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High quality exterior paint for all weather
Your home exterior is heavily exposed to both sun and rain. Painting your home with a good quality exterior paint color will work as a protective shield against not only the weather but also from insects and dirt.
Due to the exposure to the sun, and more specifically UV rays, your exterior paint will have a shorter lifespan than your interior paint. Because of this it’s important to choose the best paint to protect our home properly.
At Kooyman we want to assist you with choosing the right exterior paint for your home! To get the best result we have therefore put together some points to consider:
A primer can make the difference
Using a primer for your project doesn’t only provide high coverage for painting over dark or bright paint, it also helps providing a long-lasting finish by improving the adhesion.
Choosing the right primer also depends on which surface you are painting. If you are painting wood surfaces or covering stains, an oil-based primer is the way to go but also if you are painting metal that is prone to rust. When using water-based, you should also use a water based latex primer for the job. The great thing with water based is that they are easier to clean, they also dries faster.
When to use Oil-based Paint
Oil paint dries hard and gets a smooth finish and is therefore ideal doors, windows, porch floor, metal handrails etc. as it’s extremely durable.
Acrylic vs latex paint, what is the difference?
It could be quite confusing understanding the difference between acrylic and latex paint as latex are often referred to as “acrylic latex” while true acrylic paint is referred to as “100% acrylic.” This is because both are made from acrylic resins.
Latex versions is the most popular of them two and it’s available for many types of applications, both indoor and outdoor. It’s easy to work with as its water-based and provides good durability. The acrylic version on the other hand is even more durable and weather-resistant and that makes it perfect for high wear and tear.
An exterior latex paint tends to be “100% acrylic latex” as is the highest quality and holds up better to the weather and it’s slightly more elastic. It has the most acrylic resin and that makes it very durable and better adhesion to surfaces. Both latex and acrylic can expand and contract with temperature differences and is less susceptible to cracking and peeling that oil-based.
Acrylic paint is more water resistant than latex, and the color will not fade as fast due to its resistance to UV rays. But because of the higher price, more people chose Acrylic latex for their home.
Choosing the right sheen
Exterior paint comes in several sheens, from flat to glossy. When choosing the sheen, you need to remember that the glossier it is, the more likely it is to show imperfections such as brush strokes but at the same time it’s easier to clean. Most people choose the flat option for the wall surfaces and semi-gloss or glossy for details such as windows and railings.
Choosing the right color for your home exterior
There is one basic point to keep in mind when choosing the color for your exterior, the elements will have an impact on the color over time!
You should consider that direct exposure to sunlight over time will change the appearance of your exterior color. Over time your color will appear much lighter, it’s therefore wiser to select one or two shades darker than your original choice to compensate this. Colors will always appear lighter on a large surface than they do on a small sample so it’s therefor best to paint the samples directly on the wall to get their true appearance.
And on different walls around the property and choose spots that are not in direct sunlight, as bright sun distorts the color. Live with the samples for one or two weeks to see how it changes with the light and weather.
This specially with whites, beiges, and grays! Different kind of weather can bring out different undertones in the color. And a clear white could come across as too bright for your home and you might need to choose a color that has a more beige or gray undertone.