Protecting and restoring an iconic WA lighthouse
Located on a stunning headland at the western edge of WA’s Geographe Bay, the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is one of the most popular attractions in the Margaret River Region, drawing 75,000 visitors annually.
More than 100 metres above sea level and offering incredible ocean views, the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse was built from locally quarried limestone and is part of the fascinating maritime history of the Cape region.
To “ensure its longevity as a vital marine safety aid, and culturally-significant tourist drawcard” the Australian Maritime Safety Authority recently commissioned a full restoration of the fully working Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, including a full repaint. The project was completed in May 2019 using a wide selection of DuluxGroup products.
In partnership with remedial construction and protective coatings specialists, McElligotts, a coating system was designed to “withstand the corrosive-inducive environment surrounding the lighthouse for many years to come.”
“The brief was to keep the lighthouse’s heritage features intact while lifting its appearance and providing the protection this asset needs in such an exposed position,” explained Dulux Protective Coatings sales rep, Kyle Nesbitt.
Dulux Durebild STE was chosen as a universal primer for the project.
“Because Durebild STE is so versatile, it was the perfect choice. It was used on masonry, copper, brass, cast iron and even on timber features such as staircases.”
Dulux Weathermax HBR was chosen as the topcoat for its UV-tolerance, excellent gloss, colour retention, high durability, low maintenance and ease of application. It was used on both the interior and exterior of the lighthouse.
“The graffiti-resistant properties of Weathermax HBR were also an advantage,” said Kyle.
“Essential to the success of this project was the support provided by our Bunbury Inspirations store. They provided a seamless product delivery service to the remote location three hours south of Perth,” said DuluxGroup specification and project consultant, Dan McKeown.
Many more DuluxGroup products were used at Cape Naturaliste, including those from the Acratex, Dulux Paints, Woodcare, Parchem, Porter’s and Selleys ranges.