Saturday, 30 July 2011

Exterior Paint

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Exterior Paint Problems - What to Look Out For and How to Solve Them

There's nothing like a new lick of paint to make a house really look great. Adding a fresh coat and touching up the shutters can take years off the age of your home. But when your house is having exterior paint problems, it can truly give it that run down feeling. Exterior paint problems are disheartening, the most important thing is to recognize and solve them quickly. Following are a few common problems that can occur with your houses exterior paint and how you can fix them.

Be sure to read the information below carefully, as the learning process should never be overlooked. Everyone wants their home to be a thing of beauty, but in order to accomplish that, you have to do your homework. In order to master the basics you don't need a lot of experience. In fact, you really don't need any experience: just a bit of common sense and a willingness to learn.

Being cautious never hurts, don't assume that leaving it all to the professionals will be enough. Why not supervise the whole process in order to ensure that absolutely nothing goes wrong? If you're not exactly sure of what you want and are unaware of the problems you may face, you can't expect everything to turn out great: as a homeowner, you have a responsibility, be sure to keep that in mind.

Peeling paint is probably the most common problem you are likely to face. Painters have found that often, the biggest cause of peeling paint is that old paint hasn't been removed prior to the latest coat. The paint should be sanded back so that further coats will not peel. This simple step will greatly improve the look of your home.

Cracks generally appear in exterior paint when a flat paint is placed over a high sheen paint. The best solution for this problem is to scrape the effected areas back and repaint.

Another common problem is mildew which can be seen as dark spots on your walls. Generally, you will see either black or brown spots on the paint, this means that there is mildew underneath the surface which will continue to grow. In some areas homes are far more prone to mildew due to climate issues and temperature changes. If you do not prime bare wood before painting it, you are leaving it very vulnerable to mildew growth. Priming exterior wood of your home is a critical part of the painting process. Mildew can be removed with bleach diluted in water.

Rust spots on your exterior walls are often caused by old nails. When nail heads are on the surface and come in contact with the elements they can easily rust out. As they are affected by moisture (like heavy rains), they can rust and create reddish-brown to black stains on the paint surface. Some people have solved this problem by removing the nail heads and replacing them with ceramic-coated construction screws which are fully rust-resistant. You then of course have to touch up the paint over the rust spots.

Did you expect a whole novel? Sorry to let you down then! The information you have just received should be enough to make you feel confident that yes, I have mastered the basics. You should now be in a position that enables you to carefully supervise your painter to make sure that everything turns out exactly as you have planned, congratulations! Being informed can get you far in life, and it seems that you have made a solid first step towards being in total control when it comes to the appearance of your home.

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