1. A

    Wrong undercoat on walls - how to fix it

    I got some bad advice from an overworked member of staff at a consumer DIY store. I got sold some Dulux trade solvent-based undercoat for wood and metal. Having painted this all over the walls and ceilings of a room in my house, I am realising my Farrow & Ball All White Modern Emulsion is not...
  2. R

    What Prep Needed Before Painting?

    There is one wall in my kitchen with patches of bubbled, flaking paint. It looks like damp, except it's too high and inconsistent for rising damp, there is no pipework above for possible leaks, and it's far away from the boiler, stove, and kettle so don't suspect condensation. It also hasn't...
  3. W

    Thinking or refurbishing the stairs.

    Hello fellow DIYer's. I'm thinking of refurbishing my stairs by painting them completely and adding either a runner or stair mats. I also have a half landing that currently has floor boards. The idea is to paint all of the stairs and the bullnoses of the half landing and replace the floorboards...
  4. L

    What type of exterior wall finish Is this?

    Hi, My exterior wall (south facing - London) is flaking considerably. So I've read that the flaky paint should be removed before a stabiliser is used and then repainted. I'm worried that I may need to render/pebble dash it again. Looking at these photos, is it a simple remove flaky paint...
  5. C

    Painted shed/summer house without treating it first

    I think I’ve messed up and painted my new corner summer house without treating it first. It’s quite small (7ft * 7ft) as my garden isn’t that big and I need to put it right in the corner of the garden up against the fence. I painted the panels before assembly with Bedec Barn paint, and now...
  6. S

    Dulux easycare emulsion over Zinsser 123?

    Hi all, quick question: I'm planning to paint a bathroom ceiling with Dulux's easycare bathroom emulsion paint. However, there's a bit of old staining that I want to cover with Zinsser bullseye 123 first. Do you know if these two products are compatible or not please? The ceiling is plaster, if...
  7. S

    Painting a mouldy ceiling?

    Hi all. I have a patch of mould on my bathroom ceiling that I want to get rid of and prevent coming back. However, there's a few things I'm not sure about. I'm planning on doing the following: 1.) Cleaning off the existing mould with an anti-mould spray 2.) Applying a stain sealer to stop any...
  8. F

    How to remove DIY paint from car

    someone accidentally dropped some paint on the road yesterday and I drove over it in the road. It must've been quite fresh as it splattered across the side of my car. I've removed the paint from the body of the car luckily just using my nail. But I'm not sure how to tackle the paint removal from...
  9. D

    Add a waterproof finish on top of lacquer

    My partner bought a sideboard she wanted me to upcycle. I painted it with furniture paint and given it a few coats of chalky finish spray lacquer but she's since decided she'd like to convert it to an undersink unit with countertop basin. Is there a finish I can apply directly on top of the...
  10. RichieSixty

    Paint/Seal/Prime MDF Shelves for Shed

    I've bought a cheap metal shelving unit for the shed that has MDF shelves. As it might get humid in the shed, I want to paint/seal the MDF. Can anyone suggest any products that might work? Couple I've found: ZINSSER SELF-PRIMING PAINT SATIN WHITE 1LTR ZINSSER BULLS EYE 1-2-3 PRIMER-SEALER 1LTR...
  11. D

    Dulux easycare paint alternative

    Hi. I've got new bonding and skimming in bedroom i am doing up for the Mrs to move in + our child which is on the way. It's about 14ft x 14ft. I would like to paint it. I was looking for correct primer (for new plastered walls) and a white silk paint. Is there a good alternative to Dulux...
  12. C

    Paint manhole cover

    I want to keep a manhole cover on our drive looking good. Can I paint it to stop it rusting and what would you recommend?
  13. E

    Help with Painted Mullion Windows!!

    Hey everyone, New to the forum and wondered if anyone could help? I have a customer that I am doing some work for with building custom cabinets and restoring stairs etc. They have asked me to look at the windows. Basically they have had new aluminium windows install but they keep weeping...
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    Cracks on coving joins

    I put up duropolymer coving last summer, used plenty of non solvent adhesive also in between the joins. Before painting, I put 2 coats easi fill over the joins and feathered out, sanding in between, then emulsioned over. Soon after I noticed cracks in all places where the joints are. How do I...
  15. A

    Thinning down vinyl matt emulsion

    Hi, Can I thin out some vinyl matt emulsion paint with water to paint a first coat over some new lining paper? The paper is quite absorbent so I was thinking maybe water down the paint for the first coat? what ratio to water down? Any advise appreciated?
  16. D

    Supermatt over vinyl matt

    Hello, a couple of months ago I repainted my walls and ceilings using Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt watered down by about 15%. I love how it looks on the walls but the ceilings look terrible, extremely patchy. Can I paint supermatt over vinyl matt or does this require special preparation? thanks
  17. J

    Painting radiator copper pipe, chrome and white colour. What best paint to use?

    I have towel rail on bathroom in chrome and white radiators all around the house with copper pipe which need a bit of paint in grey? chrome and white. What kind of paint you suggest without spending a fortune which does not fade under the hot temperature? Thanks
  18. A

    Painting on plaster

    Following replastering of my wall I have waited five months for the wall to dry out. This will sound like a crazy amount of time but I have had a slight damp patch where the timber has been historically soaked with water ingress. The exterior brickwork was fixed prior to replastering but it...
  19. A

    Zinsser perma white over lining paper

    I've pasted some fresh 1700 grade lining paper. Is zinsser perma white suitable to paint over lining paper and do I need to thin the first coat when painting fresh lining paper of such a heavy grade?
  20. S

    Factory-primed doors, blotchy black paint! *Help please*

    I recently bought a factory-primed white door from Wickes. I was told by their customer service team that it was ready to paint using a water-based paint. I was recommended their own water-based interior wood paint. However, after two coats I’ve noticed the paint is very blotchy. I painted the...