by Ron Joseph
Painting Long Lasting Wood Exterior
Q. I understand there is a new type of exterior wood paint available that is
very durable compared to conventional paints. It is not applied by the homeowner
but by trained personnel in the use of the product. I also believe it goes on
in two coats. Do you know of this product and where I can get additional information
on it? Is it as good as they say?
I have an large old 1800's colonial and want to keep the natural look of
painted wood rather than siding it but I do not want to paint every five to
seven years. Thank you in advance.
A. We have heard of the super house paint that is guaranteed by the application
for extended long term duration. I am not sure about the application to wood
surfaces, the advertisements usually feature stucco and cement surfaces.
I think a good long lasting paint job is dependent on good surface preparation
and a top quality wood primer and top coat paint properly applied.
There are some elements that are predictable such as direct sun light which
we know is capable of causing failure in the automotive industry. Many times
local knowledge can provide the best recommendations providing they have some
basic paint background.