Painting Doors

Tips For Painting Internal Doors

Do you need help with painting doors in your property? Read our tips which will make the job quick, safe and easy for you.

Preparation is key and if you prepare and follow our tips you will end up with upcycled, beautiful new looking doors and you will have saved yourself a lot of money replacing them.

You can attain a perfect, long-lasting finish if you prepare adequately, use the right tools and supplies, and use a good technique. Make an old door look brand new again with these expert tips.

Choose Your Interior Door Paint Colour

There are many factors to consider when choosing an interior door paint colour. The first is the overall aesthetic of your home. If you have a modern home, you’ll want to choose a colour that complements your contemporary style. For a traditional home, you might want to choose a more classic colour like white or cream. The second factor to consider is the trim in your home. If you have dark wood trim, you may want to choose a light-coloured door to ensure it doesn’t look too dark and heavy. Conversely, if you have light-coloured trim, you can get away with a darker door colour, it really does depend on the look you are trying to achieve. Finally, think about the colours of the rooms adjacent to your doors as you don’t want colours to clash within your home and will want to choose a colour that works well with all of them.

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uPVC Maintenance & Cleaning

How to Clean uPVC Windows, Doors, Guttering, Facias & Conservatories

It’s really quite surprising just how dirty your uPVC windows and doors can get. Whatever the time of year they will be exposed to all weathers and elements outside and the same on the inside as well. Whether you have newish uPVC windows or older style ones they will all start to lose their brightness and shine after being exposed to the elements. 

The winter weather can cause black mildew, mould, moss, general dirt, dead insects, cobwebs and the build-up of dirt and grime on your windows and doors outside and this can make your property seem dull and unkempt. Giving them a good clean with the right product will clean and brighten them and you’ll see such a difference. 

The same for the inside of your uPVC windows and doors, they will be exposed to the colder winter months and in contrast, the central heating can cause first and sometimes mildew to build up, especially where the panes of glass meets the uPVC. 

You may look at your windows and think they need replacing which is a huge cost when all they actually need is a good clean using Eco Solutions uPVC Cleaner.

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Removing Varnish

Removing Varnish from……Home Strip® Paint & Varnish Stripper

Perfect for DIY and Up-Cycling Projects

Whether you are upcycling furniture or renovating a property, Home Strip® Paint & Varnish Stripper is a ‘Go-To’ product that you can use for Removing Varnish from all surfaces, quickly and safely.

Traditional Ways of Removing Varnish

Removing Varnish by Sanding

The traditional way to remove varnish from a surface has always been sanding, however, it is a laborious job and takes forever. You would use medium sandpaper (150 grit) to remove the top layers of varnish and then as you get closer to the original surface you want to remove the varnish from you would use finer sandpaper (220 grit). it takes a long time, makes a lot of dust and mess, is very labour intensive and hard work on your arms, hands and fingers. You need to sand the surface in stages and layers and then wipe it clean so you can then start on the next layer. You should wear a mask when you are sanding as you will breathe the dust fibres in and always wear gloves to protect your hands as much as possible. Flat surfaces are the easiest to sand, compared to curved surfaces and joins which are really tricky to completely remove the varnish from. When you have finished and all the varnish has been removed you should wash the surface with warm soapy water to remove any dust and leave it to completely dry before you treat the surface with anything else.

Removing Varnish using a Heat Gun

A heat gun works by softening and loosening the varnish making it easier to remove. It is surprising but a heat gun doesn’t scorch the wood or surface you are removing the varnish from, however, when you have used the heat gun to soften the varnich which is time-consuming you then also have the task of scraping the varnish to remove.

You should always wear protective goggles and gloves when using a heat gun and be really vigilant as you are doing it so as not to overheat the surface and burn yourself.

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