Our Philippine House Project – Paint and Painting

Our Philippine Dwelling Task – Paint and Painting

We built a house on Panay Island in the Philippines. Here’s what we realized about paint and portray.  One particular observation is that paint and painting have been a larger expenditure than we anticipated. We used a big quantity of paint, like the dozens of gallons of epoxy primer on our metallic roof framing.

These are the ways we adopted in portray the walls.

1. The completed concrete walls need to get rid of from two weeks to a month ahead of portray. The placing of concrete is a considerably more time chemical system than it appears to be.

2. The walls are treated with a neutralizer to decrease the alkalinity of the concrete. The good quality and durability of the paint occupation relies upon on the concrete curing and being neutralized. We applied Boysen #44 Masonry Neutralizer. This is diluted 16/1. Be mindful with these neutralizers. They appear to be to be rather strong acids. We utilized the dilute neutralizer with an everyday paint roller and pan. When the neutralizer is dry the wall can be washed down with h2o or sanded to take out any efflorescence brought about by the response amongst the concrete and the neutralizer.

Applying concrete neutralizer

Making use of concrete neutralizer

3. Following we primed the walls. We used Boysen B701 “Permatex” flat latex paint utilized with a roller.  It is a bit counter-intuitive that the primer goes on right before the filling of cracks, but which is what Boysen recommends and my crew concurred.  The Boysen internet site has in depth instructions on how to use its products

4. At this issue, there most likely will be heaps of hairline cracks in the wall. That is usual. This upcoming action is to use a pretty slim coat of masonry putty to the wall. We employed Boysen #7311. It is applied with a putty knife or a little piece of sheet steel serving the exact function. The putty appears to be to be incredibly identical to the gypsum joint compound made use of to fill joints in gypsum wall board. This water primarily based content is NOT suited for use on exterior walls. For exterior walls use the solvent-primarily based Boysen Acrytex putty. We also applied Acrytex in the bogs.  Acrytex is a solvent based mostly item which is harder and a lot more uncomfortable to use than the normal masonry putty.  Your crew (or contractor) may well be tempted to use the normal putty on the exterior of the making.  Make them master to use the Acrytex.


Ordinary cracks in concrete ending

Applying masonry putty

Implementing masonry putty

Boysen masonry putty

Boysen masonry putty

5. When the masonry putty dries, the wall is sanded. We bought a Bosch GSS140A orbital sander at Much Japanese Components. I chosen the Porter Cable model I experienced in the U.S. The paper attachment procedure on the Bosch is a bit flaky.

Sanding after putty

Sanding immediately after putty

Painting master bedroom ceiling

Painting grasp bed room ceiling

6. When the sanding is full and the dust cleaned up, it is time for the end coat. We are making use of Boysen “Permatex” gloss or semi-gloss latex paint.

Our steel casement windows, which ended up created on-site as explained in a further area, were primed with Boysen crimson two-portion epoxy primer and then painted with Boysen Fast Dry enamel.

All structural steelwork (rafters, purlins, angle bar and exposed rebar) had been also painted with the epoxy primer.  Epoxy primer sets reasonably speedily so it must me combined in compact batches.  It’s vital to supervise the crew to make positive they understand the appropriate proportions of the epoxy paint and hardener.  It’s tough to clear the epoxy out of brushes so we just purchased economical brushes by the dozen.


Painting home windows – ultimate coat of enamel


Several gallons of epoxy primer on all steel get the job done!

This publish might sound like an advertisement for Boysen paint.  We have experienced superior luck with Boysen.  We’ve experimented with other brands, especially given that some of the many others sold at the massive hardware stores offer you the benefit of pre-combined hues.  We attempted some of the pre-blended paints from Ace hardware and did not feel that the excellent was as good as Boysen.

We have been buying our paint from Quezon Paints on Quezon Avenue in Iloilo City.  Bring them a paint sample and they’ll do a great job of matching it.  We are making use of a extremely light grey on the exterior of our home.  The Quezon Paint worker worked so tough to make a perfect match making use of white gloss paint and black and Sienna pigments.  He was a true paint matching artist!  We bought most of our inside and exterior latex paint in 16 liter buckets.  That way the likelihood of shade regularity was better than striving to have individual gallon cans match every other.  We also acquired the prized major-plastic pails the paint arrived in.  Oil centered paint will come in much less desirable steel cans.   Oh, certainly — generally check with for a price reduction when you buy nearly anything.

"puti" gecko

“puti” gecko

This house gecko fell into the paint pail.  Luckily it was latex paint.  We took him out to the h2o pump, washed him off and he (or she) scampered away.

Our crew did most of the portray but we hired a specialist painter to “paint” our doorway casings, doorways and baseboards.  Painting could not be the appropriate description of what he does. It’s extra like finishing household furniture.  It is intriguing that the wooden is not stained.  The pigment is all in the sealer and/or lacquer.

  • Initial the wooden is sanded.
  • Then it is sprayed with Boysen pigmented sanding sealer and resanded and resealed as required.
  • Then it is sprayed with many coats of pigmented Boysen useless flat lacquer.   This avoids the around shiny search we did not desire.

This ending gave just the search we wished — really similar to the home furnishings we at some point purchased from Mandaue Foam.  Based on our first 12 months, it does not seem that this is a acceptable end for the exterior of exterior doors.

Sanding the doors

Sanding the doors

These are Orowood brand name “15 panel” doorways.  They charge P2650 just about every and are manufactured of mahogany with quite a few finger joints.  We utilized this distinct door all over the place except for the 100cm principal entrance doorway as the 15 panel design was not out there in that width. We have had no issues with warping.

doors_sprayingThe doorway on the appropriate is done.

Kitchen door

Kitchen area door