Paint Peeling

What Causes Paint Peeling?

Peeling paint is a very common problem that can arise after a a substrate has been painted. It can instantly turn a building into a very unattractive structure! Peeling paint can make any building look like it is going downhill and becoming dilapidated.

The main reason for paint peeling is due to a loss of adhesion between the painted surface and the paint itself. A lot of factors can cause the loss of adhesion, including the following:

Poor Preparation

As with a lot of other problems and defects with paint, poor preparation is often to blame. Surfaces should always be even, clean and dry before any paint is applied. Always prime surfaces (where needed) before a top coat gets applied. Also keep in mind that paint doesn’t like sticking to dirty/oily/greasy surfaces.

High Temperatures & Sunlight:

A painted surface which gets constantly exposed to high temperatures and direct sunlight, is often at risk of peeling. It is also important not to paint a surface while it is extremely hot, as the paint will have a lot less adhesion.

Wrong Paint Used:

Using the right paint is absolutely essential to the longevity and effectiveness of the paint on the surface. If you want to avoid having paint peel off within a few months, be sure to use a premium quality product (this will save you a lot of money in the long run). Make sure you are using the correct type of paint for the surface (eg. not painting an acrylic paint over a surface previously painted with enamel). You would also want to make sure if you will need to add primer to the surface before repainting.

Surface Exposed to Condensation & Water:

Areas like bathroom ceilings and walls are highly susceptible to flaking. Paint layers can separate and detach from the substrate when water penetrates through the paint coats. The humidity in a poorly ventilated bathroom can easily lead to paint peeling, because of the moisture build-up. The damp environment will promote the growth of mold, which eventually will cause flaky and peeling paint.

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The Best Type of Paint for Exterior Walls

There is a lot to consider when deciding on the right type of paint to use for your home’s exterior. It is crucial to keep in mind the importance of the paint’s capability to protect your home over the long term, while also decorating your walls elegantly.

Apart from picking a good colour scheme, you also have to think about the right texture and sheen level. While there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer, there are some determining factors that will help you achieve your desired results.

Textured vs Smooth Finish:

Exterior Paint texture

Smooth Exterior Finish: A paint with a smooth finish such as Duraklad, is always advisable to maximize washability and minimize the build up of dirt/ dust. Walls with a smooth finish are generally easier to maintain.

Textured Exterior Finish:  A fine textured paint such as Weathertex is very common because of its durability and sand-like texture effect, but it can be more challenging to maintain. Dust particles tend to find their way into the textured particles of the paint. The overall roughness of the wall might also make it more challenging to keep clean.

A great option to consider if you want to have textured walls without the maintenance challenge, is to apply a fine textured paint (Weathertex) on the first coat and then use a smooth-finish paint (Duraklad) on the second coat. This will leave your walls with the desired texture, but also the high washability of Duraklad.

Sheen Level:


Medium/Low Sheen: A medium or low sheen finish product such as Duraklad has some surface light-reflection, but usually not that intense. It is definitely the best option if you want to be left with a finish that is easy to clean and generally durable.

The only downside of using a sheen product, is the fact that it will pronounce any imperfections from the wall’s surface, such as uneven plaster.

Matt: A matt finish barely reflects any light. It creates a very flat look, which can be great at hiding surface imperfections. 

The downside of using a matt finish would be its lower washability, but using a premium quality matt paint can still be a great option for exterior walls.

Things to keep in mind:

Opting for a cheaper paint: This is one mistake you do not want to make when repainting. In the short term you might think that you’re saving some money by going for a cheaper paint, but it will only leave you wasting time and money to fix problems down the line.

Geographical location: The exterior of your home is in a constant battle with nature. That is why you should carefully pick a product that is suitable for the specific area your home is located in, and also the weather conditions that are common in that area.

Important properties of a quality exterior paint:

  • Durable and elastic paint film
  • UV-Resistance
  • Excellent Coverage
  • Washability and scrubbability 

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When should your home be repainted?

There is an infinite number of things on the list of home maintenance responsibilities, some are trivial while others might be of extreme importance. Trying to ensure that your home is well kept might seem like an uphill battle against nature, but keeping a firm hand on your property will surely be worth your effort over the long run.

