Category Archives: Exterior Painting

The Eternal Promise of Durable Latex Paint

John Learnard of The Color Alchemist of Glen Echo, Maryland notes that every year since he started in the finishing trade, the big paint manufacturers have been promising that the new and improved latex and acrylic paints developed in their … Continue reading

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Contemporary Color Palette and Accurate Historic Colors

Every year, Pantone picks the color of the year, and this year it is two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity. You can be sure that it is just a matter of time before you see these colors on bath towels, appliances … Continue reading

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Damage to Historic Exterior Woodwork by Aggressive Paint Removal

According to NPS Preservation Brief #10, Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork, “Removing paints down to bare wood surfaces using harsh methods can permanently damage those surfaces; therefore such methods are not recommended.” So what is a harsh method? Pretty … Continue reading

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A Breathable Traditional Coating – – Lime Based “Whitewash”.

For decades, now, paint companies have been touting “water based” latex paints, that supposedly outperform oil based paints in exterior applications, but don’t. That’s what advertising is for, getting you to buy the paint, but no amount of advertising can … Continue reading

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