How to save thousands when doing a repaint?

Paint the damaged areas only:

Often the North/West faces may be in the worst condition – or perhaps it’s just the windows. Repaint these areas only. Leave the rest of the building and clean it down to refresh it. Painters will often tell you to repaint the whole building,this is because they want work, not to look after your budget. South faces may not need to be painted until at least 10 -12 years.

Break the school into areas over 5 years:

By creating a future maintenance plan of all areas: roofs, walls, windows etc, you can rest easy in the fact that you are working away at getting the site perfect. This way each year you do whatever you can afford in the budget. Often clients become very relaxed once their plans are underway and they no longer have to worry about it.


Look at smarter ways to access the building:

Often I see buildings fully scaffolded to reach areas for painting. There are many different lifts and access methods available today, including abseiling, swinging stage, boom lifts, spider lifts, cranes – scaffolding should be a last resort.

Ask your painter for options:

Without seeing your project I can’t suggest best ways to save you money, however ask your maintenance provider, and if they are worth anything they will be able to suggest options to drop the repaint costs easily.

Can I use cheap paint?

Well I wouldn’t recommend this option. Cheap paint is typically inferior in its’ lasting ability.  Use only known brands such as Resene, Dulux and Wattyl and their top grade paints.

Can I ask my painter for a one coat job?

Yes you can, but be aware that the coating will break down quickly hence why two coats is always recommended. It may only last three – four years and I don’t recommend it.

Ben Waite

Ben Waite

Ben has had vast experience in the painting and industrial coatings industry. Having left school to work in the family business has meant that his experience has been learnt from the ground up. Training of teams today is a large focus for Ben, and something he believes sets National Decorators team apart from the rest. Ben has worked in the waterproofing/ industrial flooring sector for many years which gave vast knowledge to the technical coatings industry.Having been head foreman on jobs of over 5000 man hours, he currently manages over 5000 man hours every month from an operations manager’s role.
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