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Do glass surfaces need to be treated before painting them?+

You will need to clean glass surfaces before painting them. Clean it with MTO/ N.C. Thinner followed by 2 washing with soap water, so that there are no foreign materials like grease, dust, oil, etc. Rinse it twice with clean water and dry completely.

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Of what material should water tanks be made to avoid contaminating water?+

Water tanks are usually made of concrete, MS Sheet or PVC tanks, etc. Over a period of time water reacts with the surfaces - metal surfaces develop rust, plastic and concrete surfaces allow fungus and algae growth, all leading to contamination of the water. Also concrete tanks may be the reason why the main building becomes damp.

To avoid contaminating the water this is what you should do – for interior (MS metal) no primer is required. Apply 3 coats of Berger Asphaltene Black. IMPORTANT: While painting the tank on the inside, the cover must be kept open till all 3 coats are applied. Give a gap of 24 hours each between the 1st and 2nd coat and 2nd and 3rd coat. Keep the tank open for 3 to 4 days to harden the paint film.

Only after the film is completely dry, fill it with water. To avoid the smell of paint affecting the water rinse out the tank with water 2 to 3 times. Follow same steps in case of a concrete tank except, here the 1st coat should be thinned.

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What are ducts generally made of?+

Generally ducts are made of GI sheets. They are used to carry hot air throughout a building's heating system for ventilation or for air conditioning or for carrying fumes from manufacturing processes.

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How do I protect fiberglass surfaces?+

Apply 1 coat of Epilux 4 Clear varnish. Thereafter, apply 1 or 2 coats of Epilux Putty. Let it dry completely. Give a gap of 2 to 3 days before applying the finishing coat. Apply 2 coats of Berger Thane PU enamel or Epilux 4 Enamel.

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What should I do before painting on asbestos cement?+

First you need to check the pH value of the surface. Wipe the surface clean and use bio-wash with 5 % dilution with clean soft water. After 24 hours wash the surface with clean water, let it dry completely before you start painting.

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Is there any paint I can use on aluminium surfaces?+

Aluminium starts looking shabby after some time especially it has come in contact with acidic or alkaline materials like cement, lime or caustic soda. You could use the following to protect aluminium surfaces:

  • Bison Wash Primer
  • One coat of Luxol Zinc Crome Primer /Red oxide Cromate Primer
  • 2-3 coats of Luxol High Gloss Is there any paint I can use on aluminium surfaces?
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What can I use for painting interiors with asbestos surfaces?+

Use a coat or two of Berger Cement Primer (ST) or (WT). Thereafter, apply a top coat like Berger Easy, Luxol Silk, Rangoli Easy Clean, Rangoli Fashion Finish, Bison Super Emulsion, Bison Super Acrylic Distemper or Bison Acrylic Distemper.

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What paint will last on asbestos surfaces on exterior walls?+

Exteriors are prone to changing weather conditions. Use WeatherCoat All Guard, WeatherCoat Smooth or Walmasta created particularly for this. You could also use Durocem Extra. For best results use a coat of Durocem Extra as primer.

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My kitchen platform is made with concrete. How do I ensure that it remains clean?+

Concrete surfaces can be cleaned with mild soap. To disinfect it use 2% Dettol water solution. Once the surface dries and the smell clears use Epilux 4 clear lacquer followed by 2 coats of Epilux 4 putty with the help of putty knives to smoothen the surface. Thereafter apply 2 to 3 coast of Epilux 4 Enamel. Let it dry for 7 to 10 days. You will find cleaning the surface will be easier.

I want to paint my concrete kitchen platform. What should I do?+

Once you have ensured that the concrete surfaces is clean and dry use Epilux 4 clear lacquer followed by 2 coats of Epilux 4 putty with the help of putty knives to smoothen the surface. Thereafter apply 2 to 3 coast of Epilux 4 Enamel. Let it dry for 7 to 10 days.

Bathroom walls get wet and the paint peels off and dark spots appear on them. Is there a solution?+

Continuous spillage of soap water on the walls causes dark spots to appear. Remove the dark spots by scrubbing the walls and follow it up with 1 coat of bio-wash. After 24 hours, wash the surface with clean water. Applying 2 coats of Berger cement Primer (ST) followed by 2 coats of Luxol Satin or Luxol Enamel. The second coat should be after an overnight interval. This should take care of your problem.

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Is there a permanent solution to removing dark spots from bathroom doors?+

Cleaning it regularly is the only way out. Continuous spillage of soap water on the walls causes dark spots to appear. Remove the dark spots by scrubbing the doors and follow it up with 1 coat of bio-wash. After 24 hours, wash the surface with clean water. Use water paper to cut the surface.

Use Linosol Chloro Rubber Primer. Follow it up with 2 coats of Linosol Chloro Rubber enamel or Luxol High Gloss Enamel.

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What kind of paint can I use on cane furniture?+

Any paint that contains dye as a pigment may bleed so use hard drying paints like Gloss Enamels, 2 pack Melamine (for interiors), or 2 Pack PU system.

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What should I do to protect my cane furniture and keep its natural look intact?+

If you want a transparent finish use Luxol Clear Varnish, Woodkeeper PU Single Pack, 2 Pack PU and 2 Pack Melamine.

