Exterior Painting Services - Melbourne and Suburbs
If you think it might be time to give the exterior of your home a new coat of paint, don't put the exterior painting job off. Whether you're going with a professional painter or handling the work yourself, acting soon rather than later has genuine benefits in that you're likely to get a longer-lasting finish. It's worthwhile doing your research on paint types and what works for you. Although nine times out of 10 you're going to be getting a better result – and probably saving yourself money – by going with qualified and efficient painters.
As the leading exterior house painters in Melbourne we make it a top priority to collaborate with our clients from the start to the end of the project. This means running you through your options and making recommendations on how you can get the most out of your investment.
Having worked with commercial businesses, industrial clients and homeowners all over Melbourne, we understand what you’re looking for in a terrific finish.
Below are just a few of the most common questions we hear from our clients:
What Type of Paint is Best for Exterior Painting?
The ideal exterior paint for your home depends on a number of factors including what kind of paint was used the last time it was painted, the surface and the climate. A professional painter can help you evaluate the state of your home and decide on an appropriate paint. In general, the following rules apply:
Most exteriors: Most exterior surfaces can be painted using all-acrylic paint. At Joyce Painting, we often use a low-sheen, semi-gloss or a gloss acrylic, but not a satin or semi-gloss oil-based enamel only gloss.
Windows: Often you’ll find that windows have previously been painted with an oil-based enamel. In this is the case, it’s best to repaint with a similar paint.
Steel: To prevent rusting, steel should be primed/undercoated with all metal primer then painted with a tough oil-based enamel or even some of the new water-based metal top coat products.
How Often Do Exteriors Need Re-painting?
Again, this depends greatly on the specifics of the situation.
Type of Paint: Surfaces painted with acrylic paint usually last 10-15 years, while enamel paints last typically 3-5 years. Clear polyurethane or oil paints don’t protect surfaces like windowsills, so windowsills and outdoor wood surfaces need repainting more frequently.
Paint Colour: Light colours tend to last longer, and are less prone to problems.
Surface Type and Prep: Old wood and surfaces that have been inadequately prepared often don’t hold paint as well or long. Resin-based paints and stains can sometimes last longer than other paints.
Location: The harsher the weather, the sooner you’ll have to repaint.
How Can I Protect My Natural Wood Exterior Surfaces?
Outdoor wood surfaces (like that used for decks) should be painted using two or three coats of a dark stain for the best UV protection. Even with this protection, decks require refinishing every few years. Using a stain will make repainting less expensive, as it better prepares the surface for later coats. In very harsh weather conditions, painting can be a better option than staining, though the paint on decks tends to peel.