Few home-maintenance projects are as important as exterior painting because a nice paint job will enhance the 
curb appeal and resale value of your home. 

You should repair and repaint your home as soon as you notice paint starting to crack, blister and peel. If you 
choose to ignore these warning signs for too long you will end up with a much more extensive and expensive job. 

Here are some painting tips every home owner should know whether you are planning to carry the work out yourself 
or hire a professional. 

Paint options 

There are two basic types of exterior paint: water-based latex and oil-based alkyd. Latex cleans up with soap 
and water, dries quickly, has minimal odor and remains flexible longer so is therefore less likely to crack. 

Alkyd paints need shite spirit for cleanup, however many professional painters favor alkyd paint because it's 
long lasting and stain-resistant, the paint flows smoother and dries with fewer brush marks. However, alkyd 
paints do have a very strong smell and take more time to dry. 

Read the label 

Not many homeowners read the label of a paint tin, however they really should. there is a huge amount of 
information printed right on the tin that can help you to achieve a good paint job. Ensure that you read all the 
instructions about preparing the surface and outdoor air temperature. Most paints shouldn't be applied when the 
temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, however there are some paints that are specifically formulated 
for application when the temperature is as low as 35. 

Prep the surface 

The surfaces must be cleaned so they are free of all dirt, grime, mildew and chalky residue so that the paint 
adheres. A power sprayer provides the easiest way to accomplish this, but hand scrubbing with a hard brush can 
be just as effective. 

I is a good idea to use a hammer to tap in nails and then fill the holes with putty for exterior use. Once the 
putty is dry, sand it down until it is flush with the surface. 

Painting over the old paint on a surface is ok as long as it is in good condition. Make sure you sand any spots 
that have blistered or flaked off and prime any bare wood before painting. 

Brush or roller? 

The easiest and fastest way to apply exterior paint is with a roller and a paintbrush. You can brush paint onto 
narrow areas and edges and use a roller which is short with a small diameter to paint the larger and longer 

Start in the shade 

It is not a good idea to paint surfaces in direct sunlight as it will dry too quickly which means it will not 
adhere properly and will blister and flake prematurely. So begin painting on the shady side of the house. If the 
surface is damp, wipe it dry. Then wait for the sun to move and the other sides of the house to become shaded- 
or just paint on an overcast day. 

Start from the top 

Begin painting at the top of the house and work your way down, apply paint to the bottom edge of the siding 
first and then paint the large surfaces. Always brush from one wet surface to another so that you can avoid lap 
marks and if this is not possible you should paint onto a previously painted area which has dried overlapping 
the surface by several inches. 

As you will be working high up, you must also remember basic ladder safety rules: Don't reach too far to the side 
of you may topple over. Try to keep your hips within the horizontal rails of the ladder, remember its much safer 
to climb down and l=move the ladder and climb back up than risk falling. Since you'll be working high up, don't 
forget basic ladder safety: Don't reach too far to the side or you might topple over. Try to keep your hips 
within the horizontal rails of the ladder. It's much smarter to climb down, move the ladder and climb back up 
than to risk falling. 

Painting the exterior of a home is just one of those jobs most people don't want to start, however if you follow 
these simple tips the job will be much easier than you first anticipated. 

Peter Schmid, the Cayman Airways captain finally hung up his flying jacket last week after more than three decades in the cockpit. 
After almost 24,000 hours of flying time, the Swiss-born pilot, says there was just one incident that left him shaking at the controls. 
As the plane accelerated toward take-off on a clear day in Cayman Brac, a warning light alerted the captain to an engine failure, forcing him to bring the aircraft to a screeching halt inches from the end of the runway. "That was one of the very few times I have ever had the shakes after a flight." he said. 
He was reminded of that moment during his retirement ceremony last week by a telephone call from Cayman Islands Premier Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, who was one of his passengers that day.The premier was among a host of dignitaries, colleagues, family and friends who gathered to pay tribute to Mr. Schmid as he touched down at Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman for the final time. Mr. Schmid, who is married to a Caymanian, started working at the airline in 1979.

An American travel company is considering making Grand Cayman a regular stop on an island-hopping air tour, nicknamed the Air cruise. 
Around 20 tourists touched down in George Town on Wednesday as part of the Mauiva Sun & Fun Experience tour, which also stopped in the Bahamas and Jamaica as part of a week-long holiday package. 
Don Hundley, director of marketing for Mauiva AirCruise, said there was potential for flights to leave every other day from Florida for a Caribbean trip. 
He believes there is a market for air cruising as a growth area in the Caribbean and sees the Cayman Islands as a strong destination for this type of trip. 
"The whole concept is making multi-destination travel simple," he said. "It cuts down on hassle and travel time and gives people the chance to enjoy the activities and make the most of their time at each destination."
Caren Thompson-Palacio, the airports authority"s business development and marketing manager, said: "The Cayman Islands Airports Authority welcomes the Mauiva AirCruise charter to Grand Cayman and is delighted that they chose to include us in their Sun & Fun Experience."

Bathroom suites come in a wide range of styles from the modern to more traditional designs, so you 

will be able to create your perfect bathroom regardless of its size or shape. Bathroom suites also 

come with a variety of bath styles such as corner baths, shower baths, freestanding baths and 

straight baths, so you can be sure you will be able to bathe in complete comfort. 

Having trouble deciding between and bath or shower enclosure? 

If you are tight on space or simply cannot decide between a shower and a bath, then a bathroom 

suite with a shower bath will the best option. Shower baths feature an innovative design that 

allows you to combine bathing and showering in the same space and you will not have the problem of 

having to choose between a bath or a shower enclosure. 

Have a small bathroom? 

If you have a smaller bathroom you can find suites that have been perfectly designed for compact 

spaces. These types of bathrooms feature basins and toilets on a much smaller scale to help make 

the most of the available space. Wall-mounted items are perfect for small bathrooms also as they 

help to provide the illusion of more floor space. 

Looking for something different? 

Bathroom suites with corner baths are perfect if you have an odd shapoed bathroom, but can also 

provide a different alternative to a straight bath. You can purchase corner baths in a rqange of 

different sizes and they all feature plenty of space for a relaxing soak. 

Create the feeling of luxury 

If you want to create the feeling of a luxury bathroom, a bathroom suite with a freestanding bath 

is ideal. Freestanding baths are available in both contemporary and traditional designs and provide 

you with the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day. 

Buying a complete bathroom suite package for your home is a great way to not only save money but 

ensures that you achieve a fully coordinating look too. Before buying a new bathroom suite think 

about the look and feel that you want to create and ensure that you measure the room accurately.

There will be a major meeting of Commonwealth Members of Parliament this week in the Cayman Islands, to discuss the new Commonwealth Charter. 
The charter was signed Monday by Her Majesty, The Queen of England as head of the Commonwealth. 
Parliamentarians meeting as the executive committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association will examine holding a pan-Commonwealth parliamentary debate on the Charter of Commonwealth values. 
The association executive committee is scheduled to meet from 18 to 21 March, hosted by the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly. 
"In 1964, the far-thinking members of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly, took the decision to become a part of this global organization we call the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association," said Speaker of the House Mary Lawrence. 
The meeting in the Cayman Islands will also set the agenda for the 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, to be hosted by the parliament of South Africa in late August in Johannesburg.

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