Rusty Handrails Caused by Incorrect Painting System Restored and Repainted in Alexandria

Rusty Handrails Caused by Incorrect Painting System Restored and Repainted in Alexandria

In a renewed focus on our blog, we hope to be sharing plenty of posts with you in the near future. These will include recent examples of work that we’ve done as well as painting tips and pointers. We hope this will show just how passionate we are about our work!

This month one of our regular Alexandria based clients had a problem with some steel handrails. For an unknown reason, the paint was failing thus making their appearance unsightly.

It was apparent that the original paint would have to be chemically removed as the surface was too unstable to apply new paint. Once removed, the cause of the failing paint became obvious. The steel was rusting under the paint surface! The were a number of causes for this rust beneath the paint:

  1. The steel was never galvanised
  2. No primer was used before the finish coat
  3. The paint work was not suitable for this application

To remedy this and remove the rust, we first used pneumatic needle guns (our preferred method, sand blasting, would not have been appropriate here). Next we used electric sanders and mini belt sanders. Then, to finish off, we applied chemicals to ensure the surface was pristine and ready to be repainted.

This time around we made sure that our client’s handrails had an effective paint system. We started with Dulux Metalshield Cold Galv Primer. Then we applied 2 coats of Dulux Durebild STE epoxy (which provides the steel with very effective moisture protection). Finally, we applied 1 coat of Dulux Weathermax to give the surface a super glossy finish and protect the epoxy from UV. The paint was applied with an electrostatic spray gun. The biggest advantage of using this type of spray gun is that it gets into every little corner of the surface thus ensuring that it is completely protected from rust-causing moisture.

As you can see in our progress photos, the end result is spectacular!

If you have a project you need help with or just have some technical questions, feel free to contact us – we would be more than happy to help you out.

Rusty Handrails Restored and Repainted in Alexandria

Potential Painting Problems Part one

Potential Painting Problems Part one

Painting can be quite technical and there are many things that can go wrong.  In this blog, we will cover a few of potential issues that can affect your paint job.  Utilising a professional painting company like Painting Pros can prevent painting problems.


Efflorescence (means to “to flower out” in French) is a technical painting term referring to the white mineral deposit found on concrete or masonry surfaces, particularly brick. It occurs when salts migrate to the surface of a porous material and forms a coating

Efflorescence (which means “to flower out” in French) is the migration of a salt to the surface of a porous material, where it forms a coating

Trained, experienced painters such as Painting Pros recognise situations where efflorescence may occur and can use a number of techniques to reduce the possibility. For example treating the surface to ensure it is clean, dry and does not have any traces of mould or algae. In addition, alkali-resistant sealer and specific topcoats can be used.

Typically, efflorescence occurs during initial construction. Therefore, curing the surface (waiting for approximately 30 days prior to painting (or 10 weeks in the case of fibrous or set plaster)

Surfactant leaching

Surfactant leaching is when blotchy, oily, or sometimes glossy, marks appear on painted surfaces, usually within the first few weeks of painting.  The marks can vary in colour from clear, white, orange, tan or brownish in colour.

This phenomenon can occur with either external or interior painting and occurs when drying conditions are sub-optimal

Utilising experienced, trained painters, such as Painting Pros, can ensure issues like these do not occur.

Drying and Hardening of Water-Based Paints

Water-based paints go a two-phased drying process:

Phase 1: Evaporation

Phase 2: Coalescence

The final hardening of the paint is dependent on the final coalescence leaving the paint film which can take up to two weeks under optimal conditions (temperature of 20-25 degrees and humidity less than 50%).  Longer under sub-optimal conditions.  Precautions should be taken prior to complete drying, such as avoiding moisture, humidity, rain, cleaning of surfaces and resting objects on freshly painted surfaces.

Therefore despite the paint surface looking and feeling dry, the paint may not have hardened.  Therefore experts such as Painting Pros can advise the best way to treat your newly painted surfaces.

