Open and Shut Case:
Your garage door is a prominent feature at the front of your home, so make sure it doesn’t let you down.
n Prepare the garage door by rubbing it down with coarse sandpaper or a wire brush, ensuring you remove any unstable paint. Use a sugar-soap solution to clean off the sanding dust and any grease and dirt, then wash the door down with clean water. Ensure it’s completely dry before painting it.
n When painting outside, try to make sure the temperature’s between 8C and 25C, otherwise you may have problems getting a good finish (painting in the rain is obviously a no-no). Don’t forget to cover the ground under the door, and the surrounding area, with dust-sheets, old curtains, or newspaper.
n Start by opening the door and painting the edges that can’t be seen when it’s shut. Once they’re dry, close the door and paint the front, working your way down in sections until the whole door’s done.
n Apply one thin coat to begin with, followed by a second (if necessary), being careful to stop the paint from running. Leave the first coat to dry for the time specified on the tin before doing the second.
n For best results, use a specialist paint. Try Hammerite Garage Door Paint. It’s designed not to flake or discolour and to minimise runs when applied vertically. See www.hammerite.co.uk for more information and tips.
DIY news bulletin
If you’re in the market for a new drill-driver, look no further than the cordless HPL106KB Ultra Compact from Black & Decker, part of its new High Performance range. It offers everything that bigger drill-drivers do, but it’s small and
lightweight and so really nice to use. It features a handy work light, two gears, an impressive 20 torque settings, a sensitive trigger, one-touch forward and reverse, and rubberised grips.
We particularly like the integrated magnetic bit holder - no more trying to find your missing bit - and the fact that you get two batteries - one charge is enough to drive up to 257 screws into wood. The environmentally friendly 10.8V lithium-ion batteries charge in just 30 minutes, but if you’re in the middle of a job and can’t wait, having a spare is invaluable - and they can be used in other tools in the range.
Ask the expert...
Q: I’m about to wallpaper my bedroom walls, but I’m not sure where to start. Are there any rules about this?
A: For the wallpaper to look as good as possible, you need to start hanging it in the middle of a focal point, such as a chimney breast or the largest or most prominent wall, and work out from there.
n Seasonal task...
Now’s the perfect time to repaint your radiators because you’re not using your central heating, and radiators should only be painted when cold and turned off. To avoid discolouration (caused by the heat), use radiator paint, especially if you want white radiators, as normal white metal paint will soon yellow.
Try Ronseal One Coat Radiator Paint, which is easy to apply and designed not to yellow. The really good thing about it is that you don’t need a primer and you don’t need to do more than one coat, so it’s brilliant for a quick makeover. It dries quickly to a tough gloss finish.