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Stop paint from drying too fast

Q. When I was painting a chair on a hot day, the paint went sort of claggy in the brush and became hard to brush out. What went wrong?

A. It was the temperature that got you, the paint was drying at a great rate. If you must paint on a hot day when it’s above 35 C keep the doors and windows shut while painting. The hot wind will create the paint drying problem; open windows once you have finished the job.
Your Paint Place retailer can show you an extender that wll stop paint drying too quickly.
Tony Malivindi, Paint Place Penrith, NSW

Type of Paints and usage

Q.  I was in a big hardware store the other day and overheard the guy telling a customer to just use low sheen on all surfaces. Is this true?
A. You are right to question this overheard advice. If this was so, why would paint manufacturers create different gloss levels? Here’s an easy way to remember what to paint where: Low Sheen in living areas and bedrooms and Satin in kitchens and bathrooms. Use gloss on all trims.
Chris Hopkins, Eden Paint Place, NSW

How Can I Stop Paint Can Lid’s Sticking To The Can?

Q.  How can I stop the paint can’s lid sticking to the can; when the cans have been sitting for a while they are virtually impossible to open.
A. When you pour the paint from the can into the roller tray, paint always escapes into the lip of the can. Take preventative action. Keep paper towels on hand and always wipe the lip of the can. Keep the lip clean and hey presto, no problems opening the can in the future.
Rob Geyer, Paint Place Wonthaggi, VIC

Oil Based Paint vs Water Based Paint

Q. I have been told that all skirtings, doors and window frames must be painted in oil based enamel. Is this right?
A. Not these days. Although oil based enamels are tough performers with great gloss, water based paints perform equally well and have the advantages of fast drying, low odour with clean up in water.
David Cox, Paint Place Cowra, NSW

Painting Tips for Beginners

Q.  I am a beginner when it comes to painting; I was told recently that I should be stirring paint before I use it. Is this true?
A.  Yes, absolutely. Always stir the paint. There could be a situation when the tinter hasn’t been dispersed totally into the paint. It will result in painting on a wrong colour or having tinter streaks on your walls. Paint Place stores sell special paint stirrer, use it in a vertical motion, like mashing potatoes until you are satisfied there aren’t any drops of tinter visible.
Graham Potter, Paint Place Strathpine, QLD

Kitchen makeover

Q.  Our kitchen looks very tired but we can’t renovate just yet. How can we give the kitchen a paint makeover?
A.  You can achieve great results with paint. Make sure the walls are squeaky clean. Even if you think you have the cleanest kitchen in the world, you will be surpirsed once you start wiping with sugar soap what will come off.

Paint the walls with New Look Interior Satin. This will give you are hard-wearing, easy to clean finish. You can paint tiles and laminate on vertical surfaces with special paints, we even stock kitchen benchtop makeover kits, which give your benchtop a granite look finish. Ask your local Paint Place retailer to show you some of these great products.

Change the knobs on the cupboards, you will be amazed what an improvement that will make. If you have floorboards underneath consider pulling up the dated tiles/lino/cork and polish the boards, this will make a huge different to the room.

You might be surprised that you can even paint your old white fridge to look like stainless steel or touch up any chips to white appliances with a special kind of paint.

Make sure you choose one colour, an all-white kitchen would be dazzling, fresh and new. See our inspirations guide for some examples of interior schemes.
Answered by Jan Hale, Mount Gambier Paint Place, SA

Bathroom Makeover

Q.  We have inherited a tragic bathroom, pale mauve paint with floral tile borders. We need some makeover tips to bring in into the modern world.
A.  Easy! When painting bathrooms, first check the ceiling and walls for signs of mould, those little tell-tale black spots that appear in damp areas. Mould is Australia’s number one problem, so chances are you might have it. Clean the mouldy spots with a solution of bleach diluted in water, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then paint with New Look Interior Satin finish.
Vertical tiles can be painted, just ask your local Paint Place retailer for advice. We even have grout pens that will instantly whiten moudly, tired looking grout.

For a modern look choose either crisp white or a deep neutral. Paint the walls and tiles in the same colour so the look is streamlined. Your Paint Place retailer can also recommend an anti-mould additive to add to your paint so that the problem won’t recur.

