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Before you start the exterior painting consider using a primer before you apply the finish coat. Your choice of primer should be determined by the type of the exterior surface:

  • New Wood Exterior Surfaces
    • Priming should be done with high quality acrylic latex or oil-based wood primers
    • If you are priming cedar or redwood, make sure touse a primer with strong stain-blocking characteristics. Oil-based primers will produce the best results
  • Repainted Exterior Surfaces
    • If the paint is very chalky or glossy priming is obligatory after wood has been cleaned and rinsed with water
    • Priming is also strongly recommended in cases of bare substrate’s exposition
    • Keep in mind that priming of the entire surface strongly contributes to better adhesion and uniform visual appearance
  • Weathered Wood Exterior Surfaces
    • All gray, weathered color and dust are to be thoroughly removed by pressure washing or a stiff brush with mild detergent and rinsing with water
    • Priming with a wood primer is to precede the painting
  • Masonry Exterior Surfaces
    • If the surface is extremely porous use sealer or latex masonry primer
    • If the surface contains old paint that is very porous, or it has been previously removed by scraping or using a wire brush, the use of primer is a must
  • Ferrous Metals Exterior Surfaces
    • Rusted areas should be thoroughly cleaned and rinsed
    • Afterwards,special latex or oil-solvent primer with corrosion preventive characteristics is to be used
  • Aluminum and Galvanized Steel Exterior Surfaces
    • Powdery oxide areas should be cleaned with a scouring pad
    • Specially formulated acrylic primer with proven rust-inhibitive characteristics is to be used
    • Priming is not necessary if the surface was previously painted and it is rust-free