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When do I need to use exterior paint?

WordsMaha Elley


Did you hear? We’ve officially launched a range of masonry and exterior paint; a multi-surface paint that’s designed to withstand the elements. After spending much of the year researching all things exterior paint, we’ve learnt lots about the difference between interior and exterior paint, when to use exterior paint and when not to use it. So if you fancy giving your home’s exterior a fresh new look, you’re in the right place. Read on for our complete guide to exterior paint.

Why use exterior paint over interior paint? 

The main question that many (including us) first have is, what’s the difference between exterior and interior paint? Well, there are two main reasons why you need a different formulation for outside your house: 

  • Exteriors require more durability than interiors. As the outside of your home is exposed to the elements, it can fade more easily if the paint you use isn’t designed to be highly durable.  
  • Exterior paint is specially formulated to be weather-resistant. Come rain or shine, two or three coats of this hardy stuff should keep your outdoor surfaces pigment-rich and flake-free through bracing winters and sweltering summers alike.

When do I need to use exterior paint? 

Lick exterior paint is multi surface and you can use it for the following exterior surfaces:

When you’re painting your front door

For painting wooden front doors, follow the below steps for a flawless finish: 

  • Remove any old and flaking paint with a paint stripper and scraper. You want to apply your exterior paint to a completely bare wooden surface.
  • Wipe down the surface with a sponge soaked in warm water.
  • Sand the surface so it’s nice and smooth. 
  • Once the stripping and sanding are done, remove the door handle and wedge the door firmly open. 
  • Apply a coat of exterior primer and leave to dry.
  • Paint two coats

Find out more about how to paint an external front door and how to pick the right front door colour.

Our exterior paint range is also suitable as upvc front door paint.

When you’re painting your exterior walls 

When painting exterior walls, proper prep and weather are the two most important components that lead to a great paint job. Start by applying a thin coat of paint on more porous surfaces, using a stain block or metal primer if needed, and make sure the weather is suitable before painting.

Learn more about how to paint your house exterior here.

When you’re painting your wooden fence or wooden shed 

Our exterior paint range works wonderfully on any outdoor wooden surfaces such as fences and sheds. We’d recommend using our shed and fence paint and following the below steps for the best finish: 

  • Remove anything loose or flaking from the surface and sand it down before applying any paint. 
  • If the wood is new or well-weathered, apply a diluted first coat (a mixture of 70% paint and 30% water). This first coat is the most important one for long-lasting results. 
  • If the wood is new and treated, we’d recommend leaving it for at least 6 months before painting, as the treatment needs time to weather first. Non treated front doors can be painted straight away (starting with the thin coat first). 
  • Note, some woods will stain and bleed through light colours. For Plywood, red cedar and very resinous woods, apply a stain blocker first. 

Looking for step-by-step guides? Find out more about how to paint a fence and how to paint a shed.