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82. summER 1995 • STYLE
`They have more ingredients
in them that make them easier
to apply, last longer, with more
polymers and pigments and
(fewer) solvents than cheaper
paints," Segreto said.
Many high-quality exterior
paints also contain ingredients
to provide mildew resistance,
stain resistance and "they also
give more choice on sheen levels
Weatherbeater is Sears' best
exterior paint, he said.
As for choosing oil-based vs.
latex paint, it often depends on
your needs and where you live.
"Oil paint bonds strongly to
wood and metals and also bonds
better on substandard finishes,
such as chalky, dirty or oily sin--
faces," says Lester. He says
they're still the most durable,
good for exterior finishes. But
they must be applied to a dry
surface, and cleanup requires
"the use of smelly solvents such
as mineral spirits."
Latex has become more pop-
ular in recent years because it is
durable, safe and easy to
clean up with water.
But latex paints are
more porous than oil
paints, so that if la-
tex is used on new
wood without a good
oil primer, or if it's ap-
plied too thinly on
new wood, "rain or
even heavy dew can
penetrate the coating
and reach the wood," Lester said.
Such "breathability," howev-
er, can be necessary.
"Because latex is a water-
based paint, it has a tendency to
be more flexible, which is really
important in climates where se-
vere winters and hot summers
shrink and stretch siding — la-
tex paints are generally more
flexible with those changes than
oil-based paints," said Segreto.
"And because latex paints
have a tendency to breathe, let-
ting vapors escape through the
paint surface, that's important in
some markets where people hu-
midify their homes a lot — vapor
needs to pass through the paint
so it won't blister," he added.
when the weather is too hot or
the paint will dry too quickly; it's
not good when it's too cold be-
cause then the paint doesn't ad-
here well," said Segreto.
He recommends that paint-
ing when the weather is not cold-
er than 45 degrees F and not
warmer than 85 degrees F.
You should also "follow the
sun" when you actually paint,
Segreto added. It's bad technique
to paint in bright sun or where
the sun will come and make it
really warm before the paint is
PREPARATION IS KEY
Preparation of the surface is
especially important when paint-
ing a house's exterior.
"Make sure you prepare the
painting surface properly so the
new paint will adhere properly,"
Segreto agrees that the most
important step in exterior paint-
ing is preparation.
"A lot of folks are in a hurry
to get the job done, but they need
to spend as much time prepar-
ing the surface as actually paint-
ing," he said.
"The most important step is
to wash the surface."
Then you should plug any
nail holes and, in fact, make sure
that all nails are recessed from
the surface, the indentations
from which are then filled with
exterior spackling compound.
"Nails left up are more like-
ly to rust, which will stain the
outside and ruin the look," said
Segreto. Any other imperfections
should also be sealed with
And you must pay attention
WHEN TO PAINT
to mildew, a common exterior
Climate also affects when you painting problem.
"Mildew covers many hun-
should paint your home.
"The best time to paint is dreds of exterior fungi that grow
when the temperatures are mod- on the outside of houses where
erate — it's not good to paint it's subject to moisture," said Seg-