Don’t Let Faded Paint Diminish Your Property Value

If you’ve ever painted the interior or exterior of your home yourself, then you know how much work is involved. But when you’re done, you can stand back and gaze upon your freshly painted home or room with pride. However, that pride of a job well done can quickly turn to frustration when you notice that your paint job has started to fade in just a few months.

Unfortunately, faded paint is inevitable, but there are ways you can reduce fading and extend the life of your paint job. At Spray Finishes, we’re residential painting experts and wanted to share these 3 tips to help you achieve the best results possible.

Choose the right colors.

The number one cause of faded paint is sunlight. Whether it’s interior or exterior paint, it will fade when exposed to sunlight due to a process called photodegradation. That’s a fancy word that describes the breakdown of chemical bonds in paint due to the ultraviolet rays in sunlight.

The good news is that not all colors react to sunlight in the same exact way, and you can use that to your advantage. Dark colors absorb heat and light and will therefore fade quickly. Lighter colors reflect light and heat, so they will last longer than dark colors.

When painting interior walls, use lighter colors to paint rooms that get exposed to a lot of sun, and use darker hues for rooms that don’t get much sun. The same concept applies to exterior paint. If you’re on the shady side of the street, you can use darker colors more liberally than if your house is bathed in sunlight all day.

Choose the right paint for the surface.

When it comes to paint, there’s more than color to consider. You also need to know what paint works best for the surface you’re painting. Using a type of paint on the wrong surface will cause the paint to fade fast. Keep these tips in mind when painting these types of surfaces:

  • Interior drywall: Use a top-quality acrylic latex paint.
  • Concrete: Use a primer and paint specifically formulated for concrete surfaces.
  • Metal: Use an exterior-grade primer and paint that are specially formulated for metal. Also consider electrostatic spray painting for any metal painting projects to get a drip-free, flawless finish, with no overspray.
  • Bare wood: Coat the entire surface with a stain-blocking primer. Finish with high-quality latex or oil-based paint.
  • Brick: Use a first coat of quality latex primer. When the primer is dry, apply top-quality latex paint that’s formulated for use on masonry.

Also, remember that when painting exterior surfaces, you should use an oil-based paint if the surface has previously been painted with an oil-based product. Never put a new coat of latex over an old coat of oil-based paint. It will almost certainly fade and peel.

If you’re repainting over latex paint, then be sure to choose a latex paint that’s been specifically formulated for exterior surfaces. Never use interior paint on the outside of your home; it’s just not formulated to be as durable as exterior paint.

Choose a high-quality paint.

The old saying “you get what you pay for” certainly holds true when it comes to paint. Cheap paints fade fast. Make the investment in a high-quality (albeit more expensive) paint. High-quality paints hold color longer, stand up to the elements better, resist cracks, provide beautiful coverage, and are actually easier to work with than budget paints. Spend money on paint today and avoid headaches in the future.

With these three tips in mind you can get started on your next painting project and feel confident that you’ve taken steps to reduce the chance of faded paint.

Spray Finishes, a division of Stone Services, has been in the electrostatic spray painting business since 1938. They specialize in on-site painting, and also have a 10,000 square foot shop for large off-site jobs. Spray Finishes’ friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to serve you at any of their five tristate area locations, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island, and Westchester. Contact Spray Finishes today for an estimate on your next painting project.

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