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  • Garden
    • How to give your decking the Perfect Finish
      • Tools required
        Decking Cleaner and Reviver
        Ultimate Protection Decking Stain or Oil
        Stiff bristle brush
        We know that your decking was an investment, so you need to protect it to keep it looking great. Our Ultimate Protection Perfect Finish kits are great for doing this – and you don’t even have to get down on your hands and knees to use it. You get everything you need in one pack, all you have to choose is if you want an oil or a stain. Oil will nourish your deck and keep it looking natural by adding just a bit of colour. A stain is better for a greyed or older deck, or if you want a richer colour.

        Step 1
        Give your deck a good clean with our Decking Cleaner and Reviver. This will get rid of any dirt and mould from your deck, but will also make your stain or oil stick even better.
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        Put the pad and the pole together, making sure you use the instructions in the pack. Dip the pad evenly into the stain, there’s no need to soak it.
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        Starting at the furthest corner of your deck, push or pull the pad down the direction of the decking boards. Apply it in long, smooth strokes, and make sure you work on a couple of boards at a time so you don’t get overlap marks. Whether you use our Stain or Oil, you can re-coat after 4 hours.
        After your second coat, it’ll be rainproof after just 90 minutes. You can wash your pad in soapy water, ready to be used again next time. Remember, Ultimate Protection Decking products last twice as long as others, so it’ll be even longer before you have to do this again.

    • How to breathe life back into Hardwood garden furniture
      • Tools required
        120 grade sandpaper
        Synthetic Brush
        Garden Furniture Reviver
        White Spirit
        Even hardwood furniture struggles to stand up to the unpredictable weather – from rain, snow and heat, our weather has a lot to put up with throughout the year. If you want to keep your furniture looking good, you need our Hardwood Furniture Stain. It protects your furniture in all weather and it will make your garden furniture look great too as you can choose from six different colours.
        Firstly, you’ll need to assess the condition of your garden furniture. If your furniture is in fairly good condition and you just want to protect it, you will need a brush and some sandpaper. If it’s looking a little bit grey, pick up some of our Garden Furniture Reviver too as this will make the end result look even better.

        Step 1
        Give the wood a light sand using 120 grit sandpaper to remove any old coating. This will not only help the stain stick better but it will make sure that it lasts longer too.
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        Give your furniture a wipe down with white spirit to get rid of any dirt, and then let it dry out. It’ll also get rid of any dust left over from sanding.
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        Now you’re ready to start painting. Make sure you give the stain a good stir before you use it. Apply even coats, brushing down the wood in the direction of the grain. A good tip is to make sure you cover all the end grains of the wood. You will need to give it 3 coats, and leave 4 hours between each coat. Before you use your garden furniture again – leave it for 48 hours. There you have it, your newly refreshed garden furniture.

    • How to get the Perfect Finish on your garden furniture
      • Tools required
        Perfect Finish Garden Furniture Oil
        120 grit sandpaper
        White spirit


        If you’re short on time, but want to keep your garden furniture protected from the weather and looking great, you need our Perfect Finish Garden Furniture Oil. This pack that has everything you need for the job. The Oil is really nourishing and it protects your furniture from anything the weather can throw at it. More importantly, it’s rainproof in an hour. Using our Perfect Finish Pad gets the job done quickly as it only takes seconds to assemble and is easy to use. The pad applies just the right amount of oil to keep your furniture protected.
        Picture of Ronseal Perfect Finish Garden Furniture Oil

        Step 1
        Give your wood a light sand with 120 grit sandpaper, then clean it using white spirit to get rid of any dirt and dust.
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        Gently lower the pad in the tub, there’s no need to soak it. Then apply the oil in long smooth strokes. The base of the pad applies just the right amount of oil needed. This means you can cover big surfaces much quicker.
        Use the front edge of the pad to get in between the slats of your furniture. This will make sure you’re protecting it all.
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        When you’ve finished, just wash the pad out in water. It’s then ready for you to use again. You should top up about every 6 months to keep the oil nourishing the wood.

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    • How to cover up interior damp
      • Tools required
        One Coat Damp Seal
        Soapy Water
        Synthetic Brush


        Damp inside your home can leave unsightly stains that are difficult to treat and hide. If you’re not sure what type of damp you’ve got, we recommend that you watch our ‘how to find and fix your damp problems’ video.
        Once you’ve fixed the cause of the problem, we’ll help you make the area look its best again. We recommend our One Coat Damp Seal which will permanently block damp, and let the moisture out so the problem doesn’t return.
        You can apply it directly to damp walls and ceilings. It will leave a smooth white finish ready for decorating over. To see how it's done, simply follow our 3 step guide or watch our video ‘How to stop damp coming through your paintwork’
        Picture of Ronseal Ronseal One Coat Damp Paint

        Step 1
        Make sure you’ve resolved the issue that first caused the damp problem. Then you need to sort out the stain that’s been left behind. Give the area(s) a good clean and wipe down first, to get rid of any mouldy areas and dirt. We recommend using a soft cloth and soapy water. Repair any holes or cracks before you move on to step 2. It’s important to make sure the area is properly prepared so the paint can stick properly.
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        Our One Coat Damp Seal can be applied directly to a damp surface, but dry it as much as you can before you start. Stir well before use (use something which can get right to the bottom of the tin). Put plenty of the seal on using a synthetic brush, making sure that the paint is spread further than the affected area so as to treat invisible problem areas.
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        Once you’ve finished the first coat, that’s it. Just let it dry for 4 hours and then you can re-decorate. No-one will know it was even there.

