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Cladding: How to Paint Cladding Panels

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Cladding is often used on exteriors as a finishing material to protect the structure. Sometimes it’s found indoors, in bathrooms for example. Cladding simply means a material that protects another. Wooden versions of cladding are often found on the outsides of homes and even inside in hallways, sports halls, etc. Steel cladding is also very common and found on many commercial buildings.  In order to keep it looking its best at all times, you must paint it with the correct products. If you don’t, you’ll find it looks tired and old very quickly.

By painting your cladding with the right paint, you can extend the lifetime of your cladding by up to fifteen years! This means incurring less costs and disruptions to your business.

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When you’re getting ready to paint your cladding you should treat and protect it the same way you would anything else. Use an undercoat designed for your material if needed before your topcoat, to make sure it is well protected. If you’re installing completely new cladding that is made from new wood, you will need to prepare and prime it first. If you are working with metal cladding, you may also need to use an appropriate primer first.

When painting cladding you should use large strokes. You want to avoid stopping and starting at the mid-point. Allow yourself to be in a position where this is possible for each piece of cladding.

A fantastic product to use on metal cladding is Rust-Oleum Mathys Noxyde. It is a water-based paint, which is made to be applied to surfaces quickly with minimal preparation. It’s easy spray application means it’s much less complicated than the more expensive polyurethane systems. This means you’re getting the same protection, with an easier method and a reasonable cost.

It’s great for cladding as it offers suitable edge coverage and forms a thick anti-corrosive membrane on the surface. As cladding is mostly exposed to the elements, it helps to protect your cladding from water, salt spray and other aggressive environmental factors that can cause damage.

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After you’ve used Rust-Oleum Mathys Noxyde, you can finish it with a topcoat such as Rust-Oleum Mathys Metal Cladding Topcoat if you require a bespoke colour. This specially designed paint can be produced in virtually any colour to ensure you don’t have to compromise on your company colour scheme.

If you have any questions about the type of paint you need for you cladding, ask an expert today.

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