It’s an early winter morning, and you head to the kitchen for some breakfast only to find your window trims, cabinets, and walls covered in condensation. Not only is it an eyesore, but it can also make your home cold and damp.
Luckily, there’s a simple solution – anti-condensation paint. It’s not just your typical paint but a specialty coating that can be very helpful in areas with high moisture levels.
If you want to learn more about anti-condensation paint and how it can benefit your home, you will surely like to read further because here I’ll share plenty of tips on applying this unique coating so you can start seeing results quickly.
Anti-Condensation Paint – How Does it Work?
Anti-condensation paint is a type of coating that stops moisture from forming and accumulating on a painted surface.
Anti-condensation paint works very well because it contains tiny, hollow glass beads that send thermal energy away from the surface. These glass beads are among the latest in micro-technology and have a high crush resistance.
It’s usually made to repel water while also providing some measure of thermal insulation and an ability to change the temperature of the surfaces, which again helps in the prevention of moisture formation.
By repelling warm air away and back into the room it came from, the anti-condensation paint stops moisture from forming, which could ultimately cause issues with mold and other consequences of a wet space.
Uses and Benefits of Anti-Condensation Paints
Using the anti-condensation paint is a great way to prevent harmful fungi like black mold from growing and damaging your interior space while keeping your family safe.
To stop condensation, you can apply this paint on various surfaces such as concrete, brick, plaster, wallpaper, plastic, wood, and metal roof. It also works well on utility rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, lintels above windows and doors, and various other industrial applications.
Anti-condensation paint has the added benefit of being able to be covered with wallpaper once you’re finished with the application on the surface. This not only safeguards your walls but also allows you to add your desired decorative touch.
Applying Anti-Condensation Paint – The Right Steps
It’s simple to apply this type of paint on metals, walls, and other surfaces after some basic preparation is done. Here are the steps you should generally follow…
Step 1- Clean
Use mold wash to ensure the surface you are painting has no fungus or mold. Also, remove any loose wallpaper or paint and fill in any cracks using a proper filler material.
Step 2- Mixing the paint
Open the anti-condensation paint bucket, and stir it up well to be sure the tiny glass beads are distributed evenly throughout. Do not use a mechanical stirring tool, which could harm the glass beads.
Step 3- Apply the anti-condensation paint
Apply the paint using a typical paint roller or brush evenly on the surfaces you want to stop condensation. Be sure that you apply at least two coats and allow the first coat to dry for up to four hours before applying the second coat.
Considerations When Buying Anti-Condensation Coatings
You can easily find anti-condensation paints online for both residential and commercial use. However, it’s important to consider a few crucial factors before buying and applying this type of paint.
a) Area of use
First of all, to avoid buying excess or insufficient paint, consider the area where you intend to apply it (such as bathrooms, basements, or kitchens) and measure the space you want to cover.
Typically, a single gallon of paint can cover an area ranging from 70-100 square feet. If you buy more paint than you need, it’s okay because you can use it to add another coat for better protection against condensation – adding more coats will make the paint last longer.
However, if you buy too little, you will have to stop for a while in the middle of a job or start over again.
b) Oil or latex condensation-proof paints
Remember, if you’re concerned about too much condensation in your home, it’s best to use latex-based condensation-proof paints for better protection. Compared to oil-based paints, they are better at forming a barrier against condensation. However, if you have a latex allergy, avoid latex products and use oil-based paint instead.
Newer anti-condensation paints also come with textures already mixed into the paint, making it easier to apply and giving it unique properties. You can decide whether you want this type of paint or the flat paint that is a bit thinner and spreads easier than the thick types.
Regarding the colors, because the paint doesn’t really absorb the condensation but instead reflects it, you should choose a color that doesn’t easily show the water droplets.
c) The best paint brand to stop condensation
Since the market is loaded with tons of anti-condensation paint brands, it can be difficult to choose the right one. But getting high quality at an affordable price is extremely important for being effective.
So, check the ratings of the paint’s performance and read up on reviews from past customers to ensure you are getting a quality product.
I have found that Dryzone, PermaSEAL, Suretherm, and Ronseal are some of the most trusted anti-condensation paint brands on the market.
Ronseal anti-condensation paint is precisely the one I have tried my hands on, and it worked great to stop the beads of condensation on my windows in the bathroom.
The company has years of experience in the industry, and its paints offer superior protection against condensation and dampness. So, I am sure you will not be disappointed.
Damp-Proof vs. Anti-Condensation Paint – What’s the Difference?
While they may appear similar, condensation and dampness are two entirely different things, meaning each requires different methods and solutions to handle the problem.
This also means there is a difference between the paints themselves. To determine which of these paints you need, you must know which of these two problems you have – condensation or dampness.
Dampness occurs when a building structure has no protection from moisture outside, due to which moisture or water gets into the building.
This could come in the form of a damaged roof or a crack in the wall that lets the rain in instead of keeping it out.
Condensation, on the other hand, is when there is little airflow or ventilation in a space. It is most common in kitchens and bathrooms that have poor air circulation.
Looking at your windows early morning, you can easily tell if your room has poor circulation, as they will fog up easily. Usually, you will also find drops of water on ceilings and walls, which usually means condensation can’t find its way out of the building properly.
The bottom line
Whether you are plagued with either condensation or dampness, the consequences that come with them are similar. Both of these issues could be a source of mold, which thrives in warm, humid environments like that.
The mold could then move to your furniture, plasterwork, and clothes. Beyond that, it can be pretty detrimental to your health.
Fortunately, the issues can be dealt with anti-condensation or damp-proofing paint. Just make sure you choose the right brand and get it professionally applied to work effectively and for a long.
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Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls.
He had worked as a painter for over a decade serving customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, and Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.