How Much Does It Cost To Paint Your Home's Exterior in Melbourne?

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How much would it cost to paint the exteriors of your property? We are sure you have used Google umpteen times to get a cost estimate if you are looking to take up an exterior painting project for your home. You’d be aware of the basic factors that decide upon the cost of exterior paintjob such as the size of the property and its type. Brick homes cost less to paint as compared to a timber house. The cost of exterior house typically reflects the value of the home.

The range of prices can be:

  • $15 to $45 per square metre for brick exteriors

  • $12 to $60 per square metre for timber exteriors

There are several other factors that would decide upon the cost residential painting in Melbourne. It is important for you to keep these things in mind before you talk to exterior house painters Melbourne. Here are some of them -

·         Surface Preparation - House painters in Melbourne start the job with surface preparation and the condition of the surface would dictate the labour costs. Heavily degraded surfaces or one where there is mould infestation requires additional effort in scarping and sanding and this adds to the overall cost.

·         Removing Hazardous Coating - Lead based paint is common in old properties that were built in the 1970s or prior. Being a hazardous substance it requires additional safety measures on part of the painters to ensure safety of the occupants and hence this costs more.

·         Access to the Site - The accessibility of the exterior walls of the property often determines the cost of painting. If the exterior walls are not easily accessible or the painters can work only few hours to ensure comfort the tenants or prevent disruption to home business the cost of painting would increase.

·         Height Access - Let’s put it straight, taller properties don’t necessarily cost more to paint. What decides upon the cost is how easily the painting contractors can access the upper levels of the property. If they can use their height access equipment freely and need to depend only on ladders it increases the complexity of job and also the cost.

·         General Repairs – As you’d know general repairs are always part of exterior residential painting in Melbourne. The painting contractor would be able to basic repair work but in case you have rotten timber or severe damage to brick or render, specialists would need to be hired to handle these jobs and this will increase the costs.

What Can Bring Down The Cost?

Ø  Low Set Homes – When the painter doesn’t need to use height access equipment or scaffolding as is the case with low set homes the cost of exterior painting is less.

Ø  Same Colour –If you aren’t changing the colour of your exterior walls, doors and windows it will cost you less as less effort go into surface preparation and also a single coat of paint is enough in most cases.

Ø  Surface Condition – If there is no mould infestation or little repair work needs to be done on the surface it will help in keeping costs low.

To sum up it is important for you to choose reputable exterior house painters in Melbourne. Apart from offering you best value for money they would also ensure high quality paintjob.

Summary – In this write-up we look at some of the ways in which you can figure out the cost of exterior painting and how exterior house painters in Melbourne charge you.

What is an Industrial Painter

What is an Industrial Painter

If you look through the ads on the web and in the Yellow Pages, you will see that most painters state “Industrial, Domestic and Commercial”, however when you start talking to them about Epoxies, Membranes, Polymers, 2 part polyurethanes etc, they soon get lost, and do not know what these products are.

Therefore an Industrial Painter can be defined as someone who does know these products and more importantly, what they are used for.

Prime Painting Group specializes in On Site Industrial Coatings, and it’s principal, Eric Gordon has experience in all aspects of Industrial preparation and painting.

We know that the Food Industry will require paints that can cope with freezing temperatures, or the Marine Industry will require long life water proof paints.

If you are looking for a real industrial painter, then look no further. Phone for a free quote, or advice.

Using a Paint Brush

The Paint Brush is the most widely used tool for applying paint. The first step is to select the right brush for the job at hand. For example, if you want to paint a window frame or skirting board, a 50mm or smaller Sash Cutter will suit your purpose. If painting Ceilings and walls (Cutting - In), a 75mm brush would be best. If you have a weatherboard home and decide to paint it, a 100mm brush would best suit this job.

New brushes should be washed in warm water and shaken vigorously to remove any loose bristles. A brush Spinner can be purchased at most Paint Stores, which makes this process easy. Previously used brushes should also be washed, to remove any dust and free up tight bristles. Leave them to dry before use.

Now you have selected the right brush, how do you use it?

Pour a little bit of paint into a clean container (paint pot). To load your brush, dip it into the paint, then gently tap on each side of the pot. This will remove excess paint and help minimize any drips.

Cutting in is a learned technique that professional painters take for granted, however if you are a do it yourself kind of person, the only advice I can give is to use low tack masking tape and take your time. Carefully remove the masking tape as soon as possible after the paint dries. Use a Stanley Knife or similiar to cut a line between the paint and the masking tape, to ensure that it does not pull off any fresh paint.

When finished, wash the brush out. Water for Acrylic Paints, or Turps for Oil based paints (alkyds). Finish the washing process for both water based and oil based, with warm soapy water. Spin out the residue and water. Repeat the process until you no longer see any traces of paint.

To keep your brush in good condition, shape the bristles and wrap in tissue paper, or the cover that many brushes are purchased with.

Stay tuned, next time we will talk about using a Roller.

