Painting a building not only enhances its beauty but also improves its life span by protecting it from the harmful effects of UV sun rays, mildew and even damage caused by moisture. Using tex-cote takes the protection level many steps ahead as the product also keeps the buildings safe from damage caused not only by weather but also form dust, dirt and mould, besides offering numerous other advantages. Moreover, tex-cote can be used over a variety of surfaces including, wood, stucco, brick, and even metal, making it an all-purpose product.
However in order to fully exploit the benefits of tex-cote and get really long lasting results, the surfaces need to prepared for receiving a coat of the paint. This process needs to be carried out in the right manner so that paint is applied properly. Given below are some basic guidelines about how to prepare a surface that is to be painted with tex-cote.
Checking For Damages
The first step in the process of surface preparation is to carefully check them for any serious damages and surface deterioration that needs to be repaired before applying the paint. Although the product is capable of repairing minor cracks and fissures on its own, visible damages need to be repaired for better application and results.
Cleaning The Surface & Masking
Once the damages have been detected and repaired, the next step is to clean the surface thoroughly by the application of powerful pressure cleaning action. This action, which is also known as pressure washing helps in clearing the surface of any stain, accumulated dirt, lose paint and even algae. In addition, it helps in bringing to fore the areas that need to be patched up with a combination of a special formulation of Tex bond and Flex Patch.
Once the surface has been cleansed and made uniform through the binding process, it is time to do the masking. This involves covering all the surfaces, which are not to be painted, with plastic or paper sheets so as to prevent them from being blotched by the overspray of primer and paint.
Application Of Primer
The next and the final step in the process of surface preparation is that of applying the primer. For this, the use of a high-pressure primer sprayer is recommended, so that the entire surface is covered with a uniform coating. It is also important to ensure that the application of primer is done when the temperature is above the recommended minimum application temperature provided on the container. Once the primer has dried up sufficiently, the surface is ready to receive the coat of tex-cote paint.
It is always advisable to use a qualified and experienced painting contractor as applying tex-coat paint is much difficult than applying normal house paint. Even a slight mistake can ruin the effect of this expensive product and negate its benefits, leaving the building having just a coat of overly expensive paint with no special qualities.