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Nobody knows paint like Crowies! Our team members have many years' collective experience and love sharing their wisdom with customers.

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!

Nutech Pavecoat

04 Sep, 2017

Nutech Pavecoat is recommended for a wide variety of decorative and protective concrete finishes.

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Cutek CD50

28 Aug, 2017

Cutek CD50 is a unique wood protection oil which keeps wood looking great for many years available through Crowies Paints stores

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Crowies Paints are proud to be stockists of the Mirka® Dust Free Sanding System and the new revolutionary Abranet® sanding net

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Handy Hints for Painting in Cold Weather #5

11 Jul, 2017

Getting your interior painting project to dry at this time of the year can be challenging. Crowies Paints stores have dehumidifiers that are available for hire that will assist in maintaining the drying time for all interior painting jobs during the cold weather. These work extremely well and will allow you to keep your painting projects on track this winter.

Handy Hints for Painting in Cold Weather #4

04 Jul, 2017

It generally takes paint longer to dry and cure in cold, damp conditions. This not only extends the touch dry time but will also extend the recoat times recommended by the manufacturer. Recoat times are calculated based on ambient temperature of 25C and 50% humidity. As a rough guide, water based paint recoat times can be extended from 4hrs to 6 hrs and solvent based enamel recoat times can be extended to 48hrs or longer.

Handy Hints for Painting in Cold Weather #3

27 Jun, 2017

At very low temperatures, paint can freeze if it is not stored correctly during the cold winter months. This includes product that is stored outside, on construction sites, in cold garden sheds and especially product that is supplied in metal cans. The application and performance of paint that has allowed to freeze then thaw out again can be seriously compromised. When mixing paint before use, check it carefully for any lumps or “seeds”. If you find any, it’s possible that the product has been adversely affected by freezing and may not suitable for use.

Handy Hints for Painting in Cold Weather #2

20 Jun, 2017

Solvent based enamels and varnishes tend to be a little thicker and more viscous in the colder weather. This can make them difficult to apply and often results a heavier film build being applied that can lead to unsightly runs as well as drying and recoat issues. Try standing the unopened can of paint in a container of warm water to warm up the contents before use to make it is easier to apply.

As we move into the colder winter months, painting in cold weather will extend the drying time which can leave the wet film susceptible to unsightly surface defects that will detract from the appearance and require rectification.

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These imaginative oversized pencils have been created by one of our customers from the Aldgate store using Permapine logs

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An innovative use of cast concrete panels for the bench-tops in this kitchen has produced a spectacular modern appearance.

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