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Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - DIYLIVING -

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,­tools­di­ – 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.

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