Wellington houses are subject to quite severe weather, especially wind. Over time, if you don’t look after the paint system it will start to fail. Your house should be repainted approximately every ten years. Don’t leave it too late.
Painters Inc. will give you a full specification outlining what will be required and what products we would use. It may be the paint system is in such poor condition it requires stripping back to bare timber. This is often the case with the joinery, especially window sills with a dark trim colour. If the condition of the weatherboards isn’t too bad then it will probably mean the house needs a good wash down, sand and a repaint. We’ll give you a good rundown in our job specification on the condition of all the main substrates of the house and what we think should be done.
Weatherboards houses can take a lot of time in preparation for painting. If your house hasn’t been painted for a long time and is showing signs of crocodilling – where the first coat of an old enamel paint is starting to embrittle and the top coat is starting to wrinkle and crack – then stripping will be required.
Dark colours on weatherboard houses and timber joinery, especially where they have been previously painted white, should be avoided. Painting your house a dark colour when it has been a light colour can cause the new paint system to bubble and in extreme cases the timber may shrink and gaps open up. This is because the timber, which has residual moisture, is heating up more than it has in the past. This draws the moisture out of the timber and causes the paint to bubble, if you pop them you may find water dribbles out. Light colours reflect heat and preserve the paint system for much longer.