Many homeowners are turning towards anti condensation paint to reduce the amount of moisture buildup in areas like basements and garages. The moisture can severely damage there areas over time and even produce harmful mold and mildew. This type of paint is much like regular house paint in many regards, but has a certain property that helps it to reduce the condensation buildup when there is a cold surface and a warm environment. If you have purchased some anti condensation paint, or are thinking about the possibility, here are some application tips to ensure a good covering.
1. Clean Surface First
As with any other painting job that you undertake you should always clean the surface before applying any paint. Use some warm water, mild detergent solution, and a sponge to thoroughly clean the wall or surface that you are painting. It is important to keep in mind that you do not need to saturate the wall. Doing so will only lead to you having to wait until it is dry before you can paint over it. A simple wash with the sponge will be sufficient.
2. Lay out Tarp
Before you open up any paint cans you should always protect the floor and surrounding area with a tarp or dropcloth of some kind. You never know when an accident can occur, so you making sure you have protected everything as much as you can will ensure the paint stays where it is suppose to go.
3. Use Primer
It is very important when using an anti condensation paint that you use a good primer as an undercoating. This will help the paint adhere to the surface much better than without it. It will also form as another protective barrier against condensation and fungus. Paint with primer in much the same way as you would with regular paint. Spread it out over a small space at a time and blend any roller or brush marks to a seamless look.
4. Start in Center of Wall
As you begin to apply the anti condensation paint you should start painting in the center of the wall and spread out from there. Keep your brush strokes short and strong so you can blend the paint with newer strokes. Move along fairly quickly so that you do not have to worry about any part drying out before you finish.
5. Just Coat Brush
Anti condensation paint is a rather thick water based paint. This paint also has some texture to it, so you will see plenty of fluctuation in the look of it as it goes on the wall. One of the important things to remember when applying anti condensation paint is that you only need to coat the brush with enough for a few strokes. Any more and you will cause clumps to be present in the paint. You do not have to worry too much about drips running, since it is thick enough to adhere instantly to the wall.
6. Add Second Coat
Generally, you will need to apply a second coat of paint to your kitchen, bathroom, or basement wall. Wait until the paint is "tacky" to the touch before you apply a new coating. Use a clean brush and work in the same manner as the original coat.