Fix Damaged Paint to Protect Your Home
Paint is a wonderful tool for decorating our homes. Many people consider it to be just another decoration and, while we spend days of deliberation selecting just the right color, tend to forget that paint plays an important role in protecting our buildings (as well as our cars and other vehicles). For example, the traditional view of a barn is one covered in red paint. While barns built during the pioneer era weren’t painted red, they were coated in a linseed oil mixture that included rust. This mixture was designed to protect and seal the wood but gave a red coat to the wood. Today’s paints do the same thing but we have more options for color.
5 Ways Paint Protects Your Home
Paint Protects from Weather – The paint on the outside of your home acts as a sealant against rain and weather. Not only does it help prevent leaks, it prevents damage to wood and siding that would otherwise sustain severe water damage.
It Prevents UV Damage – Most things erode under direct sunlight. While paint eventually wears out over time, it’s easier to replace than other UV-sensitive materials
Internal Paint Protects Surfaces – Rust, dust collections, stains, and fingerprints are all guarded against with a good paint job. Whether you use a darker paint to help hide the dust or simple use a water-resistant paint to help you wash the walls later, paint helps you keep your home clean.
Paint Promotes Indoor Air Quality – Of course this requires you to select the right type if paint. Some paints release harmful pollutants (in small quantities) over time.
Paint Protects Against Humidity and Steam – Paint helps to seal out water vapor from steam and relative humidity which would otherwise damage surfaces.
How to Repair Exterior Paint Damage
Part of home ownership is the maintenance that goes into repairing damage to your home. While you can wait a little while to repair paint damage inside your home, flaking or chipped paint on your home’s exterior should be repaired immediately.
- Use a scraper to remove the flaking paint and dust off any additional paint.
- Follow up with 80- to 100-grit sandpaper to remove additional paint that may be about to fall away.
- Use a putty knife to apply a thin layer of patching material to the sanded area.
- Once the patch dries, use 220-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface out.
- Make sure that no portion of the exterior wall is exposed. Apply paint as normal (be sure to match paint before hand).
How to Color-Match Paint
It happens to the best of us, you go to match the color of paint on your home and finish with a color that is very clearly different. While the best thing you can do is to keep extra cans of the paint used on your home originally, that’s not an option for all of us. Here’s how to ensure that you get the best color match possible.
Match the material you’re painting – Make sure that the paint you’re purchasing is designed for the surface and always start with a primer. The primer will help the paint adhere and give you a truer representation of the color.
Get paint swatches – Grab as many swatches that seem to be close to the paint color you used. Compare them under different lighting conditions. Different color temperatures will make paint look different so compare the swatch to your home’s paint in the morning, at noon, in the evening, and then a final time under your home’s exterior lights. Make sure that the swatch you select matches your home’s paint under all lighting types.
Do a straight comparison – If you have an extra piece of siding or window sill with the existing paint applied to it, take it into the paint store for a color match. This is not as common but it will help you make a direct match.
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