Painting the exterior trim and eaves with this paint


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Old 04-17-14, 11:27 AM
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Painting the exterior trim and eaves with this paint

We are looking for an affordable good quality paint to paint the exterior trim and eaves of our house. It should not be expensive.

We got this one because it's affordable and from Glidden manufacturer.

Glidden Maintenance 5-gal. Flat Interior and Exterior Paint-920 05 at The Home Depot

For best result it does require primer.

The wood is not new. The trim and eaves are already white painted and we just want to maintain the wood.

What happens when we won't use a primer? Doesn't the paint stick on the surface (wood) or it will be still ok?

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Old 04-17-14, 02:00 PM
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I assume the trim and cornice are wood ?? I wouldn't use that paint. Glidden makes some great paint but IMO they did a disservice to their reputation by selling their cheapest paint to the big box stores. I've run across quite a few people that think Glidden makes crap paint just because of their experience with Glidden's bottom line coatings [which is what HD stocks]

Generally painted substrates do not need a primer before being recoated. It is imperative to have a clean solid surface to apply the paint to! Latex paints will often degrade and turn chalky over time, when the chalk can't be washed off you need to either use an oil base primer or add Flood's EmulsaBond to the first coat of latex.

I know the price of quality paint is high but compared to labor [even when it's your own 'free' labor] the price difference between good and bad coatings is minimal. Better paints generally cover better too.
 
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You also never should use a flat paint on an exterior.
The more sheen the easier it will be to clean.
 
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Old 04-17-14, 05:41 PM
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I agree with both comments, and I'm no Pro. You can sometimes get away with cheaper interior paint if you are just refreshing the walls, not making a drastic color change, and doing your own labor. I've seen comments from Pro's on here that they have turned down jobs in the past when the customer wanted to use cheap paint. The contractor just didn't want the added time of application and to be responsible for failures later.

Exterior paint takes much more of a beating from the elements and the last thing you want is to have to do it again 3-4 yrs later. Victorville area has some pretty rough summer sun as I remember.


Oh...I think semi-gloss is about as far as I would go sheen wise.
 
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Old 04-18-14, 03:41 AM
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I agree that paint with a sheen is easier to keep clean but on some jobs flat paint just looks better. Generally which sheen to use on the exterior is more about personal taste than anything else. The shinier the paint, the more it will highlight any defects in the substrate [including scraped edges]

I forgot to mention earlier but you also need to wash off any mildew. I don't know if it's an issue at your location but just painting over mildew will guarantee that it will come back If mildew is a big issue you can add extra mildewcide to the paint.
 
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Old 04-18-14, 10:18 AM
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Doubt mildew is much of a problem there Mark. He's pretty much out in a semi-desert area like me.
 
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Ya, most of my paint experience is in the SE where mildew is often an issue. I've been thru Arizona back in the early 70's but never made it to the west coast.
 
 

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