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That's why it's always worth keeping across our Hints & Tips. Think of it as your painting knowledge centre. It's the place where we post great ideas and top tricks about all things paint – and if you can't find what you're looking for here, give us a shout – we're always happy to help!

Category: Exterior

Lead Based Paint

21 Jan, 2016

Many old homes used paint that contained lead based pigments. These coatings can not be sanded as the dust generated will contain lead which extremely toxic. To determine whether paint contains lead, use a lead test kit before commencing any work.

Why Do I Need A Paint Pot

21 Jan, 2016

Painting from a 4 Litre paint tin is heavy and it has a double lip that traps paint making it difficult to reseal the can after use. It is much lighter and easier to use a smaller, custom designed paint pot with a handle and brush holder.

Extending the Life of Exterior Doors

21 Jan, 2016

Painting the top and bottom edges of exterior doors and doors in wet areas will prevent moisture and condensation from being absorbed into the timber through the exposed end grain. This will significantly extend the paint coating and protect the timber door from swelling and the need to replace it.

Painting The Exterior Of A Building

21 Jan, 2016

Avoid painting in direct sunlight, especially during summer as the heat in the surface being painted and the sun itself will cause the paint to dry too quickly, resulting in unsightly brush marks and brushes becoming clogged. Always start in the shade and work around the house so that you remain in the shade. Adding a wet edge extender to the paint will assist with paint workability.

Invite your mates

21 Jan, 2016

Provide pizzas and beer and ask a couple of mates around to help you with your painting project. The job will be finished in half the time and you won’t hear any complaints. Problem Solvered!!!

Cutek CD50 is a unique timber protection oil to beautify and protect exterior timber surfaces.

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Crowies Paints are proud to stock Tredgrip. if you are after a slip resistant floor coating that is flexible, good looking and comfortable to walk on than this is the product!

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I have a house that is exposed to a sea environment where salt spray, wind blown sand and rain are common. which paint should I use?

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Solver Duraguard Satin is the best match to new Colorbond as the sheen level is very close. As to colour, we can match all of the Colorbond colours so all you need to ask for is the colour that you want to match.

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Old weathered decks can be cleaned by scrubbing them with a timber cleaning solution Like Wattyl Deck Clean. If possible this should be cleaned off with pressure washer but a garden hose on full and a deck scrubbing brush will suffice.

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