Dear Sir/Madam, I would like to purchase 4L White paint for painting the exteriors. 1. The surface is metal (gate) and there are some rusts on it. I need to clean up the rusts and then paint it. a. What paint do you recommend? b. Can I apply the paint directly on the metal gate after the purchase or do I need to mix with other solutions? c. What is your quote? 2. The surface is exterior wall. Again, I need to clean up the moulds and then paint it. a. What paint do you recommend? b. Can I apply the paint directly on the exterior wall after the purchase or do I need to mix with other solutions? c. What is your quote? Please advise, Regards Malai,
Hey Malai! Great question. We hope the below steps help with your outdoor project - but make sure you head into your nearest Inspirations Paint store to talk through your project with team to make sure the below advice is suitable to the surfaces you are painting on!
Follow these quick and easy steps to revitalise your old, rusty gate!
You will firstly need to remove the rust from the gate. Using a wire brush, scrub the gate until all the rust has been removed from the surface. You can then also sand back the scrubbed areas so the surface is smoother for paint application. Once all the rust has been cleaned off, wipe down the gate with a mineral turpentine to clean off any excess rust flakes, dirt, grease, etc.
After the rust is removed, you will need to apply one coat of metal primer such as Dulux PRECISION All Metal Primer. This primer is ideal for a range of metal surfaces including (but not limited to) wrought iron, brass, stainless steel and galvanised iron; and is formulated with anti-corrosive pigments to prevent rust and corrosion.
Once the primer has dried, you can then start applying the paint. We recommend a product like Dulux Weathershield Gloss, a water based paint which will have a great effect on your metal gate. There are no additional products that need to be mixed in, just paint directly onto your primed gate. After applying the first coat, wait two hours and then apply your second (and final) coat.
Follow these steps to remove mould and freshen up your exterior walls.
Simply spray a product like 30 Second Mould Off onto the mouldy surface. Wait a few minutes for the product to seep into the surface, and wipe away with a damp cloth. Your wall should now be mould free, however re-apply if necessary. Once mould has been removed, leave to dry.
Now that the mould is removed, we need to see if the surface is suitable for painting. If the wall appears to be chalky, flaking or peeling, or there appears to be any other issues that would affect the end result of your job, do not continue painting. Head into your nearest Inspirations Paint store to have a chat with your local team so they can properly advise you of what your next step should be. Any problems that are found on your surface can be caused by a number of different reasons which will all have their own solutions and steps to correct the problem, so it’s best to chat to the experts so that any problems are not made worse!
Once the 30 Second Mould Off has dried and you have determined your surface is in good condition to continue your project, you can start to apply your paint (remember – if there are any flaking, peeling or chalky areas on your surface, do not paint!). We recommend Dulux Weathershield Gloss, the same water based paint you used on your gate. This product is incredibly effective across a range of surfaces, and is self-priming on most surfaces so no additional products need to be mixed in. You will need to apply two coats of paint to your exterior, leaving two hours between the first and second coats. The paint will dry leaving a tough finish protecting your home from the weather.
Head into your local Inspirations Paint store to have a chat with the team about your project before you start, and they will also be able to provide you a quote based on the size and scope of your job. While the above steps and products are suitable for most surfaces, its best to make sure that you are using the best products and methods for your specific surfaces.