Exterior House Painting
Transform Your Home With Our Exterior House Painting Service.
Weatherboards, Hardboard or Linea
When it comes to exterior painting, our team can look after almost any type of cladding.
We understand the challenges these materials bring and have the skills to deliver results that will enhance the beauty and durability of your home.
Our process starts with a thorough inspection and chemical wash to remove any moss, mould or dirt. We understand the importance of a clean and well-prepared surface in achieving a long-lasting finish.
If there is exposed timber, we sand any weathered and greyed wood back to a stable surface. This step ensures good adhesion of your new paint and helps protect the timber underneath.
Areas of rotten timber are carefully addressed. Depending on how bad, we either replace the wood or clean it out and fill with builders bog. We take pride in our attention to detail and ensure that all damaged areas are repaired before applying any paint.
We also pay special attention to areas where the previous coating is peeling. These areas need to be stripped back to the original timber. This creates a sound surface for the new paint system to stick to. This step is essential to ensure a smooth and even finish that’ll stand the test of time.
When it comes to choosing your colour scheme, we recommend using paints with a light reflective value (LVR) over 40. LVR is a measure of how much light a paint reflects off versus absorbs. Choosing a higher LVR prevents excessive heat absorption, which can lead to warping, drying, or cracking of your timber. Choosing an LVR that’s too low can even void the warranty on some weatherboards.
Another one of our areas of expertise is plaster cladding. If your home has plaster cladding, we have the knowledge and skills to deliver results that will enhance the beauty of your investment while protecting it.
With any paint job, a thorough clean is always the first step, any moss or mould is remove with a thorough chemical wash.
To create a strong foundation, we carefully remove any loose or flaking paint. For larger areas or textured surfaces, water blasting can be used to help achieve ideal surface preparation.
If efflorescence (white mineral deposit), is found, we treat it, wire brush and apply Lime Lock to it. This ensures it won’t bleed through your new paint work.
Cracks are a common problem with plaster cladding, and we have effective solutions to address them. To ensure weather tightness without changing the texture of repaired areas, we apply an elastomeric bandage over the cracks. This bandage is then followed by two full coats of elastomeric weathertight paint, such as Resene X-200, applied over the entire house. This process creates a flexible and watertight surface that can accommodate some movement without breaking the surface of the paint.
For damaged areas that need re-plastering, we will engage a qualified exterior plasterer on your behalf, allowing us to manage the whole project, from start to finish.
Cedar Staining or Painting
Cedar is a popular cladding choice due to its natural beauty and durability. When it comes to re-coating, there are two options, converting stained cedar to a paint finish, or coating it in stain.
Staining is a cost-effective option that allows the cedars natural beauty to shine through. It provides a rich and warm finish that highlights the unique grain patterns and textures of the wood. However, it’s important to note that staining requires more frequent re-coating compared to painting. This is especially true if the cedar surfaces are exposed to harsh weather conditions or intense sunlight. Staining is can be a cost effective option when access to high elevations is not required.
When it comes choice of stain, we recommend using penetrating stains as opposed to surface forming stains. This is because of the way they age, over time a penetrating stains fades rather then peels. This makes re-coating easier, cheaper and results in a better finish. Surface forming stains can peel as they age meaning maintenance is more costly and the finish, less consistent.
In addition to staining, we also specialise in converting stained cedar to a paint finish. Painting cedar surfaces gives a longer maintenance cycle of about ten years, compared to the three-year cycle of staining.
While painting requires a higher initial investment, it’s more cost-effective in the long run, especially when higher buildings require the use of scaffolding.
Regardless of which you choose, both options will protect your home, ensuring that your cedar stands the test of time.
Metal Cladding brings some unique requirements when it comes to painting your home.
Our process begins with a thorough wash of the surface using a minimum pressure of 2500 psi. This removes dirt, debris, and loose paint, preparing the surface for further treatment.
The main challenge we come across with this material is the presence of rust. There are two types; white rust and red rust. White rust is the corrosion of the sacrificial zinc layer protecting your steel. Red rust is when the rust has gone through the Zinc layer and is now affecting your steel.
Ideally, it’s best to keep on top of re-painting your metal surfaces so neither type gets a foot hold. However, if it has, we have two approaches to fix the issue depending on the type of rust present.
If white rust is present removing it requires a delicate touch to prevent causing additional damage. Our skilled team employs industry-approved methods to effectively eliminate white rust and restore the integrity of the surface.
If red rust is present we apply a product called Rust Arrest, this reacts with the rust, deactivating it and making its removal easier.
Once we’ve removed the corrosion products, we apply an anti-corrosive galvanising primer. This helps reduce the risk of rust coming back and provides a solid foundation for your new paint.
Re-coating timber joinery is an important step of any interior or exterior house painting project. Our team of professional painters has many years of experience revitalising areas like window frames, sashes, and doors.
Identifying the previous coating is vital, especially for older homes that may have used oil-based enamel systems previously. By determining what the existing coating is, we can select an appropriate primer, ensuring a seamless transition to a modern paint.
Preparation is key to achieving exceptional results. It includes sanding, filling, and the use of flexible silicone fillers in areas prone to movement. Our attention to detail creates a smooth and flawless surface, ready for the application of your new paint.
We also identify failing glazing and can organise the application of new putty to your windows. We understand the importance of maintaining the integrity of your windows. Our skilled glaziers will carefully remove the old putty and replace it with fresh putty, providing a secure and weather-tight seal.
To protect the glass during the painting process, we take extra care to mask it where it joins the timber. This precautionary measure helps prevent accidental scratching of the glass while sanding. We value the preservation of your windows and guarantee a professional and damage-free painting experience.
To withstand daily wear and tear, timber joinery requires a durable and high-quality paint. We highly recommend using Resene Lustacryl or Dulux Aquanamel for their exceptional resistance and stunning, long-lasting finish. These top-notch products ensure that your timber surfaces maintain their beauty over time.
Contact us today to schedule a quote and experience the difference our expertise can make.
Problems Our Exterior House Painters Help With
Coatings can peel when they aren’t recoated with fresh paint in time. Once peeling has started, the offending areas need to have the old coating removed. This gets us back to a good surface for your new paint system to stick to.
This can be a common problem in plaster homes. It can be caused by painting new plaster surfaces without leaving enough time for the plaster to cure. It should be treated with a special solution to remove the staining before re-painting.
This can be caused by the ends of timber joinery not being sealed before construction. This allows water to seep inside and reach unprotected timber. Depending on the severity we can scrape out the affected area and bog or replace the timber.
Eventually as a house ages the putty joining timber to glass can fall out. It’s a relatively cheap and easy process to fix, but care must be taken as there are several types of putty on the market. The different brands have very different requirements for pre-painting prep, primers and curing time.
How we approach this issue depends on how bad the rusted surfaces are. We can either remove rusty nails/soakers and replace them with new ones or we can treat the rusty areas with Rust Arrest. Once treated we wire brush to get back to a sound surface and use an anti-corrosive primer to protect the metal before re-painting.
Blistering can have many causes. The most common one we come across is painting a darker colour over an older light coloured coating. The darker colour absorbs more heat, causing moisture to evaporate from the timber creating bubbles. Small bubbles may disappear with time, larger ones require the areas to be stripped and repainted.