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ehoez 07-26-2008 10:46 PM

Anyone know any good Ext Paint Designs/Color Chocies (for ranch style homes)?
Anyone know any good Ext Paint Designs/Color Chocies (for ranch style homes)?

Any websites, or magazines, books, etc, that you guys recomend?

Thanks again..

Nestor_Kelebay 07-26-2008 11:11 PM

Here's what I consider to be the very best way to pick out a colour for the outside of a house:

Go to your local paint store (or where ever you intend to buy your paint) and ask to look at the colourants in the paint tinting machine. You will find two distinctly different KINDS of colours.

1. Organic colours: These are the colours in the colour wheel, like red, yellow, blue and green, and all the colours you can easily make from these, like magenta and orange.

2. Inorganic colours: These are the colours that you cannot make easily from the primary colours. They're the types of colours that you can imagine that rocks might be. Like:

a) yellow oxide - which is a mustard yellow colour that is also called "Raw Sienna" because of the mustard yellow rocks and soil around the Italian town of Sienna.

b) red oxide - which is reddish brown in colour and is the most common form of iron oxide. You find reddish brown rocks along the TransCanada Highway near Radium Hot Springs, BC. The rocks have a distinctly reddish brown colour to them because of all the Fe2O3 (rust) in them.

c) brown oxide - which is a chocolate brown colour. Yep, rocks come in chocolate brown.

d) raw umber - which is a very dark brown that can almost be mistaken for black.

e) black - which, believe it or not, is made from ordinary soot. They make the black pigment by burning natural gas in special furnaces with insufficient oxygen so that the furnace produces copious amounts of soot. That soot is then mixed in with glycerine to make the black colourant for tinting paints.

f) white - this will be Titanium Oxide, TiO2. You don't want too much titanium dioxide in your paint if you live in the south where the sunshine is intense and causes "chaulking" on paints outdoors. Titanium dioxide has a catalytic effect that causes paint to chaulk more than it otherwise would. If you live in a more northerly locations where chaulking isn't a problem, then the white pigment, titanium dioxide, is fine to use in your exterior paint.

NOW, all of these colours use pigments that are the synthetic equivalent of the same pigments artists like DaVince and Michaelangelo used. They are the synthetic equivalents of rocks pulverized into a fine enough powder that they can be mixed with drying oils (like walnut and poppyseed oils) to make a coloured oil that dries to a solid coloured film (called a "paint").

Rocks are good at being opaque, but they're even better at being old. Any kid who's ever played Hide & Seek knows that you can hide behind a big rock. Why? Because rocks are good at being opaque. But, rocks are the world champions at being old. Let's face it, anything that's 400 million years old HAS TO BE extremely chemically stable or it would have decomposed by now. This is why we find rocks instead of dead dinosaurs; the rocks are much more chemically stable than dinosaur flesh. That chemical stability results in any paint made from pulverized rock to be highly colour fast. That is, paints made with pulverized rocks as a pigment do not fade from exposure to UV light from the Sun. If they did, then the small town of Sienna would be white as a ghost by now. Or, at the very least, if you picked a rock up, it would be a darker yellow on the bottom than on the top because of it's colour being bleached out by the UV light from the Sun.

The fact that any rock you pick up off the ground will be the same colour on the top and bottom (once it dries) is good evidence of the extremely colourfast nature of inorganic pigments. That rock could have been exposed to the intense Italian sun for hundreds of years, but will remain the same colour on top as it is on the bottom.

So, by simply picking a colour that calls for only inorganic pigments in it's tint formula, you get:

1. a paint with superior hide (cuz rocks are good at being opaque)
2. a paint with EXCELLENT colour fastness (cuz rocks are even better at being old, and
3. a paint that allows you to touch up spots or make repairs on the outside of your house invisibly (cuz the old paint won't fade and will be exactly the same colour as the new paint).

And, to me, those are all important characteristics to have in an exterior house paint. And, that's how I would chose a colour for my exterior paint.

PS: you don't need to know this:
Diamonds are believed to have formed near the center of the Earth when the Earth was still a sphere of molten rock. That's the only way you can get the pressures and temperatures needed to convert carbon into diamond. So, diamonds are believed to be 4+ Billion years old. If there were a Nobel Prize in "Old", I would nominate diamonds.

slickshift 07-27-2008 07:16 AM

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