Always Use Metal Primer for Painting Metal  

by Pool Builders on 11-05-2013 in Articles

Painting things keeps them protected from the ravages of the weather and it also makes them look more attractive. Once, the only kind of paint available was oil-based paint, but these days we have a choice of oil or water-based, amongst others. However, if you need to paint something made from metal, water-based paint should not be used. First, use a metal primer and then use special paint that is made for metal to finish it off.

Many really old homes have ceilings that have been made from tin or some kind of metal into which a design has been pressed. They should never be painted over with water based paint because it will make the metal rust. Even if they are already painted and you just want to freshen them up, use oil based paint for the best result. And outdoor furniture made with metal should also be painted with a primer especially for metal to ensure it does not rust.

Generally, weathering does eventually cause the paint to peel off, no matter what kind it is. That is when you need to repaint to make sure the surface is protected. In fact, it is better to paint before it gets to the stage of peeling because there will be less preparation needed. Once the paint has peeled it will need to be removed and the area sanded before a primer or undercoat is applied. If you do it before peeling occurs you only need to give the area a thorough wash down with sugar soap to remove dirt and grease - and perhaps a light sanding to ensure your new paint adheres properly.

Swimming pools need special paint that can withstand being underwater all the time. The two different types of paint chosen for that job are epoxy paint and chlorinated rubber paint. Epoxy thinners will need to be used. Epoxy paint is a polyamide paint that offers good impact resistance and is also resistant to abrasion, fungus, bacterial growth and pool chemicals. It provides greater reliability when the environment is harsh and can also be used on metal.

However, chlorinated rubber paint also gives a durable surface, is easy to apply and has high inter-coat adhesive properties. Swimming pool paint colours are mostly blue or aqua and white. Most people like to paint their pools blue as this gives the water the look of the ocean and it also cuts back on the glare. Often, the surrounding area or the walls are done in white if it is not tiled.

It is important to always read and adhere to the instructions on the can of paint, no matter what kind you use. If you are painting the pool yourself, remember that the temperature should be between 10C and 30C for the best result. You may need to wear protective clothing and a mask to ensure that you are not overpowered by the fumes that will gather down in the bottom of the pool area.

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