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    Painting A Brick House????

    Mud packing is often where the damage is caused by termites. Are you in OZ? Only when I was there we often steered clear of yellows and whites on the lower half of brick or stucco as this does attract termites. New builds in the southern hemisphere will often have a z profile termite barrier...
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    Clear varnish on American White Oak

    I would wax and not varnish. However , of the two the differences there are toughness and resiliance. I would go for the teflon finish. Also ,take a look at the Osmo range of wood treatments.
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    External wall - preparation before painting

    No need to stabilise pre painted areas ,unless they are loose or flaky.Yes , keep your area clean, and remove all dust and dirt. Cant help you with vertigo up your ladder, but if you feel unsafe consider a tower.Never work alone up a ladder. good luck
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    sealing a concrete block wall before painting

    Use a stabiliser.. I have used deep seal in the past, but regular stabilisers are sufficiant.
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    Dulux Trade Satinwood (oil-based) - do I need to thin?

    Ambiant temperature, surface, humidity, and brush type, will all determine how much one should thin..Often a decorator will have a prefered thickness to increase flow and ease of handling. If the surface is completly smooth and devoid of all blemshes,your 10% option would be ok.
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    Oak handrail treatment

    Any varnish or wax will always affect the colour, so proceed with caution. personally ,I would use a clear wax, rubbing in and off when dry. perhaps as many as five coats, finally buffing hard. I also find scrim is perfect for this.
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    Difference between woodcare brush & emulsion brush? (I)

    Ok, Look. It seems to me question 2 and three are the same. Are they not?Anyways. No, there really isnt any difference, apart from quality and name, style etc. In answer to question 1.\ Yes , you can pretty much use any brush you like. timbercare brushes are generally short and wide, and often...
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    Best type of fill for uneven grainy surfaces

    Use a stabiliser over the whole crumbly surface, and then fill as required. I tend to use toupret fillers ,but they all handle a different way and the above suggestion of easyfill may be the way to go. good luck
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    Achieving neat silicone/beading lines

    I use kids wooden lolly sticks and a bit o scratch to make a bespoke tool for each job. Using washing up liquid and water as a dipping solution.
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    Oil or Water based paint?

    I would go , oil based under and top coats with a nice high voc content..Then try extra hard with my re cycling waste in an effort to compensate for my massive pollution of our atmosphere. However, I bet my doors are as smooth as glass and stay white longer.Therfore saving on an earlier...
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    Decorators used different brand of paint ?????

    Only stop payment if it was an agreed specification for them to use Dulux branded paint. If however the colour was "chosen" from a dulux chart and then copied this is often practiced.