Types of Outdoor Paint

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Outdoor paint is available for different surfaces, to create specific finishes or textures and in a wide variety of color options. Before you start painting the exterior of your home, business, garage, shed or even your barn, learn about the different types of outdoor paint and choose a type best suited for your needs. Learning about the different types will also give you an idea of how to paint the exterior surfaces.

Water-Based Paint

  • Water-based paints like latex, vinyl and acrylic paints are most preferred for exterior surfaces. These types of outdoor paint should be applied to prepared surfaces when the temperature outdoors is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, the drying paint should not be allowed to freeze before drying completely. Water-based paints dry quickly and are easily cleaned with soap and water. These outdoor paint types breathe and eliminate moisture problems, are nearly odorless and work great on metal, aluminum, vinyl, wood and brick siding. Water-based paints are available in different lusters referred to as gloss, flat and semi-glass or satin. Water-based paints such as latex paint are ideal for porches, garages, house siding, concrete, decks, stucco, cement and even shingles.

Oil-Based Paint

  • Oil-based paints are better for certain house sidings. Though oil paints take longer to dry and are harder to clean, they adhere better for a more permanent coating. Oil-based paints like alkyd are more stain resistant because they have a chalking, oxidizing effect that causes the paint to slowly fade away over time, removing stains from itself by chalking away into a fine dust that washes away slowly with rainwater. Paints with this chalking effect are best for areas that do not normally receive frequent rainfalls or areas that receive too few rain showers. Oil-based paints are available for painting garages, porches, decks, concrete gutters, metal and aluminum siding and vinyl siding.

Primer

  • Another type of paint to consider when painting the exterior of your home is primer paint. Exterior primer paint is available in both oil and water bases and should be applied before paint colors to provide a better base coat for the paint, to hold the paint on the surface longer. The type of primer (oil or water) should match the type of outdoor paint you choose; as mismatching the types will cause problems in the paint that will require more frequent repainting.

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