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Design Review: Volume 3, Issue 2 (September-October 1950)

Totara wants careful priming

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Totara wants careful priming

Successful finishes at last

Totara has a great many attributes. Perhaps its greatest lies in its inability to warp. This makes it particularly suitable for the construction of window frames, sashes, sills, doors, garden seats, and trellis. But, in all good things there are usually snags and Totara is no exception. The oily substance which is responsible for its virtue as a non-warping wood plays havoc when it comes to painting. The hot sun draws the oil from the wood, sometimes years afterwards, resulting in badly blistered and unsightly paintwork. Very often this occurs within a week or two of painting, with considerable loss of time and money. Even the very best ordinary primers are of little avail in combating this, for they do not ensure a positive dry. The secret of successfully painting Totara is in the initial preparation and then only if a specially prepared primer is used.

B.A.L.M. have studied this problem for years, and their laboratories have produced a primer that scientifically and successfully helps to overcome the problem, provided it is used in conjunction with their special finishes and the specifications given below are strictly adhered to. The results, if correctly carried out, will surprise not only the amateur painter but the professional too.

Architects, master painters and all concerned with paint will be interested to know that all B.A.L.M. products are right up to pre-war quality in formulae, and their lasting qualities are unrivalled. Any additional information regarding Totara or any other painting problem will lye gladly supplied if enquiries are made to the Technical Service Dept., British Australian Lead Manufacturers (N.Z.) Ltd., Lower Hutt.

Exterior Painting Specifications: Dulux 87 Line Trim Paint

A. Totara

  • Operation 1: Prime with B.A.L.M. Totara Primer 126.8752 and allow at least 24 hours to dry.
  • Operation 2: Brush one coat of Dulux 87 Line Trim Paint reduced 10% with Genuine or Mineral Turpentine. Allow 24 hours to dry.
  • Operation 3: Brush one coat Dulux 87 Line Trim Paint as received in container.

B. Repainting over Old Paint in Reasonable Condition

  • Operation 1: Thoroughly clean down surface, sanding where necessary to remove ingrained dirt.
  • Operation 2: Brush one coat of Dulux 87 Line Trim Paint thinned 10% with Genuine or Mineral Turpentine.
  • Operation 3: Brush one coat Dulux 87 Line Trim Paint as received in container.

Note: The priming of Totara is an operation to be carefully watched. Whereas we are perfectly confident of the results when B.A.L.M. Totara Primer is used, we cannot be certain of the results of 87 Line if applied over imperfectly dry primer; therefore we strongly advise that wherever possible B.A.L.M. Undercoats be used with Dulux 87 Line Trim Paint.

Dulux Hi-Gloss House Paint—87 Line

A. Finishing of Totara

  • Operation 1: Prime with B.A.L.M. Totara Primer, Reference Number 126.8752, and allow to dry at least 24 hours before re-coating.
  • Operation 2: Brush one coat Dulux Undercoat for Dulux Hi-Gloss House Paint. Allow to dry 24 hours before re-coating.
  • Operation 3: Brush one coat Dulux House Paint, 87 Line, as received in the container.
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