Tip of the Week
PREPARE THE WAY BEFORE YOU PAINT
Sunday 23 August 1998
1 Old patterned wallpaper can be painted over, but it should be wiped clean with a sponge and soapy water first. Stick any peeling edges back down with wallpaper paste.
2 It is better to strip the paper off first. A steam wallpaper-stripper makes life much easier. Get one from a hire shop for the weekend.
3 If the plaster is in good condition, you may be able to paint straight on to it. Sand it down lightly with sandpaper wrapped round a sanding block. Fill cracks with filler, after brushing any dust out, and wetting with water from a garden spray.
4 If the plaster is in poor condition, fill the main cracks and then wallpaper it with a heavy grade of lining paper. This is extra work but is cheaper and better than replastering. Use a steam roller to make sure edges are stuck down.
5 Paint walls with a roller rather than a brush. Use a broomstick stuck into the handle to do ceilings without having to stand on anything. Use a long-handled radiator roller to reach into awkward spots. Thin the first coat of emulsion with water to help it go on more easily. Don't worry about the patchy effect; the second coat will cover it up.
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