There is usually only a small window of opportunity to complete major maintenance work on rental properties. This was the case on this project with only a week between the conclusion of one tenancy and the commencement of the next. Throw in a public holiday (Australia Day) and time was very short. The priority was the weatherboard walls on the eastern and western sides, which as can be seen below, were in desperate need of some attention. It had been fifteen years since the last coat of paint and not only was the paint failing, but the bare timber was very dry and starting to splinter and disintegrate.
Given the condition of the weatherboards and the short time frame, the client decided that the priority was on removing the failing paintwork on the weatherboards, applying a good undercoat followed by two solid coats of Dulux Weathershield semi-gloss. For a detailed account of the preparation for this job see this post. The gutter, fascia, windows and window hoods could keep for another day.
Classic humid, muggy Brisbane weather and the threat of rain accompanied the task of scraping and sanding all the unsound paint off the weatherboards. The paint scrapings and dust captured by the Mirka dustless sanding system amounted to 2 x 35 litre garbage bags. Once all the boards were washed and allowed to dry, Dulux One Step Acrylic Undercoat was applied. Gap sealant was used to fill joining cracks, allowed to dry and then the two top-coats of Dulux Weathershield was applied.
Existing colours were used in keeping with the rest of the home –
Walls: Dulux Knowing
Eaves, Windows, Window Hoods: Dulux Lexicon Quarter
Gutter, Fascia, Window Sills: Dulux Ticking