TOP TIPS! What are your top tips that you CAN share?

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Nice work. Ye Leeks!

Cleaning paint off pvc brings back some memories. Didn't think of using it for that. If I ever spray rough cast again it'll save a heap of time - always dreamt off sealing of the windows without too much hassle.

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if You want a cuppa!!

ask the lady of the house if the electric is ok?
"EEh yes" is always the reply "Why"
"Cause the kettle doesn't seem to be working"

I guarantee it will work everytime.
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splashofcolours wrote:if You want a cuppa!!

ask the lady of the house if the electric is ok?
"EEh yes" is always the reply "Why"
"Cause the kettle doesn't seem to be working"

I guarantee it will work everytime.

Now that I like.....

.....a bit like when they try to flog you an extended warranty on electrical equipment....

"Why? are you expecting it to break down???" :lol:
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Ask em what the next letter in the Alphabet is after 'S'...

They say...'T'

You say..'oh lovely yes please'!
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Have Brush Will Travel wrote:Ask em what the next letter in the Alphabet is after 'S'...

They say...'T'

You say..'oh lovely yes please'!

Ill get ya coat :roll:

That doesnt even work on my 9 year old
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To stop bleed-through from nicotine/smoke damaged/damp stained ceilings, apply two coats of Johnstone's Pliolite Masonry paint.
Stinks to high heaven but saves money on primers, is quick drying & dries flat.
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whats that little plastic thing you stick the golf ball on,yes please 3 sugars :lol:
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Colour Genius wrote:To stop bleed-through from nicotine/smoke damaged/damp stained ceilings, apply two coats of Johnstone's Pliolite Masonry paint.
Stinks to high heaven but saves money on primers, is quick drying & dries flat.
Thinned O/B undercoat is way cheaper and generally does the trick in 1 coat
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Thinned O/B undercoat is way cheaper and generally does the trick in 1 coat
I found that undercoat still shows through two, even three coats of emulsion.

I don't mess around with Johnstone's Pliolite Masonry paint though, Polycell Trade Stain Block works best for me.
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I have given nicotine stained unpainted artex a coat 50/50 PVA emulsion...leave to dry ofr a good day then re do with plain emul...always works.
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Neutrogena Norwegian formula hand balm restores the skin on your hands to something approaching normal when (like me) you can't wear latex gloves and have had to do a lot of sanding. It's really good stuff. (Three Norwegian fishermen in each tube, hence the extra cost - but worth it. And you only need a tiny bit each time).

Following on from the suggestion some time back about doing tester sheets on A3, I routinely do one for each colour of emulsion I ever use and keep them in a large folder (suitably annotated on back of each sheet, needless to say). Useful for showing indecisive customers who want 'some sort of light greeny shade' or 'white but not brilliant white' etc. If nothing else it helps them rule out things they don't want.
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bradley wrote:Neutrogena Norwegian formula hand balm restores the skin on your hands to something approaching normal when (like me) you can't wear latex gloves and have had to do a lot of sanding. It's really good stuff. (Three Norwegian fishermen in each tube, hence the extra cost - but worth it. And you only need a tiny bit each time).

Following on from the suggestion some time back about doing tester sheets on A3, I routinely do one for each colour of emulsion I ever use and keep them in a large folder (suitably annotated on back of each sheet, needless to say). Useful for showing indecisive customers who want 'some sort of light greeny shade' or 'white but not brilliant white' etc. If nothing else it helps them rule out things they don't want.
Have you tried vinyl gloves Bradley?...just the same as latex without leaving your hands smelling like a dunky
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The ones with cloth on the backs of the fingers are great. They last for a very long time are comfortable, breathable and very fine allowing for detailed manoevers!

They used to do some for 49p a pair. These are similar:

http://www.protecdirect.co.uk/Nitrile-C ... F-Grip.htm

and maybe the actual ones hidden on the site somewhere.

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Always wear a B&Brace with a zip so that yer phone doesn't drop into the bucket of paint when your stirring it...!
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Rather than buy some paint stripper, use Fairy Power spray to remove paint from plastics/metals (wait 20 mins before rubbing off)
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