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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: Interior

Painting in cold weather can extend the drying time of traditional solvent based enamels and varnishes quite significantly resulting in number of challenges that if not addressed can spoil the appearance of the paint finish and increase the amount of work required to rectify.

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This unique table top was created using Norglass Liquid Glass. This is an easy project that can be done at home with stunning results.

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Painting has always been considered a relatively inexpensive and easy way to brighten up a room, however with improvements in printing and adhesive technologies, wallpaper is becoming an extremely popular way to transform a space

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Painting Terrazzo

07 Jun, 2016

Terrazzo is a composite material consisting of chips of marble, quartz, granite or glass (aggregate) in a cementitious mix and is generally used on floors and walls of bathrooms (including shower recesses) and laundries. It is a very dense, highly polished and extremely durable material that was used extensively during the 1960's. It has since fallen out of favour and many renovators are looking at options to update their homes. This includes painting the terrazzo.

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This photograph was taken in a holiday home that was renovated at the end of 2014. As you can see in the image the enamel paint on the woodwork has yellowed dramatically in a little over 12 months.

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Crowies Paints is pleased announce the availability of Chalked Paint in their stores

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Painting laminate or melamine cupboard doors is an inexpensive way to refresh the appearance of kitchens and bathrooms. It is critical however that the surfaces are thoroughly prepared to ensure the desired results are achieved.

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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.

Recommended Technique For Painting Walls

21 Jan, 2016

After you’ve cut in the edges at the ceiling and skirting boards, apply the paint using a roller from the ceiling downward. Any drips or runs that occur will be painted over as you move down the wall. Once the paint has been spread out, always “lay off” from top to bottom to avoid lap marks and thick edges. Don’t press too hard, rather allow the weight of the roller to even out the paint.

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.

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