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Getting ready to do an outdoor painting project?  Choosing the right paint for the right surface is ideal for producing the right results.  Before discussing the benefits, unique properties, and what makes them different, let’s take a brief look at the types of outdoor paint available:

Types of  Outdoor Paint

  • Water-Based Paint- Paints such as latex and vinyl are the best for exterior surfaces.   It is best to apply water-based paint in temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Oil-Based Paint- These paints are best for “certain house siding.”
  • Primer- This is used before paint colors and holds paint on the surface longer.


  • Water-Based paint drys quickly and cleans easily with soap and water.  It eliminates moisture problems.  Water-Based paint is almost odorless and works well on metal, aluminium, vinyl, wood, and brick siding.
  • Oil-Based paint adheres better to surfaces for a permanent coating.   This particular paint is stain resistant and fades slowly.
  • Primer is available in both water and oil bases provide a longer paint life on surfaces.

Unique Properties

  • Water-Based paintsare available in different lusters such as gloss, flat and semi-glass or satin.
  • Oil-Based paints such as alkyd has a chalking,  oxidizing effect for slower fading.
  • Primer again, is available in water and oil bases.


What makes these different outdoor paints so different?  As mentioned before, each paint with certain properties is only ideal for certain surfaces.  Water-based paints is great for porches,  decks, etc.  Oil-based paint is ideal for garages and concrete gutters, etc. and primer is ideal for coating before applying any colors of paints.

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Paint is designed to coat and protect surfaces, and give it aesthetic appeal.

Waterproofing is applied much thicker and is designed to flex with your building.

Your building does flex and will its entire life.

Paint is not required to flex with it, and so doesn’t. This means when your painted building flexes your paint cracks. These cracks allow moisture in.

The point of waterproofing is to give a building a seamless barrier that doesn’t allow moisture in but also allows the building to breath and move.

If it can’t breathe will have serious moisture build up on the inside, causing many of the interior mold/mildew issues we see today.

Coating your building right is significantly cheaper than fixing rotting wood siding, spalling concrete, and interior mold.

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Are you trying to sell your home?  This is definitely a buyers market but trying to sell a home is on the trickier side these days.  I recently heard a few experts say that the best way of raising your chances to sell your home is to apply fresh coats of paint in every room.  Even painting the outside is advised if your house allows it.  Wow, that’s all right?  Something as easy as a cosmetic makeover such as a fresh coat of paint can go along way in trying to sell your home!

How could a fresh coat of paint sell your home?  According to Debbie Zimmer of the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute; “This relatively inexpensive investment can enhance your home’s curb appeal to prospective buyers.”

You can choose to do this major project yourself or you can hire a professional.  The ball is really in your court so just making a decision quickly is definitely to your advantage.  If you do decide to paint your home yourself, you need to consider purchasing the highest quality paint.  If you are unsure of what is considered the highest quality paint, here are a few tips to help get you started according to

High Quality Paint

  • 100% acrylic latex paint (Is known to last for 10 years or more).
  • Going with white and neutral colors is the best choice and the safe choice.  Very appealing to prospective buyers.
  • If you want the best appearance possible, it’s important to make sure the surface is properly prepared.
  • Don’t put your house on the market until you are completely finished with the painting project.  Incomplete work will just be an instant turn off.  You want to have a positive first impression when selling your home.

After you have painted your home and it looks attractive and appealing, go ahead and put up that for sale sign and wait for that first bite.  You may be surprised how much more quickly you get responses based on your curb and indoor appeal.

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Are you a fan of living a “greener” lifestyle?  If so, did you know that there is an eco-friendly way of painting your house?  Believe it or not there is such a thing as eco-friendly paint.

As some of you may already know, harsh paint chemicals can be harmful for breathing.   Cancer causing chemicals is most definitely not what you want to be inhaling while painting your home.  Eco-paint can cut down on health problems like asthma and severe allergic reactions.  What are some of the types of eco-friendly paint that is available on the market?  Good question, here are just a few types of eco-friendly paints available for you to choose from.

Types of Eco-Friendly Paint

Clap Paint- This is a natural paint made from the earth.

Lime Wash- This paint is made from calcium based minerals made easy for brick, wood, concrete, etc.

Milk Paint- Milk paint contains protein called Casien.  This is an interior-based paint.

For a complete list of eco-friendly paint go to eco-friendly paint at

Stores that sell Eco-Friendly Paint

Finding eco-friendly paints is not an easy task.  As a matter of fact it is a challenge.  Some of the places that may sell eco-friendly paints are: Home Depot, OSH, and TrueValue Hardware.  Just ask the sales associates if you are unsure of where to look for this particular type of paint.

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Believe it or not the type of paint you use absolutely makes a difference.  Why?  Well a good example of this would be using paint that you would use on metal buildings on a baby’s nursery.  You definitely do not want to make this mistake as there is a variety of paint out there for specific projects.  Let me break down different kinds of paint that you would use on specific  projects to give you an idea how it makes a difference.

Paint for a picket fence

Liquid fence rubberized coating is ideal for painting a picket fence.  The coating is fortified and used on barns, stalls, sheds, and fences.

Water-based paint

This type of paint will work for picket fences as it works well with changing weather conditions.  It also dries very quickly

Oil-based exterior paint

This particular paint blocks stains which you want for your picket fence.

Paint for bookshelves

Latexis perfect for bookshelves as it is easier to clean up since it is water soluble.

Oil-based is nice for painting a bookshelf as it avoids sticking but it may be harder to keep clean.

Powder-Coated finish is mainly for book collectors who want to see their bookshelves last a long time.

Paint for painting your kitchen

According to eHow “choosing the right paint for your kitchen is a complex task.”  If you want the best quality go with Behr or Glidden available at most home improvement stores.

Try to find the kind that prevents molding and mildew stains. This is a plus, especially for your kitchen where you are preparing food.

Go with a semi-gloss finish for the walls.  It’s easy to keep clean.  For the doorways and trim try using a high gloss finish.

As you can see, the type of paint you use makes a difference depending on the room or project.

What is your experience with paint?  Any tips and advice?  How about paint disasters.  Please share your stories with us.