How to Paint Your Weatherboard House

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How to Paint a Weatherboard House. Kensington

Why would we tell you how to paint your weatherboard house? Surely I’m just about to give the game away! Tell you all the secrets. Make myself redundant.

It’s relatively easy to do, all you need to do is prepare and paint afterall! I’m just about to list every step for you, so it’s even easier now. All you’re lacking now is number one, experience, fine you’re going to take longer but that’s okay, and number two, time.

Time. It’s the crucial thing. Time. Painting a weatherboard house takes time, a lot of time, far more time than you think.

An average single fronted would take 160 hours of prepartion and painting for an experienced exterior painter. If you’re great at DIY, then just add 50% more time to that.

So knowing that it’s going to take you at least 240 hours, 15 weekends to paint your house, I’m safe to let slide a few secrets. Yes, I’m having a latte and avocado smash whilst you’re painting this weekend….  ….and the next!

Weatherboard House Painting Check List

Before you start to paint the exterior of your house, there are a few other things to check.

Do you need to repair anything first?

Rotten weatherboards, windows, doors? Are other things causing problems, guttering that’s leaking?

Fixing a few simple things first:

Rusted metal gates/window parts/nail heads, sand first and then paint with metal primers.

Bleeding knots in the weatherboards, should be primed first.

Nails that need to be reset. Use a nail punch, sand prime and fill over.

Removing Old Paint:

If it’s flaking – get rid of it! Scrape off flaking paint.

Sand all the surfaces to a flat finish, that’s all the weatherboards! Sanding is very important not just in getting to a better surface but to promote better adhesion between the layers. Your paint job will last much longer if you sand everything.

Prime all bare wood

New weatherboards:

Most weatherboards now come preprimed. This is a transit primer designed to keep the boards in good condition in storage and transit and should not be confused with normal primer. All weatherboards must be primed prior to painting.

Exterior Painting Preparation

Don’t paint around door numbers, light fixtures (be sure to turn the power supply off), screens, door handles – remove them! It’s easier, will save you time and looks much better.

Fill holes with an exterior filler, two pack filler for high traffic areas.

Gap under weatherboards, this stops rain and moisture going up the back of the weatherboard. There are gap sealents designed for weatherboards, these have a much bigger stretch, so when your weatherboards move with the weather the gap won’t split.

Painting Weatherboards:

The easiest way to paint weatherboards is by brush. A good 88mm or 100mm brush is ideal.

Try to follow the sun around the house, as this dries any dew and means you won’t be working in the sun.

Start by painting the boards in a horizontal section, then more the ladder to the adjoining section untill you have painting the entire length of the wall. Lower the ladder and repeat the process until the wall is complete.

Remember to keep a wet edge.

Remember ladder proceedures. Always make sure your ladder is set up properly, extention hooks are securely in place, make sure of it’s footing, it should never lean to one side. It’s not too upright. You should never reach too far when painting, you should always have three points of contact to the ladder (use a s hook to attach paint can to the ladder), your free hand is for painting, look out for power lines, never step on the top three runs of a ladder. Check these everytime you move the ladder.

Painting Exterior Trim:

Paint windows, sashes, sills in the same order as the interior ones, working out from the sashes to the frames. Window sills bear the brunt of the weather and accumulated dirt. Give them an extra two or even three coats of paint, remember the underside.

Painting an exterior door, in the same order as interior doors, the panels first, then the middle vertical bar, the stiles, and finally the edges, working from top to bottom.

Always try to paint the top and bottom edge of the door, this will keep out moisture and stop rotting.

Railings and metal fence, use a lamb’s wool mitten applicator instead. The mitten applicator, allows you to grasp the railing, smearing on the paint as you move your hand up and down. Touch up with a brush. This may take three coats.

Wooden picket fences, use a small roller (100mm) with a long handle, touch up with a brush, again this may take three coats.

Good Luck with painting your weatherboard house!

Sterling Painters Melbourne – Set Sail

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Sterling Painters Melbourne Treading Water? Kingsville

Does Choosing the Colours Leave You All Lost at Sea?