When it comes to the condition of your home’s paint, it is important to realize the vital role it plays in the overall aesthetics of your property. Since paint is not only for decorative purposes, but also for the protection of your home, you might want to take a thoughtful look to see if it is time to repaint your home or not.

Here are some ways to tell if the time has come for you to repaint your home:

1.You haven't painted in 5 years


Although a top quality coating product like Duraklad can last up to 12 years, it is best practice to do a maintenance coat on all walls at least every 5 years. This will minimize the risk of unwanted defects that might occur and also keep your home’s walls at the best level of protection. In most cases maintenance coatsonly needs to be 1 coat (unless the home is being repainted to a completely different colour).

2. Cracks are appearing and multiplying


Often times when a lesser quality top coat was used on the walls, it won’t be able to accommodate any hairline cracks. This is mostly because of the lack of elasticity and durability in the paint film. Newly built homes are very prone to all sorts of cracking, especially within the first 2 years of being built.

When the paint fails to compensate for these cracks, it can result in the complete failure of the paint film. When these cracks start to multiply and worsen, it is highly advisable to properly treat these cracks and then repaint the surfaces with a top quality coating.

3. Fungal growth on walls


Certain locations (especially coastal regions) are very prone to fungal growth on  the exterior of a house. If left untreated, the fungal growth can get worse at a rapid rate. Luckily it is very easy to spot fungal growth and stop it in its tracks.

All contaminated walls should be treated with an anti-fungal wash and repainted with a premium quality anti-fungal paint, such as Duraklad. This will minimize the risk of the fungal growth coming back.

4. Discolouring and chalking


Chalking is not always easy to notice, but when you run your hand over the wall you will pick up if it is chalky. If it leaves a white chalky residue on your hand, it is a sure sign of chalking. 

Discolouring is also a problem that usually goes hand in hand with chalking. If your home is showing signs of these defects, repainting would be the most logical and advisable step to take. 

5. Not happy with the look anymore


As the years go by things tend to change, including your taste and preferences. The colours that used to excite you might be the last thing you want to look at now. As mentioned previously, one of the main purposes of paint is to improve the visual aesthetic of your home. This can be a very valid reason for you to consider changing things up and give your home a completely new look, something that excites you again.

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5 Stunning Exterior Colour Combinations

Have you ever considered changing the colour of your home’s exterior? It can be a very exciting change of scenery that leaves your property with a completely new atmosphere.

Different colour combinations will indeed have a different effect on the overall look and vibe of your home. That is why you should be in no rush to pick the best suited colour scheme and be very aware of how the colours will affect your home’s appearance.

Here are some interesting colour combinations to consider:

1. White, Red & Black


Definitely a very modern look (which is not for everyone). A strikingly red front door can create amazing contrast when surrounded by white walls. It is a simple and vibrant combination.

2. White and Mediterranean Blue

White and Navy Blue

You can’t help but think of coastal paradise when you see a combination of these two colours. It has a very clean and fresh look, which is a rather popular choice for coastal homes. The majority colour should be white, with only small amounts of blue used in-between.

3.Yellow & White

Yellow and white

White window frames and bands will create a balanced combination with dominant yellow walls. It can establish a picturesque Mexican sunset feeling. This colour combination is also a perfect fit for Spanish style homes.

4. White & Clay Red


Similar to the white, red & black scheme, it creates quite a striking contrast. Dominant white creates a fresh and clean look. The red clay is perfect for the roof and even the window frames. This scheme works exceptionally well on homes with a lot of exterior wood surfaces, as the natural dark brown of the wood blends seamlessly into the main colours.

5.Grey & White

Grey and white

Maybe you’re thinking it’s too dull, neutral, boring or just plain depressing. Nonetheless, there is absolutely no denying the extreme popularity of this colour scheme. The beauty of this combination has to be its versatility, since it can be used with a wide range of grays and it is even possible to use more than one gray in the same scheme. The mixture of white, light gray and dark gray can do absolute wonders for your home!

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Easiest way to paint a high ceiling

Easiest Way to Paint High Ceilings

High ceilings are not the easiest to paint and they can make it just awkward enough to ruin your entire paint project.

