b'diy painting tipson the outsideThe simplest way to transform the look of your house is with a coat of paint. Heres how you can do it yourself.A coat of paint on the outside walls of your timber home can make allassumed to be present if the timber is left exposed to the weather for the difference in the world. But you must do it right for lasting benefit.more than one week. Remove dust.The colour you choose is important; so is the type of paint you use,Sharp edges on timber are very difficult to apply paint to, as paint tends because your outside walls, windows and doors are exposed to allto flow away from edges, leaving weak spots. For best results these kinds of weather conditions for years.sharp edges must be sanded to a rounded profile.Timber surfacesAll sanding dusts can be harmful and appropriate protection should Timberisadimensionallyunstablematerialwhichexpandsandbe worn. In particular dust from old lead or chromate based paint can contractswithchangingmoisturecontent.Thetimbersurfaceisbe harmful if inhaled or ingested. Seek expert advice if the presence eroded by ultraviolet light, normally changing to a grey colour, leavingof these materials is suspected.cellulose fibres exposed on the surface. Timber also provides a source of nutrient for mould growth and some timbers contain resins andEnd grains: Always coat end grains (i.e. underneath the doors) as oils which can affect the performance of paint. this prevents moisture penetration into the timber surface which will eventually crack the paint film.Reconstitutedtimberproductsaresubject,toagreaterorlesser degree, to the same degradation as timber. Many of these productsMoisture: Generally timber should not be coated when its moisture contain wax to improve water-resistance and wet-strength, which content is above 17%. can upset the gloss and finish of the paint system and seriously retardFirst coatthe drying of oil-based paints. If the surface you propose to paint is already painted and in good Naturally occurring antioxidants in Totara and Matai timber inhibitcondition, then you can go straight to topcoating.thecuringofalkydenamels,primers,undercoatsandoil-basedIn most cases Resene Quick Dry is the recommended primer for stains. These materials can transfer through any solventborne systemmaximum flexibility and durability. Resene Quick Dry must be used toaffectsubsequentcoats.Highlyfilledundercoatscangiveanas the first coat on Totara and Matai to seal the naturally occuring impression of having dried without really curing.antioxidants.FreshlypreparedCedarhasuniquegrainpatternsandcolour variations which can change rapidly and drastically under outdoor exterior exposures.Surface preparation Remove all moss and mould: Thoroughly clean down to remove all loosely adhered material. Treat areas of moss or mould infestation with Resene Moss & Mould Killer, correctly diluted with clean water. Leave for up to 48 hours to achieve full kill. For heavy infestations further applications may be needed. Wash thoroughly with clean water to remove all residue.Wash surfaces: Use Resene Timber and Deck Wash to wash the surface and remove dirt and other contaminants.Sandtimbersurfaces:Alwayssandalongthegraintoremove minor imperfections and any loose surface fibres. Loose fibres can be 122'