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Dulux Trade recently worked on the redecoration of a multi-storey car park in Eastleigh town centre – bringing in Dulux Connect member KAR Contractors to carry out the application. Thanks to Dulux Trade Weathershield Smooth Masonry Paint and Dulux Trade Anti-Graffiti Clearcoat, the team have uplifted the aesthetic of Eastleigh Borough Council’s car parking facility and ensured the professional finish can be easily maintained for years to come.

Eastleigh Borough Council was looking to increase the use of its long-stay car parking facility. However, frequent graffiti had been acting as a barrier to use. As such, the council wanted to improve the aesthetic of the space and combat the ongoing graffiti problem.

Having worked with Joe Ellis, specification development manager at Dulux Decorator Centre, on another project, Eastleigh Borough Council reached out to arrange a site visit and asked for a recommendation for redecorating the stairwells and main car parking levels.

Craig Wilson, technical specification manager at Dulux Decorator Centre, was brought on board to assist with the creation of a bespoke specification that would enable Eastleigh Borough Council to easily remove any future graffiti rather than carry out redecoration work every time it was applied. The Dulux Decorator Centre team recommended Dulux Trade Weathershield Smooth Masonry Paint followed by a finish coat of Dulux Trade Anti-Graffiti Clearcoat. Together these products deliver a tough, long-lasting finish.

Craig explains more about the specification: “To ensure a professional standard finish, I suggested that the existing graffiti be removed prior to redecoration. I provided the details of a professional cleaning company to steam clean the walls and remove all graffiti, dirt, mould, and other contaminants prior to the decoration works taking place.

“For the application we selected Dulux Trade Weathershield Smooth Masonry Paint as it features unique Stay Clean technology that protects against dirt and mould growth within the paint film for long lasting colour and finish. It also protects against all weather conditions for up to 15 years – providing Eastleigh Borough Council with a durable solution that will keep the car park in peak condition for longer.

“We also selected Dulux Trade Anti-Graffiti Clearcoat as it dries to a tough gloss finish, making it much easier to remove future graffiti and maintain the building.”

The team also recommended the use of Dulux Trade Metalshield Gloss for metalwork and Dulux Trade Weathershield Exterior High Gloss for use on timber. Dulux Trade Anti-Graffiti Clearcoat was also chosen for un-coated block walls.

Following the specification of the paints and coatings, Craig Wilson worked with Dulux Decorator Centre contractor account manager Carl Cheshire to recommend a contractor who could complete the redecoration work. He supplied the details of numerous Dulux Connect members and Eastleigh Borough Council selected KAR Contractors for the job.

Rob May, commercial director at KAR Contractors said: “We were thrilled that the Dulux team put us forward for this project – and even happier that we were successful in winning the work. The products selected for this project were easy to apply and will keep the car park looking its best for years to come thanks to their durability and ease to clean. We would definitely recommend using Dulux Trade Weathershield and Anti-Graffiti Clearcoat moving forward on other projects.”

Carl added: “This project is a great example of how being part of the Dulux Connect community can benefit business. Eastleigh Borough Council were a new customer for KAR Contractors – and local authority is a sector they had not previously worked in. I am delighted that we were able to open this door for them and look forward to hearing about their future work in this area.

“Since completing this project, Eastleigh Borough Council has called on another Dulux Connect member to assist them on additional works. It is wonderful to see our members reaping the benefits of joining the Dulux Connect community.”

To find out more about Dulux Trade Weathershield and Anti-Graffiti Clearcoat speak to your sales manager or visit the Dulux Decorator Centre website here.

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