More than 150 litres of Sandtex Trade’s X-Treme X-Posure Smooth Masonry Paint have been used to repaint the red and white bands of East Anglia’s iconic Happisburgh Lighthouse, in time for the busy summer holiday season.
The landmark opened in 1791 and is today run by The Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust, having been saved by the local community from the threat of closure in 1990, and it remains the only independently run, fully operational lighthouse in Great Britain. With its distinctive red and white bands, Happisburgh Lighthouse is only one of ten per cent of lighthouses in the UK with horizontal bands as opposed to being plain.
Situated on the East Anglian coast, the 85 foot high lighthouse bears the brunt of extreme weather from wind driven rain to coastal tides, so painting the exterior is a vital way to ensure this landmark is protected from the harsh weather it is exposed to all year round.
The team of four decorators from P H Hairsine & Sons repainted the entire lighthouse exterior, using Sandtex X-Treme X-Posure Smooth Masonry paint in white and a specially tinted red, over the course of two weeks.
The specialist painters prepared the surfaces, by filling in small cracks and washing the whole building down ready for application of the first coat of paint.The team used a hoist to reach the top of the lighthouse, repainting each band as they worked their way back down.
Because the refurbishment was such a huge job, working quickly and accurately to ensure the job was finished on schedule was key. X-Treme X-Posure is touch dry in 30 minutes and ready to re-coat within two to four hours, meaning the team could efficiently paint the exterior, making the most of the fine weather at the same time. Furthermore, X-Treme X-Posure 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.