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Paint: A Primer Get the straight scoop on what paint you really need and how to professionally apply it. By Karl Van Zandt Premium exterior paints and primers Paint has been around for a long time-a form of paint was even used 40,000 years ago in cave art. It's come a long way since then, and today's paints and primers can be a little confusing to sort out. Let's take a look at some common questions and misperceptions about paint. used by a professional, will apply a more even, higher mil-thickness coat-and save a lot of money in application time. Professionalgrade paint sprayers apply nondiluted premium paints at around 2,000 pounds per square inch, so the paint is forcibly applied to the surface for best adhesion and coverage. Overspray (wet airborne traveling paint that lands on other surfaces) can be an issue, but a professional will know how to minimize overspray and to cover and protect surfaces that should not be painted. pAinting Oil Vs. Latex The most common paint differentiation is between oil-based and water-based paints. The main difference is in the resin used. These days, oil-based paint typically uses an alkyd resin, which is a synthetic oil and solvent based with a strong scent. Water-based paint, commonly called latex, uses acrylic resin. Actual latex rubber is not used; the word latex simply indicates that water is used as the base. It used to be that virtually all paints were oil based. However, the technology of acrylic water-based paint has come a long way in the last few decades-so much so that waterbased paints are now the preferred exterior paint for both residential and commercial projects. They can match the durability of oil, but are flexible and easier to use. Oil-based paints and primers are still used, but for more specific applications because of their special properties, along with paints using less-common resins like epoxy and polyurethane. Today, premium acrylic water-based paints are the industry standard. Today, premium acrylic water-based paints are the industry standard. Spray Vs. Roller Old-school painters will tell you that spraying paint is not as good an application method as rolling it on, and this myth is perpetuated by a number of unlicensed, unprofessional painters who use cheap spray equipment and cheap paint to perform poor paint work. The truth is that a professional-grade paint sprayer, 40 June-July 2014 BMH Professional spray painting is highly efficient and results in a more even application.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Management Hawaii June/July 2013

The Age Of IREM
On Site: Life Of A Property Manager

Building Management Hawaii June/July 2013