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24th May 2017

Blooms Everywhere & the RHS Chelsea Flower Show - THE ideal time to paint outside.

paints and coatings for external decoratingAs Spring turns to Summer, so temperatures should climb, winds drop and hopefully, rain will moderate. The countryside is in full bloom and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has kick-started the Season.

Importantly, most external paints and coatings require dry conditions along with an application temperature of 10c or above throughout both the application and the drying process for optimum performance. Realistically therefore, the window of opportunity for external decorating runs from mid-late May through until October if we’re lucky! So now is just the right time for planning and attempting those larger external painting projects: roofs, walls, windows, doors, barns, large static plant, silos, outdoor sports courts, humble houses or even castles and dream-like windmills. As the Army says, “If it stands still paint it!”

You should start the process by identifying the surface (substrate) to be painted, it’s general condition and what you want the end result to look like (such as colour, texture and sheen). Once you have established your ideal end-result, refer to our Substrate Index for options and take a few invaluable moments to read our “How To” Painting Guides - see below.
SUBSTRATE INDEX 
PAINT PREPARATION GUIDE 
PAINTING IN COOLER WEATHER  - (you never know!)
PAINT SYSTEMS FOR STEEL SURFACES/SUBSTRATES

COLOUR CHARTS
 RAL, BS4800, BS381C

We have a vast range of mainstream and specialist products suitable for industrial, commercial, coastal, rural or city environments. We also have over 70 years of expertise to call upon so we rarely come across a requirement we haven’t seen before and we can supply both water based and solvent based systems for professional and trade use.

If in doubt or you need guidance, just pop us an email or give our Team a call on 01202 295 570.

Sadly, the British climate often has the last laugh, so keeping the military theme, “best foot forward and get on with it!”

advice for external paintingThe majority of our products are temperature sensitive and have an optimum temperature application range to ensure their best performance. We recommend that you check your local weather conditions prior to starting your project. Visit the BBC Weather Site for your area.