    • How to achieve the perfect finish on your furniture
      • Tools required
        Perfect Finish Interior Varnish
        120 grit sandpaper
        white spirit


        We know that when you have DIY tasks like varnishing furniture or doors to do, you’d probably prefer to be doing something else. So Perfect Finish Interior Varnish is just what you need to get the job done quickly. It comes with our Perfect Finish Varnish Pad, which gives you a better finish than using a brush. You can re-coat over the varnish in just 1 hour, so it can be done and dusted in no time.

        Step 1
        Sand the wood down with 120 grit sandpaper. This will get rid of any old product or paint that may be on your furniture. It also helps the varnish stick to the wood better and last longer. You’ll then need to wipe it down with white spirit to get rid of any dirt. Allow it to dry thoroughly.
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        Gently lower the pad into the tub, you don’t need to soak it to get enough on. Scrape off any excess on the edge of the tub. Cover large areas quickly in long smooth strokes with the base of the pad by pulling the pad towards you - use the front edge to get into any trickier areas or remove the pad from the handle for really fiddly bits.
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        You need to apply 3 coats if you had bare wood to protect it properly. As it only takes 1 hour to fully dry, you can get the extra 2 coats on in no time at all. Before the final one, give it a light sand again with 120 grit sandpaper. We know it’s a pain, but it’ll be worth it when you see the final result.

    • How to brighten up your kitchen tiles
      • Tools required
        Cleaner with bleach
        3 in 1 grout cleaner
        Tile Paint
        Grout Pen


        If you want to give your kitchen or bathroom a freshen up, but can’t afford a full makeover, then our Tile Paint is the next best thing. It’ll give your room a different look but at a fraction of the price, without the hassle of re-tiling.
        We have a choice of 13 colours and you’ll only need to use a primer if you’ve selected a much lighter colour to your existing tiles.

        Step 1
        Scrub your tiles with a cleaning product containing bleach; this will get rid of any dirt and grease and will help your paint stick to the tiles better. Give the grout in between your tiles a scrub with our 3 in 1 grout cleaner. It gets rid of any dirt and mould in the grout. Make sure it’s all dried out before you start painting.
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        If you are painting over dark tiles, it’s best to use our All Surface Primer first. This will save you having to do a second coat of paint. When you’re ready to start painting, grab your tin of Tile Paint and give it a good stir. Dip your paint brush in the tin and make sure you’ve got plenty on then brush over the tiles. You don’t have to worry about grout lines, you can paint them back in later with our grout pen. Finish each tile by painting upwards, this will catch any drips.
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        Finally, make sure you leave the room for 48 hours before you let it get steamed up.

    • How to achieve the Perfect Finish on your floor
      • Tools required
        Perfect Finish Floor Varnish
        120 grade sandpaper
        Wood Filler
        Vacuum
        White Spirit
        240 grade sandpaper


        To keep your wooden floor looking great, it needs protecting from everyday life. Our Perfect Finish Diamond Hard Floor Varnish is just what you need. It comes with our Perfect Finish Floor Pad which helps you get the job done quickly. Using the pad means you can cover more boards in the same time. It also gives you a cleaner finish than using a brush and stops you having to do the job on your hands and knees!

        Step 1
        You need to give your floor a good sand with 120 grade abrasive sandpaper. This will help to get any old coating or previous product off your floor and will help your varnish to stick better. Make sure you fill any holes up with wood filler and smooth out the surface once dried. Allow the dust to settle from sanding, then you need to vacuum the floor so you don’t get any bits in your finish. Wipe the floor over with white spirit and make sure you allow it to dry thoroughly before you begin.
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        Put your Perfect Finish Floor Pad together by following the instructions in the pack - don’t worry, it’s not rocket science.
        Dip the pad into the varnish gently, you don’t need to soak it, just a quick gentle dip is enough and scrape off the excess on the edge of the tub.
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        Start in the opposite end of the room to the door; this will make sure you don’t varnish yourself into a corner!
        Pull the Perfect Finish Floor Pad towards you down the board in long smooth strokes. Work on a couple of boards at a time so you don’t get overlap marks.
        When you get to the other side of the room, turn around and apply from the other end, ‘feathering’ in the middle of both coated areas so as to reduce the overlap marks.
        Apply 3 coats, and leave 2 hours between each coat.
        After the second coat, you need to lightly sand the wood with 240 grade sandpaper, then wipe over with a damp cloth. Leave this to dry through before you apply the final coat.

    • How to transform tired radiators
      • Tools required
        Dust Sheet
        Wooden stick to stir
        Synthetic Brush


        If you used gloss paint on your radiators, you might notice they’ve been starting to look a bit yellow. Brilliant white radiators look much better. So to get yours back to white we have 3 products to choose from.
        Our One Coat Radiator Paint is really easy to use, because you only need one coat. It doesn’t need a primer, so you can get the job done really quickly. For an even quicker finish, we also do it in an aerosol.
        To guarantee a longer lasting white, we have our Stay White Radiator Paint. You don’t need a primer with this either, but you will need to apply two coats. It’ll be worth it as it’ll stay white for much longer.
        Now, how to do the job.

        Step 1
        Make sure the radiator is switched off and cold. Give it a good clean with soapy water, so it doesn’t have any dirt on it, making sure it has dried before you start painting.
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        Whichever of our products you choose, make sure you give it a good stir before you start (or a good shake if you’re using our aerosol).
        If you’ve chosen our One Coat, that’s simply all you need.
        If you’re using our Aerosol, you might need two, as it applies the paint more thinly. Leave 15 minutes between each coat.
        For our Stay White Radiator Paint, you will need 2 coats, so leave 6 hours between each coat.
        Finally, keep your radiators cold for 24 hours after the last coat of either paint or aerosol.
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        Stand back and admire your handy work. Job done.

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