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St Kilda's Palais Theatre Glows On

Clare Scanlan

Feb 25, 2019

A Melbourne music icon is restored to former glory using Porter’s bespoke paints and colour services.

Restoring a Golden Era Icon's Golden Glow

When heritage architects Lovell Chen were tasked with the restoration of Melbourne’s iconic bayside Palais Theatre, they consulted Porter’s technical and colour experts to recreate the original architects vision for the building. Using modern paint technology the Palais is set to look it's best for generations to come.

Peeling back the layers

The Palais has seen it's fair share of wonderful shows pass through the doors, and just as many re-decorating projects swathe the exterior. Lovell Chen took on the mammoth task of carefully removing every layer of paint all the way back to the original 1927 bare render. They paused at the final layer for expert analysis to ascertain the original colour, which was then passed onto the professional colourists at Porter’s HQ who recreated the tone in high-tech & handmade Mineral Paint, coloured with lightfast pigments to keep the Palais glowing on.

Do it once, do it right

Porter's Mineral Paint is a premium silicate paint providing unparalleled colourfastness and durability. Guaranteed for 25 years, with an expected life span of 30 years plus, this finish truly is the "Rolls Royce" of exterior paints. Ideal not only for heritage restorations, Mineral Paint is the ideal finish for harsh climates, or any project where the cost of labour to repaint may be off-set by the extended lifespan of the coating. The perfect cloak for an icon by the bay.