How often should your house’s exterior need painting?

Those of us who take pride in a well-kept house know that a splash of paint can make all the difference. The question is – how often should you re-paint? Thankfully, Warrior Paints has the solution. There is no simple answer as to how long the job will last. It depends on four things. These include: The Previous Paint Job The quality, colour and number of coats applied during the last paint-job can determine how long it lasts. Surprisingly, the weather on the day it was painted also determines how long it lasts. A few coats of high quality lighter shades tend to last longest, while 100% acrylic paint is the most ideal to use. Dark shades, synthetic pigments and oil-based paint are the quickest to fade and lose their colour. You can choose the best colour and paint product from Warrior Paint’s wide selection. Climate Bright sunlight causes paint to bubble and fade. Homes in sunny areas with no shade are affected by the ultra-violet rays of the sun. Harsh winters, frequent storms, extreme humidity, sand storms or salty ocean breezes are also not friendly to paint. Maintenance Damp, rot, chalkiness, termites and other infestations are all factors that can age the paint. These can all be avoided.  Treat the house with care and keep out moisture by sealing and caulking as necessary. Taking care of your house by considering these factors will ensure a beautiful home for much longer. The wall’s material Wood must be repainted or restained every three to seven years. Aluminium coatings may last five years. Newer materials like cement fibreboard may only need repainting every ten to fifteen years. Brick coatings may also last for ten to fifteen years. The paint job begins! So the long-awaited paint job happens. How can I prep the wall to make it last best? Before painting – perfect the walls: treat mould, get rid of pests, replace rotten wood and repair cracks and holes on the surface. Remove loose, bubbling, peeling or cracking paint by sandblasting the area. Clean the surface with a power wash using the range and amount of pressure recommended by the manufacturer. Allow the walls to dry thoroughly to avoid moisture underneath the paint. Be careful of painting after it rains. Pick a mild, dry day when there is not too much wind. Temperatures between 10 and 30 degrees are the best to dry the paint. Just remember… Putting the paint job off won’t save you any money. Rather there will be more damage to the wall, making the preparation a lot harder. We offer a wide selection of quality paints in stylish colours. For more information, visit our website:...

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Keeping it safe: 6 tricks to protect you while painting your home

Let’s face it – painting the exterior of your home is a job some prefer to be left to the professionals. Standing on a ladder with materials and paints and chemicals is not for the cautious, but there are ways to make sure that you can paint your house with minimal risk involved. Here are a few tips to keep in mind: Dress for success Wear protective gloves: cloth or leather gloves are best for sanding and scraping, impermeable gloves for applying water-based paint and solvent-resistant chemical gloves are best for handling solvent-based products. Use eye goggles, glasses or a face mask to protect your eyes. When sanding, use an anti-dust mask to protect your lungs.  Use a solvent-respirator if working with solvent-based products. Ventilate the area Open all doors and windows if painting indoors. Remove any source of ignition. Use fans. Make sure the freshly painted room is not immediately occupied, especially with the elderly, children or pets. Don’t slip Protect the floors with drop cloths instead of slippery plastic. Store the paint correctly Warrior Paints has a high selection of quality paints, however all organic-based solvents represent potential health hazards. Paint can be highly flammable. Do not leave paint near a heat source and do not smoke while painting. Store the paint in a cool, well-ventilated area. Store the paint away from children and animals. Clean up the mess Whatever the job, no matter how clean or messy, do not forget to clean up thoroughly. If rags have alkyd paint or thinner on them, leave them to dry outside to avoid any chance of spontaneous combustion. Place them in an area out of reach of children and pets. When the rags are dry, take them to a toxic-waste dump site. Use ladders correctly Ladders can be the most dangerous part of a painting job. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before climbing up: Check the condition of the ladder before using it; Wear comfortable, slip resistant shoes to climb the ladder; Make sure the steps are free from slippery, oily substances; Check for clutter around the area before erecting the ladder; If the ladder is in front of a door – lock the door e; Use signs to draw peoples’ attention to the ladder if lots of people are around; Make sure the floor is even and not slippery; Support the ladder at four points; Never climb beyond the step as per the ladder manufacturer’s suggested safety height. Do not overstretch beyond the ladder – if the ceiling is high and the ladder is small- rather get a new ladder; Do not let children climb the ladder; Do not look down to avoid vertigo attacks. We offer a wide selection of quality paints in stylish colours. For more information, visit our website:...

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