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DIY expert Donny Sheridan answers your questions QWHAT'S the best way to restore my kitchen ceiling to matt white? It''s painted in cream gloss.

Andrew Bond, by email A SAND the surface of the gloss to break the glaze, then clean it with a liquid sandpaper. When the ceiling is dry, apply a quick-drying, water-based primer and once dry, slap on matt white.

QCOULD you advise on products to clean a Yorkshire stone fireplace with a coal fire? Thank you.

Trina Moran, by email AI''d start with Lithofin Power-Clean or Lithofin Wexa, which should remove any oily soot and heavy staining. It will work on polished or rough natural stone and engineered stone. For really stubborn stains, use Lithofin Oil-Ex.

QI HAVE two gateposts that I paint every year with Sandtex exterior paint. A green moss keeps coming through the paintwork on one of them. Do you have any suggestions? Chris Moran, by email A If the posts are metal, get a grinder and fix a zirconium flap disc to it. This disc will strip the paint off the post back to a polished steel surface in no time. Next, apply a coat of red oxide metal primer, then your topcoat. For wood, use a heat gun to burn off the paint and kill any growth. Then apply something like Sadolin Woodshield or Sovereign SX70 woodstain.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2014
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