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Mini rollers are useful for all sorts of painting tasks, and at Screwfix, they’re good value too. The No Nonsense High Density 4” Foam Mini Rollers with Frame (£3.99 for 10 rollers and a frame, Screwfix) are ideal for applying wood and metal paints. For emulsions, there’s the No Nonsense High Density 4” Acrylic Mini Rollers with Frame (£3.99 for 10 acrylic rollers and a frame, Screwfix), and a set of assorted rollers is also available.
These mini rollers are straightforward to use and produce a good finish. They’re also brilliant if you have several different paints on the go, because you can just change the sleeve and use the same frame. If you’re using oilbased paints, you probably won’t be able to clean off the rollers afterwards, but at this fantastic price, it doesn’t matter if you have to bin some of them. When using oil-based paint on a ceiling, it’s essential to wear safety goggles in case the paint gets in your eyes. In fact, wearing goggles and a shower cap is always a good idea when painting a ceiling, so your face and hair don’t get covered. Attaching your paint roller to an extension pole, Ceilings are prone to hairline cracks, especially if there are rooms above, and these are hard to eradicate permanently. Your best bet is to open up the crack slightly using the blade of a utility knife, paint PVA into it to help filler adhere and, after a few minutes, apply the filler. Try Toupret Fibacryl (£6.50 for 310ml, www.protoolsdirect.co.uk) – unlike most fillers, this seems to keep cracks closed long term. Another good solution is to paper the ceiling with lining paper, or have the ceiling replastered. The plasterer should tape over the cracks to prevent them from coming through the new plaster, but if they miss any, the cracks will reappear. Lath and plaster ceilings are particularly prone to hairline cracks and to truly get rid of them, you’ll have to pull down the ceiling and start again with plasterboard. In the past, it was common to put textured wallpaper, Artex or polystyrene tiles (which can be a fire hazard) on ceilings. Replastering the ceiling is usually the easiest and best solution, but you will have to remove the wallpaper and tiles first, which can be hard work.