In some areas of Australia, indoor paint sprayors are a problem.
Some homeowners who’ve had them installed have found they create a barrier between their home and their garden.
And many owners who have installed them have found their work has left their property looking worse for wear.
In some parts of the country, a similar problem is in effect.
The problem has been linked to the proliferation of outdoor-only paint spray and paint strippers, which are widely used in Australia.
“We’ve got a problem in Australia of outdoor painting sprayers, which have been around for a long time, so it’s not surprising that they’re being replaced by outdoor paint stripper,” says Peter Smith, an expert in indoor painting spray and stripper design at the National Australia Institute.
Smith says many owners have found the paint striper to be an ineffective alternative to installing a wall-mounted paint striber.
He says the paint is easier to get off with a hammer, so there’s less likelihood of damage.
For many, it’s just a cost-saving measure.
But the problem isn’t limited to the states and territories.
Some people are also turning to outdoor paint cleaners to fix the problem.
Rabbit hutch manufacturers say they’ve been inundated with enquiries about the problem, and some have started supplying paint strivers for outdoor paint applications.
Australia has been in a state of emergency for months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite the pandemic, Australia is the only developed nation in the world without a statewide ban on outdoor paint.
Under the new federal government, state governments can issue a “no-trespassing” zone, which is effectively a blanket ban.
This means that the NSW government has the power to restrict outdoor paint spraying in areas where it’s required to be kept at a certain height.
But the state’s Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, says the state government has no plans to restrict painting.
So many people have already bought them, he says.
Hunt says the NSW Government has issued guidance on where paint strips can be used, and that they will be banned where the “natural environment” requires them.
And NSW Government spokeswoman Sarah Tulloch says the new government will not be making any further announcements regarding where paint can be sprayed.
She says the advice given to the public is that the no-travelling zone is intended for residential areas, and not commercial areas.
“The no-drespassing zone is meant for residential use only, and will not affect commercial property,” she says.
“Commercial property owners can apply for a permit from the local authority for any type of outdoor use they deem appropriate.”
Tulloch also says the no trespassing zone has not been imposed on the commercial paint suppliers, but they have not yet been notified.
Trouble started last year when the NSW Environmental Protection Authority ordered the closure of the no trespass zone on the Westmead plant.
A decision was made to close the plant because of the risk to the environment, Tullos says.
“At the time, the decision was based on the level of risk to human health and the potential for human exposure, as well as the risk of a potential spread of the disease,” she said.
However, the NSW Environment Protection Authority has since said the decision to close Westmeads plant was wrong.
It has also confirmed the plant was closed because of a “safety issue” that the plant’s owner, the company that owns the plant, did not identify as a “significant risk”.
“This has not prevented Westmeades from producing paint,” Tullok says.
“However, we will continue to provide support to the West Meads plant as it works through the coronivirus crisis.”
What is the problem?
In the last few months, there have been several reports of paint stripping in Sydney.
At the end of September, a local newspaper reported paint stripling on the roof of a house in Sydney’s south-west.
By early October, it was reported in a Brisbane suburb.
What are the options?
If you’ve already bought paint strizers, it might be worth consulting with your local paint supplier.
If it’s the last time you want to do it, you might want to reconsider.
There are also a few paint stribing suppliers in the US.
You can check their website to see if their paint stripers are currently available in your area.