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Exterior Paint Upgrades—Repairs, Cleaning Steps, And Product Selection

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A heavy impact or weather variables could weaken an exterior surface and cause the paint to chip or fade prematurely. A commercial painting project should entail cleaning and repairing exposed surfaces. A painting contractor can advise on choosing superior paint products that are moisture and thermal resistant.

Cleaning Steps And Damage Essentials

Painting over dirty and damaged surfaces will affect how smooth, fresh paint will look once it has dried. Often, preliminary repair steps will require that surfaces are stripped back to the original material that a structure is made of. A painting contractor may use a power washer or a pressure washer to clean the surfaces first. Then, they will address the removal of the damaged paint.

Stucco, masonry, metal, and other structural materials may contain chips or dings on their surface. This type of repair work will require applying a patching compound that is compatible with the structural materials that are blemished. As a painting crew addresses the damage, they will work their way around your building. 

Paint Products

There are three main types of paint products. There are products that are designed for indoor use, outdoor use, and indoor/outdoor use. Resins are added to the paint during the manufacturing of indoor and outdoor products. Resins bond with paint and aid with adhering paint to surfaces that are being coated. Rigid resins are used to formulate interior paint products.

The rigidity of an interior paint product protects against scuffs and other permanent marks. A softer resin that is used to formulate an exterior paint product will protect against peeling, UV damage, moisture, and other items that could greatly affect the longevity of paint. A product that is designed to be used for indoor and outdoor applications will contain a resin that is suited for any type of atmosphere. 

This type of paint product will not emit heavy paint fumes like exterior paints give off. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are found in many exterior paint products. These compounds are noted for their noxious scent. The compounds aid with solidifying paint. Due to the health issues that are linked to breathing in VOCs, many manufacturers of interior paint products and interior/exterior products avoid adding VOCs to the paint that they mass produce.

Products that are designed solely for outdoor use may contain VOCs. The addition of the compounds does not normally pose a problem. This is due to the fact that fresh air will keep the area where fresh paint has been applied well-ventilated. The gasses that are noted for the unpleasant scent will dissipate as the paint drying process is underway.

Contact a local commercial exterior painting service to learn more.