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Step 4: Priming and Painting





Priming an unpainted exterior surface is critical for long term durability of the coating. The best primer will depend on the surface you’re painting.

To help you with this selection process, see Exterior Primer on Primers.


When doing exterior painting, one of the most important decisions is the quality of paint to be used. TOP QUALITY paints are designed to produce the best-looking and longest-lasting results. And even though quality paints may cost a little more, they can last more than twice as long as ordinary paints — so they are really more economical in the long run. Here are some of the specific benefits of using top quality paints, compared with using an “economy” paint:

  • Superior adhesion, less likely to blister, flake or peel
  • Better chalk resistance, for excellent color retention
  • Better dirt resistance, so the paint remains fresh-looking
  • Better mildew resistance, so paint won't be marred by unsightly black or brown blotches
  • Overall superior durability

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