Make sure that you have the following items before kicking of your project:

  1. Sugar soap for washing marks off walls
  2. Filler and blade for plugging holes and gaps, especially where skirting boards meet walls
  3. Sandpaper and sanding block for smoothing filled surfaces to perfection
  4. Dust mask to use when sanding
  5. Safety goggles to wear at all times when painting
  6. Cutting in brush, wall brush and sample pot brush
  7. Paint roller, roller try and extension pole for ceilings
  8. Low task masking tape for creating sharp painted edges
  9. Paint stirrer
  10. Drop Sheets

Paint Place have made the painting process even easier by creating the Paint Place project kits. Everything you need in one easy kit. Come in store and talk to one of our friendly staff for any other questions about what you may need to complete your project and also for helpful tips and advice to get the job done.

A soft blue, green, violet or mocha will create a space that encourages you to slow down and rest. Blue is often considered a calming, relaxing and serene colour. Studies have shown that blue reduces the heart rate and lowers blood pressure. Green is considered the most restful colour for the eye and also encourages relaxation. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, brings the same restful quality.

The best way to hide imperfections on your walls is by using a flat paint. Flat paints reduce the amount of light reflected off the wall, therefore masking imperfections. You can also try using a dark(er) paint. Just like flat paints it reduces visibility of imperfections.

An airless sprayer works by pumping paint at a very high pressure through a hose and out a tiny hole in the spray gun tip. The tip is designed to break up the paint evenly into a fan-shaped spray pattern of tiny droplets.

The airless sprayers are designed to make painting projects quicker, you will also find that airless sprayers deliver perfectly smooth results.

You can get your hands on an Airless Sprayer at any Paint Place store. The team will also show you how to use it! Or you can watch this How to Video.

The first step in getting rid of mould is identifying which type of household mould you have. Do you have extreme, interior or exterior mould?

  1. Clean

Remove all of the mould growth with a paint scraper, and then kill the mould by applying a quality mould cleaner with a soft brush or sponge. Wash thoroughly with water.

  1. Prepare

Apply a pre-treatment (sterilising solution) to ensure bacteria and fungi have been eliminated prior to painting.

Repair and sand any damaged areas of the surface then prepare the area with a quality mould killing primer.

  1. Paint

Once dry, apply 2 coats, of New Look Mould & Mildew Proof Kitchen and Bath, waiting 2 hours between coats to dry.

Extreme Mould can affect some of the most important rooms of your buy propecia online uk household. You may find this type of mould lurking in your bathroom or kitchen.

By following these simple steps, your once mouldy area will remain mould & mildew free for 5 years, that’s our guarantee.

The first step in getting rid of mould is identifying which type of household mould you have. Do you have extreme, interior or exterior mould?

  1. Clean

To transform your mouldy interior walls start by killing existing mould by applying a quality mould cleaner with a soft brush or sponge. Rinse thoroughly with water.

After killing the mould, wash walls with sugar soap to ensure that the surface is clean and grease free, ready for painting. Rinse thoroughly with water.

  1. Prepare

Repair and sand any damaged sections of the surface. If required, use a quality mould kill primer prior to painting.

  1. Paint

Simply paint 2 coats of New Look Mould & Mildew Proof Kitchen and Bath paint in the colour of your choice. Wait 2 hours between coats to dry.

Interior Mould can make a room feel dirty and unloved. New Look Mould and Mildew Proof will prevent unwanted mould.

Your walls will remain mould & mildew free for 5 years, that’s our guarantee.

  1. Clean

To treat mouldy areas on the exterior of your home you will need to start by killing the existing mould by applying a quality mould cleaner with a soft brush or sponge. You may also use a low pressure sprayer to clean the affected area, washing thoroughly with water.

  1. Prepare

If your paintwork is showing signs of oxidisation, wash with sugar soap to ensure that the surface is prepped for painting.

Repair and sand any damaged sections of the surface, this may require priming and undercoat as required.

  1. Paint

Apply 2 coats of New Look Mould & Mildew Exterior Paint in the colour scheme of your choice. Wait two hours between coats to dry.

This quality paint hides and prevents the growth of mould and mildew for 5 years, that’s our guarantee.

View this How to Video for steps on getting rid of mould or visit your local Paint Place store for expert advice.


Gloss is a highly durable paint and is fantastic for high traffic areas such as children’s rooms, hallways, kitchens and bathrooms. It’s easy to keep clean and is generally used on the trims of walls.

