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Q I’M paint­ing the tiles on my fire­place and would like to know what prepa­ra­tion and paint would be suit­able. Jane Needes, by email A TRY Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Plus. This is a primer and sealer and has good ad­he­sion prop­er­ties. Just sugar-soap the tiles first to re­move any soot from the fire. Once you have ap­plied the Bulls Eye, just choose a top coat. I’d avoid gloss and go for eggshell or sat­in­wood in­stead.


I AM get­ting lots of con­den­sa­tion on dou­ble-glazed win­dows and black damp on sur­round­ing walls where the win­dows are fixed. Have you got any sug­ges­tions please? Ver­non, by email A THE win­dow and wall must be cold for con­den­sa­tion to form. You need bet­ter in­su­lated win­dows – the best are so highly in­su­lated they never get cold on the in­side even in win­ter. Try Poly­cell 3-in-1 mould killer on the black patches.


WE have an im­i­ta­tion coal gas fire, but the glass front panel has be­come cloudy. Soapy wa­ter has no ef­fect. What would you ad­vise? Ian, by email


USE a pa­per towel soaked in brown vine­gar and stick it flat over the glass. Leave for 15 min­utes and then re­move and rinse.

Fabric/car­pet spot cleaner also works.

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