What is substrate and why does it matter?

What is substrate and why does it matter?


When considering a painting or staining project the substrate that the paint will be applied to matters in terms of the types of solution that will deliver the best results!

Substrate is defined as:
Primary or underlying material on which other materials (such as ink, coating, paint, or treatment) are applied, or from which other materials are made.
Certain paints will work better with different substrates. Here’s a quick overview of substrate and paint material:

Bare Wood: Alkyd or acrylic latex primer
Fences: Semi-transparent oil stain
Smooth Siding: 100 percent acrylic latex flat
Smooth Trim: 100 percent acrylic latex, semigloss
Porch floors and stair treads: Floor Paint
New hardboard or cementboard: Stain blocking primer and 100 percent acrylic latex, flat
Rough siding: Semi-transparent oil stain
Decks: Water repellent preservatives or semi-transparent oil stains
Concrete, concrete block, stucco and brick wall: 100 percent acrylic latex paint
Galvanized steel and aluminum: 100 percent acrylic latex

When considering a paint contractor – or any contractor for that matter – make sure that they know their materials and are suggesting the right material for the application!

Accord will always pick the right material for the right application!