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Useful DIY Tips And Information About Paint And Painting

Here some DIY tips and information about paints and painting that a home handyman will find useful.



The problem is caused in wood by resin seeping from knots that have not been properly sealed. To solve the problem, remove the paint from the damaged area, use a knot sealant to treat the area, and then repaint.



Caused by air or water becoming trapped under the paint causing it to bubble up. Blistering occurs on a wooden surface if damp or resin is drawn out of it by heat. To avoid the problem, make sure that wood is thoroughly dry before you paint it.



A pattern of tiny cracks on the surface that looks like crazy paving. Crazing is due to painting over a previously painted surface with a paint that is not compatible or painting over a previous coat that was not completely dry.


Different Brushes

When painting a room with more than one colour, use a different brush for each colour. You will save time by not having to clean your brush each time you change colour.


Laying Off

Laying Off - Applying light, finishing, paint strokes to avoid runs.


Matt Finish

A matt finish is a non-glossy, dull surface.


Paint Brushes

You should always clean a paint brush as soon as you have finished using it. Use white spirits or brush cleaner for oil-based paints and clean water for water-based paints.


Paint Runs

These are caused by too much paint being applied. You can help avoid it by not putting too much paint on your brush, especially if the paint is very liquid.



There are basically just two types of paint used for home decoration - water-based paints and oil-based paints. Water-based paints are used on plaster, wallpaper and ceilings. Oil-based paints are used on wood and metal.



Primer is the first coat of paint applied to a surface to prevent subsequent coats being absorbed into the surface. The paint used to do this is called primer.


Sugar Soap

Sugar soap can be used to clean and degrease painted surfaces.



Undercoat is a type of paint which is applied to a surface to provide a good key for the top coat. It is a matt coat and will help cover small discrepancies in the surface. If the surface has previously been painted with a strong color, undercoat will help stop it showing through the new top coat.


Universal Sealer

Universal sealer is a clear paint that seals porous surfaces such as chipboard, concrete and plaster before they are painted.

Household Cleaning and Stain Removal Tips

Here is a selection of household cleaning and stain removal tips and information that you will find useful.

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Please be cautious when cleaning items or trying to remove stains. Before using a cleaner or stain remover always do a test on a small piece of fabric that won't be seen to check that it won't change the colour or damage the item.


Stain Removal

The golden rule of stain removal is to act quickly to remove the stain before it can dry. Stains which are easy to remove before they dry can become very difficult or even impossible to successfully remove when they have been allowed to dry.

Be Careful

You need to be careful when trying to remove stains or you may damage the item you are trying to remove the stain from. It is also possible that you could make the stain more obvious than it was before you started.

Stain removers need to be handled with extreme care. Always read and take note of any instructions or warnings on the label. The chemicals used in stain removers are often poisonous and highly flammable so make sure that you keep them safely away from children and pets. Always ensure there is adequate ventilation when using stain removers as they often give off dangerous fumes. Don't smoke when using them. Be careful not to mix stain removers - if you try one stain remover and it does not work make sure that you have thoroughly rinsed it away before trying a different stain remover. It is best to wear rubber gloves when touching any cleaning or stain removing products to avoid damaging your skin.

Here is a Randomly Selected Cleaning and Stain Removal Tip

Removing Mud Stains from Carpets

Allow time for the mud to completely dry and then vacuum it up. If some of the mud still remains, loosen it with a stiff brush and then vacuum it up.



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