Do you have a home that was in vogue sometime in the previous century?
If so, it’s probably time for an exterior face lift to increase its value and keep it looking tiptop.
When the old brick is getting a bit tired, rendering is a great way to make a big impact without the need to tear your place down and start over again.
Once you’ve rendered the walls and freshened up the surface, you can give it a lick of paint for a modern finish.
When all is said and done, you could have a new-look house inside a month.
1. Ready to render
A poor paint job is almost always due to the paint failing to adhere to a dirty, damp or flaky surface, so prepping the exterior prior to painting is the most important part of the job.
Cleaning and rendering the walls will prepare them for a paint job that goes the distance. Applying render does require practice for a quality finish.
You can DIY by hiring a mixer to blend the components, or hire a tradie.
Depending on the surface wanted, you can roll on a render or texture coating, or add a bagged finish.
Lay drop sheets, dampen the wall, then use a hawk render board and steel render trowel to apply the mix.
Work from the top using short, upward strokes to lay the render.
Use a straightedge held vertically to screed the render, working left to right in a sawing motion.
Fill any depressions and smooth the surface again.
Leave for 15 minutes to harden.
Sprinkle the render lightly with water, then smooth the surface using a timber float in a circular motion.
Rub the surface with a flat sponge in a circular motion to smooth.
2. Prep to paint
Before you open the paint tin and pick up a brush, make sure the walls are scraped, clean and ready to go.
Ensuring the exterior is clean, dry and free from grease, grit and oil will create a good surface to which the coats of paint can bond.
3. Clear the area
Move anything valuable out of harm’s way, and use tarps and drop sheets to cover furniture, appliances and pavers. Cover the lawn and plants with canvas, as plastic can cause them to swelter.