Favourite hints and tips from our staff

Favourite hints and tips from our staff

The Crocker Team have some handy tips and tricks for you to make your decorating experience as easy as possible. It's just a small part of the professional advice we have to offer. Read on...

Tracey’s tip:

Use an egg whisk when you are mixing up powder wallpaper paste. Also get the water moving first by whisking and slowly add the powder while you mix. This helps lower the chance of getting lumps.

The Crocker Team have some handy tips and tricks for you to make your decorating experience as easy as possible. It's just a small part of the professional advice we have to offer. Read on...

Use a brush for cutting in that’s cut on an angle. Rely on the tip edge to cut in and not the width of the brush. Don’t overload the brush with too much paint, and only dip the brush in the paint about 3-4cm. This ensures paint doesn’t go into the steel part near the handle and makes for less mess and easier cleaning of the brush.

Soak roller covers in a bucket of water (if water based paints are being used) for a few hours before rinsing, drying and then storing away. Use a wire roller squeegee to remove excess paint prior to rinsing and to remove excess water after rinsing.

Slide your roller covers off the handle before you soak them. Make sure the cage ends on the handle are rinsed well after use. This ensures your roller handle will spin well when you go to use it next and that dried paint hasn’t caused the roller cage to seize up.

Sonia’s tip:

Always give your new rollers and brushes a wash and blot dry before use. This removes any loose fibres that are loosened during manufacture.

Always stir your paint regardless of colour. Even clear finishes need a good stir. Never rely on store paint shakers to do the full job. It often will combine colours but won’t get all pigments evenly distributed throughout the tin.

Store your paint securely during transport. Any heavy paint tin can have it’s lid pop if it falls or rolls around hard enough

Tip from Gemma:

Check to see if your painted surface is water or oil based by rubbing it with some metho on a cloth. If your paint rubs off it is water based, and if it doesn’t it is an oil based enamel paint. Ask Crockers what to use next!

Test a timber surface with some water drops to see if it is sealed well. If the water leaves small pools then it doesn’t need a recoat. If the water disperses and disappears into the grain then it’s time to recoat.

And her favourite: place a thick large rubber band over the opening and around the base of a paint tin and use the band to wipe excess paint from your paint brush. This allows the paint to drip into the centre of the tin rather than all around the outside rim hence it keeps the rim free of old dried up paint.

Tip from Shaun:

Use our paint plunger stirrers to stir your paint properly. Don’t use a screw driver or a broom handle. Shop at Crockers and you won’t go wrong!

Tip from Phil:

Wrap used brushes and rollers in glad wrap and store in the fridge in between coats. This keeps your tools from drying out, and means you don’t have the excess water or turps dripping out of the fibres when you start your second coat. When you are sure you have finished painting for a while then wash  them out properly and store back in original wrapping if you can to retain the shape.

Tip from Steve:

Always use good quality roller covers and brushes to achieve the most superior finishes. There’s rollers and then there are rollers…some are for low sheen paints and others are more suited to gloss finishes. Forget cheap and nasty options.

Tip from Serena:

Never take short cuts on preparation. Always make sure the surface to be painted is well primed. If unsure ask us at Crockers! We will discuss your options and recommend the best products

Also keep the formula recipe slips we give you when we tint your colours. Our customers bring these back years down the track! We suggest you have a home decorating folder and note which room it is for each time you buy a colour and that way you can have a repeat without all the confusion of remembering the colour name.


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