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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.