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How to choose exterior wood paints

Author: Ema Smith
by Ema Smith
Posted: Mar 17, 2019
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Wood is one of the most used materials outside our home. The most common is that the shutters, wooden deck, terrace floors, garden furniture, swimming pool surroundings etc... are made of this material. Outdoor wood is exposed to continuous climatic changes and depending on the geographical area, conditions of temperature, water and humidity more or less severe.

The keys

The special paint for wood with microporous exterior allows wood to breathe and moisture to evaporate.

By applying this type of paint on wood, a flexible film is created that adapts to the movements of the wood, thus preventing it from chipping.

The key features of these paints are: impermeability, insecticidal and fungicidal function, odorless and fast drying.

Special for furniture: These products provide the necessary nutrition and protection in order to keep them as long as possible.

Finishes glossy, matt or satin: we will choose the finish according to the taste of each one, but we must also bear in mind that mates make the flaws look less but are less waterproof than glossy finishes.

If we want to prepare the soil, we have to look for a special painting for them. They are paintings more resistant to bumps and scratches.

Tips for applying paint to exterior woods

To maintain the color of the wood in perfect condition, we must paint it every time we see that it begins to lose its tone and becomes grayish. But if it is a new and untreated wood and we want to paint it, we must previously apply a protective treatment. And you could look here if you would like to get more information about best deck paints.

We must use special paints for wood, as these provide high protection and allow the wood to breathe so that moisture evaporates, as well as providing color and cover the grain. When we need to renew the paint, we must pick and clean the wood well before repainting it again.

To keep the outdoor wood in perfect condition just need to follow some simple tips and protect it periodically. Basically it consists of cleaning, painting, putting a protector and varnishing the wooden furniture with the appropriate products.

Depending on the type of protection you need, we will apply one type of treatment or another, we can choose between moisture protection, antimicrobial and insecticide protection, color protection, sun protection, water resistance...

Before painting:

  • Check the condition of the wood. If it is an old and painted wood or if on the contrary it is a new wood.
  • If we have an untreated wood, we must apply protective treatments: fungicide, insecticide, sunscreen... before painting it.
  • If the wood is painted, we must remove it and sand it before applying the new paint. The paint remover helps to eliminate the layers of paint and varnish from the wood.
  • The ideal season to paint is in dry and warm periods, but on days when the temperature is not high.
  • The wood must be clean and dry. If it has been wet, wait until it dries completely.

-Sand and brush the surface. To remove the traces of dust we use a brush and a cloth. And we make sure that the surface is smooth and clean.

  • Whether the wood has not been treated or if it is a wood that we have pickled and we see that it is eaten, the next step is to apply a fungicide and insecticide product, as a preventive or curative treatment. We can also apply and hardening treatment, in order to strengthen the wood and improve adhesion.
  • Cover the holes you have with a special wood pulp and apply a primer and then sanding the surface again.
  • We clean and apply the paint.
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