Painting your exteriors

painting your exteriors

Basic question: Why do we paint the exterior of our buildings/ homes/ offices?

Basic answer: to protect the exterior surfaces of the structure from all kinds of weather conditions.

Slightly better-than-basic answer: to protect our buildings and increase their curb appeal!

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So when we talk about how we would like to treat our exteriors, we usually refer to the various kinds of paints available. Before we even get to our vast selection of products, there are some things that must be done. All the surfaces must be clean, dry and free from dust, wax, grease, etc. A primer can be used to brush down and seal loose, powdery, chalky or uneven surfaces. For example, you could use the Deluxe Coatings Super Seal for your exterior walls.

Of course, the  walls are not the only parts that need protection and enhancement. Have you considered how much sunlight, rain and other weather conditions your roof withstands? So it isn’t a surprise then that our roofs require priming and protecting too.

At Deluxe Coatings we have a variety of options for you to choose from that offer protection for all aspects of the outside of your building. Remember, you always have to start with some kind of primer.

Our primers are either water based or oil based. Water based primers are easier to use and apply; they dry quickly and provide good protection. Oil based primers do the job as well, are in fact more durable, but take longer to dry – these facts are true of the paints and other protective products too. So when doing up your outside walls or roofs, you really do need to consider what kind of day it’s going to be. In fact, painting during rainy or cold weather is probably not recommended as temperatures may also affect the drying/curing of your paint depending on what kind you choose.

Our Deluxe Coatings selection of primers includes the Super Seal, Limestone Sealer, Gardall Bricksealer, Clear Sealer and High Build Sealer. Depending on the texture and material of your wall, paving or roof, Deluxe Coatings would be happy to help you choose the most appropriate primer. Similarly we have a variety of outdoor paints that range from Matt Acrylic, Lo-Sheen, Satin Sheen, Gloss Acrylic and Gloss Enamel. These are available in a wide array of colours that we stock at our store.

Most of our primers and paints can be used with brushes, rollers and airless spray equipment. We would advise that you use a minimum of two coats. However, depending on the actual product you require, we will be able to give you specific advice on the application.

Aside from the primers and paints we also have the Deluxe Coatings Enviro COOL Heat Reducer and Anti-Graffiti product that protects your walls from graffiti artists and or vandals.

Please feel free to contact our Sales staff at Deluxe Coatings for your decorations projects or Roof Restoration or re-paint. Visit our website www.deluxecoatings.com.au

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Colour Therapy for the Home and the Heart

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Choosing colours for home decor should not be taken lightly. Colours have meanings and they influence how we feel when inside an interior space. Whether we like it or not, we are already under the influence of colour, colour meanings and associations and what feelings they invoke. Why not understand more about each colour and learn how to use these attributes to one’s advantage when it comes to home decor?

  1. ORANGE: EXPANDS YOUR THINKING

This vibrant hue reduces self-consciousness and allows you to express yourself with confidence. Use it in your home to feel younger. It is the colour of laughter and celebration. Add an Orange mouse pad to your office, an accent wall to your child’s room, or a photo frame on a side table.

  1. DEEP BLUE: ENCOURAGES EFFICIENCY

It will purify your thinking, so you can cut through the clutter and discover what is most important in your life. It helps you integrate the big picture with the little picture. Wear Dark Blue when you need to make a decision. At home, try it on an oversized tray, a dustbin, a desk lamp or all over a room.

  1. AQUA: INSPIRES TRUST

This is the colour to use when you need to relax. Wear or surround yourself with it if you have difficulty sleeping, dreaming, or meditating. Try an Aqua duvet, vase or floor.

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  1. LIGHT BLUE: GIVES A SENSE OF SPACE

It dissolves tension and promotes tranquility. Light Blue especially brings ease into the home and harmony into relationships. Wearing or surrounding yourself with this colour helps calm aggressive tendencies and eliminates discord. Try a Light blue headboard, flowy drapes or ceiling.

  1. GREEN: INCREASES WEALTH, HEALS

The primary colour in nature, it corresponds with life’s riches. It is the colour of fresh starts and growth. It will encourage you to honour your unique talents and manifest them in the material world. Try a Green chair, side table or front door.

Green also represents nourishment and helps steady the body, balancing your equilibrium and encouraging stability. Use it to rejuvenate yourself, to promote physical and emotional well-being. Try a Green pot, kitchen bowls or bath towels.

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  1. LAVENDER: ENHANCES SPIRITUALITY

It will help you connect to a higher plane. Purple encourages a fresh perspective on emotional issues. By reminding you that we are all connected, it will deepen your sense of humanity. Use it in your home to enhance compassion and to experience friends as family. Try a Lavender cashmere throw, a journal or a fresh bouquet of flowers.

  1. BRIGHT RED: FORTIFIES YOU

It is a stimulant. It promotes courage and fearlessness and is also known to whet one’s appetite. Use this colour when you want to increase self-confidence or in places like the dining room where people get together to share meals. Too much Red however can make you feel overly excited or agitated. A little goes a long way. Try a Bright Red candy dish, picture frame, or accent pillows.

  1. DEEP RED: INSPIRES PASSION

It helps awaken the libido. Use it to move you through inhibitions and emotional blocks that prevent you from expressing yourself. It will remind you to live life fully and to love your body. Try a Deep Red ottoman, lampshade or accent chair.

  1. PINK: OPENS THE HEART

Gentle and soothing, Pink is the colour of love. It promotes tenderness and is a comfort in times of emotional transition. Use it in a room when you are trying to increase receptivity and understanding. Try a Pink lampshade, table runner or just a vase of flowers.

  1. YELLOW: INCREASES YOUR FOCUS

This colour is known for enhancing intelligence and mental agility. It can help stimulate conversation and clarify thoughts. Try a Yellow pencil, bookmark, or side chair.

  1. BROWN: BRINGS STABILITY, STRUCTURE AND SUPPORT

Brown is a colour of physical comfort, simplicity and quality. It can be used to make a bold statement―or as a low-key sidekick to brighter hues. All three primary colours – Red, Yellow, and Blue when blended together gives Brown. That’s why every colour goes well with this hardworking neutral.

At either end of the spectrum and anywhere in between, Brown is known to make people feel safe and comfortable, grounded and at ease.

Light Brown walls are the next step up from White or Ivory. It offers minimal risk but much more impact. A perfect background for Blues and Greens (think beach again) or dramatic jewel tones, it also brings refinement to a neutral room when it’s paired with crisp White woodwork.

  1. GREY: STABILITY, SIGNIFIES WISDOM AND COMPROMISE

Perhaps, because it sits between the extremes of Black and White, Grey is considered a colour of compromise. Thus being both motionless and emotionless, Grey is solid and stable, creating a sense of calm and composure, providing relief from a chaotic world. It is subdued and symbolizes quiet wisdom. This is perceived as long-lasting, classic, and often as sleek or refined. Considered to be a perfect neutral, designers often turn to it as a dependable background colour.

Its varying shades, whether light dove or dark charcoal, Grey is as versatile as any colour. Charcoal Grey usually dominates the palette while the lighter shades tend to take a backseat allowing the contrasting colours to come alive.

Visit our website and browse through our wide range of paints available in a variety of colours to give your home that perfect look and finish.

Or simply drop by to our store and we’d be happy to help you pick out the right shades for you!