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Painting Science 101: Is it the right time to paint your house exterior?

Painting the exterior of your dwelling is the probably the easiest way to spruce up the forefront and add much needed elegance to your dwelling.

What’s more, the idea of DIY painting makes the job more fun and less exorbitant. But if you’re planning to embark on this exciting DIY venture anytime soon, we got to stop you there for a minute because there’s something you should know.

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No matter how much fun the job is and how good your paint materials and texture finishes, you can’t paint the exterior of your house any time of the year. Okay, have you ever seen anyone painting their exterior while it’s raining or anyone up on a ladder with a paintbrush in their hand in the dead of winter?

Of course, not.

However, bitter winter and rainy season aren’t the only times you shouldn’t be thinking about painting your exteriors. There are many other times of the year when you would want to put off your exterior painting project.

So, what’s the best time to paint your house’s exterior?

Weather has a crucial role to play in the success of a painting project. The temperature and weather conditions at the time of the application affect how the paint dries and how the job turns out eventually.

Ideally to yield best outcomes, you would want to choose warm, dry days. That said, late spring and early summer offer the best weather conditions with moderate temperatures, lower humidity and minimal rainfall. While late April and May might have a hint of the arrival of summer, the consistent warm weather with minimal fluctuations in temperature from day to night and scarce rainfall doesn’t come until June. Painting your house in, late June, July, August and early September produce quite good results.

Furthermore, it is suggested that you observe the weather for a few days before and after painting your exterior. If it rains before the painting day, you need to check weather forecast. If the news indicates toward a clear weather for the next few days, you want to wait at least one full day for the walls to dry fully and then you can proceed to paint.

To sum up

  • Summer being typically dry and warm is considered the ideal time for painting exteriors.
  • For those who can’t paint over the summer owing to unfavorable household situations or personal reasons, it would be a good idea to either take on the project in early spring or late fall.
  • Avoid painting in the rainy season and give your home’s siding adequate time to dry out if you’re planning to paint after spring rain.

The success with a paint job relies on much more than a quality texture paint. It is essential to ensure optimal temperatures, humidity levels and temperature fluctuations for an exterior paint job to turn out perfectly.

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Texture coating Systems: Decorative & Protective coatings that will stand the test of time

If you are looking to breathe new life into old bricks, texture coating system is the ideal solution for you. Texture coating systems are heat, dirt, mould and fungi resistant-ensuring that your building will look newer for longer. Seamless for walls, columns and beams, it’s possible to achieve a long-lasting finish even in the toughest conditions. Whether you have planned to build a feature wall, renovate or build a new house, texture coatings will withstand the finish for many years to come. A textured finish not only protects your building against render cracking and staining but beautifies your building for years to come.

Texture coating systems offer versatile, long-life, durable and cost-effective coatings that perfectly match the stringent requirements of Engineering, Construction and Architectural industry. You can expect phenomenal transformation that a texture coating system can make to an existing building. Texture coating systems deliver the most effective coating with the greatest safety for environment, and extremely versatile finish for renovators planning to make first or second story extension.

Whether it’s for a residential dream home or a multi-story commercial application, texture coating systems deliver efficient system solutions to meet both the technical and aesthetic demands of your project.

Brilliant advantages of Texture coating system include:

  • Ensure uniform appearance to walls and vastly enhance the aesthetic appearance of the building.
  • Hide scars, wall repairs and alterations.
  • Flexible design of textured coatings allows wall movement.
  • Suitable for all types of substrate that are free of elevated levels of movement, sound and not permanently wet.
  • Made with a resin or enamel base to produce the high-performance coatings.
  • Textured coatings will not chip, peel or flake allowing the wall to breathe.

 

Texture coating systems are perfect for a wide range of substrates used in construction industry. They provide full range of roll on, trowel on, and spray applied texture finish that is available in a wide variety of decorative effects and profiles. Prominent applications of the texture coating systems include, Dincel building system, fibre cement sheeting, cement render, polystyrene and masonry. Available in large selection of profiles and fashionable colours, the performance coating solution of texture coating system ensures long term protection of any masonry substrate.

