The downside is the maintenance regime that typically requires a re-paint every 2-3 summers.
To solve this issue, semi-transparent flexible film forming stain coatings were developed to look like a stain but perform more like an acrylic paint, lasting longer and providing greater protection to the substrate. To compliment this technology, Climate and PPG Industrial Coatings developed a powder coat primer system for Shadowclad plywood cladding that is durable, a ‘timber beige’ colour and readily accepts film forming paints, such as New Zealand made Timbakote.
The combination of a Timbakote acrylic semi transparent paint over the Shadowclad prime, provides a natural stain like appearance with a 10 year maintained paint durability warranty from Timbakote. The result is significant maintenance cost savings over time and a great looking stain appearance.
“The decision to go to Shadowclad Prime and Timbakote acrylic stain was based on the desire of our architectural designer (Wayne Tansley of Calcott Architecture and Landscape Design Ltd in Johnsonville) to have a house that had a finish and look that fitted into bush reserve that surrounded the house," says Kim Moleta.
"Our desire was to have a finish that could withstand the harsh conditions and would not require constant maintenance (parts of the house are some 7 meters above a sloping ground level that would require full scaffolding to access).”