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3 Tips to Extend the Life of your Exterior Paint

Exterior PaintYou’ve just spent money on your exterior paint job and naturally you want it to last as long as possible. Generally in Queensland exterior paint will begin to fade after about three years, and without proper care, it will need to be repainted shortly after.

Try out these three tips to extend the life of your exterior paint.

Tip 1: Touch Up Exterior Paint

When small areas of paint peel off or become stained, the best thing to do is to touch them up. That way, you can keep your exterior paint looking good as new.

When you have your exterior painted, you will probably have left over paint. Don’t throw this away! Instead, store it, and keep it for touch ups in the future.

Remember, before you touch up exterior paint, sand down any blistered or peeling paint, and ensure the surface is clean and completely dry. Don’t paint when wet weather is predicted, as this will prevent the paint from properly adhering.

Tip 2: Remove Insect Nests

Paper wasp and nest

Image Credit:
Dann Thombs

 

Insects love nesting in the nooks and crannies of your exterior, as it provides protection from the elements. Unfortunately, their homes damage yours.

Insect nests are a common issue in Brisbane and surrounding areas, where mud and paper wasps love the warm, tropical climate. These wasp species use mud and sap to structure their nests, which stick like superglue to your exterior paint.

We recommend carefully removing the insect nests right away, so the nest does not affect the paint. The trick is to remove the nest before it gets too big – the bigger the nest, the bigger the surface area that will require repainting.

If the nest has become too large to remove on your own, call in a professional pest remover.

Tip 3: Wash Your Walls

Dirt can stain and damage paint, and encourage the growth of mould. Mould will eat away at your paint, causing large areas to peel and flake away.

Stains and mould growth can be prevented by regular (about every 6 months) wall washing. Use sugar soap or regular household detergent diluted in warm water to scrub exterior walls with a soft-bristled brush. You won’t believe the difference it makes to the appearance of your home.

Need your Exterior Painted?

However if your home is at the stage where the exterior needs a refresh, then give us a call. Exterior painting can transform your home, and add value. Exterior painting is a huge job, but not when you leave it to us to do. Get in contact with us on 07 3829 5735 or send us an email for a fast, accurate quote.

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