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apparently i need to do a mist coat or 2 to seal the plaster. have been told to use white watered down emulsion to do this. i have a full tin of magnolia matt paint lying around, can i use this or does it have to be white
when painting a room what should you i do first emulsion the walls or gloss the wood work. thanks in advance
i have just found out gloss discolours quickly. we are painting the whole house white and doing it ourselves. i wanted to ask what is the best paint to use for our doors, skirting, etc (wood). some of the wood in the house has already got gloss on it. some of it is bare wood.
i wanted to know what is the other paint you can use instead of gloss and if we use another paint do we need to take the gloss off that we already have on the wood.
i think we would rather go with the other instead of the gloss but what to go with satin or eggshell or is there something else.
i feel confused at the moment as i need to know wether to start stripping the gloss or not.
if i use this other paint on the wood what do i prime it with is priming it with normal emulation ok or do i need something else.
thanks in advance
painting on newly plastered walls - need to put any other surface covering on walls before painting?
I have just had my kitchen fitted and to cut costs I decided to do the painting myself. I have painted walls and wood work before but I have never painted newly plastered walls or bare wood before and want to make sure I do the job properly. The walls have been plastered really well and have a smooth polished finish. My final covering will be a dulux endurance washable emulsion.
I expect to need to do two coats but am wondering if I need to put any other surface covering before on the walls before I paint them?
Regards the kitchen ceiling, I am considering just painting this with a white silk or matt emulsion. Would this be ok? Which should I paint first - I know I will need to be careful regarding the edges between ceiling and wall and have brought some 'frog tape' for newly painted walls. Any tips on how to achieve a crisp join between walls and ceilings - or is it just patience.
I will also be painting the new wood frames and skirting boards with a satin wood. Is an undercoat or wood primer the best option prior to the satin wood covering.
My staircase has been transformed from varnish to white gloss. However, I'm wondering if the painter and decorator has done it properly?
I have a staircase and landing which was finished in a dark varnish. I hired a painter and decorator to paint it white. In his quote he said he would "rub down all woodwork, apply one coat of Dulux trade wood primer, then undercoat, then gloss to the woodwork".
Halfway through the job, I questioned him as they hadn't rubbed down the varnish to remove it all. He assured me that it would be absolutely fine and they had rubbed it down lightly. Effectively the varnish colour and glossy sheen appeared to remain in the parts they hadn't done at that point. When asking the chap, he told me that they would paint the white, then rub that down which made it easier.
They finished a week ago, and yesterday my four year old son threw a toy car which hit the woodwork and some paint has chipped off and the wood slightly dented (I would obviously expect some damage to the paintwork). However, the old varnish is showing through and it reignited my original fears
Am I expecting too much, or should he have rubbed it right down to the bare wood?
Fortunately, he's only just given me the invoice, so I haven't paid him yet giving me some leverage if he hasn't done it properly. However, I don't want to be unfair if he has done it properly and I'm expecting too much.
I've been told that duluxe and crown are the top23 brands for internal decorating.
However I am keen to determine if there are other paints brands which are just as good or even better than these two.
I've heard Wickes brand is pretty good
Guidance is appreciated
can you paint radiators with white gloss paint instead of raidiator paint? thanks
Need to gloss my living room doors as they have gone a yellow colour, is the only way of re glossing them to sand them down,as i have three door altogether,many thanks
I had my bathroom repainted (with bathroom paint) about 4 months ago, the paint on my ceiling and walls seems to be flaking off again. We don't have a window, only an extractor fan. We're fed up of showering with the door open, is there any other solution out there?
Filling fine cracks in internal walls/ceilings - have tried but they reappear! The walls have been skimmed by previous owner and are just settling cracks.
Thanks to everone who answered - a lot of useful info there which I will follow.
Just to clarify - The house was built in 1930ish. The fine cracks are not all over the walls and appear in certain places assumably for certain reasons. (surveyor did write this could happen in his report)
ie New small internal wall put up - crack appeared where it joins existing wall.
When putting up curtain poles cracks appeared along the line of drill holes (plaster applied too thinly?)
Other key areas - on some walls above doors
Also the clown that laid my loft flooring banged nails into the chipboard in loft causing damage to one of the ceilings - cracks outlining ceiling plasterboard - needs replastering?
The only worrying crack for me is there is one coming down diagonally on an outside wall corner only very fine though and again has been reskimmed.