Chalking –  as defined in AS/NZS 2310:2002 – Glossary of paint and painting terms, is “The appearance of a loosely adherent fine powder on the surface of a paint film, arising from the degradation of one or more of its constituents”.

Chalking is due to the paint coating breaking down due to UV light.  Some chalking is inevitable. However, the use of specific paints and techniques can reduce the time taken and the amount of chalking.

Painting Pros use specific products such as The Dulux® Weathershield® which guarantees premature blistering, flaking and peeling of the coating system.

Stay tuned for part two when we will investigate some more potential painting problems.

Choosing the Right Painting Company

Choosing the Right Painting Company

Painting your property can have significant benefits.  See our blog on benefits of painting your home’s exterior and benefits of painting your home’s interior.  Choosing the right painting company can maximise these benefits. However, conversely the wrong painting company may mean that you are not gaining the benefits you might otherwise achieve. Many of our customers have asked our advice on how to choose the right painting company. So we decided to write this blog.

Meet your painting company representative prior to the job

Meeting your painter enables you to check on a few things before choosing the right painting company.  Things you may want to note are their timeliness, knowledge of paints, surfaces and similar jobs. You have the opportunity to ask them questions face to face so that you are able to judge the way they respond. Below are some questions to may want to consider.

Questions to ask when choosing the right painting company

  • Do they offer a guarantee?
  • Do they have the proper qualifications/Are they licenced? Note: (You can check painting company’s licence status (including any insurance claims) on the NSW Service website:
  • Are they insured?
  • What type of paints do they use?
    • Low VOC paints? (low Volatile organic compounds)
    • Light-resistant paint?
    • Fade-resistant paint?
    • Non-slip coatings for commercial/children/elderly
  • Do they have a tried and proven methodology?
  • How long have they been in business?
  • Do they prepare surfaces properly?
  • How will our work/home be disrupted during painting?

We look forward to answering all these questions for you. We have published most of the answers on our Painting Services page. However, we look forward to discussing them with you in as much detail as you need.

Reviewing the Quote

Find out what is included in the quote. You should expect the following: scope of work, sequence and timing of paint to be completed, specification of preparation, the number of coats, products included i.e. types of primer, paints etc, cost and payment schedule, and the workmanship guarantees.

As tempting as it may seem to accept the cheapest quote, it may not be the cheapest in the long term.  If the quote seems very low and too good to be true, it is probably is. It may seem that you are saving money.  However, in the long term you may end up with cost over-runs and re-painting.  Reputable professional painters have the right tools, paints and products to ensure a long-lasting, quality result. Therefore, they may not be the cheapest quotation.

Make sure you read the contract carefully before signing and ensure the contract contains a payment schedule and timings as well as any special conditions you agreed up front.

Pay it forward

When you are happy with your painting job, pay it forward.  Help the next client by posting a great review on Google or on your painter’s website.

You may be surprised to find out how hard it is to garner reviews, even when your clients love your work!  We would love to get your Google review here or individual review on our website

DIY or Professional Painters?

DIY or Professional Painters?

Should I paint my home?

Many people ask themselves: “Should I paint my home or should I hire professional painters?”.  We are often asked: “Why hire professional painters?”

You may think that painting is easy. However, it takes real skill to achieve a great result, especially if it is important to get the job done quickly. If you hire professional painters, they should be licensed, trained and qualified to do the best job for you.

The purpose of this blog is to understand the benefits of professionals when choosing between DIY or Professional Painters.


Our most frequently asked question is “how quickly can we get this done”.  Most people want the paint job completed quickly.  If you DIY it usually takes a great deal longer. The experience and expertise that professional painters’ possess means they can complete the job more quickly and get a better result. A reputable professional painter will give you a timeframe and stick to it


The results that you achieve from a reputable professional painter is outstanding. Which is not surprising since its their business.  Their experience, expertise and training means that they know what they’re doing and they have tricks of trade to get the job done more efficiently and with better results.  They understand that detailed preparation leads to an outstanding finish and know the right tools and paints to use for each surface


Professional painters pay attention to the details because they know that if they compromise on the details it will show in the end result.


