Articles » Problem Solvers May 2016
Welcome to our latest edition of Problem Solvers. We have added many more new ideas and tips on how to keep your home or property in good condition with the least amount of hard work and cost.
You will find it segregated it into ‘quick find’ sections such as Wood, Steel, Masonry / Stone, Fibreglass / Plastics, Aluminium & uPVC , Hobbies / Enthusiasts. Also included is our special feature on the latest low cost paint-on insulation and mould solutions.
As in our previous editions, you will discover simple, cost effective solutions to many irritating property maintenance problems. Problems that you may have a hard time finding answers to elsewhere and this will enable you make an informed choice on how to approach various projects.
Problem Solvers is sponsored by Igoe International Ltd, (Estd.1978) Irish based distributors of specialist painting and maintenance products.
Information provided in this publication is based on over 17 years of ongoing interaction & valuable feedback from hundreds of the country’s top maintenance companies, painter / decorators, specialist building companies and most importantly from thousands of home owners who regularly use our products.
Products mentioned in Problem Solvers are usually available at a store near you throughout Ireland and N Ireland and if not, are available on-line from www.igoe.ie
For additional information on any of the products / methods mentioned, please call our information lines Republic of Ireland (01) 830 22 50. From Outside Republic of Ireland please dial + 353 1 830 22 50. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Website www.igoe.ie)
Over the last decade, more wood has been used on the outsides of buildings than ever before. Fashion no doubt played its part as far as designs etc were concerned. Better availability of different species of wood such as Cedar, Redwoods, and many different types of hardwoods also helped make wood more popular with architects, builders etc. Wood is one of the most beautiful natural building materials when used on places like wall cladding, decking, log homes, gazebos, fencing and lots more.
Unfortunately, everywhere you go, you will see lots of that beautiful wood looking like a pile of old pallets with situations varying from no protection at all, to where it was treated with something or other, maybe a poor choice of finish and has been left peeling off etc.
From our experience there are two common yet different scenarios as regards dirty looking wooden tables, decking, log cabins etc.
- Wood was not oiled or coated at all, left out in all kinds of weather and is weathered, faded and dirty
- Wood was oiled from time to time but still looks bad and weather beaten.
To clean and restore your wood to its former glory you need to establish the facts (see ‘All Decked Out’ on this page).
Here is an example of a high quality wooden garden table that was left out for years untreated and it shows! Water was applied to the right hand section and cleaned with Net-Trol in less than 30 minutes with minimal effort. Speaks for itself. Similar spectacular results can be achieved with decking, timber shed, fencing etc.
We regularly hear from home owners who have had less than satisfactory results with their previous decking oils etc.
“It peeled off in no time at all” “It has peeled of most of the high traffic areas and is stuck in the grooves – what am I to do” “It only lasted about 6 months and it was back to square one” are all common complaints.......More
Here is a completely new way to transform your old garden table and chairs into ‘out of the box new’ looking again with minimal work, very low cost and it will last for years and years without peeling off.
This expensive high quality teak garden set was left out in a very exposed area beside the sea where it received a very hard time including two very severe winters. It had become badly weathered and its owner was considering replacing them.A call to our help line resulted in another possibility thatmeant he could keep the furniture and give it an entirelynewlook that cut downmaintenance and hard work at the same time.
New Painting Tip Shows You How To Make Your Wood Look Great With a Finish That Will Outlast All Others – Guaranteed!
Have you ever felt frustrated at the lack of finishes, colours etc for your fencing, garden walls, garden shed? Generally speaking, your options are limited to a handful of possibilities, usually with a wood tone look, and do they last?
Discover a better way to widen your colour options and cut your maintenance bills and workload at the same time!
Introducing E-B, the amazing stir-in bonding primer. It makes any water based paint (interior or exterior) stick like glue to virtually any porous surface… even wood.
That means, if you want to paint your garden shed, fence, decking spindles or even your terracotta pots blue, brown, cream or whatever, all you need to do is choose a masonry paint, yes exterior grade ‘masonry paint’ that is normally sold for concrete walls etc, and stir in some E-B. Now you can use masonry paint on wood! When the masonry paint has E-B in it, it stays wherever you apply it, no peel, no flake, and, this will really get your attention… it lasts for yonks!
Bottom wooden window sashes can become soggy and wet from condensation inside and lack of putty, paint etc outside and the wood will normally require replacement or serious surgery to restore them.
Outside, exposed wood such as fascia boards can take a severe beating from the elements resulting in a similar problem.
Here’s a simple way to save those sashes etc and prolong their life for decades.
