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How To Paint a Fence

paint fence

Pick a suitable day to do the painting. Certain weather conditions are ideal for fence-painting. Pick a day with no rain in the forecast. Ideally, paint on a day with calm winds and ample cloud cover. Breezes can kick up debris that can stick to your paint job; direct sunlight makes the paint dry too fast and saps its protective properties.

Decide how you want to paint a fence.

Long fence:

  • If you have a long fence, you probably will want to use an industrial spray gun to complete the job quickly. Aim lengthwise, along the grain of the wood. Spray downwind and wear a respirapallisade fence painttor. Be sure to cover plants to protect them from overspray. Always keep a brush handy, even if you opt for a sprayer, in case you need to do any touch-up work.

Short fence:

  • If you have a smaller project, you probably can complete the job using a roller on flat surfaces and a brush for detailed, hard-to-reach sections.

  • Wrought iron fence:  Because they're often intricately designed, it's best to paint iron fences by hand to get optimum coverage. A single heavy coat of enamel or automotive epoxy paint usually is enough

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How to paint a plain precast wall

Painting a plain precast wall can spruce up an area or make it blend in with the rest of the area's décor.

Paint plain precast wall

However, there are some things to consider when painting plain precast walling. You must choose the appropriate type of concrete paint, determine if the wall is sealed from moisture and apply primer prior to painting the wall. Use these tips to paint a plain precast wall.

1. Choose paint for your project.

  • Select paint appropriate for your outdoor project. You will need a paint that is resistant to moisture and sun exposure. Outdoor concrete paint is available for outdoor projects. However, an oil-based paint also may work for your needs.
  • Pick a paint for your indoor paint project. Basement concrete paint is available in many paint and home improvement stores, however you also can use an interior acrylic paint for the project.

2. Clean the precast wall. For exterior projects, use a power washer to rid the wall of all dirt and dust. If your project is indoors, scrub the wall with soapy water and a scrub brush instead of using a power washer.

3. Repair any cracks or blemishes in your precast wall with concrete patch. Follow the directions to mix up the concrete patch mixture. Fill holes and use a trowel to smooth the patch to match the surface of the wall..

4. Check the wall for moisture. Paint applied to a plain precast wall that is not properly sealed will not adhereplain precast wall properly.

  • Tape plastic sheeting to the wall. Attempt to get the sheeting as air-tight as possible.
  • Check the plastic after 24 hours. If moisture appears within the plastic, you will need to seal the wall. If no moisture is present, the plain precast wall is already sealed.

5. Seal the precast wall. Roll on 1 coat of concrete sealer and allow it to dry overnight. Concrete sealer is available at most hardware or home improvement stores.

6. Apply 1 coat of concrete primer. You can use rollers or brushes to apply the paint. Ensure the primer is applied evenly, whichever technique you use. Let it dry for 24 hours. If you can see the wall through the primer, apply 1 more coat.

7. Paint your plain precast wall with concrete paint. Paint should be applied in at least 3 thin layers. The paint may be sprayed on, rolled on or painted on with a brush. The paint should not be streaky or show brush strokes. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

8. Roll on concrete paint sealer. Cover with 2 coats, allowing it to dry between coats. Paint sealer helps the paint to adhere to the precast wall and last longer.

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Repairing Larger Holes and Cracks

cracked badlyRepairing larger cracks or holes in Precast Concrete is quite different to repairing small hairline cracks or holes.

Before you start to repair the holes or cracks, you need to first clean the crack or hole thoroughly to remove any oil, dirt or debris plus the surrounding wall surface.

Pay special attention to the insides of the cracks or holes to make sure they are thoroughly clean to enable the sealant to adhere to the surface.

Enlarge the hole or crack just below the surface with a cold chisel and hammer.

Hold the chisel at an angle inside the crack or hole and chisel down to a depth of about 25 to 30mm. Do this the entire length of the crack and around each hole.

Reverse the angle and repeat the procedure. The whole objective is to create an inverted V shape below the surface, which is also known as undercutting.

The chiselled surface provides a stronger bond with the sealant, and the diverging angle of the crack helps keep the sealant within the crack.

Remove any dust and debris from inside the crack or hole.

cracked wallMix enough ready-mix concrete with water to fill the hole or crack and apply quickly. Use the handle of your trowel to press the mixture into the holes and cracks.

