Low Temperature Maintenance and Refurbishment Issues

Our focus on assisting customers has taken a turn towards cladding this week. It’s almost as if the start of a new year has revolved around thoughts of refurbishment and maintenance projects.

Questions to the technical team have been related to getting started with these projects, even though the temperatures have dropped. Tony has written the following post, based on some of the queries received, which will hopefully provide some more insight.

However, please don’t hesitate to contact the Technical Team at Promain if you would like more information. They can advise you on the correct product, helping you to tackle the task at hand, in the best and most cost effective way.

I need to paint metal cladding this month, will the lower temperatures affect the paint?

Plastisol Cladding Paint
Plastisol Cladding Paint

Yes, more than likely. Painting outside on to cold metal in combination with high humidity and rainfall, will certainly cause problems with a water based cladding paint. Even if it is not raining during the day and the temperatures are ok, overnight when the temperatures drop, the water within the paint can freeze and present you with cracked and crazed paint the next morning. Painting when it is this cold is often not worth the risk.

Solvent based products such as the Manor High Build or Rust-Oleum Alkythane are able to dry at temperatures as low as 5 degrees Celsius, but you may still end up with a white haze or bloom effect if the humidity or moisture is too high.

We often advise that waiting for the better weather is wise, regardless of deadlines and schedules. If the paint fails, the job will only have to be done again!

The edges and over laps of our metal cladded roof are corroded and leaking; we cannot wait till the spring.

Rust-Oleum Pegarust is a brilliant product that can be used at low temperatures and can be applied on to damp surfaces. Still clean, abrade and degrease prior to painting. Pegarust will provide an anti-corrosive, rubber membrane which when used in conjunction with a reinforcement scrim or acrylic filler, will prevent water from finding its way through, for now. For a long term solution, apply Rust-Oleum Noxyde over the entire roof later in the year.

Our felt roof is leaking and I need to fix it now!

Don’t panic, we have a solution for that. Rust-Oleum Fillcoat Fibres is a thick, fibre reinforced repair coating that can be applied even when it is raining. A local repair over a known source of where the water is getting in, will see you through the worst of the winter. Plan to create a seamless membrane over the entire roof when the weather is better.

Our patio is slippery now, and I want to paint it with slip-resistant paint.

Patios and decking become slippery due to a build-up of algae. This is more prevalent on damp, shaded areas. Bare clean wood, brick or cement is not slippery, therefore removal of the algae is the most important part of the process. Jet wash the area and allow to dry, then, apply our GS37 Fungicidal Wash which prevents rapid re-growth.

This will greatly reduce the chance of slipping for the remainder of the winter months. For a more permanent solution, repeat the process in the late spring when the patio can dry, then, apply a slip-resistant paint, or a clear sealer such as the Centrecoat All Surface Protector to prevent algae contamination for years to come.

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