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DIY Secrets: 3 Cabinet Painting Mistakes that Will Make You Regret

Enthusiastic, valiant DIYers just love the idea of spicing up their home putting into work handy décor ideas combined with a couple of self-experimented tricks. And when it comes to pulling off an instant kitchen makeover, almost every DIYer seems to be totally endorsing the practice of painting cabinets.

Painted cabinets are becoming a much-loved trend amidst home owners these days. After all, a few coats of a vibrant colour doesn’t ask for much effort and dollars to put in. However, this DIY project is nothing like painting a wall and this is what most home owners don’t get and end up plunging into a pool of pitfalls.

We don’t want your excitement to turn into a regretful experience. So, here we have the common blunders one might make when painting cabinets for an elegant makeover.

Start off without cleaning

You may need to start over from the beginning anyway if you don’t clean up your cabinets in the first place. It doesn’t only slow down the painting process but the water-based paint doesn’t stick to greased doors, leaving rough and unevenly painted surfaces.

Skip on Sanding

Jump to a paint finish right after cleaning and you’ll be putting in a good amount of time and paint. As important it is to clean the doors and base surface before painting, one should spend enough time sanding cabinet surfaces before you add coats of your favourite texture finishes. This will not only touch up scratches and imperfections but also allow the cabinets to hold new paint properly.

Paint with hardware on

Home owners often start painting without taking the doors, hinges and knobs off, which ultimately leads to more cleaning work and time. By removing doors, drawers and hardware off, you can ensure that you don’t mask off undesired surfaces and have a cleaner look after finishing the job.

In addition, DIYers often skimp on primer, use cheap paint finishes and don’t give in much preparation time, which also leads to unnecessary investment of time and effort in your project. So, make sure you have a proper DIY plan and budget in place to get things started smoothly and pull off optimum results.

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Indulging in DIY Paint Job? Consider These Tips from Pros

So, you are going to paint your interior walls on your own?

Embarking on a DIY paint project can be as fun and exhilarating as it seems. You can paint your walls the colour you want to, the way you want. But this seemingly exciting DIY project can turn into a terrible nightmare with stained walls, dripping paint and endless coats to cover stains and brush marks.

So, how to pull off a professional-looking paint job? Well, different painters have different ways and preferences to carry out a paint job. However, they all know the same secrets that help them achieve seamless results when it comes to painting interiors.

To make your sure DIY paint project goes off without a hitch and you have smooth, fine-looking walls, we have put together a few tips from the experts.

Prep and inspection to start with

Want to do it like a pro? Get rid of all those cracks, flakes, dents, holes and other surface imperfections. Before you go on to apply your favourite paint colour, texture finish and even primer on the required wall, inspect the surface thoroughly and scrap, sand and clean it to cover or remove imperfections.

How’s the weather outside?

You don’t want to move brush and roller on your walls all day long only to incur slow drying, excessive blistering, brush marks, drips and patches the next day. This is what happens when you paint on a rainy day or excessively hot, dry, wet or cold weather. To avoid these issues, pay heed to the climate outside before you start off.

Experts love box paint

Ensuring colour consistency remains a key concern when paint interiors and exteriors. Pros pull it off by combining and mixing all the paint needed in one container, rather than using one gallon at a time. This way, you can make sure paint is consistent through the wall.

And there are many other tips and tactics like these you may come across on the web. Adhering to these quick yet useful tips, painting your walls can be as easier and hassle-free for you as for any professional out there. Moreover, before you get on your DIY paint venture, it is advised to have the right tools and resources in hand to ensure a great experience.

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Paint Care and Touch-Ups: Cleaning and Maintenance of Painted Surfaces

Picture1Texture paints and finishes give your home matchless beauty. Yet, daily living can result in dirt, dust, smudges, stains, smears and fingermarks on your walls and ceilings tarnishing the beauty of your texture paint.
So, if you haven’t taken a fine look at your painted surfaces lately, you must have a close examination. Keeping your interior and exterior painted surfaces clean and maintained will help attain a freshly painted look and extend the life of your paint.
How should I clean painted surfaces?
Start out with a soft cloth or sponge dipped in the clean water. Rub the stained surface gently. If that doesn’t work, use a mild soap water solution, and wipe the surface again with the sponge with gentle pressure.
If the marks and stains persist, you can use an abrasive cleaner or a strong solution of water and household bleach.

