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Post by Susannah1 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:07 am

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Some very dodgy tips on here. People need to be very wary about following some of these.
Why? They sound good to me... and I already use some of them!
Here's one for a start.

Put a good dollop of pva in with your wallpaper paste mix..about half a litre for every 5


Putting PVA in your paste, makes it very hard when you come to strip it off. You'll get little bits of white PVA stuck onto the wall and they're a nightmare to wash off. Also, it's completely pointless.
Also, it's completely pointless, WHAT? You're a contradiction. What are you on about Suzzz?
It's a nightmare to wash off and it's completely pointless adding PVA to paste. No contradiction there.
It's wallpaper paste, there's no point in adding PVA and it's obvious that those of you that do this, don't follow your own work up for some reason or you'd know that it doesn't wash off cleanly like it should.
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Post by Have Brush Will Travel » Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:34 pm

That is a fair point though...it is harder to wash the residue off...hot water normally does the trick though
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Post by Susannah1 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:35 pm

And there's -
Tom d'Angler wrote:At the moment you can get 10l Crown PBW matt or silk for only £9.99 at Focus and only £9.98 at B&Q.

I prefer Dulux Trade myself but DIY stuff is good enough for mist coating and only £1 per ltr.
If you're referring to DIY Dulux for mist coating, it's not good enough.
Not the right paint at all.
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Post by royaloakcarpentry » Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:42 pm

I can never understand using crap paint for the most important coat......the first one.

Although, I can never understand trades using crap materials for anything.
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Post by Jaeger_S2k » Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:14 am

Susannah1 wrote:
Jaeger_S2k wrote:
Susannah1 wrote:
Tom d'Angler wrote:
Some very dodgy tips on here. People need to be very wary about following some of these.
Why? They sound good to me... and I already use some of them!
Here's one for a start.

Put a good dollop of pva in with your wallpaper paste mix..about half a litre for every 5


Putting PVA in your paste, makes it very hard when you come to strip it off. You'll get little bits of white PVA stuck onto the wall and they're a nightmare to wash off. Also, it's completely pointless.
Also, it's completely pointless, WHAT? You're a contradiction. What are you on about Suzzz?
It's a nightmare to wash off and it's completely pointless adding PVA to paste. No contradiction there.
It's wallpaper paste, there's no point in adding PVA and it's obvious that those of you that do this, don't follow your own work up for some reason or you'd know that it doesn't wash off cleanly like it should.
Pointless to refer to 'Sticking' paper to the wall more efficiently, is a contradiction and irrelevant.

Pointless as it makes it difficult to remove when the point of using it is to make it more sticky therefore more difficult to remove, doesn't make sense.

Not to do it as it makes the paper more difficult to remove, that is, as HBWT, says a fair point. :wink:
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Post by Puma » Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:35 am

I am sure there are terrible non-trade paints to use as mist coat, but has anyone used BandQ basic matt paint, almost entirely odourless, for a mist coat?

The plaster I was using it on was super dry - but it seemed to do a great job, even good coverage - dried perfectly flat too.
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Post by diyguys » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:45 pm

Its getting difficult to follow this or is it just me,do or dont put pva in your paste ,what should you use as a good mist coat thanks.
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Post by Lyngarth » Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:06 pm

I myself don't put PVA into my paste, as I'm sure if it was needed then it would be put in when it was made!! but I know a lot of people still do this.

I always use the same paint for the mist coat as I intend to use afor the top coat.

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Post by feva » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:37 pm

these


http://www.decoratingdirect.co.uk/viewprod/r/RODPFB/

are spot on for filling, i got put on to them this year.
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Post by Jaeger_S2k » Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:47 pm

feva wrote:these


http://www.decoratingdirect.co.uk/viewprod/r/RODPFB/

are spot on for filling, i got put on to them this year.
Spot on feva!

I second that, my plasterer was wanting to nick mine today. :thumbright:
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Post by feva » Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:02 pm

there spot on for using the big one for stripping wallpaper because the blade is that thin it get right behind the paper
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Post by Puma » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:58 pm

One inch chisel. Few decs carry them, but they open cans better than anything, clean up corners better than anything and are an effective stirrer.
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Post by royaloakcarpentry » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:49 pm

CHISEL...........stirrer.....can opener........HOW very dare you!

I shall pretend I didn't read that post of chisel abuse lol.

I like the shaped scrapers for opening tins.
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Post by Jaeger_S2k » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:53 pm

One of the best tips I picked up from a Pro Dec was the order to paint a 6 panel door.
Sounds easy doesn't it, well this will save you time and won't pull your wrist, brush and paint to bits.

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Post by Have Brush Will Travel » Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:21 pm

Thats more or less how I do it...except i finish the bottom two panels last after the muntin bottom rail and styles
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