While incredibly durable, weatherboards bear the brunt of New Zealand’s harsh weather, meaning they could use some maintenance every now and then. If you’re looking to transform your home with just one project, painting your weatherboards is a great place to start – it will have an immediate effect and ensure the longevity of your home’s exterior for years to come with a new protective layer.
It’s important to invest in proper weatherboard paint for this project – it will make such a big difference to the final result, protecting your surfaces and making future touch-ups even easier.
Once the primer has completely dried, you’re ready to move onto the topcoat. Start by using a paint brush to cut in along the edges and underneath the weatherboards – anywhere it will be difficult to get at with the roller. Be sure to give the paint a good stir before you start, and empty some into a smaller pot to make it more manageable.
Now to really get those weatherboards painted. Pour your paint into a paint tray, load up the roller and get cracking!
For best results, begin at the top and work your way down. Paint the underside of the boards first, then the face. Use long strokes in a horizontal motion from one side to the other. Avoid stopping halfway along a board as the paint will dry and you’ll get a visible overlapping, which is difficult to correct. Depending on your walls, you may need to use an extension pole or a ladder. If you're working on a ladder, be sure work safely.
Once you've finished, let the paint dry and then apply a second coat, starting with the cutting in again. Before the final coat dries completely, remove the painter's tape and you're done!