…try, try again.
This is something my mom always said to us kids as we were growing up. She taught us to persevere, to never give up, to never give in, to pull up our socks and get busy. There were Winston Churchill quotes bantered about, and there was plenty of encouragement. That’s probably why I hate to give up on anything.
I was very excited about my store door when I painted it last fall. I mixed together some Liberty Blue and Fort York Red in order to create a deep, rich burgundy that reminded me of a well-aged wine.
The door turned out beautifully, and I was very proud of myself. Every time a customer walked in, or I carried a piece of furniture into my store, my heart swelled a little with pride.
There’s another old, wise saying: Pride goes before a fall.
Imagine my dismay when I noticed a wee bit of crackling on the door! I wasn’t worried at first…I thought I could touch it up in the spring. However, as the winter dragged on and the rain and the snow and the sleet and the hail beat against that door, I had to admit that the paint was feeling the pain of winter almost as much as I was.
It looked like this:
Other Fusion Merchants have painted their exterior doors successfully. The doors have held up beautifully through all sorts of weather, including Canadian winter. There had to be a reason why mine gave up the ghost (see all of the white showing through)! After a lot of thought, this is what I came up with:
- It’s a new, metal door, with a factory finish. The factory finish isn’t good primer. I should have used Ultra-Grip to make sure the paint would adhere well. Ultra Grip™ allows for Fusion™ to adhere to surfaces that are typically not for painting such as a lacquered surface, laminate, metal or glass. Only one coat is necessary, and after waiting 12 hours you’ve got excellent adhesion. Here’s a blog post that shows the benefits of Ultra-Grip plus a bit of patience for curing time.
- I painted too late in the fall. Many others have painted exterior doors, not using Ultra-Grip to prep. Fusion Mineral Paint is dry to the touch in less than an hour, but it takes twenty-one days to completely cure. My door didn’t have 21 days without wind, rain, sleet and hail, or without colder weather.
- I make mistakes so you don’t have to. Seriously, I’m glad that I made this mistake, because now I can tell my customers the sad story of my flaking door, and they won’t make the same mistake I did!
I finally went ahead and Ultra-Gripped the door, then waited a full 24 hours before painting. I wanted a change, and when I saw this gorgeous Homestead Blue door, I decided I’d go blue, with a twist. I had about 1/3 bottle of Fort York Red, so I poured in some Homestead Blue and mixed it up. No, I didn’t measure the proportions perfectly, so if I need to touch it up at some later date, I’m going to have to guess. Don’t do what I do!
I LOVE the result:
In fact, I love it so much, I painted the adjoining door in the same colour. I’m calling it Periwinkle Home Fort Blue!
The second door is the big experiment. I did NOT Ultra-Grip that one. I decided to simply sand and paint it, because the weather is warm and the forecast wasn’t calling for rain for a few days.
I’ll be curious to see how it holds up.
I still have this sad door to contend with:
What do you think? Should I go with the same (or a similar shade) Periwinkle Home Fort Blue?