There is no denying that freshly painted ceilings are just as important as the paint on your walls. It completes the entire painting project. Nothing says luxury more than a perfectly smooth, white ceiling.

So how exactly should you tackle the task of painting a ceiling that is high up? Well, with the right tools and tricks, you will be able to master the art of painting any ceiling! Here is how:

Tools for the job:

Painting a High Ceiling

Extension Pole for Paint Roller: This will be the most simplistic way to get that extra reach you are looking for. Be sure to get the right extension pole with enough length and stability, as they can get quite wonky and difficult to control if the ceiling is really high up.

Step Ladder: This is an preferred piece of equipment that can be very handy, but be very cautious when using a ladder. When picking a step ladder make sure that it is reliable and sturdy. As an extra precaution, have someone hold the ladder steady while you are painting.

Drop Sheets: Drop sheets should always be used when painting indoors, but they are especially important when painting ceilings. The obvious reason being that there is a higher likelihood of paint dripping or splattering on the floor. 

Getting the job done:

1. Prepare the room:

Ideally you would want to remove as much furniture out of the room as possible, if that is not an option you should make sure you adequately cover all furniture with drop sheets.

The entire floor area should also get covered with drop sheets, or at the very least the areas directly under the ceiling section being painted.

2. Use the right type of paint:

As mentioned, clean ceilings are a key feature to any room and you want to make sure that they are done properly. Don’t try to save money by picking a cheaper paint, rather stick to a high-end ceiling paint. Generally ceiling paint will have a matt finish, because the ceiling lights’ reflection can look quite odd on a shiny ceiling.

3. Clean the ceiling:

Make sure your ceiling is entirely cleaned and free of any dirt/dust. Ceilings can be washed with sugar soap. Allow it to dry properly before applying any paint.

4. Plan your execution:

Before you just start rolling away, it is advisable to plan in advance. This will ensure that you don’t overlap or accidentally double-coat any section of the ceiling. Keep in mind where you are going to use a step ladder and where an extension pole is necessary.

5. Get all your equipment ready :

Get all your rollers in place and carefully pour the paint into a paint tray. Set up and place your ladder.

6. Start rolling:

By now you are ready to get the job done and dusted. Don’t forget to wear old clothes/protective clothing, as you will probably end up with some paint on your clothes.

If the ceiling was previously painted, it does not need to be primed first.

Start with applying your first coat, being careful not to overlap any sections. You can follow with the second coat as soon as the first coat has dried (more or less after 4-8 hours). 

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Easy Guide to Paint Finishes & Textures

Picking the right paint finish & texture could be a challenge on its own, especially when you don’t even have the slightest clue of what the different paint textures are, and where they fit in.

The finish/texture of paint you choose, can have just as big of an effect on the end results as the colour.

To avoid getting any unnecessary headaches and ending up with the wrong paint finish on your walls, have a look at our quick overview of paint finishes & textures:

Smooth Finish vs Textured Paint

Paint texture

Smooth Finish: A smooth finish is pretty much self-explanatory. It refers to the texture of the paint being smooth, without any textured particles.

In general, smooth paint finishes can be cleaned quite easily (assuming a high quality product has been used). It is the most common option for the interior walls of a home/building.

Some of our most popular paint products with a smooth finish include Duraklad, Ultracover, Natural Silk.

Textured Finish: Also quite self-explanatory. This type of paint finish will have a clearly visible texture to it. Common types of textured paint includes fine textured (eg. Weathertex) & coarse textured paint.

Textured paint can have a great looking effect on the outside of a house/building. The major downside to using a textured paint (especially fine textured) is that it can collect dirt/dust quite easily.

Sheen, Matt, Silk & Gloss

Gloss: Gloss paint is usually very durable and easy to clean. It can be used effectively in high traffic areas such as bathrooms or kitchens. The glossy effect is caused by the high light-reflecting properties of the paint. 

The surface preparation before applying a gloss paint is extremely important, because all imperfections of the surface will be exposed by the gloss finish.

Medium/Low Sheen: A medium or low sheen finish is usually the middle ground between gloss & matt. It has some light-reflection, but usually not that intense (depending largely on the grade of sheen chosen).

