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The Shed March-April 2019

The Shed is Eclectic, informed and always fascinating, there is something to interest everyone in The Shed. Aimed at those with a few tools and perhaps a few clues, this is the magazine for real sheddies. Packed with ideas, projects, advice and peeks into other people’s sheds.

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3 min.
ya don’t know what ya don’t know

The summer months are the time when we need to attend to those bigger jobs that the wet winter won’t allow us to undertake, so we thought it best that in this issue we arm you with knowledge for one of the biggest home maintenance tasks that a sheddie can tackle without needing a permit or council inspections. How hard can it be? Painting that is. Slap on a bit of primer and undercoat, then finish off with a couple of top coats. How difficult is that? To get the best advice on this subject we decided not to approach professional painters, as you can speak to a dozen of them and get a dozen different viewpoints. We chose to seek the advice of the innovative painting industry and decorator product manufacturers…

13 min.
prep before paint

“Acrylic sticks to acrylic but you need to get that chalking out of the way” House painting is one of those jobs that a sheddie can undertake themselves with ease. It looks simple, but is it really? There is an awful lot to know about prep and paint products and if you have the right info, you can achieve the right result and save yourself a small fortune. For the best advice with this painting feature, we chose to talk to two well-known suppliers of paint and painting accessories: Resene and Selleys. Resene is a Kiwi manufacturer that started in Wellington in 1946. Its products are well regarded and designed especially for our local conditions. Selleys, originally an Australian company, started in 1939 and is now part of the Dulux group. It is…

1 min.
paint additives

Resene’s Rob Mountford believes that paint additives are generally underused. If you are going to paint in the height of summer, he certainly recommends using extenders that delay drying time, such as Resene Brushing Additive. “If you are painting in full sun, it will dry on the brush before you get it on the wall,” he says. He advises painting in the shade as it moves around the house. You can use extenders in different concentrations depending on the temperature, but you should have them on hand if painting on any warm days from December to March. Most paints have some anti-fungal treatment in them but, if you find the south or east sides of your house have mildew, you know that it’s susceptible there, so consider an additive like Resene…

1 min.
the new window putties

The main advantage of traditional putty is that is easy to apply. Its linseed-oil base means that it doesn’t stick to the putty knife and it’s relatively easy to get a good finish. You have to wait a few days or even weeks before painting it (read the pack), but that’s not always a big deal. However, it will continue to dry out over time. Make sure that you paint bare timber before using it or the oil will leach out even faster. Silicone gels are great for fixing glass in metal and vinyl frames, but don’t use silicone sealant around putty — when it cures it gives off an acid that attacks putty. Selleys national sales manager Phil Ayling says that glazing compounds are a step up from old-school…

1 min.
flexible fillers

Flexible fillers, like the best-known Selleys No More Gaps, are a builder’s best friend when it comes to sealing the gap between windows, doors, and walls. Unlike solid traditional fillers, they maintain their flexibility and can handle the shock of doors and windows banging shut. Being acrylic based, like paint, they are easily paintable. Acrylic sticks to acrylic. Selleys Phil Ayling says that Selleys has tweaked the formula for several different uses, such as a fast-dry formula for painting within an hour, an extra-flexible-and-coloured filler for wooden floors that have to deal with a wide range of moisture loads, a bathroom filler with extra mould protection, and a three-in-one version that also works as an adhesive. Phil personally prefers to leave weatherboard gaps alone but many builders and homeowners like the higher…

1 min.
the roof

The weathering effect on walls is even more pronounced on roofs because of their exposure angle to the sun. Pre-painted steel roofs save time and effort but they will still need repainting in time, says Rob. The process for metal roofs is the same as for walls but with different products. Again, don’t water blast. Clean with Resene Roof and Metal Wash and a soft-bristle brush to remove the chalking. Spot prime where necessary. Use oil-based Galvo One primer, which has excellent adhesion and anti-corrosive properties, and cover with two topcoats of Resene Summit Roof, advises Rob. Rule of thumb is one coat of primer and two topcoats…