HOW TO PREPARE AND PAINT YOUR HOME
The classic Australian weatherboard may be timeless, but it doesn’t weather that well. If you don’t keep up with maintaining the surface, you’re going to have a major problem down the track.
This classic single fronted 50’s weatherboard in Mitcham, Victoria is no exception. The boards were in such bad condition at the time of purchase six years ago that it was easier and much better job to get rid of them and replace them with new ones. Six years down the track and it’s now time to repaint. Today was are testing Taubmans All Weather exterior paint, which protects your home against all the forces of nature. Taubmans All Weather® Exterior is backed by a Lifetime Guarantee and has Advanced Nanoguard® Technology, so everyday dirt and stains can be wiped away without compromising the quality of the paint. It is one of the most advanced paint technologies. It comes in Low Sheen, Matt, Gloss and Semi-Gloss.
With most paint jobs, the key to nailing it is all in the preparation. The better prepared you are, the better the job. To restore these boards, which are six years old, we pressure washed the surface to open the pours of the timber. Next large cracks were sealed using Selleys Tradie’s Bog, which is an easy to sand 2-part polyester building filler for fast repairs to timber and most common building materials. A light sand was applied to joins and blemishes and a final wash made the surface ready to paint.
Let the painting begin
With the house cleaned and our Taubmans All Weather exterior paint thoroughly mixed through it was time to cut in edges and corners. After cutting in, it was time to get serious by using a hand roll applicator and wide brush to get the paint deep into boards. By using long, even strokes with the roller and a brush to blend in strokes, we had a nice first coat with no drip marks. I find that it is much easier to see blemishes or patches after the first coat. After applying some more fill to problematic areas and a light sand to make them smooth, it was time to sit back and admire the first coat of paint.
Applying the second coat
I was so surprised with the cover the first coat gave, it looked so good that you could easily have settled for just one coat. The dodgy joins were silky smooth and the boards looked like have been rejuvenated. Applying the second it is very clear how good Taubmans All Weather® Exterior is. The paint flows into crevices and cracks with ease, it really is a pleasure to apply. With a second coat now applied to all those problematic joins, you could hardly tell they were there in the first place. After the painting was completed it was quite clear that this was a job which would stand the test of time and the best and worst of Victoria’s weather conditions. You can also rest assured that Taubmans All Weather® Exterior comes with a lifetime guarantee against peeling, flaking and blistering.
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