Protect the home against rot and rust over winter

With Winter here, it’s essential to give a little extra care to the home’s exterior to prevent rot and rust. From decking and fences to gutters, gates and garage doors, there are many facets of the home prone to deterioration as a result of bad weather. However, thanks to DIY brands such as Sikkens and Hammerite, protecting properties over winter can be quick, easy and cost-effective.

Made with DUALTECH technology, Hammerite Direct to Rust Metal Paint protects metal surfaces by repelling water and stopping rust. It is a three-in-one ‘one tin’ solution, acting as a primer, undercoat and topcoat in one. This allows homeowners to complete painting projects in a weekend and, once applied, metal surfaces will look brand new again.


Hammerite recommends these three simple steps to get the most out of its paint:

  1. Remove any loose or flaking rust and paint with a wire brush or coarse sandpaper.
  2. Wash surfaces with water or a very mild detergent mix to remove any remaining grease and dirt.
  3. Rinse, leave to dry and get ready to paint.


When treating timber surfaces, waterproofing and regular inspection are key over winter. Look out for peeling, flaking, discolouration, mould growth or greying as these are key signs of damage. Regular inspections will also ensure that any cracks are dealt with before spreading. Sikkens Cetol Gupa is a fast-drying filler and stopper for nail holes and wood cracks; applying this will ensure that dry rot will not cause further damage.

Once cracks have been dealt with, it’s a good idea to coat the deck for protection against mould and rot. Sikkens Cetol BLX-Pro is a microporous, water-based finish that allows timber to breathe and repels unwanted moisture. It can be applied to decking, window frames, fences and any other external wooden surfaces. What’s more, the high-quality transparent coating accentuates the natural characteristics and colour of the timber for a beautiful finish.

Weather damage to timber and metal surfaces can be costly and time consuming to repair. So before the cold settles in, protect these areas of the home to keep it looking fresh and cared for all winter long.


Hammerite Direct to Rust Metal Paint RRP $X

Sikkens Cetol Gupa 150ml RRP $20.24

Sikkens Cetol BLX-Pro 1L RRP $59


Consumer enquiries: 1300 745 536 or www.sikkens.com.au