Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sorted! Diy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sorted! Diy

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Byline: Suzanne Bain

ONE of the downsides of DIY is that things don't always go to plan.

Unforeseen problems crop up often and dealing with them is often time consuming and frustrating, but it has to be done.

Like most DIY tasks, painting can be a bit of a minefield for beginners, but it basically boils down to a few simple rules of preparation and application - and a lot of common sense.

Here are some common painting problems and what you can do about them.


It's common for paint to flake with age, but if your paintwork isn't that old, there may be other causes, such as poor surface preparation.

Whatever you're painting, it must always be prepared, eg sanded, and cleaned thoroughly first to avoid a poor finish.

Alternatively, if you live in a period property that hasn't been decorated for years, flaking paint could be caused by distemper (an old-fashioned glue or size-based type of paint).

To test for distemper, wet the paint with water and wait to see if it peels away - distemper will.

Get as much of it off as you can with water and a scraper, then seal the rest with a couple of coats of plaster sealer.


If you can see the paint you've painted over through the paint you've recently applied, you've probably used the wrong undercoat or no undercoat at all. Other causes of this problem include brushing the paint out too much, thinning the paint too much and not stirring the paint adequately, which is especially important with oil-based paints because they separate.


If your gloss isn't glossy enough, paint that's too thin or has been over brushed may, again, be the cause. On the other hand, it may be that you haven't allowed the gloss to dry properly between coats (unless you're using a quick-drying product, this can take a very long time) or that you've painted in a room that's too cold, which will slow down the drying process.


These occur when the paint is applied too thickly and isn't brushed out properly. …

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