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Frequently asked questions about exterior painting

Must rust always be removed before painting a metal surface?

Must mould always be removed before painting a surface?

The socle of our house was painted a couple of years ago. A light-coloured, "frost-like" layer developed on the surface, and the paintwork cracked and peeled off in places. What is the problem?

I repainted the internal doors of our home in an outdoor shed using Empire Furniture Paint. It has been several days now, but the paintwork is not yet completely dry. Is there something wrong with the product?

On the last day of my holidays I worked long hours to finish painting my house on time. The paint I used was oil-based Teho. The surfaces that I painted last were clearly duller than the surfaces painted earlier. What went wrong?

How should I repaint my PVC-plastic coated tin roof where the coating is partly peeling off?

I have a new concrete floor in my garage that I would like to paint. How should I do it and with what?
We recommend waterborne Akvacoat 100 Epoxy Paint for painting the garage floor. The new concrete floor must be dry and any cement paste layers must be removed. This is how you can check floor moisture content easily: tape and seal a piece of plastic measuring 1 x 1 metre to the floor and leave it there for 24 hours. If any moisture accumulates under the plastic sheet and the concrete underneath it becomes darker than the surrounding floor, the surface is still too damp. Allow the floor to dry.

Prime the surface with Akvacoat 100 Epoxy Paint thinned with water 5 to 15%. Wait at least 16 hours before applying the top coat. The paint used for applying the top coat can be thinned with water up to a maximum of 5%. Use a brush, roller, or spatula to apply the paint.

I am building a new log cabin by a lake. I’ve been wondering about surface treatment. When should a new log building be painted and what products should be used for this purpose?

How can I find out what type of paint has been used to paint the timber cladding on my house?

What paint should I use to paint the floor and handrail of a new terrace made of pressure-impregnated timber?

What is the best weather for painting outdoors?

The roof of our house was rebuilt and covered with zinc-coated metal sheeting. When can I paint it?

Why have the colour of the external walls of my house changed over the years?