A Warning: Why Avoid Using Lead Containing House Paint

Although lead house paint doesn’t feature so prominently on the market nowadays, there are still a number of homes across South Africa whose paint jobs contain high levels of lead. Exposure to this lead is a massive health hazard and can lead to a number of different issues down the line. The following piece will take a closer look at why you should avoid using lead containing house paint and rather select from safer paint alternatives. Lead containing house paint only really becomes an issue when it is disturbed – something that usually takes place during renovations or when the paint job begins to flake and peel. Small fragments of this paint can become airborne and has been known to settle in gardens where it can remain for a number of years. Lead based paint can cause significant damage to the human body. Symptoms of lead poisoning include nausea, vomiting, headaches as well as a number of other signs related to cognitive delays caused by brain damage. Always remember to test your paint for lead if you’re at all suspicious about your paint job. You’ll want to test window frames, doors, interior and exterior walls, burglar bars, gutter as well as kitchen and bathroom cupboards. It is thus indispensible to purchase from a reputable supplier only and a service provider with a proven track record. Contact the team here at Warrior Paints to find out more about our extensive range of exterior and interior house paints and colour options, or for any more information regarding lead containing...

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How to Remove Wallpaper before Applying Interior House Paint

Removing wallpaper is a relatively simple job, but will require a fair amount of time and effort on your part. Below we’ll take a closer look at how to remove wallpaper effectively before applying your interior house paint. The first thing you need to understand is that removing wallpaper can be fairly messy – you’ll want to remove any furniture from the room and keep you skirting and floors clean and dry. You’ll also want to tape a strip of plastic to your baseboard; remember to let it overlap as you don’t want any water ending up on your floor. Place a few old towels on the plastic to absorb as much of the water as possible. The second step involves removing the facing of your wallpaper. Find a piece of loose paper (usually near the ceiling at a corner) and steadily pull it from the wall using even pressure. Once you’ve removed the facing you’ll want to get rid of the backing. You’ll need to use a floor mop or a sponge to apply as much hot water to the backing. You’ll now want to use a spatula or putty knife to remove the backing. Following this you’ll need to remove every last speck of paste from your wall using a gel stripper. Your wall now just needs to be primed and sanded before applying your interior house paint and the colour of your choice. Contact the team at Warrior Paints today for more painting tips and to place an...

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