Unlike your interior paint job, your exterior paint is much more susceptible to wear due to the array of elements that it is exposed to. Humid conditions, consistent wet weather to even severe heat, it is not surprising that this paint will begin to crack and chip over time. Thus, you find that you have to invest in exterior repainting ever so often, depending on what part of Australia that you live in. Nonetheless, this does not mean that there is nothing you can do to protect your exterior paint and maintain the kerb appeal of your house. If you would like to save some bucks on touching up of your exterior paint, you need to take some steps to prolong the longevity of its finish. The following are some of the preventative maintenance tips you can employ to retain your exterior paint's lustre.

Protect it from moisture

Although exterior paint is manufactured with moisture exposure in mind, over time weathering will end up adversely affecting the finish. Fortunately, there are a few additional steps that you can take to provide a waterproof barrier for the painted surfaces. One of the popular alternatives people choose for moisture protection is the application of an elastomeric coating on your paint job. This specialised coating comprises of a rubber substance, and it works to seal your paint job.

Once the coating dries, the paint is protected against an assortment of other external elements such as wind and hail, which means it stays in pristine condition for longer. Take note, though, that you would have to purchase the elastomeric coating separately when you are having the exterior of your home painted.

Protect it from corrosion

Paint may not be vulnerable to rusting, but this does not mean that it is not at risk of the potential damages that corrosion may pose. The exterior of your home is not just made up of the concrete or timber. Some parts of your structure would have metal components, and these will eventually begin to corrode over time. When the corrosion is left to occur unencumbered, any rusty water would seep down to the paint and end up discolouring the paint job. An easy way of preventing this would be by investing in an epoxy coating for the paint job plus the structures that are near the painted surfaces.

Epoxy is a versatile substance that can be applied to a vast array of materials ranging from drywall to concrete cladding. Moreover, not only would it prevent rust staining, but it also provides ultraviolet resistance to the surfaces that it has been applied on. Therefore, if you do apply the epoxy directly on the exterior paint, you could also minimise the chances of the pigment breaking down due to sun exposure too!