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Paint the drains - Keep water in and pollution out!

Help keep our waterways clean by reminding your school and wider community that drains are only for rain.

Resene has 'Paint the drain' kits available to schools and community groups to help you 'Paint the drains' and remind people to keep the drains only for rain. Register now for your kit, one kit available per school. Total kit numbers may be limited. When your registration for Resene 'Paint for drains' is approved you will receive:

Decorate stormwater drains to remind people the drains are only for rain
Resene Drains for rain
Keep water in and pollution out!

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What paint is recommended to 'paint the drain' messages? And how do I prepare and paint?

  1. Clean the area to be painted and allow it to dry thoroughly.

  2. Cover the drain while the painting is being done so no paint can accidentally go down the drain during the application or drying process.

  3. You can choose to use a prep coat though many schools have successfully painted Resene Lumbersider direct onto the surface.

  4. We normally recommend Resene solid colour testpots (or small pots of Resene Lumbersider). These are ideal as they are exterior grade paint and available in a huge range of colours. They are suitable for use by children and adults.

  5. If the drain is in a high foot traffic area then consider using Resene Non-Skid Deck & Path, which is a slip resistant finish.

  6. Wrap brushes in reusable plastic between coats or overnight to keep paint fresh and minimise clean up and waste. All paints supplied are Environmental Choice approved Resene paints with low odour and easy wash up in water.

View Auckland Council Paint the drains project ideas


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