What treatment to apply on different kinds of stains?
Stains can be either waterborne or oil-based. Waterborne stains, like mustard, ketchup and wine, are mild ones and can be easily taken off with a wipe of clean, wet cloth. Oil-based stains, including cooking grease, lipstick, shoe polish and crayon are stubborn ones. To remove such greasy spots, you may need a mild dish-washing soap solution and a soft brush to rub the surface.

How do you go about cleaning permanent marker?
For these are stains from permanent markers on your walls, use dish-washing liquid to get as much stain as you can. Even then, the marker may not be removed completely, so you can go for an aggressive cleansing product like Comet.

What about wax drips?
First, try to scrape off as much solid wax as possible with a dull-edge knife. To remove the additional residue, hold a bag of ice over the stain, which will harden the wax, and then remove it using the knife. Finally, you can use a hair dryer to melt the remaining residue and wipe it off using a cloth.

What more, before using a bleach solution or abrasive cleaner, always test a tiny spot to make sure the chemical doesn’t affect your original paint finish.

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Texture Coating Steps: Give Your Home a Perfect Paint Job

Undoubtedly, paint gives life to your walls and ceilings while adding color and beauty to your home. However, paint doesn’t shield your home from the weather elements like rains, heat, sun rays and mildew, which cause your walls to peel, chip and crack. So, how do you about a paint job that not only makes your home look good but extends the life of your interior and exterior?

Texture Coatings are a great alternative to your regular paints that help to disguise rough and irregular surfaces as well as protect your interior and exterior surfaces against extreme heat, mold and mildew and other elements.  While you can give your home a consistent appearance and protection with texture coating, here are the steps to get the job done perfectly.

[SEE: Astec Armatex Acrylic Texture Coatings]

  • Inspection
    Before you texture coat your home, the first thing to consider is imperfections on wall surfaces. Check your walls and ceilings for damaged areas, water-damaged or rotten wood and peeling, cracking and chipping surfaces. Texturing coating damaged or exposed areas would give substandard results.
  • Trenching
    Once you are done with your inspection, dig a trench around the exterior of your home. The trench is dug to prevent the intrusion of moisture while texture coating and eliminate the risk of foundation decay after the application of texture coating.
  • Masking
    Masking is an important task to be done before you texture coat your home. Cover your doors and windows with plastic sheets in order to prevent them from getting stains. Adding to that, use drop cloths to cover the surrounding plants and sidewalks to avoid any damage.
  • Washing and Repairing
    Another vital step to carry out before texture coating is washing your walls. Give your walls a high-pressure water spray to remove loose paint, dirt, mold and other impurities. This will expose the damaged areas on your walls, which can then be repaired to provide a smooth surface for texture coating.
  • Texture Coating
    Finally, you can start coating your wall by applying a base coat of primer to provide a protective layer to the surface. And, then you apply the desired texture coating on the primed surface that can protect you home against the weather elements.
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Make Your Home Look Sparkling Clean Again With Texture Coating

Texture coating on your walls is like getting a new car, it looks good and it performs well. Moreover, you collect some compliments on your exterior wall finishes. Surprisingly, a texture coating doesn’t need to be cleaned or maintained from time to time, they are are most likely to survive the rough weather conditions and climatic changes in Australia.

Texture coatings are available in different types are have some stunning properties which add up to make your walls look perfect for around 20 years:

  • Exceptionally hard finish
  • Awesome flexibility
  • Resistant to heat, rains and winds
  • Crack and scrub resistant
  • Can easily be decorated
  • Easy applicability

Most of us have tried different wall-coatings that failed to deliver results, in fact made big holes in the pocket. The key to exterior wall coatings is hiring professionals who make use of proper equipment and maintain the high-quality of work.

