Exterior Painting and Prep

Old 10-15-12, 08:50 AM
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Exterior Painting and Prep

I hope you wonderful folks can advise. I live in in Northern Calif. The exterior siding was replaced primed and painted 10 years ago with a eastern exposure.
It get lots of sun and has sinced faded and chalked badly. I need scaffolding so want to do this project with the right prep and and paint. The paint color was changed with red/brown and I realize now the red pigment fades quicker than brown, so will go back to straight brown

I want this to last a very long time if possible. With chalking must it be washed
or can primer deal with these issues? what is the best way to wash if this needs to be done?

I will pay more for a premium paint if it will last. I see most on hear prefer SW or Ben Moore what lines of these or other types would you recommend???Does Glidden have a high level paint like their primer/paint combo??
Also would eggshell or satin withstand better than flat???
How long would I need scaffolding for to complete one side of the house with coats and wait time???
Thanks in advance
Old 10-15-12, 09:27 AM
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It is always best to wash off the chalk! Since it often isn't feasible to wash it all off, applying a coat of oil base primer or a latex primer with Flood's EmulsBond added will go a long way to giving you a good surface that the paint will stick to. The amount of EB to add is determined by how much chalk is remaining on the substrate. Duration is SWP's top line of paint although I mostly used their SuperPaint line, either should give a good paint job. While I've used BM and Glidden paints, it's not been often enough for me to be real familiar with their product lines. Basically, most any paint manufacture's mid to top line coatings will give good results.... just don't forget the prep as a great paint won't give a superior paint job if the proper prep isn't done first. Compared to labor, the added cost for the best paint is minimal.

Personally I'd use ladders instead of scaffolding, it takes too long to erect the scaffold for no more time than it will be used. With ladders you can continuously work your way around the structure and when you get back to the beginning more than likely you can start the next step. After the siding has been cleaned and dried - it could still be several days before you'd be done with the scaffolding on each side

Both flat and satin/eggshell should wear the same although any paint with a sheen seems to take longer to get dirty and is usually easier to clean than flat.

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