How to Apply Paint On Your Weatherboards

Weatherboard Cladding on side of houseWeatherboard cladding can give a house a distinct appearance that sets it apart from all the rest. Traditionally, weatherboards are sloping timber boards fixed at the bottom of a house’s door to diverge rain. Now they are most often used as an exterior wall finish.

In the past few years, fibre-cement weatherboards are becoming popular as a perfect alternative to wood. Many homes use fibre-cement weatherboards because they are resistant to water and termite damage. However, they still need some extra work when it comes to painting. It may seem simple, but these tips could help you complete your home renovation projects on your own.

Prepare the clapboards

The first step in any paint job is proper preparation. Sand or scrape off any paint on previously painted boards. Areas that have flaking or worn off paint should be sanded as well. It’s always best to check if you’re working on pre-primed or raw weatherboards. Raw boards need to be thoroughly washed and dried before applying paint, unlike pre-primed boards which you can paint right away.

Prime the weatherboards

Always apply exterior primer to the weatherboards before you paint it to ensure that it’s evenly painted. Doing so can also prevent any fungal growth and prevent any weather-related corrosion for other hardware.

Avoid using flat paint

Using matte or flat paint can only provide an ideal space for mildew and fungus to grow on. You may want to choose gloss or semi-gloss finish paint to do the job. The smooth finish of gloss paint prevents mould and mildew to grow on your weatherboards.

Apply a light colour

Using a much lighter colour helps to reflect heat from the sun. It also does not flake and bubble as much when you use it for your weatherboards.

Painting your home’s weatherboards can be a big personal project but could also be an accomplishment for you. But if you want your home to look as you had envisioned it, it is best to hire professionals to do the job right.