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You’ve enjoyed the festivities, you’ve slumped on the sofa to recover, you’ve got the TV on – but you’re not watching the screen, you’re watching in horror as the paint in the corner of the room peels.

Yup, relaxing at home over the Christmas period is lovely, but it can also mean you finally have time to spot those flaws.

Don’t despair though, while painting can be a minefield for novices, most common problems are easily averted or remedied if you follow these simple tips.
Flaking and peeling 
Paint often flakes and peels over time or because of poor preparation, but there can be other causes.

If you live in a period property, flaking paint may be caused by distemper, an old-fashioned paint.

To test, wet the wall with water and wait to see if the paint peels – distemper will. Get as much of it off as you can with water and a scraper, then seal the rest with a couple of coats of plaster sealer.
Dull gloss 
If your gloss isn’t glossy enough, it may be down to being over-brushed or thinned. Or it may be because you haven’t allowed the gloss to dry properly between coats, or that you’ve painted in a room that’s too cold, which will slow down the drying process.
Runs and drips 
These happen when the paint (usually oil-based) is applied too thickly and isn’t brushed out properly. To solve the problem, wait until the paint is dry, then sand smooth and start again.

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