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Stop paint from drying too fast

Q. When I was painting a chair on a hot day, the paint went sort of claggy in the brush and became hard to brush out. What went wrong?

A. It was the temperature that got you, the paint was drying at a great rate. If you must paint on a hot day when it’s above 35 C keep the doors and windows shut while painting. The hot wind will create the paint drying problem; open windows once you have finished the job.
Your Paint Place retailer can show you an extender that wll stop paint drying too quickly.
Tony Malivindi, Paint Place Penrith, NSW

Type of Paints and usage

Q.  I was in a big hardware store the other day and overheard the guy telling a customer to just use low sheen on all surfaces. Is this true?
A. You are right to question this overheard advice. If this was so, why would paint manufacturers create different gloss levels? Here’s an easy way to remember what to paint where: Low Sheen in living areas and bedrooms and Satin in kitchens and bathrooms. Use gloss on all trims.
Chris Hopkins, Eden Paint Place, NSW

How Can I Stop Paint Can Lid’s Sticking To The Can?

Q.  How can I stop the paint can’s lid sticking to the can; when the cans have been sitting for a while they are virtually impossible to open.
A. When you pour the paint from the can into the roller tray, paint always escapes into the lip of the can. Take preventative action. Keep paper towels on hand and always wipe the lip of the can. Keep the lip clean and hey presto, no problems opening the can in the future.
Rob Geyer, Paint Place Wonthaggi, VIC

Oil Based Paint vs Water Based Paint

Q. I have been told that all skirtings, doors and window frames must be painted in oil based enamel. Is this right?
A. Not these days. Although oil based enamels are tough performers with great gloss, water based paints perform equally well and have the advantages of fast drying, low odour with clean up in water.
David Cox, Paint Place Cowra, NSW

Painting Tips for Beginners

Q.  I am a beginner when it comes to painting; I was told recently that I should be stirring paint before I use it. Is this true?
A.  Yes, absolutely. Always stir the paint. There could be a situation when the tinter hasn’t been dispersed totally into the paint. It will result in painting on a wrong colour or having tinter streaks on your walls. Paint Place stores sell special paint stirrer, use it in a vertical motion, like mashing potatoes until you are satisfied there aren’t any drops of tinter visible.
Graham Potter, Paint Place Strathpine, QLD

Kitchen makeover

Q.  Our kitchen looks very tired but we can’t renovate just yet. How can we give the kitchen a paint makeover?
A.  You can achieve great results with paint. Make sure the walls are squeaky clean. Even if you think you have the cleanest kitchen in the world, you will be surpirsed once you start wiping with sugar soap what will come off.

Paint the walls with New Look Interior Satin. This will give you are hard-wearing, easy to clean finish. You can paint tiles and laminate on vertical surfaces with special paints, we even stock kitchen benchtop makeover kits, which give your benchtop a granite look finish. Ask your local Paint Place retailer to show you some of these great products.

Change the knobs on the cupboards, you will be amazed what an improvement that will make. If you have floorboards underneath consider pulling up the dated tiles/lino/cork and polish the boards, this will make a huge different to the room.

You might be surprised that you can even paint your old white fridge to look like stainless steel or touch up any chips to white appliances with a special kind of paint.

Make sure you choose one colour, an all-white kitchen would be dazzling, fresh and new. See our inspirations guide for some examples of interior schemes.
Answered by Jan Hale, Mount Gambier Paint Place, SA

Bathroom Makeover

Q.  We have inherited a tragic bathroom, pale mauve paint with floral tile borders. We need some makeover tips to bring in into the modern world.
A.  Easy! When painting bathrooms, first check the ceiling and walls for signs of mould, those little tell-tale black spots that appear in damp areas. Mould is Australia’s number one problem, so chances are you might have it. Clean the mouldy spots with a solution of bleach diluted in water, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then paint with New Look Interior Satin finish.
Vertical tiles can be painted, just ask your local Paint Place retailer for advice. We even have grout pens that will instantly whiten moudly, tired looking grout.

For a modern look choose either crisp white or a deep neutral. Paint the walls and tiles in the same colour so the look is streamlined. Your Paint Place retailer can also recommend an anti-mould additive to add to your paint so that the problem won’t recur.

Make sure that you have the following items before kicking of your project:

  1. Sugar soap for washing marks off walls
  2. Filler and blade for plugging holes and gaps, especially where skirting boards meet walls
  3. Sandpaper and sanding block for smoothing filled surfaces to perfection
  4. Dust mask to use when sanding
  5. Safety goggles to wear at all times when painting
  6. Cutting in brush, wall brush and sample pot brush
  7. Paint roller, roller try and extension pole for ceilings
  8. Low task masking tape for creating sharp painted edges
  9. Paint stirrer
  10. Drop Sheets

Paint Place have made the painting process even easier by creating the Paint Place project kits. Everything you need in one easy kit. Come in store and talk to one of our friendly staff for any other questions about what you may need to complete your project and also for helpful tips and advice to get the job done.



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