Donovan Bezuidenhout from the Plascon Paint Academy has all the DIY know-how when it comes to painting: from restoring outdoor furniture to transforming a face brick internal area.
Q: I have cane/wicker outdoor furniture that gets annihilated by the sun. It’s in desperate need of a coat of paint and some TLC, but I have no idea where to start. Please help.
A: Painting cane/wicker furniture needs to be done slowly and carefully. Due to the nature of the surface there is the need for regular maintenance, especially the seating area. I suggest a light sand to create adhesion. Dust off with a dry cloth. Apply one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat and allow to dry and cure for at least 10 days before over-coating. Apply two coats of water-based Wall & All, allowing sufficient drying time between coats
Q: I inherited a white-painted French-style cast-iron patio set from my grandmother. It’s rusted and in poor condition but has sentimental value and I want to restore it. Can I strip it and repaint it myself or do I need a professional?
A: Restoration would depend on how deep the rust is and whether or not it would be better to replace the badly rusted sections with new cast iron. Remove rust by abrasion (sandpaper or wire brush), taking care not to scratch areas that are in a good condition. Wipe off with a dry cloth. Apply one coat of Polycell End Rust and allow to dry. Apply one coat of Plascon Coastcote Etch Primer to the rusted areas and allow to dry. Apply one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat to the entire area. Finish off with two coats of Plascon water-based Velvaglo.
Q: My home is facebrick and includes a braai room with facebrick internal walls that was obviously once an outside patio area. I want either to paint the bricks or plaster the walls to make them look like the rest of the interior. Which option is better, and where should I start?
A: Both options are viable and your choice would depend on your preference. If you have decided to plaster, apply one coat of Plascon Plaster Primer on the new dry plaster and allow to dry. Apply one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat and allow to dry. Apply two coats of Plascon Double Velvet (sheen) or Plascon Cashmere (matt), allowing sufficient drying time between coats. Both these topcoats are fully washable and stain resistant. If you decide to paint the bricks, remove efflorescence (crystalline deposits), if any, dust off with a soft broom and ensure the surface is clean, dry and sound. Apply one coat of Plascon Bonding Liquid and allow to dry. Apply one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat and allow to dry. Apply two coats of Plascon Cashmere (matt), allowing sufficient drying time between coats. (A sheen finish would not be suitable for the uneven brick surface.) This topcoat is fully washable and stain resistant.
Q: I’d love to transform our lounge into a tropical paradise, but banana leaf wallpaper is so expensive! How can I recreate the look with stencils?
A: Choose one or more focal walls for the look. Ensure that the walls are clean, dry, smooth and sound. Paint the walls in a background colour of your choice using Plascon Cashmere as a topcoat. If you’re in an artistic mood, paint a mural – it’s easier than you think when you project an image on the wall. You can also make your own stencils. Visit www.plasconspaces.co.za for inspiration.
Q: Can I repaint ugly avocado bathroom tiles? How?
A: Ceramic/glazed tiles on bathroom walls can be painted. First wash the tiles with Polycell Sugar Soap solution and rinse off thoroughly. Allow to dry and apply a liberal coat of waterbased Plascon Tile & Melamine Primer. Allow sufficient drying time; don’t use the bath or shower until the next day to avoid moisture and steam issues. Apply two coats of waterbased Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms paint (available in white and pastel bases), allowing sufficient drying time between coats and after the final coat. Use a grout pen to give colour to grout between tiles for a new tile look. (Click here for step-by-step instructions on painting a ceramic tile mosaic.) What are the best colours for a baby room? Is there anything one should steer clear of? A baby’s room should be painted in soft, pastel colours. Have a look at the Plascon 2017 Colour Forecast for some pastel hues that are on trend right now. Bright tones are stimulating, but too much can be overwhelming for a baby. Introduce bold pops of colour in toys and mobiles instead.
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