Used to give color to blank spaces, paint has several uses. Exterior paints, especially, do more than just beautify. These also protect the surface of the object being painted.
Exterior paints are used on roofs, walls, ceilings and other surfaces. This type of paint are made of four basic substances—pigment, binder, thinner and additives.
Compared to watercolor, canvas paint and other paint types, exterior paints are made to resist harsh weather conditions. These can also protect the surface from ultraviolet and infrared lights, hail, rain and mildew that can cause physical damage.
Exterior paints can be applied using a paintbrush, roller or spray. Usually a paint brush is used to paint crevices and corners. Rollers, on the other hand, are used for quicker application of the paint. But the most effective and clean way of applying exterior paint is by using a airless sprayer.
Exterior paints are available in different colors. From white to black, red to periwinkle, you will certainly find a color you want. If you have to pick a color, though, consider the temperature of your house’s or building’s location.
Using dark colored paints in warm places will only make your house or office warmer. Light colors absorb less heat and provide a bright and welcoming design to your house’s or building’s exterior.
You can choose from flat, satin, semi-glossy and glossy finish. However, you have to be wary of choosing the right finish since it could affect the durability of the paint. Generally, flat finishes are not that durable because it use extenders to lower the gloss.
Exterior paints dry in four ways. One, the solvent evaporates, such as in the case of lacquer paints. Two, the substances undergo oxidation and polymerization, like in the case of those paints that use linseed oil. Three, the water evaporate and fusion takes place, like what happens in latex paints. And four, a chemical is used to catalyze or quicken the drying process.
With the right exterior paint, you don’t only make the outside appearance of your home or building beautiful. You also protect its surface from easily disintegrating.