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In this second part of our garden project “Gardening in Spring” we want to think about the beautification of our house.
Maybe the garden shed should be painted, the outside wall of our house be refurbished or repainted, maybe the roof should be cleared of leaves, but in any case we need to bring the swimming pool back to a nicer condition. There might have been the one or the other vermin occupying the nice blue pit.
And because we’re at work right now, we could consider of our best friend’s home, namely our dog, giving new shine on his hut. He will certainly repay that with his faithful glimpse.
If we are done with this work and put our furniture in position, we will take care of the embellishment of the property, so that our neighbor will enjoy the view. He will surely be proud to live next to a such beautiful house.
We start with the painting of our house – before have a look here, maybe you need….
Let’s have a look to the walls of our house and pay attention to the following points first:
Let’s assume that we are the proud owners of a wooden house:
Wind, rain, sun, frost: our wooden house is quite exposed to nature – even more when pollution exceeds. In order to preserve its splendor over many years, despite all the environmental influences, we should regularly paint it.
Because of not being easy for laymen to orient themselves in the wide world of paints, here I have summarized the most important information for you. Color experts also have many valuable tips about glazes and colors. When it comes to painting, nothing can go wrong with this step-by-step guide!
Why paint our wooden house or our garden house?
Why does it make sense to paint the garden house?
That’s explained easily by the numerous environmental influences that affect the wood.
A coating protects the wooden house from environmental influences.
These are the biggest risks with untreated wood:
• Moisture: Rain, dew, or mist can cause moisture within the wood and allow woody pests to spread. In addition, the wood swells in moisture, in drought it fades again. Through this constant change micro cracks appear on the surface of the wood.
• Sunlight: UV rays cause degradation of wood components such as lignin. The wood turns into yellow with time and will darken.
• Wood damage: Blue stains and sponges as well as various insect larvae and wasps can infest untreated wood and cause permanent damage.
What we need to know before painting
Before painting our wooden house we should consider what kind of wood treatment is suitable for us. Do we want to preserve the natural wood grain or do we actually want to paint the house with paint?
Glaze, oil or varnish: what is suitable?
• is suitable for softwoods
• has weak pigmentation
• is transparent
• dark shades protect from higher UV protection
Wood glazes are ideal if we want to preserve the natural colors and grains of the wood.
Glaze protects wood like sunscreen protects our skin. The pigmentation of glaze contains UV protectors. Glaze should be reapplied every two to four years.
It depends on the location of the house how often glaze should be applied.
Another important note:
Glazing gives its own character to a wooden surface. Only the same or a darker shade can be used once a surface has been glazed. Lightening is only possible with big effort.
Regarding softwoods, it’s glaze that lets the grain of the wood shine through. A coating of wood oil makes hardwoods, such as larch or teak, resistant and protects from environmental influences.
Wood paint (= body color):
(Personally I do not prefer this method, anyway, sometimes it’s the only possibility)
• high pigmentation
• covering, seals up
• high, permanent UV protection
The natural structure of the wood will be coated with paint. The protection against UV radiation is much higher than with glazes. However, lacquers are more sensitive than oils and glazes.
The advantage of lacquer, on the one hand, is a pretty good renovation of older wood and, on the other hand, there is a large choice of colors. A high weather resistance protects the wood for a long time. In addition, color accents can be set. If you want to sweep the surface, any light or dark hue can be chosen.
For exterior wood I recommend to use special weatherproof paints. This corresponds to the special features of lacquer and addresses the special requirements of outdoor wood.
As the name indicates, weatherproof paint provides the highest possible weather protection. In addition, it is elastic and allows a constant shifting of the wood.
Pay attention to white lacquer on raw wood!
If we want to paint our house – made from raw wood – with white color, we must take care: It’s possible that after drying certain wood contents may emerge and turn the white-painted surface yellowish.
For avoiding such yellowish tint I recommend applying a primer to the surface before painting. A suitable basic treatment prevents from the emerging of discoloring resin and also serves as a primer.
Before painting the house with white color we should prime the natural wood.
Even with dark colors we should impregnate the wood first and then apply a proper treatment. This serves as a primer and makes sure that the color does not tear or peels off later on.
Painting our wooden house on the outside
– 5 steps instruction (safety!)
Now it’s about preserves.
With this step-by-step instruction you can easily paint the house.
We need the following:
• Adhesive tape and cover foil
• Brush or high pressure washer
• Brush: wide, soft flat brush, maybe a foam roller
• Primer, color
1) What is the ideal time to paint the house?
I suggest that the outside temperature should be above 5 degrees Celsius and the wood should be dry.
Step 1: Cover
Tape windows and doors with masking tape and painter’s tarpaulin before painting. Spread out protective tarp on the floor around the house.
Careful masking with suitable adhesive tape as well as covering material protects the floor and windows and minimizes cleaning work afterwards,
Step 2: Clean
Clean the wooden facade of the house with a brush before painting.
Step 3: Sanding
Once the wood is clean or dry, sandpaper it in order to remove old paint residue. We must take care of not inhaling the dust – a respirator is absolutely necessary! Otherwise, it is unavoidable to inhale these fine dust particles!
Before we start painting we must seal any larger wood cracks and joints with a suitable sealant
Step 4: Priming
If our house is already impregnated, the insulating base should now be applied before painting.
This provides shelter and longevity of color.
Step 5: Swipe
We apply the glaze or the paint with a foam roller from the painter’s shop or we use a wide flat brush with soft bristles.
We always proceed in the grain direction! Make sure that the brush bristles penetrate well into joints.
Apply the different layers and let them dry sufficiently:
– impregnation for at least 24 hours
– glaze, insulating base, top coat at least 12 hours
By the way: we pay close attention to the main direction of the weather – outer walls facing against it should get three coats for better weather protection!
So far we went with the second part of our project “Gardening in Spring”.
I hope you could find some useful information for you!
In the next part we take care of the hat of our house. An exciting venture!
If you do have any questions or suggestions (maybe about some tricks you know) please don’t hesitate to write a comment about! Let me know it!
I love to hear about “special tricks” how to fix something or so… sometimes they are really helpful but in any case mostly funny! 🙂