Donovan Bezuidenhout from the Plascon Paint Academy has all the DIY know-how when it comes to painting: from floorboard to babies’ rooms, floors and even burglar bars!
Q: The floorboards in our apartment are looking a little shabby and we have decided to paint them rather than use varnish or oil. What is the best type of paint for use on floorboards, and how hardwearing can we expect it to be?
A: Painting on a wooden floor instead of using a floor varnish or sealer would be done at your own risk. There is the possibility of poor – and future loss of – adhesion, causing lifting of the coating. Wood also expands and contracts influencing this possibility. Our floor coatings are suited for concrete surfaces. Plascon does have clear Floor Varnish in matt and gloss which would be suited for this surface.
Q: My wife and I are expecting our first child and we are very excited about getting the nursery ready for the baby. What are the most eco-friendly paints we can use to paint the walls and how soon after painting would the room be safe for baby to sleep in?
A: I would suggest Plascon water-based Double Velvet with a 15-year guarantee for the walls as it is washable and stain-resistant. The product is lead-free, virtually odourless and white and pastel bases (tint light colours) are Green Star compliant. It contains Silver Protect Technology which provides antibacterial, yeast and fungal protection by eliminating these micro-organisms within 24 hours of contact, thus maintaining a hygienic environment. A two-coat application is required and can be done in one day, so the room would be safe for “sleeping baby” within a day or so, depending on ventilation.
Q: What do I have to do to a wall to prepare it for stencilling?
A: Check for any cracks and imperfections and use a suitable ready-mix product from the Plascon Polycell range, following the instructions for application. Paint Plascon Universal Undercoat over the fixed areas and then repaint the entire wall with your choice of topcoat. This will provide a smooth, even finish for the stencil job. If no repair work is required then just wash the wall with Polycell Sugar Soap Powder or Liquid, following dilution ratio’s as instructed, and rinse off thoroughly with clean water. Allow to dry before you begin on your stencil project.
Q: I have inherited a collection of terracotta garden pots that are peeling and sunburnt. What type of paint can I use to breathe new life into them?
A: Remove any peeling paint and clean off with Plascon Polycell Sugar Soap. Allow the pots to dry thoroughly. If they are not sealed on the inside, which they generally are not to allow breathing, you can use Plascon Polvin to repaint them.
Q: What product should I use to paint rusting burglar bars? Do I need to scrape o the rust first or is there a rust remover that will make this job easier?
A: If there are large flakes of rust, scrape off all loose pieces. Dust off any remaining debris and ensure surfaces are clean. Use Plascon Polycell Rust Convertor on affected rust areas, which will prevent further corrosion. The pale off-white/pink liquid will turn a dark blue-black colour once conversion has taken place. Repaint the burglar bars by applying two coats of oil-based Plascon Velvaglo to them. The product is non-drip and contains a primer and undercoat. Make sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions on the tin.
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