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Exterior Painting


Exterior surfaces can be subjected to extremely harsh conditions. In southern climates, high temperatures subject paint films (as well as other construction materials) to repeated expansion and contraction.

High humidity and air borne mold spores make mildew growth inescapable. Insects and storms can damage wood.

All of these factors, and more, can cause damage to, or failure of, the paint film. To perform properly, an exterior paint should retain some flexibility, even after fully cured.
This characteristic will allow the film to expand and contract without developing cracking. cracking will permit water intrusion and subsequent peeling, as well as create the potential for more extensive damage.

A 100% acrylic latex paint will provide this flexibility. Alkyd paints continue to harden over time. As they do so, they become brittle and develop cracks.
Because of their chemical composition, alkyd paints are also more susceptible to mildew growth than latex paints. For these reasons, alkyd paints should be used sparingly on exterior surfaces.

The process for preparing exterior surfaces for painting begins with a thorough cleaning. Dirt, mildew, and other contaminants should be removed. (The section titled Mildew Removal explains this process.)

Loose paint should then be removed by scraping and/ or sanding. The edge of the area where the paint has been removed should be sanded. This will improve the appearance, as well as reduce the likelihood of the old paint loosing adhesion.

All bare wood and exposed metal should be primed with an appropriate primer. The primary purpose of a primer is to improve the adhesion of the paint to the substrate. Consequently, it is important to use a primer specifically formulated for the particular surface and compatible with the paint which will be used. Generally, it is not necessary to prime over areas with intact paint.

The final step in preparation is caulking. As a general rule, adjoining wood surfaces and areas where different construction materials meet should be caulked. However, excessive caulking can actually create problems by preventing moisture from escaping from walls, soffits, etc.

Proper preparation is crucial for a quality paint job. Applying paint over a dirty or contaminated surface will compromise the adhesion of the paint, resulting in premature failure.

On many structures, preparation will comprise the largest part of the job.
Paint can be applied by spray, brush, and/ or roller. Spraying is the preferred method, as it allows for more uniform coverage. However, spraying is not always practical.

 

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Our Company provides professional interior and exterior painting services throughout Volusia County, including the following communities:

Plantation Bay, Tymber Creek, Saddlers Run, Deer Ridge, Briargate, Hunter's Ridge, Shadow Crossing, Chelsford Heights, Breakaway Trails, Carriage Creek, Pine Creek Estates, Fairwinds Estate, Southern Pines, Pelican Bay, Town Part, Willow Run, Taylor Woods, Cypress Head, Waters Edge, Venetian Bay, Shadow Pines Estate, The Groves, Sweetwater Hills, The Landings, Spruce Creek Fly-in, Island Estates, Hammock Dunes, and surrounding areas.

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