Application Of Exterior Paint

For those out there who have the know how, paint is not a scary word.  Add the word textured to paint and some may cringe a little. Add exterior to the textured paint phrase and now they begin to shudder.

Exterior textured paint surfaces are not very scary if you break them down to basics and that is what you should do.  Begin with the surface to be painted.  Is it outside?  Then exterior is the paint you need.  It simply refers to a paint that will stand up to water and other weather elements.  Ensure that your surface is dust and mildew free. Take care to fill all holes and sand everything smooth.  Your paint finish will only be as good as the base you are starting from, so be sure to prep it right.

Next, you will prime your surface.  To keep your completed job as nice as what you began with, make sure you find the correct primer for your outdoor paint finish.  There are many ways to arm yourself with this knowledge. The quickest and most reliable is to visit your local home center and talk with paint department staff.  (Make sure you address your concerns with someone who knows pain—not someone from the plumbing department who is just covering your person on break.)  They will help you find primer for your job and budget.

Now it is time to apply the color and texture to your project.  A beautiful textured spray dining area could be created in an old patio space or covered porch quite easily using texture paint graded for exterior surfaces.  There are many how-to manuals on different designs you can create with exterior texture paint.  Swirls, tree bark, linen, popcorn is a handful of the many.  Find one appropriate to your taste and space. Then go paint fearlessly.

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