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Home Living : April 14th 2009
2 HLF - Publication, Tuesday, April 14, 2009 HOMELIVING Paint & decorate Tony Isgrove Painter, decorator, and president of the Master Painters Association Don't fret your prep Paint applied over a poorly-prepared surface will not last as long or look as attractive. Time spent on preparation is never wasted. All your effort can count for very little if the surface does not provide a sound base on which the paint can adhere. Professionals find preparation can nearly take up the total job time, especially if it's been a long time since the last paint job. To avoid lengthy preparation, freshen up your paintwork before the surface deteriorates. Choosing the right primers, undercoats and topcoats is essential. The following simple steps will ensure you are happy with the results for years to come: Checking Look for signs of any problems with old paint peeling, flaking, cracking, chalking or blistering. These suggest repair work is necessary. Loose or faulty surfaces should be removed to create a sound, smooth, clean and dry base for painting. Cleaning If your surface is sound, the next step is cleaning. Wash it down will with sugar soap, following the directions on the pack. This will remove grease, smoke stains and dirt. Wash walls from bottom upwards, to prevent runs from marking the existing paintwork. Mould To remove mould, use a hypochlorite (household bleach) solution rather than sugar soap. Dilute one part hypochlorite with three parts water. Wear gloves and goggles to protect your skin and eyes. Apply with a thick scouring pad to lightly abrade the surface and ensure the removal of stubborn mould growth. Leave the solution on the surface for a few minutes, then wash with clean water. You may have to repeat. Details: www.masterpainters.com.au Renovating? 2186132i hlf wk32 p We can do everything Plumbing Electrical Wall tiling Home owners Warranty/ Insurance Call Now 9807 3766 FREE 'IN HOME' CONSULTATION 1300 137 198 www.ccbd.com.au Curtains Romans Sunscreens Pelmets Swags Shutters All Blinds Bedspreads LATEST DESIGNS IN CURTAINS & BLINDS by Design CREATIVE CURTAINS 2191321i hln wk22 Display Kitchens Wanted!!! 70% of normal prices Kitcheners Kitchens has an impressive range of brand new Call 1800 826 144 now (24hrs) for more info or visit www.kitcheners.com.au HUGE DISPLAY DISCOUNT! Please supply more info Please send e-book Book free design & quote Name Phone Email Suburb Free Post: Kitcheners Kitchens PO Box 7044, Alexandria, NSW 2015 NWZ70 300 364 290 CALL for a FREE measure & quote 1300 364 290 361 PENNANT HILLS ROAD SHOWROOM: PENNANT HILLS NSW 2120 OPEN 7 Days! Tailored Outdoor living www.pergolaland.com.au HIA MASTERBUILDERS ASSOCIATION AUSTRALIA NE WSOUTH WALE S LIBERTYPROCESS STABILITY FIRST INCORPORATED 1873 Member Lic.93536c Master Builders Assoc. Ty o v Take your indoor living Let Pergola Land maximise your living space with a fully designed and expertly constructed pergola that will make any area come alive. From your initial call to completion, it has never been easier to have a quality timber, steel or aluminium pergola fully structured to your needs. BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152558i hln wk40 we specialise in: Semi-Frameless and Frameless Shower Screens Splashbacks Balustrading All Mirrors Reliable service High quality products Factory direct prices Free measure & quote 2018653i hln wk40
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