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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!

What process do I follow when repainting a room that has been occupied by a heavy smoker

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Some tropical hardwoods such as Merbau, Kwila and Kapur contain extractives that are water solouable and can bleed or leach onto walls and pavers

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Painting black japan woodwork

15 May, 2012

When painting over black japan stained timber several problems can occur. Read on to find out more

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Can you match the colour on my walls at the moment even though I can’t find an old tin?

21 Dec, 2011

Sure can. If you could bring in a sample of the old paint then we are able to scan it and match it accurately. If you can bring in a sample bigger that a 50-cent piece that would help.

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The most effective way to treat mould problems is to scrub the surface with a one third bleach to two thirds water mix and leave it on the surface for 15 minutes before washing it off.

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White Knight has a system for painting wall tiles that is very successful and able to be tinted to a range of fashionable colours. We would be happy to explain this system to you in store.

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Most paint manufactures recommend that you use a premium synthetic roller cover with a hair length (nap) of 10mm to 12mm for flat or low sheen paint onto a smooth surface.

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New plaster board (Gyprock) is very porous and usually has the joints between the boards flushed and sanded smooth. An undercoat both seals the porosity and creates an even texture that helps hide the flushing joints.

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If you rub some methylated spirits onto the paint, using a cloth that is a very different colour to your skirtings, then if the old paint is water based, you will notice some colour come off and onto the cloth.

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Sugar Soap is a strong cleaner specifically designed to dissolve oils and fats from surfaces prior to painting.

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