It is the best option if you don’t want to be left with a finish that is too shiny, but still easy to clean and quite durable. Usually the higher the sheen level, the higher the price will be, as it will contain more resin.

Our top recommended low sheen product (also our flagship & top performing product) is the Duraklad.

Matt: A matt finish barely reflects any light. It creates a very flat look, which can be great at hiding surface imperfections. The downside of using a matt finish is that it doesn’t clean that easily. 

Silk: A Silk/Satin paint has some level of sheen to it and helps to create a luxuriously smooth and velvet finish. It usually offers very high washability and durability. 

In high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms, using a silk finish can be a good alternative if you don’t want to opt for a gloss finish. Our Natural Silk is recommended for any high-traffic interior areas.

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5 Simple Colour Schemes for Rooms

Selecting the perfect colour scheme for a room can be quite a difficult task, especially since the human eye can see up to 7 million different colours. So where exactly do you start with picking the right colour combination?

While it might seem very tempting to go overboard and create your own funky concoction of bursting colours, we suggest that you consider having a look at these 5 simple colour schemes first:

1. Light Blue & White

Blue and White Room Colour Scheme

The colour combination of light blue & white is a great option to create a friendly and inviting feeling. It is an extremely common combination used for coastal homes, as it fits the scenery perfectly and adds to the atmosphere of the ocean.

2. Red, White & Black

Colour scheme for room

This is the perfect colour scheme for a modern bedroom. Since red is a very energetic colour, it’s the perfect contrast to add to the classic combination of black and white. It screams vibrant with a mix of classic.

3. Dark Gray with Beige


Gray is a very neutral colour that helps to create a very relaxed atmosphere. It can easily be complimented by adding some hints of beige into the mix.

4. Sage and Stone Gray

Stone Gray and Sage

An absolute perfect colour combination for a room that has a lot of natural light coming in. It might not be a very vibrant colour scheme, but it gives a nice earthy atmosphere.

5. Navy Blue and Brown

Navy Blue & Brown

Navy Blue and Brown is also a very neutral combination. A touch of white works very well with this colour scheme. These colours will help to create a calm and cozy feeling. The best type of brown to use would be a medium-dark brown, almost similar to a coffee colour.

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7 Quick DIY Paint Tips

Some quick DIY paint tips to make sure your next paint project is flawless.

We all love that satisfying feeling of completing a DIY paint project with our own hands. It is one of those rewarding little things in life, which give us a tremendous feeling of accomplishment.

When tackling a DIY paint project, it is always preferable to plan and prepare as much as possible in advance, to help you minimize wasted time and energy. 

Here are 7 quick tips to help you keep things clean and efficient on your next DIY painting project:

1. Wrap your Paint Rollers

paint floor cover

A great idea to keep your paint rollers fresh overnight, without having to clean them, is by wrapping them up in Cling Wrap (also known as “Glad Wrap”). Store them in a dry place for up to 2 days.

2. Plate your Paint cans

Paint can plate

To prevent your paint can from dripping on the floor, you can glue a paper plate to the bottom of the paint can. Be sure that the paper plate is at least 2-4cm wider than the diameter of the paint can.

3.Kill the Paint fumes

Paint Fumes

Those paint fumes can linger for a while after you have painted a room out. An excellent way to absorb these fumes is to place some bowls of coffee grounds in the room.

4. Oil it up

Cleaning Paint

An effective way to clean both oil-based and water-based paint off your skin, is to use some baby oil. Rub the oil on the skin area and leave for 3 minutes to soak. After soaking, gently rub off the paint.

5. Tape can save your project

Painter's tape

Always, always, always use painter’s tape when painting edges and trimmings. It is never a good idea to rely on your trusty “steady hands” when finishing off a painting project.

6. Listen to the weatherman

weather to paint

Never rush a painting project and risk it by painting when it is too cold or humid. The paint will simply dry too slow in rainy weather and can cause a host of other problems. Be patient and rather wait for dry weather.

7. Cover it up

paint floor cover

Be sure to cover up any areas that you don’t want to mess paint on. You won’t be sorry that you took the time to protect your furniture and floor area with the appropriate drop sheets.

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