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Preserving Your Paint Job In The Fall And Winter

Although Florida does not really have to worry too much about drastic winter temperature, it is helpful to know how to maintain your paint job when those temperatures get icy and chilly.  This is the season of salt and rust and it is just blowing and snowing (in some parts) outside which can really take a toll on your paint job. As the weather is increasing outside, how do you make sure that your paint job remains as good as always?

Six Ways To Maintain Your Paint

Choosing the best, durable paint product

The condition of your paint job largely depends on the quality of the base and not necessarily on the color. The paint’s toughness and resistance to dirt and stains is usually determined by the tint base. When choosing paint, do not buy strictly by brand, think about color, skip the cheapest paints since economy grades do not weather as well as the top-of-the-line products, choose the right gloss level and insist on top finishes.

Preparation

Do not scrimp on the preparation work. Whether you are doing the job yourself or paying a professional, good preparation is important to a long-lasting finish. This means before painting, wash the sidings, remove old paint through scraping and sanding using grit sandpaper all the while wearing protective gear such as a face mask to prevent you from inhaling old paint. Repair and seal all surfaces before winter’s moisture has a chance to do the damage. The most recommended paint is acrylic or oil-based paint because acrylic emits fewer chemicals and is less prone to warping and oil-based is more wear resistant.

Keeping the sidings clean

To prolong the durability of your paint, keep the sidings clean to reduce accumulation of dirt and mildew. Cleaning the sidings is done using a bucket of warm, soapy water. Mix a half a cup trisodium phosphate (TSP) with 1 gallon of water. Use a soft-bristled brush attached to a long handle and work starting from bottom to top to avoid streaking and rinse often. Consider hiring a professional team who will use a power washer and use less time. Do not use a power washer on your own if you do not have the expertise as they can strip paint, loosen caulk, eat through mortar
and gauge softwoods.

Moisture and paint

Rain and dew can penetrate a paint coat resulting in cracking, peeling, discoloration and premature paint failure. Paint problems are usually experienced below the roof valleys and corners where excessive wetting of the sidings take place due to rain runoff from the roof. Also ice dams develop below horizontal roof edges and roof valleys causing paint damage. Ice dams occur when melted snow from the upper warmer parts of the roof runs down towards the unheated roof overhang and freezes once more and builds up with repeated thawing and freezing of water. When warm weather occurs, melted water gathers behind the ice dams and penetrates the roof draining into the exterior walls therefore, causing moisture and the associated paint problems. Adequate insulation in attics and proper attic ventilation can reduce the formation of ice dams. Porous paints are more vulnerable to penetration of moisture. To prevent these damages, proper construction and maintenance- especially of the gutters is required.

Landscape plants

Chipping and peeling of the paint can be caused by plants growing too close to the house as well as branches falling on the sidings. This can cause damage on both your paint job and underlying structure. The plants can also cause cleaning and maintenance of the sidings to be difficult. To be able to prevent paint damage due to plants, keep the bushes as far away from your house as possible.