Paint for your next outdoor project

When it comes to painting your home's exterior, you'll need to use the right paints to achieve the most durable and long-lasting finish possible.

If you're scratching your head over which paint to use on your surface, take a look at this easy guide to get you started.

New concrete surfaces

To prepare new unpainted concrete surfaces for their fresh colour, start off by washing them down with Resene Paint Prep and Housewash to remove grit, grime and residue. This will also help maintain the paint's longevity. Then fill in any cracks with Resene Brushable Crack Filler to ensure the smoothest possible finish. Finish this off with a primer such as Resene Concrete Primer before finishing with a waterborne paint  in the colour of your choice. Resene Sonyx 101 semi-gloss waterborne acrylic or Resene Lumbersider low sheen waterborne acrylic are popular choices.

New timber and weatherboards

If you've got a beautiful wooden home calling out for a lick of paint, start with a thorough clean and a coat of Resene Quick Dry primer for a long-lasting finish. Get your favourite colour in Resene Sonyx 101 waterborne semi-gloss and apply 2-3 coats. If you've got bargeboards, the third coat is recommended for better protection from UV exposure. Three coats are also recommended over sharp edges of the wood.

Repainting roofs

Roofs in good condition can be given a facelift with a fresh coat of paint. Start by treating the area with Resene Moss & Mould Killer  and Resene Roof and Metal Wash. Then use Resene Galvo One to spot-prime areas in need of attention. Top with Resene Summit Roof (satin) or Resene Hi-Glo (gloss) paint for excellent flexibility and a mould-resistant surface.

If you're planning a dark colour, opt for the CoolColour formula to help keep your home cooler in summer compared to the normal version of that colour. If you decide to go for this option, it's recommended you use a white primer or Resene Galvo-Prime to make the most out of the technology.

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