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Crown Paints has supported the restoration of Stow Windmill, a well known local landmark on the North Norfolk coast that has been transformed into a unique holiday let.

The historic windmill, which is located in Paston, near Mundesley-on-Sea, has been a landmark of the North Norfolk coastline since 1825. Milling until 1930, it became a tourist attraction in the 1970s before being transformed into luxury holiday accommodation between 2016 and 2019.

The interior of the Mill was refurbished to a very high standard in 2019, alongside restoration of the sails and cap to allow it to work again.

Crown Sandtex X-treme X-posure was chosen as a key product in the renovation of the windmill’s brick work tower exterior, with its 20 years protection guarantee ideal to safeguard the historic structure over the coming decades.

It was also specified due to its protection against weather exposure. Due to the proximity of the windmill to the sea, selecting a product that could withstand the harsh coastal weather conditions was essential, and X-treme X-posure’s  dirt resistance and adhesion properties were important considerations in the choice.

Sadolin Superdec Opaque Wood Protection, was also specified. This highly durable product provides protection for exteriors, ensuring the resulting coating remains flexible and resists cracking, peeling and flaking, which is essential for surfaces exposed to the elements.

Superdec was apiled on the weathered static and moving wooden and fibreglass surfaces of the windmill, resulting in a strong and secure coating which provides security against the elements.

In terms of colour selection, the team was keen to maintain the traditional appearance of the windmill, using black on the brickwork tower of the structure and white on the cap and sails.

The opacity offered by both Sadolin Superdec and Sandtex X-treme X-posure helped to ensure a premium finish for the colours selected, restoring the nearly 200-year-old exterior back to its very best.

Empty paint cans were picked up and returned to the local Crown Decorating Centre to be recycled as part of Crown Trade’s Can Back scheme.

Robin & Anita, owners of Stow Mill, commented: “Having the support of Crown’s expertise when undertaking the re-decoration of the windmill was invaluable and the whole team has been brilliant from start to finish.

“It was vital to us from the start of this project that the heritage of the site was maintained and that we used products that would be robust and perform well, preserving and protecting our much-loved Stow Windmill. Thanks to expert team at Crown and the quality of the products used, we’ve been able to do exactly that.

“We are very pleased with the result, as are our guests and the many passers-by who often stop and take photographs of one of the best preserved and “working” windmills in the country.”

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