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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!

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.

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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Stains like this tend to be water stains or possum stains and are water soluble, meaning that they will keep bleeding through water-based paint.

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Low sheen is usually the sheen level that we recommend for washable walls in a normal living environment. Solver Maxiwash Flat is lightly washable but tends to mark easily in high ware areas.

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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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Flaking paint is the result of a lack of adhesion between current layers of paint and previous coats. This can be caused by previous products loosing their ability to hold together or water damage from leaking roofs or pipes.

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Before you get started with your house painting project, you'll want to calculate exactly how much paint you will need to finish the job. But paint itself will not be your only consideration - you'll also need to think about the tools and supplies you will need to complete your house painting project.

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