All of the tips below are for your home DIY projects, if you employ BM Painting and Decorating we will only use Trade products which are designed to give you a better finish and last longer. For more information please contact us.

Knobs and Things (Door furniture etc.)
Always remove as much hardware as you can before you paint. Carefully scrape old paint out of screw slots before you try to unscrew them.

Paint Spills
First contain the spill from spreading. Scrape up as much paint as possible working from the outside of the spill inwards to help prevent further spreading. Kitty litter can also be used to soak up paint.

Wet paint on carpet & materials
Most acrylic paints can be washed out of carpet & material so long as it is attended to immediately & the paint stains are kept wet. Rinse the affected areas immediately with water, sponge out & rinse with clean water, detergent cleaners can also assist.

(Ensure that no diluted paint run off flows into sewer, stormwater or any natural waterway.)
Most oil-based paint can be thinned with thinners/turps/white spirit & then washed out with warm water & detergent, then rinsed with clean water.

Caution must be taken with the use of thinners & cleaning products. Do a small discrete test area on the affected material with the cleaner/thinner to ensure that it will not damage the material to be cleaned.

For paint spills that have dried
In some situations dry paint can be scraped off with a razorblade scraper (eg glass & glazed tiles). In most cases acrylic paint can be softened with methylated spirits this can aid in removal of the paint. Oil based paints dry harder; mineral turps may soften them if they have not fully cured. If methylated spirits or mineral turps do not affect dry paint spills a paint stripper may need to be used.

Caution must be taken with the use of thinners & cleaning products. Do a small discrete test area on the affected material with the cleaner/thinner to ensure that it will not damage the material to be cleaned.

Unmasking
Always remove masking tape before the paint is completely hard so it wont chip and crack. Removing tape while the paint is still relatively wet will prevent most problems.

Stop Mould
Lack of ventilation and moisture encourages mould growth. Exhaust fans and Dulux Mouldshield can help prevent re-growth.

Clean Start
Thorough washing with sugar soap will remove grease and dirt and ensure the best possible performance from the finish coats.

Surface Preparation
To ensure you have the best possible finish under your paint, always use good quality fillers.

Plaster Cracks
For a superior smooth finish on your plaster and plasterboard surfaces use Polyfilla Plaster Cracks. There is minimal shrinkage with this product so there is no need for you to overfill your holes. As Plaster Cracks is extremely fast drying, you will have your job done in no time.

Large Cracks
For deep and wide cracks on surfaces such as mortar, concrete, timber, plastic and primed metal use Polyfilla Large Cracks. It is smooth and easy to apply and extremely durable. Large cracks comes in three convenient sizes.

Skim Coat
when filling fine imperfections on interior surfaces use Polyfilla Skim Coat. It is extremely easy to apply and sand. After sanding your walls will be ready for painting. Skim Coat comes in three convenient sizes.

Mirror Finish
For a superior mirror-like finish under gloss paints use Polyfilla Mirror Finish. It is smooth and easy to apply. It has excellent adhesion to timber, plaster, concrete, mortar and primed metal. Mirror Finish comes in two convenient sizes.

Interior Timber
When filling interior timber use Polyfilla Interior Timber. It will give you the best finish with your stain or varnish. It is strong enough even to be nailed. Interior timber comes in two convenient sizes.