Information about special paints for the porch, deck, masonry, metals and boat paint.
There are certain paints that are meant for special
coating and therefore their composition is such that it suits the
specific purpose. Normally such paints are used on the exteriors. These
paints are used to paint the porch, deck, paint metals, paint boats or
paint masonry. Given below is information about paints and their
qualities that make them special paints.
- For the porch and deck you can choose alkyd paint, latex paint,
polyurethane paint or rubber based paint. As these areas of the
house are made of either wood or concrete, the area will have to be
prepared before applying paint. The range of colors is limited and
these paints dry quickly. The paint in normally poured on the floor
and roller with a long handle is used to spread the paint.
- For a metal surface the surface will have to be primed properly.
Some priming agents have rust-resistant quality as well. Paints that
can be thinned, with either water or solvent, are available in a
wide range of colors. Depending on the finish you desire use a
brush, roller or spray the paint on to the surface.
- For masonry you can use latex paint, Portland cement,
rubber-based paint or alkyd paint. Cover the masonry with a layer of
transparent silicone. Latex paint is the easiest to apply, the rest
of them are rather difficult to apply.
- Marine paint is special manufactured for painting boats. This
paint gives an extra durable finish on wood and metal. It is very
expensive and has a consistency that makes painting a difficult
There are certain characteristics that paints have in
different degrees. These characteristics influence the result obtained
by using the particular paint.
- Time to dry and durability: Oil based and alkyd based paints are
durable but take a longer time to dry. Using them on exterior walls
will make them vulnerable to insect damage and unforeseen rain.
Latex paints dry rapidly, are porous reduces moisture related
difficulties but they peel off if the surface that they are applied
on are not properly prepared.
- Many exterior paints have a chalking quality. This is a means of
self-cleaning, dirt that has settled on the paint, is removed as it
peels off after every rain. The chalk can get on your clothes if you
brush against walls with exteriors with this paint.
- Attention must be paid to the earlier coats applied, especially
wood. If the wood has been previously covered with water thinned
paint or solvent-thinned paint, use the same product for the next
coat as the case may be. If you are unsure use alkyd-based paint
which can be applied easily over both products.
- You must be clear about what kind of finish you want for the
exterior. You can choose from flat, semi-gloss and gloss. For
exteriors the popular choice is a flat finish. Enamel finishes means
semi-gloss or gloss finish.
- If you use the same color as on the walls or a color close to it,
you will spend less time painting. Use one-coat guarantee paint,
this paint is made thicker and has resins and pigments are present
in higher concentration. These paints come with specific
instructions that it should be applied over surfaces in good
condition or primed new wood. This paint is a little expensive. So
though you will spend more money, you will spend less time on
painting, which makes it a good buy.
As a rule exterior paints are more expensive than
interior paints. They contain more resin for durability and moisture
resistance and more pigment for color.