Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The right paint for the right application

Recently I went to a job in Roseville where a door had been damaged by a storm.
The door had cracked down the length of one of the joins and the glass
pane in the middle was broken and needed replacing.

After some enquiries, I found that the particular style of door was probably
not manufactured any more as it was more than 10 years old.

The easiest thing would have been to hang a new door, but as I couldn't
find one, I had a good look at the damage on the existing door
and decided to try and fix it.

After buying some extra long screws, putty, construction adhesive
and reinforcing metal brackets, I started the work of putting the
door back together.

After a vist from the Glazier the job was complete... well almost.
The balustrading hand rail on the deck of my client was rotting at the mitre
joins where there was a Japanese Maple tree branch just above.

With the rain, the branch would become heavier and sit on the handrail
dripping water into the small gap in the join.

After taking off the original timber, I could see that the vertical
post underneath was also rotting so I made a metal flashing to go over
the top of the post before installing the new handrail.

When it came time to paint the new timber, I discovered the reason
why the timber had been rotting.
My client had some paint left over from the original job and
as soon as I saw the tin of paint, I knew the cause of the problem.

The paint was interior low sheen washable which is fine if applied to the
inside walls but doesn't provide any protection from the sun and rain outside.

After purchasing the right paint for the job, I gave all the
other exposed handrails a coat of the weather shield as well.

Even with the extra work on the handrails my client ended
up paying less than the cost of a new door.

In this so called "throw away society" it feels good to be able to restore
something instead of scrapping it and rushing out to buy a new one.

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