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Category: Preparation

Traditionally two part Builders Bog is used to fill deep holes in exterior substrates. In cold weather however problems can be encountered when filling damp surfaces as the moisture can interfere with the adhesion of the bog to the substrate. There is an alternative product available to overcome this potential issue.

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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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Old, tired looking aluminium boats can have their appearance enhanced and lifespan extended with a new paint job that can easily be done as a DIY project. (photographs courtesy of Norglass Marine Paints)

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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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Selecting the right paint gloss level, colour and application tools is extremely important to ensure the success of your painting project. Here are a few tips to consider.

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Preparing Surfaces To Eliminate Surface Imperfections

21 Jan, 2016

Conventional paints only have a limited ability to mask surface imperfections. Don’t underestimate the importance of preparing surfaces thoroughly to achieve a smoother, more even finish. Between coats you may need to sand off any bumps or re-fill any imperfections before applying the next coat.

Preparing A Room For Painting

21 Jan, 2016

Remove door knobs, light switch and powerpoint covers and curtain rod brackets before you start painting. It is much easier and faster to remove these items and reinstall them rather than trying to work around them and the overall finish will look more professional.

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.

Painting Kitchens And Bathrooms

21 Jan, 2016

Paint will not stick to dirty surfaces. Before painting, remove dust and dirt with water and mild dishwashing liquid and rinse clean. In kitchens and bathrooms, sugar soap will remove the grease and soap scum more effectively. Make sure you rinse surfaces with clean water before applying the paint.

Stirring Paint Before Use

21 Jan, 2016

Always mix your paint before you use it with a paint wacker or broad paint stirring stick using a circular, upward motion. A screwdriver or piece of dowel will not mix the paint sufficiently and may result in unsightly colour, coverage and gloss variations in the dried finish.

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