What's the correct paint to use on the top part of a BISF House?
I wondered if anyone could advise on the type of paint I should use on the steel of my BISF house?
I stay in Southhouse in Edinburgh; it is an ex Council house and although all the other houses in the area have now been cladded my house is still original and the Council don't have any record of paint used in the past.
Hi all, just wondering if anyone has anything else to add or experiences. Our house needs repainting as the paintwork is starting to flake off in places. Unfortunately the previous owners had the house painted in a textured/gritted paint which looks as though it might make things difficult. I'm not sure what it's called but its a paint with some sort of grit applied to the surface.
The most urgent I think is the downstairs as the north east corner of the house is flaking and exposing the mortar underneath which may let rain start corroding the steel laths.
I've looked into this before but not really found anything about how you remove textured paint that is starting to flake off. I've removed some where it was splashed onto the window surrounds with paintstripper, but doing the whole house would take too long and cost a fortune!
Hi again, I got a test pack of two types of special paint strippers from http://www.stripperspaintremovers.com. Both their Solvistrip and Stripper 4-F take off the top layer of paint containing the grit, but only the Solvistrip removes the paint underneath which I think needs to come off as it is flaking badly and letting the water get to the render underneath. It's then removed with a pressure washer, which I'm borrowing from a friend.
I'll let you all know how it goes as this is my next project. At the moment the outside of the house is all sad and grey, so I'm looking forward to getting it back to a more fresh and colourful appearance!
Here it is after taking a wire brush to it to take off the flaking textured paint:
Just a quick update to say that most of the downstairs I have been able to clean off with just a pressure washer right back to the render. It will need some paint stripper around the edges and the top 30 cm or so under the cladding lip where the sun or rain or whatever loosens the paint hasn't had so much effect.
It's a very wet and messy job, but we've had the right weather for it!
I nave noticed some cracks on the corner, I'm hoping these are just superficial and not a sign of stanchion corrosion, but we'll only know when I reinsulate the hall which will probably be the last room to do. What would you suggest to fill them, and also some holes left by old rawl plugs?
I have just had a reply back from John Bishop of Kennet Construction this morning.
I have sent a copy of his reply to your e-mail address.
Hope this helps
Painstripper applied: it turns a strange orange colour when working, which is useful to see if you've missed any.
All washed down and ready to repaint downstairs at the front! As you can see, the alkali paintstripper doesn't dissolve the yellow emulsion paint that was underneath the textured coating. The darker colour on the corner of the house and outhouse is the bare render where the whole lot was loose and blasted away by the pressure washer.
Not strictly painting, but while rubbing down the porch preparing to repaint it I found one of the 'legs' has rusted right through directly above the little circular 'foot', so the whole thing is hanging with a milimetre gap or so. The other three are fine. Is this possible to DIY repair, say with a mig welder?
Back to painting and I'm thinking of blue rather than yellow, like this Scandinavian house, which I think is the sort of thing that inspired the BISF design.
Does anyone know if it is safe to stand on the canopy of the porch? I'm guessing it must be otherwise it would be difficult to paint and decorate the upstairs of the house. The reason I ask is I'm renovating the porch and need to replace the bitumen felt that is on top, which has broken down. My dad suggests a fibreglass kit with resin for a longlasting solution, what do you think?
I have stripped all the old paint off the porch, taken the rust off, sanded it down and repainted it with anti-rust treatment and it looks so much better, all sharp and new looking. One of the 'legs' had also rusted through just above the 'foot' so my dad has cut it out and welded in a new piece of steel, a bit like a mini stanchion repair.
OK it's almost done. At the last minute I changed my mind and went for blue instead, but I think it looks much better and smarter with the matt black metalwork. I'm always quite surprised that around here at least almost everyone goes for very dull colours or non-colours like grey or brown for BISF houses, when I think they look much better in something fresh and cheerful.
OK it's almost done, just the underside of the canopy to go. At the last minute I changed my mind and went for blue instead, but I think it looks much better and smarter with the matt black metalwork and a cheerful but tasteful colour (no Valleys Nicole bright pink!). I'm always quite surprised that around here at least almost everyone goes for very dull colours or non-colours like grey or brown for BISF houses, when I think they look much better in something fresh and cheerful.
The house looks fab well done. I also have the same problem with my porch in that one of the legs has completely rusted away so it's useful to know how you have done that and I can maybe ask my dad to help with that part.
An I ask what paint you ended up buying for the steel part of the house? I was in B&Q yesterday looking at masonary paint but I'm a little apprehensive this won't work and of course the tins of paint for exterior steel are small and the colours all wrong!
Just a quick update on exterior painting. I've been restoring the downpipes while we've had good weather. As you probably know, the original downpipes of a BISF house are made of galvanised steel and the brackets that hold them were put in before the render was applied. Many houses have had them replaced with PVC, presumably because it's quicker for a roofer etc to replace them than it is to repaint them.
However, many high-end buildings continue to be built with galvanised steel or aluminium rainwater goods as they should last a lot longer than plastic so I thought it would be a pity to lose them.
As they had been badly neglected I took off the old flaking paint with alkaline paintstripper (same one that took off the textured paint on the render) before repainting. Should last another 65 years!
Just got back from a short break in Reykjavik where there are lots of quaint, brightly-coloured wooden and steel-clad houses of the type that probably inspired the design of the BISF house, and now I want to paint my house this bright blue colour upstairs. I think we're much too conservative with colour and design in this country!