You could simply get our Colour Consultant to help you if you feel out of your depth. Or if you’ve got a colour sense, set sail.

Weatherboard houses are great to add a splash of colour to. What if you’re in a heritage overlay area? Well you should just check out the heritage colours, it’s not just Brunswick Green!!

Even though you can’t see it, this house has a bright ‘Red’ front door. So if you’re not feeling brave enough, only paint the door! You can always paint it another colour next season.

We, as painters, enjoy working with colour, and trust us we aren’t going to leave your house looking like it’s in a maelstrom.

  • Stucco/Weatherboards: Weathershield Low Sheen ‘Deep Ocean’
  • Trim: Weathershield Gloss ‘Surf Mist’
  • Front Door: Dulux Super Enamel High Gloss ‘True Red’

” That looks bloody brilliant!!!! Thank you!”

Victorian Weatherboard Painters Seddon

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Victorian Weatherboard Painters Seddon

Victorian Weatherboard houses always provide satisfaction. Taking run down old houses and turning them into gems, is one of the reasons we work as a Victorian Weatherboard painters.

“This one’s a work in progress, hence we should have it 99% done by the end of the week.”

Weatherboard houses are full of character, some of that character is in the lovely little details. However most of that character is usually called maintenance.

Typically a weatherboard house should be painted every 10-15 years, but I’ve seen paint jobs only last a couple of years almost always as a result of a poor job. Due usually to little or no preperation, unprimed boards and, or a poor product was used as a top coat.

We sand, then sand again, between coats and then just because. All new boards are primed, that pink or white stuff the boards are sprayed in is a ‘transit primer’, and not a real primer. As a result our paint job will last. We gap, we fill, we sand. Then we paint, and finally sand and paint.

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Paints Used:

  • Dulux WeatherShield Low Sheen: Tranquil Retreat
  • Dulux WeatherShield Gloss: Lexicon
  • Dulux WeatherShield Gloss: Maximus
  • Dulux WeatherShield Low Sheen: Flooded Gum

Our wonderful Colour Consultant was employed on this project, and as a result, the house looks great and as for the streetscape, no one can argue with that. See how she can transform your home and your lifestyle. We are your Victorian Weatherboard Painters Seddon

Warming Up for Summer. Colour Consultants Melbourne

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The days are getting longer…

…and before you know it Spring will be with us, and then you’ll be settling down for lunch with friends in your beautiful freshly painted home.
The most difficult task in painting your home, isn’t the painting, we’ll do that, but you choosing the colours. Here’s a little help…two words Colour Consultants.

Well have our own Sterling Colour Consultant, she’s very good and, yes, picking colours isn’t as easy as you might like to think!

Inspiration:

Dulux Colour Movement

“We are in motion, movement is all around us – a blur of colour, a subtle shift of light, a merge of shadows. Movement is social change, the rise of a nation, the protest of people, the progress of the digital age. The Dulux Colour Forecast – Colour Movement, explores how colour is moving around us, shifting and changing along with our world and all that is in it.”

Dulux as always provides lots of seasonal ideas, and gadgets to help. ‘MyColour Visualiser’ as great tool, just upload your picture and literally colour it in.

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Stealing Ideas:
Pinterest

 

Pinterest is great for ideas, search for ‘Weatherboards’, ‘interiors’ or if you’re after a particular look, search for that. And yes Sterling Painters have been pinned a few times.

Pinterest in Sterling Painters

If you see a house in your suburb that you like, yes we can ask for the colour scheme for you. As the quote says “Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery” – it’s okay to ask your friends too!

Help! If all else fails then there’s always help available…

Need some other professional advice on colour?

Porter’s Paints Colour Consultancy

Porter’s Paints pride themselves on the specialist advice their staff offer customers every day in their showrooms on colour and product selection. They can also offer this advice to you in your own home through Porter’s Paints on-site consultation service.

Their team is made up of fully qualified colourists who have extensive experience in developing interior and exterior colour schemes and have an in-depth knowledge of Porter’ Paints colours and products.