Using Mold Resistant Paints: What You Should Know Beforehand

There are several brands of mildew resistant house paint available in the market today. Most of them are effective in discouraging the growth of mold, but none of them can kill it completely. Painting over mold is not recommended at all in any situation; even painting with mold resistant paint over the mold is a wasted effort. Any mold resistant paint will be most effective if applied to a clean mold free surface. It will prevent the mold from spreading further and will get the mould situation under control and prevent paint film flaking.

Advanatges of using Mold Resistant Paint

Mold resistant paint restricts the growth of mildew, lichens and mold on the paint surface. Mold can discolor the paint film surface and make your paint finish look unsightly. It feeds on the paint surface and slowly weakens the structure from inside. It can cause health problems like sinus, asthma, pneumonia and inflammation of the lungs. People have also reported symptoms like sore throats, migraines, coughing and headaches. When left un-checked it can lead to chronic problems like rashes, depressions and pain in the joints. A mildew resistant paint can protect your family from all of these problems.

Where to Use Mold Resistant Paint

Mold resistant paint is recommended for areas that are moisture prone, like kitchens, washrooms, balconies and basements. They also seem to re-occur in areas that had instances’ of mold. Before applying paint your painter should be ensured that the surface is free of mold, clean and absolutely dry. When using a primer, allow it to dry completely before painting over it.

Choosing the Correct Paint

Mold resistant paints contain a custom designed anti microbial composition that prevents the growth of molds on surfaces that are painted. They are easily available and your painter should be able to obtain a paint product with it already premixed or they can add an additive to the paint. They can be bought in almost any color shop in Auckland. When your painter is choosing paint he should make sure that it has the mold growth preventing chemicals premixed into it or just add an additive to the paint mix. Always consult a professional painter before looking to paint of areas with mold and mildew. A good paint service company will be able to assess the situation and advise you correctly on how to handle the problem at no additional cost to you. You should get a professional to assess your needs first.

Three essential Steps

The following three steps need to be followed when painting your surfaces with mold resistant paint-

  1. 1. Locate the Mold – Identify all the areas in detail that are infected with mold. Ignoring even a little bit will result in it growing back quickly.
  2. 2. Gather your supplies – Call a professional and have your area assesses and consults him on the supplies that he will require in order to complete the paint job.

Prepare the work area – Clear the area of all furniture or personal belongings or cover them with a heavy plastic sheet, to prevent contamination.
After these steps are completed you can now go ahead and apply the surface with a mold resistant paint.