Sand or scrape off any remaining paint or varnish. Using a paint brush, apply several coats of Owatrol oil to the wood over the course of a day until it takes no more, this action will drive out all remaining moisture inside the wood. Any sections that have deteriorated extensively can be gouged out with a chisel or even a screwdriver, and filled with an appropriate wood filler. When filler dries, sand as required. Apply undercoat with about 33% Owatrol Oil mixed in to get maximum penetration. Finish off with an oil based paint of your choice with about 15% Owatrol Oil added in for perfect flow and a brush mark free finish.
As the wood is dense, hardwood requires a different approach as regards oiling, varnishing etc.
Teak windows and doors and sometimes various types of hardwood decking are is the most common hardwood we encounter with maintenance problems.
The biggest problem is most finishes cannot penetrate into the hardwood properly. This can be worsened by the presence of previous coatings or new wood that still has its own oils present near the surface. Treating new teak etc.
As mentioned above, new teak has a lot of its own oil and before you apply any coating such as teak oil, varnish etc you should first ‘wash’ the teak using several clean absorbent cloths and methylated spirit to remove any surface oils present.
Apply coating after that and you can expect a longer lasting result.
Yes, you can! (oh no… not that phrase again!!!)
A new trend is repainting kitchen cabinets from the darker wood look to warm creams etc. When you know the tricks, this is a very simple and low cost job. Here it is in a nutshell:
Wash all cabinet doors thoroughly using a good cleaner like sugar soap. Rinse and allow to dry. NO SANDING REQUIRED… phew!!! Thank God for that. Apply a coat of a fantastic proven product called ESP using clean cotton or lint-free cloths. Make sure you put ESP on every single piece of surface you intend to paint because areas missed will give you problems later.
The first impression lasts according to the old saying. The same applies to your home or property. Little things that are easily and cheaply fixable can often become big and costly issues if neglected and left uncared for.
Most problems you see in this section can occur due to various circumstances but one common factor applicable to most if not all of them is preparation related. If the preparation is taken care of in the right way using the correct products you will eliminate or prevent those problems on your property. Products mentioned in this section are used ongoing by most of the Country’s top professional contractors as well as many State agencies and are available at all the main paint outlets Nation-wide.
- (1) The insulating properties within the Igoe insulating paint Paint forms a thermal barrier reflecting heat back into your room / building, considerably reducing heat loss.
- (2) It helps increase room temperature, even as much as 3 degrees with the same heating settings.
- (3) Keeps the room warmer for longer when heating is switched off.
- (4) You can switch your heating off up to one full hour earlier without any loss of comfort. (that’s how it cuts heating bills & saves energy)
- (5) IGOE Insulating Paint also allows the walls to breath. The incredible combination of the breathability of the paint along with the heat reflecting properties also helps to dramatically reduce condensation problems, if not eliminate them completely.
- (6) Because it reduces, and in most cases eliminates condensation (appears as damp areas on the wall) it prevents ugly & toxic mould growth.
- (7) Superb on ceilings & walls of older flat roof extensions, converted garage etc.
- (8) Makes a huge difference to room temperature and comfort level in any older home, from detached cottages, period houses, farm houses, mass concrete apartments to terraced or semi detached council houses. Note: It improves any home’s energy rating, new / old.
Owl DUCKY (previously known as Diasen BKK) stops water ingress which causes efflorescence on bricks. This happens because rain water soaks into the bricks and when it evaporates later as moisture it pulls out various salts which leave unsightly blotches.
Brush off remaining efflorescence as best you can, some may remain but that will go eventually. Apply two coats of DUCKY to prevent further water ingress WATERPROOFS NATURAL LOOKING STONE Picture on right (Photo B) shows a lovely stone wall that has ugly rust streaks running down, caused by rusting of iron oxide particles in the stone itself.
If you apply DUCKY on to the stone before such problems develop from wind driven rain etc, you will prevent it happening in the first place. Where mortar is used, it waterproofs that also.
MARJORIE lives in Dublin and her front driveway had become drab. The imprinted design finish / colour had all but disappeared and various areas of it now had algae, moss, weeds etc.
She wanted to freshen it up but she was very concerned about disreputable contractors who make all kinds of claims and don’t deliver etc. She wanted whatever was done to be done properly and stay that way for a reasonable length of time. Having checked around, Marjorie contacted Igoe International the DIY specialist product distributors and they suggested a simple, inexpensive way to get a great long lasting look with minimum work and cost. She bought a 5 litre can of specific brown oil based gloss paint and two litres of Owatrol Oil.