Activity:

Just go outside your house and see if the coating looks fresh or has it developed patches and watermarks? If you don’t really feel confident enough then call the company who did it and try to know the reason. This is the time when you know that the walls need to be painted in a modernized manner.

If you have already made use of texture coating system and still feel that the walls need to be cleaned in order to enhance the look., then its the right time to call the painters. Just try and recall what it looked like earlier and mentor the painters while they are getting it cleaned. You can also check if you have any old photographs of the house, as this might be helpful in getting back the same old feel.

These walls are usually self cleaning, but in some situations small airborne particles of dust/bird feces or stains of coal-fires changes the appearance. Approach Astec Paints, texture coating experts, to get this work done otherwise your walls will face more damage than repair.

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Here’s how you can achieve the Desired Results with a Texture Finish

A texture finish or paint can add a new dimension to an otherwise dull-looking surface. But for this, it is important that the paint is applied in the right way, using the right equipment. In short, this is what needs to be done:

First of all, you must cover the application area properly so that it remains free of dust as well as foreign material. The area can be uncovered later, when you are all set to apply the paint. For application, you can decide on your own, whether you want to apply the texture finish using a brush and roller or spray equipment. However, if you use the equipment recommended by the manufacturer, you can expect better results.

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Whatever equipment you choose, just make sure it helps you finish the paint job efficiently and in no time.

Furthermore, it is also advisable to use the correct application technique. That’s because it’s the technique that determines the opacity and sheen level of a texture coating system. Once the paint has been applied, it’s time for you to identify the errors, if any, so that you can take corrective actions and achieve the desired results.

Tip: If possible, also cover the adjoining surfaces, prior to the application of the texture paint. 

We, at ASTEC Paints, offer a wide range of textures. Click here to give your room a unique touch!

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Here’s how Texture Coating is better than Painting

As the name suggests, texture coating is a kind of coating, which unlike paint, imparts a slightly rough textural effect. It is not only different from paint, but also better in many ways. Here’s how:

  • Painting does give a makeover to a residential or commercial space, but because it needs to be done frequently, it may turn out to be costly overall. However, texture coating delivers lasting results and doesn’t call for frequent paint jobs. It is more economical that way.
  • In comparison to typical paint, texture paint has several benefits such as colour retention and moisture & dirt resistance.
  • Texture finish is the latest trend. Unlike paint, it gives a contemporary look to the surface it is applied on. So a texture coating system is a good option for anyone who needs a modern-day look but does not wish to spend a lot of money.
  • Paint is seldom durable. But texture paint is different. Its application ensures that there is no need to paint the interior and exterior surfaces in the coming few years.
  • Paint has its share of drawbacks, including chalking and fading. However, texture finish easily addresses these drawbacks.

Therefore, it can be safely concluded that texture coating does a much better job at protecting the interior and exterior surfaces of a building. Get assistance from Astec Paints’ services.

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Heat Reflective Paint – Is The One You Are Buying CodeMark Certified?

That a heat reflective paint brings about a considerable improvement in a building’s insulation properties is no news. But, does every coating that’s being sold out there in the name of heat reflection good enough? Well, you never can tell. However, what you can do is to buy one that meets the Energy Efficiency guidelines. Also, it makes sense to look for a paint that’s CodeMark certified. Any such coating is likely to live up to its name and might reflect up to 80% of solar radiation, just saying.

Moving on, while CodeMark certification is an important criterion, it’s certainly not the only one, if you know what that means – eco-friendliness, for example, should be given equal weightage, if not more. Yes, the paint has to do its work in an eco-friendly way or else, there’s no point in getting it in the first place. Meanwhile, you may also want to make sure that the paint is approved for guaranteed compliance with the Building Code of Australia (B.C.A.). That being said, heat reflective paint is of course not the only product that you should buy with caution – the same rule applies to texture coating as well.

Agreed, the criteria might change here, like it has to be resistant towards dust and moisture, but then you must see if it turns out as expected. It is also a good idea to focus on quality and that’s because if the coating is up to the mark, you might get rid of frequent paint jobs.

Fact: Astec Paints were the first to invent and introduce to the Australian market the technology of Heat Reflective Coating.

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