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3 Types of Exterior Paint Finishes

painting timberWhen it comes to paint, different materials require different treatment.

So, if you’re thinking about repainting your exterior, you should familiarise yourself with the most common exterior paint finishes.

Here are three types of exterior paint finishes you should know.

Exterior Paint Finishes: Timber

Timber is a natural material, meaning it will inevitably have some imperfections. What’s more, timber is absorbent. If not properly treated, your freshly painted timber home will become dry and dull as the wood soaks up the paint.

To combat these two issues, you will need to ensure all timber is cleaned, sanded, and any dips or holes are filled. Then, the wood will need to be sealed with the correct primer to prevent paint soaking into the timber, and tannins (a yellowish/brownish substance found in wood, bark, and other natural materials) leaching into the paint.

painting bricksExterior Paint Finishes: Brick and Concrete Finishes

Painting brick or concrete exteriors is a fantastic alternative to rendering. We use a process called bagging – it’s quick, clean, and looks incredible. Plus, your bagged and painted walls will be completely weatherproof.

You can learn all about the bag and paint process we at Kraudelt Painting use here.

Exterior Paint Finishes: Metal Finishes

When it comes to metal on a home’s exterior, the number one issue we face is rust. Rust is the common name for iron oxide, and occurs when a metal that contains iron is exposed to oxygen and moisture over a period of time. That’s why we see a lot of rust on coastal homes, and homes in tropical climates (i.e. Queensland!).

While rust is unsightly, the most pressing issue is its ability to destroy the structural integrity of a house. To prevent rust forming, you will need to seal the surface using an etch primer. This process will also extend the lifespan of your paintwork.

Call in the Professionals

Exterior painting isn’t always straightforward. There’s a lot of knowledge and experience that goes into achieving professional results. If you’d like our help repainting your home or commercial building, give us a call on 07 3829 5735 or fill out the form on this page and we’ll get right back to you.

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