How to paint timber window frames
When painting the outside of your home, it's important that you use exterior paint. It's different from interior paint because it includes UV protection, moisture barriers and features stronger pigments, which prevent the colours from fading.
There are many different types of exterior surfaces that you can paint, and they all need to be treated differently. Whether you want to paint brick, rendered masonry, corrugated iron, weatherboard, cladding or timber surfaces, check what kind of paint is recommended as well as the best way to apply it. A good spray gun will make painting some of these surfaces really easy
A good rule of thumb when considering colours for your home's exterior is to limit it to three colours. Try one neutral colour for the main walls, a contrasting colour for accents and a third for the roof trim.
“Warm neutrals and soft whites are versatile enough to use on any style of home,” says Andrea. A good tip is to take a look around your local neighbourhood at the colour schemes of similar houses to see which shade suits your style of house.
Andrea says that “cool greys and crisp whites are a good choice for modern homes. They are ideal for architectural accents like gutters, downpipes, door and window trims, shutters and brackets around your home.”
If your walls are a neutral colour, then you may want to add some contrasting colours to your outdoors to make an impact. For example, you can create a focal point by adding some colour to your front door or even consider painting your roof.
Using textured paint can add a different look to your home. You could opt for the Tuscan soft washed look on your walls or a subtle rock finish for a modern home. Whichever colour you choose, the textured finish is sure to impress.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.