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Home Living : April 5th 2011
4 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Give decks a new lease of life » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING The Easter long weekend is the perfect time to spruce up your home. Take time off to paint or give that outdoor decking a new lease of life. Here are few things to get started. Painting exterior surfaces The general rule of thumb when paint- ing is that you cover about 7sq m of ordinary surface or about 5sq m of bare wood or plaster/hour. Brick Surface: Painting a brick surface can be achieved usually by two coats of water-based acrylic finish, without a sealer required. If the bricks are a brown to purple vanadium, check the brick- work is dry and patch the affected area with an oil-based sealer, before re- painting the bricks. Concrete tiling: Concrete tiles may start to erode after 15-20 years, making the colour dull. In this case, the surface should be treated with a simple bleach solution, water and scrubbing to re- move moss and mould, before re- painting. Finally, apply two coats of exterior water-based acrylic top coat. Fibreglass/cement sheeting: Before painting, scrub sheeting with a steel wool pad and a mild solution of deter- gent in water, rinse off and allow to dry. An exterior water-based acrylic paint can be used on corrugated fibreglass (used on pergolas) and shade houses. Timber care inside and out A timber finish will give your outdoor decking a natural gloss, making it an inviting space for entertaining guests. Choose a top quality finish that will give you better coverage and a longer lasting solution. Pre-treatment: To ensure paint dura- bility, apply wood preservative to a dry and grease-free surface, allowing four hours to dry. Applying a clear finish: A high-gloss, clear finish will protect the timber and highlight the natural grain. New timber will require one coat of an exterior clear finish and previously varnished timber will need two coats. More tips: Visit bunnings.com.au Offer ends 08/04/11 www.uniquedaylighting.com.au 210/354 Eastern Valley Way, Chatswood (near Fitness First) Unique Daylighting 9417 7066 S1990AW FREE INSTALLATION ON SOLAR POWERED ROOF VENTS* *OFFER ENDS 30TH APRIL 165 Eastern Valley Way, Middle Cove 9958 0777 1014B Pittwater Rd. Collaroy 9981 6911 www.davonne.com.au Proudly shading the Northern Beaches for over 25 years 2247962m 05/04 Hurry! Call us today FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE BUY DIRECT FROM FACTORY AND SAVE UP TO 50% Sydney 12-14 Baker Street BANKSMEADOW Phone 02 9316 9677 TILE SALE MARBLE, GRANITE, TRAVERTINE LIMESTONE, BLUESTONE, PORCELAIN 20 -- 50% off selected stock On sale from March 28th to May 6th 2011 2140381i 5/4 Customise design & inclusions to complement your lifestyle... For all enquiries, contact: 0439 964 960 0418 117 896 www.pjaxiakconstructions.com.au P.J. AXIAK CONSTRUCTIONS Builders Lic No. 218171C PTY LTD 2093550m 22/3
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