Mildew resistant paint offers an excellent option for those areas in your house that might be susceptible to mildew and mold. These can be bathrooms and kitchens where the walls and ceilings become damp from daily use, or outdoor areas. These days, mildew resistant paint is available in a very wide range of colors that can fit in with any décor so you’ll have no problem finding one that suits your needs.
Mold and Mildew
You need to be aware that mildew resistant paint will stop both mold and mildew forming. If it’s there already, then the paint won’t get rid of it. Before using mildew resistant paint, you need to get rid of all the mold and mildew on the walls. The paint will stop it from reappearing, but can’t completely stop all fungal growth and black mold. You need to take the time to remove all the mold before you apply the paint or your efforts will be wasted.
Not all brands of mildew resistant paint are created equal. For your own protection, you need to be very careful in what your purchase. To ensure you’re getting the best, only buy a brand that offers a two year guarantee on its product. When you buy it, keep the receipt handy. That way, if there’s a problem, you can invoke the guarantee.
There’s more to mildew resistant paint that simply putting the paint on the surface. It’s going to be most effective if you apply a mildew resistant undercoat first, which is essentially a primer. This is going to increase the cost of your paint job, but does give added protection against mildew and mold. It’s recommended in a bathroom, for example, where damp can create bad problems.
Rather than buying mildew resistant paint, some people opt to buy mildew resistant additives and mix them into ordinary paint. Although this might seem cheaper, you need to be sure everything is well mixed. It’s much better to buy the proper paint and be certain all the mixing has been done correctly.
Before you paint, you need to make sure the wall is very clean and free of mold and mildew. This can be time consuming but it’s vital that you do it before continuing. You’ll find that mildew resistant paint is best when applied in a few thin coats rather than one thick one. In some instances, just one coat over the undercoat will be ample but mostly, you’ll need to put on either 2 or 3 coats of mildew resistant paint in order to have a truly efficient barrier.
Mildew resistant paint is more expensive than regular paint. That’s inevitable given that it performs a specialized job and requires more preparation and special ingredients. You can cut costs a little by shopping around different hardware stores to see which has the best deal. If you can plan ahead, buy your mildew resistant paint in advance when it’s on sale, even if you’re not going to use it immediately.