Painting a Beachfront Property

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Painting a beachfront home is much more demanding than most other painting projects. Beach houses often do not have surrounding trees to provide shade, so they are more exposed to the sun. These homes are also exposed to salt spray, which puts a lot of stress on the paint covering a home. In order to give your beachfront home a paint job that endures, it is important to consider these tips and tricks.

Invest in Quality Paint

Buying premium line paint may seem expensive, but it could actually save you money in the long run. No paint job is going to last forever. UV rays from the sun begin to wear down paint as soon as it is applied. Although they come with a higher upfront cost, premium paints can last years longer than economy grade paints. Using quality paint is going to save you the time and money it would take to repaint your house in just a few years.

Use Quality Wood

The fact is that cedar wood stands against weathering and holds paint better than pine. Cedar woods expand and contract less than pine does with changes in humidity. This reduces cracking and paint chipping. Often, pine wood will produce sap marks and other wood defects. In order to cover these up, you’ll need to fill in gaps with shellac and then paint two to three coats of primer over the shellac. This is a labor intensive process and can end up costing you a lot of time and money. By investing in Cedar, you’re going to avoid many of the wood defects produced and save yourself a headache. As wood planks are replaced at your beach house, invest in cedar over pine.

Focus on Prep Work

Taking extra time to properly prep your beach house can cause your paint job to last years longer. Make sure to scrub down surfaces with a mix consisting of a small amount of trisodium phosphate, half bleach, and half water as a first step. Salt and mildew on your base increase the paint stress exponentially, and this mix will remove these agents.

You’re going to want to coat as soon as possible after scrubbing your surface. Use an oil-based primer the day after scrubbing if you have new wood. If the wood is being repainted, primer can go on the same day as the scrub, just wait only a few hours. Be cognizant of weather conditions, as a storm will recoat your surface in salt. Scrub your surface again if there is a shower during this process.

In an extra effort to increase a paint job’s lifespan, you can prime and coat the back side of wood. This prevents water from seeping into your wood which causes it to expand and crack.

The last important piece of advice is to sand between each coat. Most painters will be tempted to skip this step, but sanding helps paint adhere to the wood. This means paint will last much longer and reduce incidents of peeling and blistering.

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