Primer for the Outside Exterior paints are intended to bind to the paint rather than to the bare wood. Sure, you may paint bare wood with a good exterior paint, but if you want it to survive, prime it first. A thorough layer of exterior primer over existing paint is advised for troublesome areas, such as where oils are leaking through siding. The primer will protect the wood from moisture and the paint will cover that up.
Once your paint is dry, you can use a color matching primer if you'd like. It's not necessary, but it will help the new coat of paint adhere to the wood better.
The best way to keep your home looking great is with regular maintenance. When you take care of the small things now, they'll be easier to do later. Make sure you give your siding a thorough cleaning every year or two to prevent damage from happening faster. If there are any broken or chipped boards, have them repaired before they get worse. And don't forget about your windows - make sure they're closed and locked when you go on vacation so animals don't get in and break down your house!
There's no need to panic if you haven't painted in a while. 3 Let everything dry completely before moving onto the next step.
Priming exposed external wood prior to painting preserves the grain, eliminates bleed-through, and increases paint application. For similar reasons, it is also necessary to prime other materials such as stucco, metal, and concrete. It may appear to be more effort, but it may save you time and paint.
The best way to prime any surface is with a good quality acrylic primer. These products are easy to use and apply, don't require extensive preparation of the surface, and provide excellent coverage. They will not burn or crack when applied as directed and can increase the life of your paint job by protecting the surface underneath. The acrylic primer will dry completely in approximately an hour, so you should have no trouble keeping up with its drying time.
If you want to use oil-based primers instead, they are still available and they work just as well as their acrylic counterparts. However, they tend to be more expensive and they require deeper penetration into the wood's surface which may require additional prepping if you have very old or weathered wood.
Regardless of what type of primer you use, applying it is the easy part. You simply follow the instructions on the package/bottle for how much product to use and where. Then, using a putty knife or other tool, spread the primer evenly across the surface to be painted.
A primer is frequently used to conceal bright or dark colors or to conceal flaws. Choose your preferred paint finish as well. Exterior paints are available in a gloss, semi-gloss, satin, or flat finish.
The type of primer you should use depends on how you plan to apply the paint. If you're using a spray gun, choose a primer with an SPF of at least 20. This will help the final coat of paint adhere properly. If you're planning to brush or roll your own paint, choose a primer with a higher coverage percentage (more paint in one shot) and less than 100% absorption. This will help you get a smooth finish without any lumps left over from missed spots.
Exterior primers are available as aerosol cans or as tubes. Aerosols are easier to use but tend to run more slowly. Tubes must be shaken before use to mix the ingredients; they then need to be kept tightly sealed until application time to keep them fresh. There are also plug-ins on the market that fit into the bottom of an existing can of aerosol paint to provide an easy way to use a primer without having to open up the can.
The main ingredient in all primers is a thin layer of paint that sticks to anything it touches: walls, doors, etc.
Flat inside paint serves as a primer and can be overpainted with the appropriate external paint. If the interior paint is peeling, you must remove the peeling paint, scuff sand, and then use a bonding primer before applying the external paint. In addition, if the flooring is wood, apply a pre-catalyzed primer prior to painting.
For doors and windows, there are two types of paints: exterior and interior. Exterior door and window paints protect your home's exterior surface from the elements while providing color. These paints usually contain one or more of the following ingredients: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, antimony trioxide, and/or clay. They may also include extenders such as waxes to make them thinner yet still provide protection against insects and weather.
Interior door and window paints are used on painted or primed surfaces within your home to provide color and protect against wear-and-tear.
It is important to test a small sample of your paint for quality and color consistency before using it on a large area of your home.