Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Painted Shutter Question:

Q: Our home is only 3 years old. We have plastic shutters on the front of the house, which faces south. The paint our contractor used is coming off in big strips. My husband checked at several stores, and they tell us there is not really a paint that will weather properly. Is there some sort of base coat that we can use to help the paint stick to the shutters?

A: Shutters are a wonderful accessory to most homes, heck some look naked without them! I am going to have to disagree with the stores your husband visited. The problem with your shutters lies in the prep work, which is usually the reason for paint failures.

To fix the problem, remove the shutters from the home and scrape off as much of the paint as you can. I'll bet most of it will come off. The more paint you can remove, the better. Wipe all exposed surfaces of the shutter with a liquid deglosser, somtimed called "liquid sandpaper," which you can find in most paint stores and some home centers.

Once you have finished this prep work, you can paint the shutters with 2 coats of your favorite 100% acrylic exterior latex paint. I like a satin finish because it looks better and will resist fading much longer than a flat paint. Your new finish should look great for several years.

Just remember: on dark colors, you WILL notice color fade sooner than if you were to use lighter colors.

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