Paint Stripping

Every time you repaint a surface, a little more thickness is added to the existing layers. This build up of successive layers of paint can eventually lead to problems, including clogging of detailing and the moving parts of doors and windows start to bind and catch against their frames. Anyone with an old house that has double hung sash windows will know exactly what I am talking about. When this happens, it is time to strip the paint back to bare wood and start again.

In the past using a blow torch was the most popular method to strip paint, however these days electric heat guns are commonly used. Alternatively, a chemical paint stripper can be used. Most Paint strippers contain dimethylene chloride or caustic soda. You must wear the correct safety gear when stripping paint. Heavy duty Industrial gloves, Safety Glasses, an Apron or disposable coveralls and steel cap boots.

You should have access to running water, in case any of the chemical gets on your skin or in your eyes. Wash with copious amounts of water. If you get any in your eyes go to a doctor asap.

Another thing to be aware of when stripping paint from old buildings, is the possibility that there will be lead based paint in a prior coating. Where possible the area to be stripped should be encapsulated, so as to catch the old paint for easy collection and disposal when you finish.

Preparing Surfaces for Painting

Preparing Surfaces for Painting

Modern paints have excellent adhesion and covering power, but to get the best from them you must prepare the surface properly. To prepare previously painted woodwork, in good condition, use a fine grit sandpaper to remove any nibs and key the surface for repainting. For woodwork that may be in worse condition use a heavier grit sandpaper to remove flaking areas, then a fine grit to feather off the edges before repainting.

Previously painted ceilings and walls are best prepared by washing with Sugar Soap or a strong household detergent. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and allow to dry.

Remove areas of flaking, bubbled or blistered paint with a scraper and sand paper. Be sure to feather off the edges or fill the edges, with polyfilla or similiar. Sand then seal the bare plaster areas before repainting.

Cracks in the surfaces should be opened up with the edge of a scraper in a v shape. This is to ensure your plastering repair will be effective . Sometimes you may need to double fill as the first layer may shrink. Then you will need to get the sandpaper again! Sand it smooth and seal prior to first coat.

Fun facts and Trivia - Colour of the week - Purple

Blue & Red mixed together gives you Purple. Here are some fun facts about Purple.

HISTORY - Purple is a colour associated with wealth and power. The original purple dye came from a Phoenician city named Tyre which is now in modern day Lebanon. The dye was made from the mucus of snails. As many as 250000 would be required to make 1 ounce of dye!

PURPLE HEART - Is of course a U.S. medal awarded to fallen or wounded soldiers. First awarded February 22 1932, more than 1.9 million have been awarded to American Service men & women.

DEEP PURPLE - English rock band formed in 1968 and still going strong. Sold more than 350 million albums. In 1974 Deep Purple were the biggest band in America.

SONGS

Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix - 1967. #3 UK charts:

Purple Rain - Prince - 1984. #1 US & UK charts

Purple People Eater - Sheb Woolley - 1958. #1 US charts, #12 UK charts

Adventures in Kaniva

So for the last 7 weeks we have been busy rejuvenating the Kaniva Shire Hall. Yes, that’s right Kaniva, 35km from the SA Border on the Western Highway, 19 km from Nhill.

This Heritage listed building was in desperate need of a refurbishment. The Shire of West Wimmerra posted a tender, which we won.

The scope of work included a complete refurbishment of both the exterior and interior of the building. The Interior walls were so bad that they crumbled when we started to scrape them down. We also had to replace half a ceiling in the Old Chambers that had a hole in it.

Day 1 was spent travelling for 5 hours, then setting up base camp at the Mcracken family farm house. Many thanks to Rob & Judy for letting my crew stay there.

Day 2 - Site Induction and set up. After going through the site job file, and helping to establish the ground rules for the job, I headed back to Whittlesea, leaving Jake in charge.

Jake and Zac proceeded to carry out plaster repairs, while Adam and Tyler followed through with the painting.

Tyler is a local boy that wandered in looking for some work. I admired his gumption, so gave him a casual labourers position.

I visited the site weekly to check on progress and quality. On my week 3 visit, I thought the boys deserved a bit of a reward, so we went to the local pub for a meal. I discovered that Zac drinks like a fish!, and I was the first to retire from the innings!

Very surprised to see them all on the job bright and early next day.

Seven weeks later, we hand over the job, and everyone is very happy. Local council were a pleasure to deal with. Thanks Trent and Bernie.

Big thanks to the team, Jake, Zac, Adam, Ahmet and Tyler.

Edwardian Renovation in Hughesdale

Edwardian Renovation in Hughesdale

One of our latest projects is an Edwardian home in Hughesdale that needed upgrading.

Every Room had wallpaper, which we removed. The walls in this old house crumbled in parts as we took the wallpaper off. Our resident plastering pro, Jake, returned the walls to as new condition. Then Shannon and Jake finished the painting to a very high standard.

See our Gallery for a look at the finished product.