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Thick Paint

Thick Paint

I have just completed a job that required the use of *Wickes Matt paint in two colours. One colour (Scarlet) was of a good consistency, the other (Cardamon) was so thick that the tin could be completely upturned without any paint falling out.

This is of course the wrong consistency for wall paint and attempting to use paint at that thickness would result in twice the amount of paint being required to complete the job, as thick paint doesn’t go very far.

So a rescue job is what is called for. Scoop about a third of the paint gloop into a separate container or bucket and add an equal amount of water. Mix thoroughly. You will now have paint of a good consistency and can get on with the job.

Whatever you do, DO NOT tip the whole tin of paint into a bucket and add a load of water to thin it – the chance of getting the proportions wrong and ending up with an unusable tinted water mixture is high. Do it little by little.

*Wickes do produce good quality paint with strong pigments but the consistency of their emulsions is variable.

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Decorating a Staircase

Decorating a Staircase

Decorating a staircase is not easy. It takes longer than decorating a room. It’s an inconvenience to do because generally you can’t avoid using the stairs while they are being decorated. Most DIY’ers give up before the job is finished or don’t bother starting in the first place!

Then there is the height to consider. Whether you are good with heights or not decorating a staircase involves heights in a confined space.

The amount of wallpaper required will be double what you might imagine as some drops will be double height.

A room needs to be available for pasting and cutting of paper.

The ladders/platform equipment needed to reach all areas will in itself restrict access to the actual walls to be decorated.

In short, staircases are AWKWARD!

So if you are doing it yourself, get organised and give yourself time to do the job – don’t rush it or you may not get the job done in the way you wanted.

If you are enlisting the services of a decorator, don’t expect the job to be done in a day but do expect it to be completed!

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Wallpaper Paste…..

Wallpaper Paste…..

Not all wallpaper pastes are the same. They are all supposed to stick wallpaper to the wall but not all do that satisfactorily.

As an example I usually use Solvite and it is reliably good. However, last week I bought paste from Wickes because they were on route to that day’s job. I didn’t know that Wickes only sell their own brand paste.

Anyway, it is a pretty poor product. Spent an inordinate amount of time re-pasting. It just would not keep the paper stuck to the wall which is a basic requirement of wallpaper paste.

So note: Stick to Solvite………pardon the pun.

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Avoid Hard Ruined Brushes

Avoid Hard Ruined Brushes

So, you’ve been using oil based paint only to realise that you don’t have any thinners to clean your brushes, arghhh!

Simply wrap your brushes in cling film or a carrier bag – closely, like you were wrapping a sandwich – and your brushes will not dry out for several days or longer depending upon the conditions.

Plenty of time to buy some turps!

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Wobbly Ladders

Wobbly Ladders

More specifically, Avoid Wobbly Ladders!
Is that painting job really worth breaking your arms or legs or both?!
Ladders and step ladders should be strong and robust. When you stand on them they should not move or wobble. If they do, do not climb them as they can twist underneath you and you risk falling and serious injury.

If you climb your ladders whilst carrying a pot of paint & brush you won’t have a free hand to balance yourself.

Check your ladders before climbing and avoid unnecessary injuries.

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