Sandtex Trade X-treme X-posure™ Provides Time Proven Protection For Happisburgh Lighthouse

The high technology formulation of Sandtex Trade’s X-treme X-posure™ - the premium smooth masonry paint system formulated for the nation’s most exposed and challenging conditions - is helping a Norfolk’s historic Happisburgh lighthouse maintain its distinctive colour scheme.

Online PR News – 25-November-2010 – – Eighteen months after the tower was painted using the system, Patrick Tubby chairman of the Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust, says the structure has never looked in better shape.

Sandtex Trade’s highest performance masonry paint was used to create distinctive red and white bands, which give the 85 feet landmark building a distinctive look visible for miles around.

Before Sandtex Trade’s X-treme X-posure was applied - despite the best efforts of the Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust which, with voluntary funding, maintains and operates the building - it had always proved difficult in the past to prevent the red bands of colour from fading because of the permanently exposed conditions, the driving rain - and the corrosive effects of the salty air.

Patrick Tubby said: “The lighthouse is still looking great eighteen months after the 2009 repaint, and we are confident it will last for years to come.

“I have been involved with Happisburgh Lighthouse in one way or another for the last twenty years, and have never known the lighthouse to be as conspicuous as it has been since the repaint - and as a working navigation aid that is very important.”

Built in 1790, Happisburgh Lighthouse is situated on a particularly exposed stretch of the North Norfolk coastline, constantly battered by storms, coastal tides, rising sea levels and unpredictable weather conditions. The area is often in the media spotlight due to the severe erosion of the sandy cliffs, which has led to a number of properties being lost to the sea.

Patrick added: “In the past, the red and white bands have tended to fade to more muted pink and cream shades within a couple of years of repainting. However much we might like to keep the lighthouse looking in tip top condition at all times, we’re a charitable trust with very limited funds and simply cannot afford to keep repainting as soon as the paint starts to lose its colour.

“When the time came to carry out our most recent repainting project we turned to Crown Paints for help, and on their recommendation we specified a Sandtex Trade X-treme X-posure™ coating system to provide the best possible level of protection and also the colour retention we were looking for.

“A team of painters from P H Hairsine & Sons of Withernsea applied 360 litres of Sandtex Trade’s premium masonry paint during the project. One hundred and seventy litres of X-treme X-posure™ had to be specially colour matched and tinted to ensure we had exactly the right shade of red. Apparently the paint was very easy to apply with great obliterating capability and as everyone can clearly see, it has delivered excellent opacity and a great finish.

“Since the redecoration we’ve passed our Annual Inspection from the Inspector of Seamarks with flying colours.”

X-treme X-posure’s™ time-proven, trusted formula combines style with protection against acid rain, snow and frost, damaging UV rays, atmospheric pollutions and adverse weather conditions, as well as sea and salt spray.

It includes anti-carbonation properties to protect concrete, as well as a hydrophobic formulation providing a highly water resistant finish that enables dirt to wash away. It also includes added algaecides and fungicides to resist unsightly algae and mould growth.

A moisture vapour permeable coating also allows walls to breathe and a highly flexible coating keeps hairline cracks covered. X-treme X-posure™ – which holds the BBA page of certification for 15 years’ proven durability - undergoes extensive tests, including exposure to accelerated weathering techniques in laboratories, where it is tested against extremes of temperature, humidity and UV radiation.

A wide range of ready mixed shades available, plus Brilliant White, and a further 640 tinted colours to choose from in the Sandtex Trade Colour Coach® collection.
For further information please contact Sandtex Trade’s Customer Relation’s team on 0845 372 3425 or email
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Press release issued by Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR Limited, 01538 308685/308099. Mobile 07985 129315