It's important to prime bare exterior wood prior to painting because it seals the grain, prevents bleed-through and improves paint adhesion. It's just as important to prime other materials, such as stucco, metal and concrete, for similar reasons. It seems like extra work, but it can save you time and paint.
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How do you paint outside wood?
- Wash down joinery.
- Remove old and peeling paint.
- Create a 'key' for new paint.
- Take out crumbling putty.
- Replace rotten beading.
- Replace and apply wood filler.
- Apply first coat of paint.
- Apply final coats of paint.
Which exterior paint brand is best?
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall. Sherwin-Williams Duration Exterior Acrylic Latex.
- Best Bang for the Buck. Rust-Oleum Zinsser PermaWhite Exterior Semi-Gloss.
- Best for Brick or Stucco. Valspar Duramax Flat Masonry and Stucco Paint.
- Best for Wood Siding. Sherwin-Williams Emerald Exterior Acrylic Latex.
- Best for Porch Floors.
What type of exterior paint is best?
Latex-based exterior paints are generally the best choice for outdoor painting projects like a home's walls and trim. Latex paints dry quickly, imperfections caught during the process are easy to clean, and latex paint expands and contracts well with seasonal temperature changes.
Do you need primer for outdoor wood?
Simply, any bare wood requires primer first. Reason is exterior primers bond to wood much better than typical exterior paint coatings.
Acrylic Primer: Acrylic primer, or latex primer, has become the standard and is used much more frequently than its oil-based alternative. Acrylic primer is water-based, and is used to prime most wood siding and trim, galvanized metal, and T-111 and Hardie board siding.
When painting exterior wood, oil-based paint offers the best protection and longest-lasting results. Next in line are high-quality exterior acrylic paints, which have been improved and are less likely to crack and peel than latex paint.
Best Exterior Wood Paints
- Ronseal 10-Year Weatherproof Exterior Wood Paint.
- Cuprinol Garden Shades Exterior Woodcare.
- Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Garden Furniture Paint.
- Dulux Weather Shield Quick Dry Satin Paint.
- Cuprinol 5-Year Ducksback Matt Shed & Fence Treatment.
- Ronseal Ultimate Decking Paint.
Acrylic paintAcrylic paint is the most durable of all. It's long-lasting, flexible, and able to withstand fading from the sun or damage from rain and other elements.
Acrylic paint comes in many varieties such as:
- Acrylic latex.
- Acrylic enamel.
- Acrylic latex enamel.
When it comes down to Benjamin Moore vs Sherwin Williams, they're both great brands. When it comes to the paint quality it's not about the brand but about the actual paint. Both have lower and higher quality paints. Benjamin Moore tends to be more durable and touch up better.
They emit fewer odors, clean up with water and are not flammable. Latex paint takes a shorter amount of time to dry than oil paint. Oil-based paints offer superior one-coat hiding and better adhesion to difficult surfaces (such as those not thoroughly cleaned).
It's important to prime bare exterior wood prior to painting because it seals the grain, prevents bleed-through and improves paint adhesion. It's just as important to prime other materials, such as stucco, metal and concrete, for similar reasons.
Unfinished wood should always be primed prior to painting. Primer, having high-solids content, helps fill in the wood grain and creates a smooth surface for the finish coat. Like the raw drywall, unfinished woods tend to really soak up paint, and primer helps seal the surface to prevent this from happening.
Water Based Wood Primers
Some water-borne stains can also bleed through the surface of acrylic paints. Rubol Primer Plus is a premium quality acrylic primer/undercoat for use on exterior timber. You can use regular water based primer outdoors but it's worth spending a little extra to get the best result.
acrylic paintAs per the industry standard for professional painters, acrylic paint is the best type of paint on exterior finishing materials. Acrylic paint lasts the longest and is also known for resisting all sorts of damage caused by weather and other natural variables.
In conclusion, the durability, performance, and versatility of products from Sherwin Williams is definitely better for me than Behr. A contractor can get their top-of-the-line products at really good discount prices.
The 10 Best Paint Brands for Your Interior Painting Projects
- Best Coverage: Behr Marquee.
- Most Durable: PPG Diamond.
- Easiest Application: Sherwin-Williams Cashmere.
- Best Zero-VOC Paint: Behr Premium Plus.
- Fastest Dry Time: Ace Royal Interiors.
- Best Kitchen & Bath Pick: Glidden Interior Premium.
Advantages of Oil-Based Paint
- Oil-based paint is very durable and more resistant to low temperatures than latex.
- Application is smooth and provides great coverage.
- Oil-based paint may be applied to stained, chalky, and/or dirty surfaces.
- Oil paint is better at covering small imperfections or slightly damaged areas.
Oil-based paints can achieve a higher sheen level when applied due to the makeup of the paint; however, the sheen does become duller over time. While water-based paints achieve a lower sheen finish, water-based paints can typically maintain this sheen level over a longer period of time.
Use filler and sanding to make the surface smooth
- Before painting, remove and replace any rotten or decaying timber.
- If your paintwork is already in good condition, a light but thorough sand should be sufficient.
- Any areas of peeling must be fully removed by sanding.