Professional painters have a licence which means they have insurance.  Therefore, if anything is damaged, they can cover it through their insurance.  You can have the peace of mind that is something goes wrong with the job, you are covered. There are conditions, so make sure you discuss this with your painter prior to commencement


Preparation can be very time-consuming. Professional painters know how to prepare to ensure a quality finish.  A reputable painter knows that proper preparation leads to excellent results. If you were to DIY, you may not know how to do so or what tools to use to prepare.  If you do know, it maybe a costly, time-consuming and physically laborious and taxing process to prepare properly.


A good paint job requires more than paint and a paintbrush.  Depending on the job, it may require safety tools. If you were to purchase the high-quality tools that a professional painter uses, it would be very costly.


A professional painter knows the right paint to use on each surface to ensure the right finish and durability


A professional painter has vast painting experience and can offer ideas and suggestions you may not have thought of.


There are hazards to painting. Professional painters are trained in safety measures and won’t take risks when it comes to your home or your safety. If something goes wrong, they are insured. However, a DIY painter is subject to risks.

We hope that we have helped you answer the question: “Should I hire a painter or do it myself?”

Painting Pros specialise in painting. They know the tricks of the trade and have the know-how to achieve a great result in the shortest timeframe.  Painting Pros pride themselves on getting the job done on time with minimal disruption to you and with an outstanding finish.  So go ahead, fill out an enquiry form today.

The benefits of painting the interior of your home

The benefits of painting the interior of your home

4 Reasons You Should Paint the Interior of your Home

Why you should paint your home? There are numerous reasons. We have broken down the subject into two blogs.  This blog will focus on why you should paint your home’s interior.

1. Protect and rejuvenate surfaces

Paint can protect walls against moisture, mould, pathogens. This is why it is important to use paint experts like Painting Pros who can advise on the best paint for each area and for maximum durability.

2. Keep up to date with the latest trends

There are definite colour trends and changing the colour of your interior paint is the easiest way to update the aesthetics of your home’s interior.  For example, let’s look at the colours of 2018

Colours for 2018

PPG Paints has chosen Black Flame as the 2018 colour of the year

Domain mentions Dark Shades of green will be on trend in 2018:

“Dark shades of green will become the new must-have dark interior colour as we say goodbye to navy and midnight blues.

“Dark green as a paint colour for rooms such as a bedroom creates a wintery Scandi backdrop for tan leathers, reindeer furs, brass lamps and natural linen,” Macer says.” says we should “prepare to see a lot of green and terracotta walls in homes around Australia” and go on to identify “six on-trend paint colours of 2018:

  • Snowdownia
  • Terrocotta
  • Black
  • Beige
  • Neutral Soft Pinks
  • Green confirms this:

Among its other colour predictions for the next year [after noting Black Flame is 2018 colour of the year]: a twilight colour palette made up of dark blues, greens, and charcoal tones paired with warm golden yellows and muted pinks—suggesting that warm neutrals aren’t going anywhere.

3. Reduce Dust and Dirt

Painting interior walls and trims can reduce dust and dirt, especially on plaster.

4. Hide Stains and imperfections

Painting covers stains and wall imperfections to produce a fresh, clean new look.

Summary – Why You Should Paint Your Home’s Interior

The four main reasons that you should paint your home’s interior are:

1. Protect and rejuvenate surfaces

2. Keep up to date with the latest trends

3. Reduce Dust and Dirt

4. Hide Stains and imperfections

In summary, aesthetic appeal and protection of surfaces.

Painting Pros are professional Sydney painters who have the expertise and knowledge to ensure that your interior paint job will last.  Call us here or fill out an enquiry form





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