Exterior Painting Techniques for Coastal Climates

Exterior Painting Techniques

Homes need to be rugged to deal with the salty ocean air and humid conditions around Cape Cod. If you want your exterior paint to stand up to the elements, you need to plan around the climate. To help protect the color and beauty of your home, here are some essential tips to keep in mind.

Don’t Skimp on the Prep Work

Prepping your home is especially essential when you live in a climate with lots of salty air. In these environments, homes tend to get coated in a layer of salt, and sometimes they also build up mildew from moisture in the air.

If you don’t devote some time to getting rid of these elements, they can get trapped underneath the paint and impact its longevity. Exterior power washing and/or soft washing, when done correctly, can help preserve exterior paint and keep your home looking great for years. Ideally, you should hire painters in Cape Cod who can clean a home with the correct tools and techniques.

Consider Replacing Trim as Needed

In addition to cleaning the exterior of your home before painting, you may need to replace some of the trim. Old, worn out wood often has holes that allows moisture to seep in, and then this wood expands and contracts as moisture levels change in the air.

This process can be hard on the paint. To prevent that from happening, it’s critical to replace these pieces of wood. Ideally, you want to opt for a durable trim material such as pre-primed pine or PVC with ply.

Choose a High-Quality Paint

The quality of the paint you select has a significant impact on how long the paint lasts and how it looks. Generally, cheaper paints save money upfront, but they cost more in the long run because you have to repaint more often. Additionally, inexpensive paints tend to fade more easily.

Sidestep those issues by choosing a high quality exterior paint. Ideally, you want a paint that is designed to stand up to UV rays and resist mildew. Many professional painting companies recommend an oil-based primer that saturates the wood followed by an acrylic, latex paint.

Rinse Between Coats If Storms Blow In

Typically, you need at least two coats of exterior paint. If a storm blows in between the coats, the home needs to be rinsed. If this step is skipped, the salt gets trapped between the paint layers. A simple rinse with a hose or a power washer on a low setting works perfectly.

After your home has been painted, you may want to rinse it occasionally on your own and also schedule professional power washings to keep salt from building up.

Choose a Painter Experienced with Coastal Climates

Exterior painting in a coastal region is uniquely challenging. If you want to ensure the best quality work on your home, it’s important to work with a professional painter who is experienced with coastal climates. If you work with a fly-by-night company or a national painter who uses the same techniques everywhere regardless of the climate, the work won’t be as long lasting or as professional looking.

At Cape Cod Painting, we have the experience needed to keep your home’s exterior looking great. We only use paint from top quality manufacturers, and we do extensive prep work to ensure your paint lasts. Contact us today at to learn more about our services.

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