Semi Gloss

Semi gloss has less sheen than a gloss and is a good choice if you want a paint that has the same qualities as a gloss.


Satin, like gloss, is perfect for hardworking rooms. It’s a champion at resisting mould, mildew and fungus.


Flat paint is perfect at masking imperfections. It has a velvety matte finish and is often used on walls and ceilings. Flat paint compliments gloss well, but is not as easy to keep clean.

Low Sheen

Low Sheen has the best qualities of both flat and gloss. It hides imperfections like a flat does and is easier to wash and more durable like a gloss. It’s a smooth finish and gives off a subtle glow where light hits.

Follow these 6 steps and you will be on your way to Hampton living.

If you don’t feel like getting your hands dirty, our Find a Painter service will find a local and reliable painter for you. This service will provide you with two obligation free quotes from two trustworthy painters. It doesn’t matter if the job is big or small, your painter of choice will discuss the details of your job on site and promptly get to work using only the best performing products. Click here to Find a Painter.

Yes, it’s a good idea to check the weather conditions before starting your painting project. The ideal temperatures to paint are between 15 and 32 degrees. It’s recommended to start painting in the shade and then follow the sun’s path as you progress. Too much direct sunlight can cause blistering.

If you can, postpone your project if rain and strong winds are forecasted. Strong wind can cause your paint to dry too quickly and there’s also a high chance that debris will blow onto the wet surface.

For the ultimate conditions visit your Paint Place store for expert advice.

  1. Prepare

Remove fixtures and fittings. Take out any drawers and paint them individually. Sand existing coating with medium grit sandpaper to improve adhesion of chalk paint.

  1. Clean

Clean with Metho to remove any dust or surface contamination; such as furniture polish, oil, wax or grease.

  1. Repair

Repair, fill and lightly sand damaged areas. Conduct an adhesion test. In a discrete area, use a snap blade to cut a cross in the paint, then place masking tape over the cut and rip tape off. If there is paint on the tape, you need to sand a little more

  1. Paint

Apply Base Coat using a high quality synthetic brush. For furniture with lots of detail, small or angled paint brushes are useful for reaching into moulding and cutout areas.

Apply the paint evenly, keeping brush strokes in the same direction for a smoother finish. Allow 2 hours to dry.

  1. Sand

For a shabby chic look, lightly spot sand some of the edges and details, creating a distressed, coastal feel.

  1. Protect

For a durable, protective finish apply a matte clear topcoat or wax coating.

Rust-Oleum has an innovative product that will make this transformation that little bit easier. Chalked Paint is designed to dry to a velvety smooth, matt finish that brings tired and worn pieces back to life. It is simple to do, and you can get it in a huge range of tinted colours. To achieve that coastal look go for a whitewashed treatment. These 6 easy steps and you will be on your way to Hampton living.

White & Black

White and black is perhaps the most iconic and effective colour scheme when it comes to creating a timeless look.

Shades of Blue

These hues are classy and elegant and will never go out of style.

Purples & Greys

A purple and grey colour scheme is both stylish and sophisticated. This fashionable palette will out last any interior fad.

Earth Tones

Earthy tones, such as beige and biscuit are incredibly versatile. Meaning that it will compliment any furnishing you may have.

  1. Sand and clean area to be touched up

Sand area to be touched up, feather out scratches with medium to fine sandpaper. Clean the area to be painted with wax and grease remover using the two rag method wipe on, wipe off.

  1. Apply automotive primer to any bare metal

If the scratch has penetrated all the layers of paint it’s important to add a layer of primer. The primer will prevent rust from developing as well as a good surface to apply the touch up paint to. Allow the primer to dry.

  1. Add a coat of paint to the scratch

Take your automotive paint and apply a layer over the area. If the scratch is small, dab the paint on. This will result in a better finish.

  1. Put a layer of clear coat over the dry paint

Add a layer of clear coat once the touch up paint has dried. Immediately dab up any dripping clear coat with a clean rag.

  1. Use rubbing compound to make the area shine

To ensure the scratched area appears uniform with the rest of the car, use a polishing wheel to polish the paint. This will create a more professional finish. Stop polishing the area when the shiny paint is revealed by the polishing wheel.

  1. Wash and wax the car

Rinse the car down and then use a bucket of water mixed with automotive soap to wash the entire car. Rinse again and dry. Apply a layer of automotive wax to the entire vehicle so there is uniform shine.

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