How to Properly Apply Heat Resistant Paint to Your Walls
Heat resistant paint is a type of paint that reflects the heat radiations emitted from the sun. The paint is composed of a special mixture of substances that do not let infrared radiations (the type of radiation responsible for heating up a structure) in and creates a cooling affect. Applying this paint to house roofs and walls lowers the temperature considerably and greatly cuts down on your electric bill. To learn how to properly apply heat resistant paint, follow the article below.
Step 1 – Take Appropriate Precautions
Working with paint requires physical exertion and it is recommend that you keep yourself hydrated at all times so as to avoid any health issues. Wear gloves to avoid contact with the paint so that an allergic reaction doesn’t occur. Working gloves also keep your hands clean from the paint that can otherwise deposit under fingernails. Deploy the ladder on a stable surface to make sure that it doesn’t topple over while you paint higher. Go through these precautions again and move on to the next step.
Step 2 – Pre-painting Preparations
Pour the paint into the disposable plastic bucket and mix with a certain amount of thinning fluid like petrol as depicted by the instructions on the paint container. After this is done, layer the floor around the walls with old newspapers or rags to avoid droplets of paint from ruining the floor. Pour the paint out into a container that makes the use of a paint roller much easier. A deep tray will, in this case, suffice. After you have gone through the pre-painting preparations, move on to the next step.
Step 3 – Prepping the Wall for Painting
Inspect the wall for any nails that are sticking out or cracks. Use a hammer to pull out any nails that break the surface and use sandpaper to sand down the rough plaster. If there are any cracks, fill them in using plaster. This ensures that the paint is applied on a smooth surface to achieve a good finish. In some cases, an underlying layer of primer can also be applied. Make sure that all underlying layers are completely dry before proceeding to the next step.
Step 4 – Painting the Walls
Use a roller to slowly apply a coat starting from one corner of the wall to all over the surface. Make sure that you maintain one direction while painting to achieve a smooth finish. Leave to dry after the first coat. Do not paint in hot weather otherwise the paint will dry to give a crinkled finish instead of a smooth one. Remember to follow the manufacturer instructions during this step. Apply the second coat only after the first one has dried to ensure that the surface remains smooth. Carry out the same process with the other walls and you’re done.