Here’s how it was done… First, a power washer was used to remove all peeling bits as well as any lichens, moss etc that was present. Next a strong weed killer was used to kill any traces of moss etc. In a couple of days, the surface was rinsed off again using the power washer.
Net-Trol works great cleaning stone wall, granite, sandstone, etc
Net-Trol will not remove old paint and severely ingrained stains but it will remove ordinary water borne / pollution Removing Rust streaks from Stone, Concrete, Brick etc.
This is an easy one… Wet the streaked area, apply some Net-trol. Leave 10 minutes and give it a light scrub. Leave for another 20 minutes or sooner if stains are gone and rinse off. Job done.
TIP: Apply some Owatrol Oil to the source of the rust which might be a broken bolt, an old steel bracket etc. Owatrol Oil will seal the rust and prevent reappearance for some time.
Paint the metal afterwards for best results and add some Owatrol to the paint also. Insert pic of rust streaks on wall centre second down from top and can of Net-trol.
Window sills and wall cappings are notorious for peeling paint problems.
There is a perfect answer to this problem and it works every time.
Remove all loose paint using a scraper / wire brush (best option – does not wet the sill) or even a power washer if you have one. If you use a power washer, keep the lance at a sharp angle to ‘scrape the paint off’ and make sure you allow several days to dry out before painting.
You can paint the sills with either a water based masonry paint mixed with E-B (1 part E-B to 2 parts paint) or use any oil based paint mixed with Owatrol Oil (1 part Owatrol Oil to 2 parts paint or even 1 to 1 for a stronger mix) and that paint will stick like glue with no more peeling problems. The same applies to any paint peeling off masonry, stone, etc..
Any exposed steel structure from building to railings will be ravaged by our wet and damp weather and they will begin to rust resulting in unsightly appearance or even deterioration to a point where they need to be replaced at great cost.
Up until now, rust in particular has been a major source of irritation and concern, and dealing with it has always been a nightmare mainly because your efforts are usually in vain and the rust returns in no time at all. In this section you will discover an amazing breakthrough on how to treat rust in a way that outlasts any previously known method many times over. Products mentioned have, while they have not had a high profile TV or media presence, have been available here since 1997. They have been tried, and proven to be the best available by all the top painter decorators in the Country.
Steel buildings (roofs and cladding) can become faded and tired looking.
You can refresh that building very easily and with minimal cost by using ordinary oil based paint and Owatrol Oil. Make sure it is clean of course. First coat with at least 25% Owatrol Oil mixed into the oil based paint of your choice. This will make the paint stick tight to the cladding. If a second coat is required, apply with just enough Owatrol Oil in it to make it flow out nice and even.
You should expect years and years from this method. Can be rolled, brushed or sprayed.
In May 2012 Terry Wheatley of picturesque Dublin seaside village Dalkey Tidy Towns Committee had the task of refurbishing all their various street poles which had become rusted and pitted despite regular applications of the usual paints.
“Nothing previously stopped the poles from peeling and rusting,” he said. He asked Igoe International if they had a solutions and the problem was solved quickly and cost effectively using Owatrol Oil in conjunction with standard oil based paint. After 36 months (time of this publication going to press) Terry reported that “the poles look virtually the same now as the day they were done, we’re very happy with it”. The system (Owatrol Oil used with OIL based paint) is suitable for all metal surfaces, steel, cast iron, even cast aluminium.
Boats of all shapes and sizes are becoming more and more popular with people who want to get away from it all. Boats bring their own unique joys and experiences. As applies to land based property, boats too need their share of looking after. In this section we have endeavoured to show you a broad selection of situations ranging from simple rowing boats, sailing boats to fancy yachts and even sailing ships. Some of the information can cross over to regular non-marine things such as wooden furni-ture, plastics etc so you may find it useful.
As’ good as it gets…
The ‘late’ Irish training sailing ship The Asgard has had its timbers protected and maintained for many years with Deks Olje D1 and D2. Primarily the masts, hand rails and wheelhouse.
The well known, well travelled and now retired Royal Yacht Britannia has had some of its woodwork protected for many decades with DEKS OLJE D1 and D2 - primarily the handrails, seen here in various shots.
Michael O’Boyle from Killybegs built this beautiful wooden boat using larch. The attention to detail was amazing. Michael chose Deks Olje D1 to finish it off in style. Michael was also heavily involved in the building of the well known Jeannie Johnston sailing ship and he used the Deks Olje on that also.
Latter day vehicles such as old cars, tractors, machinery, bikes, and other items of all kinds are of special interest to many people who treasure their ‘pet’ try to keep it in good shape, bring it to shows, meet their friends there etc.