Paint Denver

A quick Google search recently revealed to me that paint has been around for more than 35,000 years. Although the types of paint and uses for these coatings have evolved over time, a few facts are very important to consider.

  1. Where to apply it.

  2. Surface preparation.

  3. Type of coating.

  4. Weather conditions.

These remain the four most important issues to address when coating any surface. I have never heard a customer say "I don't care how long it lasts." Most folks want their jobs to last as long as possible, so although you may not consider the four questions when buying a gallon at the local home center... you do care.

I am going to address the following questions, especially where we live in Denver, Colorado. Elevation plays a big part in our coatings.

Issue #1 Where To Apply It

This may seem like an easy question to answer, "Apply it to any surface that needs a coat." Yes, this is true. Consider the weather exposure and life of the surface. I have many folks say, "Well they just don't make things like they used too." This is true in some cases but, in the case of paint failure, I see homes and buildings where no maintenance has been performed. All surfaces exposed to rain, snow, sun and hail will weather three times faster than those surfaces which are protected. It only takes a few minutes once a year to walk around your property and perform a visual inspection. It is always less expensive to maintain the surface than to replace it after rot sets in!

Issue #2 Surface Preparation

The rule of thumb is, "If the surface you are painting is clean, dull and dry, then you are ready to start". If not, make it so. Adhesion is the number one reason paint fails and this is typically a human error not a coating issue. If the surface is raw (uncoated) then primer is always needed. Paint and primer offer two distinct differences. Primer is designed to seal and promote adhesion for the finish coats. Finish coats are designed for protection. It is vital you understand the difference.

Issue #3 Type Of Coating

Paint products on the market today offer a variety of uses and types. Most every manufacturer, is developing water based coatings in every product line. Water based products and latex paint are not the same thing. Water based or latex products are great for the environment but not always good for your project. There are many cases where solvent based paints are still necessary.

It is important that you do some research before buying a gallon of paint. Keep in mind that the guy behind the counter giving you advice will probably never see you again and gets paid around $10 an hour for his so called "expert advice". If you buy the wrong product and apply it incorrectly I can guarantee that the second time around it will always be more costly.

Issue #4 Weather Conditions

Rain and cold are not the only things to consider when painting. Yes, low temperatures and high humidity are important but so are low humidity and high temperatures. Here in Denver during the summer months the weather can be unsuitable for painting. If the humidity is below 10% and the surface temperature is above 100 degrees, paint does not have proper time to cure. Direct sun light and extreme temperatures can make paint dry to quickly and can cause adhesion issues in the future. Always read the label on your products.

Roger assures that the job is completed correctly and to the satisfaction of the customer.

Elizabeth True deFlores
Golden, CO


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