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Category: Exterior

Traditionally two part Builders Bog is used to fill deep holes in exterior substrates. In cold weather however problems can be encountered when filling damp surfaces as the moisture can interfere with the adhesion of the bog to the substrate. There is an alternative product available to overcome this potential issue.

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Painting in cold weather can extend the drying time of traditional solvent based enamels and varnishes quite significantly resulting in number of challenges that if not addressed can spoil the appearance of the paint finish and increase the amount of work required to rectify.

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This unique table top was created using Norglass Liquid Glass. This is an easy project that can be done at home with stunning results.

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These before and after photos show what an amazing transformation and modernisation can be achieved with a fresh coat of paint on a holiday shack on the River Murray

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Lead Based Paint

21 Jan, 2016

Many old homes used paint that contained lead based pigments. These coatings can not be sanded as the dust generated will contain lead which extremely toxic. To determine whether paint contains lead, use a lead test kit before commencing any work.

Why Do I Need A Paint Pot

21 Jan, 2016

Painting from a 4 Litre paint tin is heavy and it has a double lip that traps paint making it difficult to reseal the can after use. It is much lighter and easier to use a smaller, custom designed paint pot with a handle and brush holder.

Extending the Life of Exterior Doors

21 Jan, 2016

Painting the top and bottom edges of exterior doors and doors in wet areas will prevent moisture and condensation from being absorbed into the timber through the exposed end grain. This will significantly extend the paint coating and protect the timber door from swelling and the need to replace it.

Painting The Exterior Of A Building

21 Jan, 2016

Avoid painting in direct sunlight, especially during summer as the heat in the surface being painted and the sun itself will cause the paint to dry too quickly, resulting in unsightly brush marks and brushes becoming clogged. Always start in the shade and work around the house so that you remain in the shade. Adding a wet edge extender to the paint will assist with paint workability.

Invite your mates

21 Jan, 2016

Provide pizzas and beer and ask a couple of mates around to help you with your painting project. The job will be finished in half the time and you won’t hear any complaints. Problem Solvered!!!

Cutek CD50 is a unique timber protection oil to beautify and protect exterior timber surfaces.

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