Sandtex Trade was recently chosen to supply over 150 litres of its X-Treme X-Posure® Smooth Masonry Paint to revive East Anglia’s 18th century Happisburgh Lighthouse.
Run by The Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust, the lighthouse was in need of a refresh to showcase its horizontal red and white bands. The exterior of the lighthouse bears the brunt of extreme weather from wind-driven rain to coastal tides, so Sandtex’s highly durable paint was the ideal solution, protecting the landmark from the harsh weather.
Sandtex Trade supplied its water-based X-Treme X-posure® paint, which has been specifically formulated for use in even the harshest of weather conditions to provide protection from the elements for up to 20 years.
A team of four decorators from P H Hairsine & Sons repainted the entire lighthouse exterior, using the Sandtex paint in white and a specially tinted red, over the course of two weeks. The specialist painters painstakingly prepared the surfaces, by filling in small cracks and washing the whole building down ready for application of the first coat of paint to ensure a high quality, long-lasting finish.
Sandtex X-Treme X-Posure® has been tested extensively in accelerated and real-time weathering conditions and is proven to offer exceptional long-term protection and an enduring high-quality finish. Whatever the weather, Sandtex X-Treme X-Posure® is guaranteed to provide excellent dirt-resistance and colour retention to ensure the iconic lighthouse will retain its fresh ‘just decorated’ look for many years to come.
Practically, X-Treme X-Posure® is great, as it is touch dry in 30 minutes and ready to re-coat within two to four hours, and also has excellent adhesion properties so can easily be applied to most exterior masonry services, regardless of whether it is new or previously painted, while its flexible formulation helps to disguise hairline cracks in exterior surfaces and stop them from reappearing.
Peter Hairsine, of P H Hairsine & Sons, comments: “We use Sandtex X-Treme X-Posure® for its durability as it lasts longer in extreme conditions, which is needed for the lighthouse as it is exposed to a lot of salt, as well as severe weather. For us, this is also the best product because it dries quickly, which has been particularly important throughout this refurbishment as we needed each band to be dry before we moved down to the next one.”
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