Kensington Weatherboard House Painters

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Interior & Exterior Painters Kensington

It’s great to live in Kensington. Because it’s full of Weatherboard Houses. And because we love to paint them. We are the Kensington weatherboard house painters.

It’s instant satisfaction, to see the results of what you’ve done almost straight away. So check out our Facebook post, to see the work in progress, https://www.facebook.com/sterlingpainters/

Here’s what the house looked like before we started painting, https://www.realestate.com.au/sold/property-house-vic-kensington-128544686

And as a result, here’s what it looks like now,  https://www.realestate.com.au/property/59-the-ridgeway-kensington-vic-3031

Yes, we were the interior house painters too! The blue trim caused us many problems, due to it’s dark shade. As a result we just undercoated it three times! Normally, In contract, we undercoat all the trim just once.

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Kensington Weatherboard House Painters

Exterior Paints, Colours and Sheen Levels:

Dulux Weathershield Semi Gloss – Tranquil Retreat

Dulux Weathershield Gloss – Lexicon

Rustkill Gloss – White

Dulux Weathershield Gloss – Vivid White

Dulux Weathershield Gloss – Monument

Interior Paints, Colours and Sheen Levels:

Dulux Wash & Wear Low Sheen – Natural White

Haymes Ultra Premium Expressions Ceiling Flat – White

Haymes Ultra Premium Ultratrim Acrylic Enamel Gloss – White

Exterior House Painters Kew

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Kew exterior house painters

Sterling House Painters have  been painting this lovely house in Kew over the winter. A lot of preparation and scaffold has been needed, due to the hard to reach places.

Because of the textured rendered exterior we used Weathershield Masonry Matt, instead of the normal Low Sheen. It gives a calmed down cool stone effect.

 

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Paints and Paint Colours Used:

  • Dulux Weathershield Masonry Matt – Flooded Gum
  • Dulux Weathershield Masonry Matt – Antque White USA
  • Dulux Weathershield Gloss – Antique White USA

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Exterior House Painters, in the Winter

Does exterior house painting in the winter cause the painters problems? Well, unfortunately it does, but only for the painters!

As you know, Melbourne has at least 4 seasons in one day. So just by weighing up the weather reports, our experience and seeing what it’s actually doing, we,  Kew exterior house painters, can usualy paint.

And because it’s cooler, it’s better to paint. Cooler means the paint get’s to dry naturally at an ambient temperature. The paint is easier to apply, and so we end up with a better finish.

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Exterior House Painters Essendon

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Exterior House Painters Essendon

When it comes to painting the exterior of your home, you really only have two decisions to make, quality and colour.

Quality of Paint

Quality is all about standards, the standard of the painting and more importantly the standard of the paint.

Why should this matter, it just painting afterall? Rest assured, we work to the industry standard AS/NZ 2311, so we’ve got the painting covered. However it doesn’t matter how good we are at painting if we’re using a poor quality paint.

Paint is just paint  right? No it’s not. As with everything the quality of the product is key. Using a quality paint can be the difference between repainting your home in 5 years or 15 years. While a good quality paint is more expensive, it won’t be as expensive as painting your home 3 times rather than once! Nowhere near. We use Dulux Weathershield as our go to exterior paint product, guaranteed for 15 years, so already you’re saving money.

Please remember that by painting your home, you’re actually protecting your investment. The paint will slow down the aging of your home, meaning less maintenance, less repair bills, more cash in your pocket. Your Bank Manager actually likes us.

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The Colour of Paint

Much more exciting. No more “protect your property, investment” boring, dry stuff your father always talked about! Down to the important nitty gritty, paint colour, and how to impress your friends with your style and finesse, all at the same time as showing them up for being so, so last season.

You have two options here, choose the paint colour yourself or get a Sterling Painters & Decorators Colour Consultant to help.

Choose Yourself.

Yes you have style, you know what’s trending. Good, go for it. Make it work! But what if you mess up, where’s the fall guy? You are the fall guy. Embarrassing!!! You friends are talking behind your back. Sorry.

Stering Painters & Decorators Colour Consultant.

It’s a win win. You can tell your friends about the time talking colours with a professional Colour Consultant, sharing same wavelength, vibes, trends, talking about Morroco and your travels and how you loved though tiles, blah blah. The experience. The accolade of being respected for you great taste. Friends envious. Win. Colours great. Win.

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Paint and Colour

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool! Painting in Winter

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Too Cold For a Dip? Painting in Winter

Whilst the pool maybe shut up for the winter, and no chance of sangria now,  and there maybe be a chance of ice, we still have to paint house exteriors in the winter. Painting Essendon between downpours.

Rugged up and thermal wrapped, we’ll paint your house in the depths of the frozen tundra. Winter is coming? John Snow isn’t an employee, sorry, get over it! But we are, and he’s not that dashing anyway!

Painting in Winter – Essendon

Commonly we are asked to paint house exteriors in the winter, and at the same time asked if it’s too cold to paint. No it’s not too cold, for the paint at least. In fact the paint takes longer to dry is a good thing.

Well the sun came out when I was painting the zinc awnings, so they heated up and felt hot to touch! The second coat on one dried too fast and uneven. Ruined. I repainted later, when clouds came over. It’s good to paint in winter.

The only thing that may cause problems is the dew point. That’s when the moisture in the air becomes too much for anything to dry. Usually about 4pm mid winter. We’ve finished for the day by then.

Paint Details

Rhinozinc awnings. Solarguard Matt Black.

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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!