Choosing a Painting Sheen Type

Choosing a Painting Sheen Type

Sheen type is important when picking colours for your home. From matte, egg shell, pearl, satin to semi gloss and even gloss all have an effect of the richness of colour and the effect in a living space. Take a look at the different sheens and what is best for your application.

How to get rid of grey wood

How to get rid of grey wood

In this DIY article I am going to discuss how to remove grey wood which is found on exterior wood surfaces such as fences, deck, trim and even picnic tables when they haven’t been stained for some time. I am going use pictures from a fence we painted in 2010 as an example. First before you begin you are going to need some items that can be picked up at Rona, Home Depot, Canadian Tire or Lowes. 1) A plastic gardeners sprayer. These run about $25 and are a manual hand pumped sprayer. They are very light and made of plastic. You will use this to apply wood brighter. 2) Wood brighter. Canadian Tire has 4 litre jugs for about $15 and is found in the paint department 3) Plastic or drop sheets to protect trees, shrubs and other items while you are brightening. 4) Plastic or latex gloves. Brighter is a chemical so always protect yourself. 5) A pressue washer (with low to medium pressure) or a hose that has Jet setting. Ok, now we can get started. First if your fence is really diry from grass, mud or spider webs, give it a quick wash with the house or pressure washer on low and let it dry. Next, protect areas and yourself from the chemical and following the directions for mixing water and concentration (if required), mix the brighter and fill the garden sprayer up to the Max line. Once this is done, following the instructions on the type of garden sprayer you have purchased, pump the handle until the required pressure has been obtained. Usually about 20 pumps. Now...

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