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artmutt
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December 8, 2013 7:35 pm  

I was hoping that someone could give me some suggestions as to a good type of paint and where to buy it. I am trying to find a paint that resists mold and mildew. Our outdoor porch ceiling is wood and seems to be getting harder and harder to clean. Do they make a mold and mildew resistant paint that I can apply and if so please let me know and where to buy on St. Croix. Thanks in advance for the help.


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rosesisland
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December 8, 2013 7:48 pm  

I am a firm believer in Sherwin-Williams paint! They have a new "forever" paint they will guarantee for the life of your home. Painting with it is just a one coat breeze. I've redone tons of homes and will only recommend S-W! They have a store one STX!


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Afriend
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December 8, 2013 9:19 pm  

Check out www.finepaintsofeurope.com - the have some fantastic paints that resist mildew and lasts for well over 20 years. We came across it when we visited an Inn up on Martha's Vineyard - the exterior had been painted with the stuff 10 years earlier but it looked like it was done yesterday. We were so impressed we visited the US distributor in Woodstock, VT. The paints expensive and you'll have to have it shipped to the VI's.


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artmutt
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December 8, 2013 9:43 pm  

Thanks for the replies. I will check both out. I'm pretty sure the Sherman Williams store is in gallows.


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Alana33
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December 8, 2013 11:23 pm  

I used Sherwin Williams deck paint - once. Never again.:X
I will look up the brand paint I use as it has been much better in our climate.
My brother in law just recommended a brand from Home Depot that he's used both here and in FL for decks.
I use another brand for interior and exterior walls, trim, ceilings that have worked quite well with 5 yr. mold/mildew resistant warranty.
Don't know if you can get that brand in STX tho as get it thru Paint Depot.


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JulieKay
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December 8, 2013 11:49 pm  

Benjamin Moore at Colorama is in Gallows Bay. Great service, great products. I haven't been disappointed yet.

Home Depot paint is also consistently praised by my painter friends.


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artmutt
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December 9, 2013 12:04 am  

I used Sherwin Williams deck paint - once. Never again.:X
I will look up the brand paint I use as it has been much better in our climate.
My brother in law just recommended a brand from Home Depot that he's used both here and in FL for decks.
I use another brand for interior and exterior walls, trim, ceilings that have worked quite well with 5 yr. mold/mildew resistant warranty.
Don't know if you can get that brand in STX tho as get it thru Paint Depot.

If you find that brand please let me know.


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December 9, 2013 12:53 am  

Sherwin Williams is in Castle Coakley.


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stjohnjulie
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December 9, 2013 9:25 am  

If you don't kill the mold and mildew before you prime and paint no paint is going to work well. If you kill all of the mold and mildew, let it dry, and apply a primer like Kilz, almost any decent outdoor paint should do the trick. Make sure you use semi-gloss if you plan on scrubbing it regularly because it holds up to a scrub better than less glossy finishes. You don't need any fancy kind of cleaner… bleach and water usually do the trick.


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STXBob
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December 9, 2013 11:35 am  

You can add mildewcide to paint. For example: http://www.homedepot.com/p/WALLA-WALLA-Stay-Clean-I-E-Mildewcide-Paint-Additive-treats-1-Gal-78315/202521213 "It does not kill mildew and prevents the growth of mold and mildew on surfaces"


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rosesisland
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December 9, 2013 1:19 pm  

Get it Kiltzed first then paint over. If you own you home a gaurentee for the life that you own the home seems a much better deal at around $60/gal than an expensive European paint for only ten years and it has to be shipped adding to cost! The "forever" type paint at S-W will hardly drip at all when you paint with it especially it doing overhead work!!

MUST USE KILTZ BEFORE PAINTING ANYWHERE YOU EXPECT MILLDEW WILL BE!!!


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Alana33
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December 9, 2013 5:27 pm  

The deck paint my brother in law recommended is by BEHR and called Deck Over.
Works on wood as well as concrete/Home Depot. I just purchased some to redo the decks so I haven't used this product as yet but was told it saves having to repaint every yr.

If you clean the mold and mildew from ceilings/trim with just Clorox and water, you often don't need to repaint.
Just make sure it won't react with whatever color you are using it on.

The interior and exterior paint I use is Zinsser from Paint Depot/STT for walls, exterior trim, ceilings, etc.
I found this to be the best in terms of resisting mold and mildew. Has a 5 yr. warranty.
I like the semi gloss except for exterior walls then use a flat.


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December 10, 2013 12:30 pm  

First, there is zero "fail proof" solution for 100% removal or prevention of Mildew! Secondly, a seasoned Architect and member of the Vieux Carre' Historical Society in New Orleans many years ago recommended priming exterior surfaces with a aluminum based paint, then covering with finish color. In checking with a knowledgeable paint supplier, one might recommend a primer over the aluminum paint coat. The Architect originally specified coating MR drywall on exterior ceilings etc with aluminum based paint. It works on most surfaces. The theory of the aluminum paint is the reaction to the natural sun rays/reflection and retarding the growth of mildew. It has worked for me in the past. One might give it a test here in the Caribbean to prove his theory. The two environments are both harsh to coatings on any surface!

Note: If you try it, make sure you wear some heavy sunglasses and sun block! It is quite reflective in the open sun! Peace!


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December 10, 2013 3:21 pm  

Has anyone ever tried ceramic paint down here? My neighbor in NC had his house painted and never had to repaint. Expensive the first time but worth the money if it's one and done just not sure how it would do in this environment on concrete.


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Alana33
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December 10, 2013 6:39 pm  

How about anyone having used paint to cover ceramic wall tiles tiles?
Say you have an older bathroom that you'd like to redo the color of tiles?
Does it work? Will it last?


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December 10, 2013 7:18 pm  

It has been my experience over the years after building a number of homes in the north and the Caribbean that if you use a quality OIL based primer (like Kilz) and a 100% acrylic paint by one of the major manufacturers, it will last as long as you want.

Always use an exterior paint in the Caribbean as it does have additional mold/algae additives. I guess you could add more. Use it on interior surfaces also. I have used BM, SW, Behr and Martin Senour all with similar outcomes.


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STXUSVI
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December 15, 2013 11:12 am  

Larry at A to Z paint on the north shore road can help you. 718-7075


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