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How do I decide what type of paint to use on window dividers that are painted white on the exterior and the paint is flaking off ?d The interior is stained.


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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 21, 2021

    Sand down the window dividers and be sure to tape off any areas you do not want paint.on. Choose a premium exterior paint.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Jul 21, 2021

    Choose an exterior paint

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jul 21, 2021

    The problem likely is not the type of paint, but that they were not prepared well. You need to make sure that ALL of the flaked paint is removed, likely by sanding. Then the dividers need to be primed, and then painted with an exterior paint and you should be good.

  • Use a quality exterior paint and be sure to prep well.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 21, 2021

    Hello. Proper prep and the correct paint are necessary for a professional job. Any type of mold mildew or debris needs to be removed sometimes sanding prior to repainting. Replace the window caulk as needed.A good quality exterior paint should be used outdoors.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jul 21, 2021

    Hi Pat, if you want to see if the paint or stain is oil-based dip a ball of cotton wool into a small amount of denatured alcohol and wipe it onto your window dividers. If the paint comes off it's water-based. The type of paint/stain is important to know before applying a new coat of paint. You can paint oil-based paints over water-based paints, but you can't use water-based paints to paint over oil paint/stain.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jul 21, 2021

    I would use a high quality outdoor oil paint for the most lasting results.

  • William William on Jul 21, 2021

    Exterior paint.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jul 21, 2021

    exterior paint only for the window grids there are numerous ones on the market check with your local Home Depot or other hardware type store


  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 21, 2021

    You need to use an exterior paint. As time goes by, all paint will flake. The best one I have found is at Ace Hardware, their best store brand. Sorry, but I don't recall the name. We used it on a playhouse 8 years ago. It has faded a bit from it's original bright pink but has outlasted Behr & Valspar that we used on our houses.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 21, 2021

    Ask for help at the paint counter or hardware store I also like Ace Hardware). Store brand paint is often quality paint at a lower price. Be sure to remove all the loose paint before repainting with an exterior paint. Good luck!

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 22, 2021

    Use a rustolium and lightly scrap off any chips then sand the chips down lightly then paint

  • Dee Dee on Jul 23, 2021

    If you are painting the exterior go to Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore and get exterior paint. It is a little more costly at these places but it lasts.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jul 24, 2021

    you can always ask the folks that work in paint stores, Home Depot etc as well for best paint for your area and your job

  • I would sand it down or strip off the paint and then make sure you find a good exterior paint that can take the elements.

  • Annie Annie on Jul 25, 2021

    Go to your paint store and they can point you to the correct paint. Exterior acrylic latex should work just fine

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 26, 2021

    If your painting out side use a out door paint it will hold better the same with inside you could use trim paint semi gloss