- I have never painted the exterior of my home before, where should I start?
When painting the exterior of your home:
- always start with a clean surface;
- paint one side of the house at a time, starting with the highest point;
- apply a full even coat to one side of the house at a time;
- and always paint the trim last.
- How should I prepare and clean the surface before I paint?
This depends on the condition of the surface you are painting.
Surfaces must be clean before painting. Thoroughly wash with a house cleaner and water solution, making sure to remove any and all mildew. Rinse and allow the surface to thoroughly dry.
If there is loose or peeling paint, scraping and sanding* of the affected area is needed. Remove all sanding dust by rinsing, and allow the surface to dry.
The appropriate exterior primer should be applied to any bare or stained surfaces.
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- What conditions are best for painting my house?
Generally you should only paint when the surface is between 50F and 85F. High temperatures cause the water in the paint to evaporate too quickly, resulting in bubbles/blisters, while low temperatures prevent paint from drying properly.
Always avoid painting in direct sunlight, strong winds, or when rain is expected within 48 hours.
- How much paint do I need?
To achieve one-coat coverage, paint should be applied at a maximum of 400 square feet per gallon. Rough or textured surfaces may require more paint. On these areas allow for 25-30 square feet per gallon. Some bright colors may require multiple costs to achieve sufficient hide.
- What tools do I need?
Depending on your project and the type of structure you are painting, paints may be applied with a nylon/polyester brush, a paint pad or spray unit.
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- How do I apply the paint?
When using more than one gallon of the same product, mix the gallons together to insure color and sheen uniformity.
Two coats of this paint will provide maximum protection.
- What is the proper way to use spray equipment?
It is always safe to operate spray equipment with safety cautions. Use respiratory and eye protection.
All spray units are different and it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
- Can I paint over aluminum and vinyl siding?
Yes. Always make sure the surface is clean and remove any chalk or dirt. Use a Dutch Boy® Exterior acrylic latex paint for best adhesion and flexibility.
For vinyl siding, it is recommended NOT to apply a color that is darker than the original surface.
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- How do I care for freshly painted surfaces?
Avoid painting when rain is expected within 48 hours. When painting porches and decks, avoid putting furniture on the painted surface for at least 48 hours.
Allow your newly painted surface to cure for at least 30 days before washing with a mild non-abrasive cleaner and water.
- Are Dutch Boy Exterior Paints mildew-proof?
Our Dutch Boy exterior line of paints offer a special additive to make our products mildew resistant.
If mildew exists on your existing surface it must be removed before painting.
Removal of old finishes by sanding, scraping, or other means may generate dust or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. Controlling exposure to lead or other hazardous substances requires the use of proper protective equipment, such as a properly fitted respirator (NIOSH approved) and proper containment and cleanup. For more information, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contact your local health authority.