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How do I prevent water from seeping into the ceramic tiles?+

Usually tile joints are filled with white cement. This however doesn't last. Adding Araldite on ceramic tile joints stops seepage. Thereafter clean the surface with 10% Muratic acid solution and wipe clean. You could apply 2 to 3 coats of Epilux 4 Enamel or Berger Thane PU Enamel.

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What type of paint can I apply on fiber glass surface to protect it?+

You could apply 1 coat of Epilux 4 Clear Varnish. Follow it up with 1 or 2 coats of Epilux Putty. Allow it to dry fully. Give a gap of 2 to 3 days before finishing the coating. Apply 2 coats of Berger Thane PU Enamel or Epilux 4 Enamel.

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No paint seems to last on the GI sheet. What should I use on it?+

G.I. Sheets have a zinc coating on MS plate/pipe by a hot dip electrolyte process. The main problem here is gripping and adhesion for paint film. Before you use any paint remove all oil, grease and contaminants by washing with MTO. Then wash again with 10% liquid soap solution. Wipe the surface clean with a dry cloth and ensure the surface is completely dry.

Painting System:

After cleaning the surface apply 1 coat of Bison or wash primer. Allow it to dry and apply 1 coat of Luxol Zinc Chrome Primer followed by 2 coats of Luxol High Gloss (any shade) or Salvaline Aluminum Paint.

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How do I clean surfaces affected by efflorescence?+

Wash the effected surface with wire or coir brush with 10% phosphoric acid solution (P2So4) solution. Allow the surface to dry completely before washing it with clean water and drying it yet again.

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I have cured the walls of dampness. However, once the rainy season starts will the problem recur and exterior walls start looking dull?+

Once you have cured your walls of dampness here is what you should do for exterior walls prone to fading and peeling due to weather changes. Use 1 coat IIIusion Sealer + 1 coat Weather Cost exterior primer (775) + 2 coats of Weather Coat All Guard or WeatherCoat Smooth or WeatherCoat Longlife or Walmasta.

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How do I prevent surface efflorescence?+

If the surface is already effected wash the effected surface with wire or coir brush with 10% phosphoric acid solution (P2So4) solution. Allow the surface to dry completely before washing it with clean water and drying it yet again.

Thereafter, for interior walls apply 1 or 2 coats of Sealer followed by 077 primer. Allow it to dry completely and then apply 2 coats of Happy Wall Putty to give it a smooth finish. Next apply 1 coat of 073 primer (Berger Cement Primer Solvent Thinnable). Now you can apply a top coat you want.

For preventing efflorescence on exterior walls apply 1 or 2 coats of Illusion sealer depending on the severity of efflorescence and the environmental conditions. If your house is in the coastal belt it is advisable to use 2 coats. Apply 1 coat of WeatherCoat Exterior primer. For best results, apply 2 coats of 775 primer followed by 2 coats of weatherCoat All Guard or 2 coats of WeatherCoat Longlife.

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Will applying a coat of paint get rid of the dampness in the walls?+

No. It is important that the dampness in the walls is cured first. Take the help of professionals who do damp proof chemical jobs before you repaint your walls or the problem will recur.

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How does water seep into the walls of a structure?+

Hairline cracks, leakage from concealed pipes, cracks in rain water pipes, water logging on the parapet or on the roof, from the sub- soil, water penetration from structural defects, condensation or poor ventilation, deliquescent salts due to poor quality bricks and faulty sand quality are some of the reasons why walls become damp.

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What should I paint on ducting surfaces to prevent water leakage?+

In most cases water heating happens due to improper painting. If the ducting is made of GI sheets apply 1 coat of wash primer followed by 1 coat of Luxol Zinc Chrome Primer. After it dries completely apply Luxol Knifing Putty thoroughly on the joints and let it dry. Thereafter apply 2 coats of LHG or 2 coats of Bitolin A/A Heat resistant Black. Make sure all joints and holes are properly covered.

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What is the white fluffy deposit that appears on my walls?+

If there are white fluffy deposits or white spots on the wall your walls are victims of Efflorescence. This occurs due to evaporation of water from the solution of soluble walls which rise to the surface.

Do I need to change the GI sheets if they start rusting? Cannot a coat of paint make it look good?+

No you don't have to change the GI sheet unless it is in a really terrible condition. You can give it a coat of paint like mentioned above but before you start painting ensure that all the rust on the GI sheet is removed. Rub the surface with wire brush or Water Paper 150. Ensure there is absolutely no rust. Wipe the surface clean with a dry cloth and ensure the surface is completely dry.

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What paint can I use on glass surfaces?+

Glass surfaces are generally smooth, transparent, translucent, non-absorbent, non-porous and brittle. For Glass apply 3 coats of Luxol High Gloss. For sheen apply 3 coats of Luxol Satin or Luxol Luster Enamel. For Matt apply 2 to 3 coats of silk or Rangoli Easy Clean or Rangoli Fashion Finish or Bison Emulsion as per your choice.

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Can I apply paint on lime washed surfaces?+

No paint can grip surfaces in lime. Remove the lime completely by wire brushing, sand papering, etc. Lime is alkaline in nature, therefore, 100% lime removal and checking pH value is must.

Painting System – For Interior and Exterior application see 'Brick work'.

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