How to Extend the Life Expectancy of Exterior Paint in Los Alamos, CA; Quality, Primer, Painting & More

Over time, no matter how perfect the process was, paint eventually peels, flakes, blisters, fades and/or cracks. Particularly if the paint is adored, homeowners want the paint to last as long as possible. To protect your paint from the climate changes, varying weather conditions, UV rays, and the passage of time among other elements, we at McKay’s Painting would like to share some tips to extend the life of your paint.

Best Exterior Paint Quality & Application

Flexibility in the paint allows it to breathe. Paints with latex or water-based paints that are manufactured with 100% acrylic resin have flexibility making blisters, cracks, and peeling less likely to occur. The changing temperatures and the impact of varying weather affects the durability of the paint. Thin coats will crack, and too many coats of paint will easily fall apart due to the weight and under the stress of the different weather conditions. So, it is essential that application is done correctly. Keep in mind paint does not adhere to weathered wood as it lacks a solid surface to properly attach. It is highly recommended that the wood is stripped and sanded to make certain the paint is efficiently applied to wooden surfaces. Also, be sure the paint is properly selected, for indoor/outdoor use, and it is manufactured specific to your climate conditions as well as being made of high-quality.

Paint Primer for Exterior Walls & Trim

Too many are guilty of skipping primer, however, it impacts the final result of the paint and can make the quality poor and significantly reduce the longevity. To optimize the results, ensure to select the right primer for the surrounding factors.

Remove Old Peeling & Flaking Exterior Paint

Old paint, in some cases will need to be stripped first before painting it. A simple test can tell you if you need to strip, prime and paint, or simply prime and paint. Use a strip of duct tape, press it firmly to the surface and rip it off. If it is clean, you do not have to strip, but if chips of paint come off with the tape, you should strip it first.

What Happens if You Paint Over Mold & Mildew?

Painting over dirt and mildew is another common mistake and it will erode the paint and make the results look choppy and very sloppy. Scrub the surface well with one-part bleach and 3 parts bleach if there is any mildew and make sure the surface is fully dry before attempting to paint.

Avoid Painting in Direct Sunlight

As it dries, within 24 hours of a painting application, heat can make the paint blister. Professionals will make sure to paint around the sun as they move around the house to avoid excessive heat exposure. To avoid the blistering if you are painting the exterior yourself, be sure early morning to paint the southside, around noon tackle the west side, and later in the day you can easily paint the north and east sides.

What Happens when You Paint in High Humidity

Too much moisture or humidity exposure can potentially lead paint to blister and peel. Before painting interior walls that are constantly exposed to moisture, be sure to repair any exhaust vents or leaks and use dehumidifiers to remove the humidity. Only paint any surface dry. If you paint exterior surfaces within 48 hours of the last rainfall, you can expect the paint to pucker. To avoid retaining moisture and prevent collecting water, tilt the windowsills slightly downward, and have a wide roof overhangs to protect wall boards.

Interior & Exterior Painting in Ventura, Ojai, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills & Santa Barbara California

Painting any exterior or interior surface of your home or business can be challenging, and if you want it done efficiently and want it to last, call McKay’s Painting and let us take care of your project.

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