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21 Jun How to Restore Swollen Wood?
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Here's a problem that several people have asked about, i.e. water or moisture getting onto wood, chipboard, etc causing it to swell and become both unsightly and in many cases needing replacement.Allo..
21 Jun How to Clean and Remove Rust from Old Granite and Steel Railings?
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We recently moved into an old house which has granite walls and steps out front, with a steel railing mounted on top of the granite wall. The granite is covered with about 50 years worth of general po..
21 Jun How to Remove Rust & Stain from Old Edwardian Cast Iron Gutters & Down Pipes?
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My house has old Edwardian cast iron gutters and down pipes that are quite rusty, what can I do to protect them from further deterioration?  (J Whelan Glasnevin)Remove all debris and clean them as bes..
21 Jun Restore Rusty Gates
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I have badly rusted gates and railings which I’ve painted with all sorts of stuff but with very poor results, help please! (G Meehan Clontarf).There is now available to the general public a super meth..
21 Jun Porch Paint Peeling
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Last year, some time after plastering and painting the inside of our porch after, the paint began to blister, & if we painted over it, it would blister again. Could the walls be damp or is there anyth..
21 Jun Painting PVC Doors
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I was hoping to change the colour of my PVC windows and doors, but don’t know how to go about it. (M Crehan Raheny.)You can paint those PVC windows and doors any colour you like thanks to a clever new..
21 Jun Owatrol & Floetrol Again
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The articles are great. A few weeks ago you wrote about how to avoid streaks in paint and you recommended two brands of mixture. As I’ve mislaid the article could you please let me know the names and ..
21 Jun Kitchen Tile Paint Job
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Can I repaint the ceramic wall tiles in my kitchen as I would like to change the colour to match some new cabinets.(S Greene, Rathmines).Yes you can. All you have to do is get yourself a one litre tin..
21 Jun How To Avoid Brushmarks & Streaks In Your Paint Job
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I love your column. Some time back you wrote about how to avoid streaks in paint and you recommended two brands of mixture. As I’ve mislaid the article could you please let me know what they were and ..
21 Jun Have You A Cure For Rusty Gates
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My gates and railings are very badly rusted. I've used several of the well known products I saw on the telly over the years with little success. It is a lot of hard work, and as I'm getting on I do no..
21 Jun Flaking SIlls
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Q Can you please recommend a removal agent for old concrete external sills having layers of flaking white paint? I also intend re-painting them black. How should I retreat (if necessary) and what pain..
21 Jun Dusty Concrete Floor
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I got a shed built thirty years ago, the concrete floor is thick with dust and the more I sweep it , the worse it seems to get. How can I treat it?    (M Forde. D12)Concrete floors can be a pain, espe..
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