Painting in South East Queensland brings its challenges especially in summer when the heat is extreme as well as the summer storms. We demand that our property is protected by a film that is only a one-thousandth of an inch thick, therefore we need to ensure the performance of the exterior paintwork is properly done. There are several strategies when painting in this type of climate to ensure the paint job is long lasting and great quality.
The first and most important step to any good paint job is always surface preparation. The surface must be cleaned to remove any loose particles of dirt and dust followed by sanding or scraping to remove any peeling or flaking paint. A lot of care needs to be taken during this step especially if any sanding or scraping is required as older buildings may release dust containing lead or asbestos so it if you are unsure it is always best to get a lead or asbestos test done prior to this initial step. Once the surface has been cleaned any exposed substrates need to be pried with the appropriate primer.
The second step is to choose the correct paint for the job. There are so many different paints to choose from these days so it is essential to check for paint performance properties (e.g. flexibility, adhesion, colour fade etc). Lastly, remember you get what you pay for so a lower price can indicate an inferior performance.
Lastly, it is best to consider how the colour of the paint you choose can affect the performance of the paint. Darker colours do absorb more heat, causing substrate movement that can shatter the bond between previous coats and the substrate, especially wood. It can be more beneficial to use lighter colours as they are more reflective to the light and do not absorb as much heat which inevitably improves the durability of the film.
Rochele Painting has been painting in the sub-tropical climate of South East Queensland for over 40 years, so we know all too well the challenges that can occur. We specialise in this area and know that a good exterior paint job needs care, attention to detail and quality performance. Trying to paint the exterior of your property, either residential or commercial, can be rewarding and exhausting all at once, but please keep in mind that South East Queensland it is usually best to enlist a professional painter to do this type of paintwork to ensure its longevity and quality in our harsh climate.