Smooth it over the surface evenly and cure the repaired spot properly before sealing with a silane-based water repelling sealer.

You are also able to chip a hole into a square shape and then insert a new block of concrete into the hole.

Our advice is that you hire a professional to do the repairs for you to ensure you have the best professional help you can find. The experts know how to fix large cracks and holes and seal it so that it will be both aesthetically pleasing, and not detract from your property value, and also long lasting.

Make the decision today to call us to discuss all your requirements with one of our highly trained consultants, who will gladly assist and advise you, or give you a free quotation.

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Are You Ready

Electric fence 3Erecting a good, sturdy fence or wall around your property is very important if you want to protect your property and family from unwelcome intruders.

Whether you already have a wall or fence, take the time to inspect it, especially from the street side so that you can get a different view of your property.

Criminals will stake out a property, sometimes for days before they attempt entering, and taking a look from their perspective will help you see whether your walling or fencing is adequate to protect your property and family.

If anyone has tried to tamper with your wall or fence, you need to fix it immediately and not leave it as it will be a weak spot in your security. Sometimes criminals try to dig under the walls or fencing, so ensure that the footing is deep enough to discourage them.

Keep curtains and blinds closed to avoid any window shopping being done. When criminals case your property they will be encouraged to find a way in if you have obvious valuables which they can see through open curtains or blinds.

Besides adding deterrents like spikes or razor wire to your walling or fencing, there are other methods to make it extremely unpleasant for anyone trying to break in.

Mohave Pyracantha FirethornPlant thorny bushes around windows, which are aesthetically pleasing, they are also able to collect DNA from blood and skin. No criminal likes to leave such evidence around and would rather find a different target elsewhere. Even torn clothing left behind will be evidence.

There are many aesthetically pleasing plants and shrubs available with the ability to deter a would be criminal with their thorns which can rip and cut them leaving enough DNA as evidence. These are the best shrubs to plant around any place where a criminal will likely try to hide or break in, such as windows.

Firethorn is one such shrub and is a really good addition to your security. Although they have very pretty flowers, their thorns are a deadly deterrent to anyone trying to climb over them.

The safety of your property and family is your no 1 priority, and besides ensuring that you have the best possible fencing or walling available, plus cameras and security companies, you need as much security as possible to deter or slow down a would be criminal and ensure that your security company can arrive to help you in time.

For the best advice on walling or fencing, why don’t you take the decision today to contact us at Country Wide Walling and talk to one of our qualified consultants.

It will be the best decision you have ever made.

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Layered Security

palisade with electric fenceOur Perimeter fence or wall and a motorised gate is our first line of defence in ensuring our home is protected. There are other security measures we can also employ to make sure our home, family and property are protected.

You should also ensure that the area surrounding your gate as well was the garage is clear of any foliage, to avoid supplying a would-be intruder with a nice safe place to hide.

Palisade and electric fencing are very effective and off-putting to anyone wanting to get into your property undetected, as palisade offers no hiding places if the area is kept clean and free of any shrubs where an intruder can hide. Electric fencing is off-putting due to the shock they will receive.

Make sure you always use a professional, like Country Wide Walling, for the erection of your walls or fences, as you will know that you have received the best possible defence for your property, and you will have peace of mind knowing that your property and family are well protected.

You should make sure that burglar bars, alarms, gates and walls or fencing and CCTV cameras are of a good, strong quality which will aid in the protection of your home and family. Speak to the professionals and discuss your requirements before you make a final decision.

They are trained to aid you and guide you to make the best possible decisions regarding your security.

There are many products out there in the market, so make sure to ask questions to enable you to reach the right decision which will also fit into your budget.

Alarm systems in your home must be checked regularly to ensure they are working properly and can be a huge asset to your security. Never become complacent and forget to arm your alarms, as they are an integral part of your layered security.

cctv camera operatingAlarm systems are the quickest way to summon help, but you need to ensure they are working optimally at all times.

CCTV cameras are also very important as they will detect any movement in your property and you will be able to see whether anyone has breached your property. Remember with all security items to do regular checks to ensure that nobody has tried tampering with any items.

For good advice and guidance, why not speak to one of our highly trained professional consultants today.

Whether you need advice or would like a free quotation, make the decision today to contact us.

It will be the best decision you have ever made.

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