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Repairing water damage to walls and ceilings.

I am often asked to repair walls and ceiling’s that have had water damages from leak’s here i will advise you on how to resolve the damage.

On a recent job this Spring i was asked to repair some peeling and cracking paint by the kitchen hob.

All the loose paint was scraped off. And all the cracks were ‘raked out’ (this gives filler something decent to grab onto). Then one coat of Zinsser Peel Stop water-borne primer was brushed onto the whole area, taking care to brush in all directions to make sure the primer got into all the tiny nooks and crannies. Peel Stop takes just a couple of hours to dry, so I could then fill any cracks and raised paint edges (I used Toupret Reboucheur – as it dries quickly and Toupret fillers are generally fantastic.)

Onto another job in the house for a couple of hours, then I carefully sanded the filler flat – taking care not to sand too hard and re-expose the edges I’d treated with Peel Stop and filler. A quick dust and two coats of the original kitchen paint and the job was done. Sanded, sealed, filled, sanded and top-coated.

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Zinsser Cover Stain

A bathroom leak had made a huge water stain over the hallway ceiling. After covering the floor with drop-sheets, I then raked out the cracks and discovered part of the plaster was completely ruined, In other words a big hole appeared.

This photo was taken part-way through raking out. I filled the hole first with plasterboard, held down with water-based adhesive. I sanded the whole ceiling (using dust extraction as usual, so there was virtually no airborne dust) and filled the cracks and remaining holes with Toupret Le Reboucheur. Another few hours on another job (I had the sitting room to paint) and the filler was dry enough to sand. A quick vacuum of the whole ceiling and then two coats (an hour apart) of Zinsser Coverstain oil-based primer was applied with a foam roller. The advantage of the foam rollers is that they’re quick, they apply an even coat, you don’t get any bits from the roller stuck in the paint, and they’re cheap enough to leave to dry and chuck in the bin. Washing out oil-based paints from rollers is neither healthy, time-efficient or environmentally the best option due to the quantity of white spirits you’d need!

Once the coverstain was dried out i applied a full coat of flat ceiling paint.

Two jobs resolved and one very happy customer.


Tips for painting the kid’s rooms

Choosing paint colours for your kid’s bedroom can be challenging, especially with so many different colours and shades available. Older children are likely to want some input on the final choice as well.
Most parents are aware how often kids like to change their mind about things they like and dislike. Characters, television shows or even movies that they adore at a certain age may become their biggest pet peeve the next year, or sometimes even less. This can sometimes happen with their favourite colours, too.

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While it is natural for kids to outgrow things, you may find that repainting their bedroom walls every six months is just not an option. If you’re worried that your nine-year-old daughter may hate her carnation pink bedroom walls by the time she’s 10, you may opt for a neutral colour palette. The nice thing about neutrals is that you can accessorize or accent the room with your child’s favourite colour. Then, when your kid decides green is the bomb and blue is just plain boring, you may only have to update the trim, buy new bedding or change the wallpaper border.


A neutral colour palette may also be the best choice for the woman who was considering Pecan Sandie for her kids’ bedroom walls, since she has a boy and girl who have to share a room. Her son probably wouldn’t go for pink walls and her daughter might not be happy with a blue room. Neutral colours on the walls will allow for more options with bedding and other décor.

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If you are the crafty, do it yourself type and don’t mind the prospect of repainting a room every couple of years, there’s certainly nothing wrong with trying some colour on your child’s bedroom walls. The important thing to keep in mind is that the darker you go, the harder it is to come back and repaint the walls in a lighter colour. Dark paint colours may require several coats of primer before another colour can be painted over them.


If your child chooses a really dark colour, such as midnight blue, deep purple or black, another option you can try is painting just one wall as an accent wall. This is a good way to create a focal point. The wall behind the head of the bed makes a great accent wall.

Another thing to consider when using colour on bedroom walls is that darker colours may make a room appear smaller, where lighter colours tend to give the illusion of more space. Some people also feel that darker colours can give the room a gloomy atmosphere, while others feel that dark colours make a room appear cosy and warm. It is really a matter of personal preference.


Take your kids to your local hardware or home improvement store and let them pick out several sample cards of paint colours. When your daughter asks for purple paint on her walls, there will most likely be many shades of purple she doesn’t like. Bring your sample cards home and try to match the varying shades of each hue with the bedding, window treatments and other décor that will go in the room.


Remember that compromise will also play a role. Painting the entire room in a bright, neon colour may be overwhelming. However, using this same colour as an accent colour could be the solution to a successful collaboration. Get creative with your kids and have fun with it.