I’m hardly a DIY genius and even I know this
October 19, 2008
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If Tom's experience is anything to go by, previous residents of Hither Green are bloody awful at DIY. This weekend I decided to finally do something about the peeling paint on the front doorframe before winter sets in properly and the whole thing rots. So yesterday I set about sanding and cleaning down the remaining woodwork, probably the first time I've ever looked really closely at it. (After all – when was the last time you inspected your front door?) And a thought struck me. The morons used emulsion paint.
Some of the interior woodwork, that I've not yet got round to re-painting, has been done using emulsion. OK, fair enough. You wanted to tart the place up a bit and only had half a tin of Dulux Eggshell lying around. But exterior woodwork?! Are you out of your fucking mind? The paint job lasted about two years before bubbling and cracking and coming away in great big chunks, exposing the bare wood beneath. I hotfooted it to the local DIY store and picked up a can of undercoat but it's barely hiding the disastrous bits that I couldn't get off with sandpaper. Next spring I think I'm going to have to hire a paint stripper and take the whole lot off (mine and my neighbour's, it's the same structure and neither was done properly with gloss) and start from scratch.