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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.

New Zealand
Parkside Media
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6 Issues


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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…

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prep before paint

Never a better time to attend to your gutters. This downpipe leaf protector is the only gutter-debris product that Marley recommendsThis tungsten tool is the very best at pulling off loose paintOur example house had cedar shingles, many of which were very rotten and had to be replacedThe painter of our project house swore by this prep product by Dulux over damaged weatherboards“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…

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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…

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the new window putties

Modern window putty is superior and dries faster than the old oil-based product. As a rule, over 16°C in summer, one–three days before you paint; under 16°C in winter, 10–14 days before you paintThe 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…

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flexible fillers

A painter’s best friend: No More Gaps. For our project wooden house, the extra qualities of the Professional version was a no-brainer — nearly 48 tubes were used on it!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…

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why do i have to repaint my house but not my car?

“Why do I have to repaint my house every 10 years but the paint on my car will last for 30?” Rob is asked that at least once a year. There are a couple of answers.Car paints typically cost $300 or $400 a litre, maybe 10–20 times the price of house paint. They are also applied in atmosphere-controlled environments, to perfectly prepared surfaces, at computer-controlled depths, and then baked on in many layers, including clear coats. Need we go on? ■…