Dear Donny; SHOPPING; DIY EXPERT DONNY SHERIDAN ANSWERS YOUR PROBLEMS.
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Q I want to use a Ronseal shed and fence treatment on my fence but when I've done this in the past a green substance has bled through after a few weeks. What can I do? Norman Webb, by email You need to use a fungicidal wash.
A Before applying it, wait for a dry day and use a stiff brush to buff down the dried green slime. Don't use a wire brush as it will create rust spots. Then on a wet day, apply the fungicidal wash. Finally, paint on the fence treatment when it dries.
Q Our kitchen was repainted and the smell is lingering three weeks later. What can we do? Philip Gornall, by email
A If you used a water-based paint then it sounds like the paint was old and has gone off. This can also happen if paint is stored in a garage in freezing conditions. Water-based paints have organic compounds that deteriorate. All you can do is air the room. If that fails, you'll need to repaint.
Q Is there anything I can put on tiles in the shower to stop grout being stained by brick dust? Kim Mytton, by email
A I take it you are drilling into the tiles and you're worried about the dust produced. You can buy a disposable bag, typically called a drill dust bag or dust collector, which slots over the drill bit and collects dust as you drill. My favourite is a dust collector called Dust Bubble.
Q When our house was re-rendered, some of the render splashed on a window. The guy wiped it but it left a large mark. It's rough and I think the glass may be scratched. Is there anything I can do? Eileen Bruce, by email A Buy a glass scraper and gently etch the cement/render off the glass, then use a glass cleaner. I'm sure this will work.
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