For a charming and timeless appearance, weatherboards are a well-accepted choice for many Australian homes! Because of its inherent durability, breathability, and thermal insulation, weatherboards are a great fit for Australia’s environment. As a homeowner in Sydney, if you want an instant makeover and to provide a fresh coat of protection, painting your weatherboards can be a good idea.

But is the painting method for your regular house walls and weatherboard the same? Not really, because painting the weatherboard needs some careful consideration.

Here are a few steps you need to follow in the preparation stage for your weatherboard house-

Step 1- Choosing the Right Tools

Having the essential tools for a regular painting job is not enough for a weatherboard. So, the first job will be collecting and getting ready with the right materials and tools for a successful project. Don’t worry. We’ve made an easy-to-follow list consisting of all the necessary items-

  • Safety glasses
  • Paint scraper
  • Painter’s masking tape
  • Gap filler
  • Undercoat primer and sealer
  • Broom
  • Paint tray
  • Paint roller
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Corner sander
  • Paint can opener
  • Sanding sheet
  • Caulking gun

Step 2- Understanding the Weather

Like any other painting project, you must determine if the weather is favourable for painting weatherboards. Don’t paint when it’s too hot, too cold, or too wet. Expert house painters in Sydney usually prefer the weather to be warmer than 10°C but not hotter than 35°C.

Step 3- Cleaning Everything

When the weather is suitable for painting, start using a brush or broom, thoroughly clean the weatherboards, and get rid of any cobwebs under the eaves or near the gutters.

Wear rubber gloves, and use a detergent and water solution to remove any remaining stains from the weatherboards that were not removed during the first cleaning. After applying the solution, use a soft brush to gently clean the afflicted area.

Step 4- Repairing the Weatherboard

Before painting, check your house for leaks, rotting weatherboards, mould growth, and other issues that may require replacement or repair. Remember, any repairs must be completed prior to painting.

Using a paint scraper or a high-pressure hose, scrape off any loose or peeling paint. After removal, look for any holes, fractures, or gaps in the surface. You can easily fill smaller gaps with a caulking gun.

Step 5- Smoothing and Priming

It’s essential to make sure the base is smooth and prepared for painting after washing and scraping off the old paint. To guarantee a smooth surface, try sanding it. The paint will adhere better as a result. When you’re sanding, make sure you have a dust mask and eye protection on.

Then, coat the boards with an undercoat or primer. Priming prevents your topcoat colour from seeming uneven and prevents new paint from falling out.

Step 6- Selecting the Right Paint

When choosing paint for a weatherboard home, avoid a matte finish. Instead, choose a gloss or semi-gloss finish to avoid dirt and grime build-up. White or any light-coloured paint works well on weatherboard homes. It draws attention to structural details and absorbs less heat and sunlight than darker hues.

Step 7- Starting to Paint

It’s time to paint those weatherboards properly. Fill a paint tray with paint, fill the roller, and start painting!

Start from the top and work your way down for optimal outcomes. Make long, horizontal strokes moving from one side to the other. You might need to use a ladder or an extension pole, depending on your walls. If you’re working on a ladder, make sure to utilise it safely.

Need A Professional Paint Finish for Your Weatherboard Home?

Look no further and contact Priority One Coatings today. With 32+ years of experience in the painting industry, our painters in Sydney are experts at handling any surfaces, preparing them properly and ensuring a professional finish every time. No matter what painting service you need for your house in Sydney, call us today.