs and amenities. Homeowners there need professional advice before considering repainting their exterior. Here at United Home Experts, our team can advise you on the nature of their existing surface and how to properly deal with it.
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