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Frequently asked questions about interior painting

How do I repaint interior walls and ceilings discoloured by soot or tobacco?

I would like to have more colour in the steam room of my sauna. Can I apply a tintable sauna protection agent to the steam room benches as well?

I painted an old table and now there are air blisters on the surface. Why is that?

How can I apply a translucent colour to a wooden floor?

What paints can I use on children’s toys?

I painted my bookshelf using water-based Feelings Furniture Paint. Brush marks are clearly visible on the surface. What went wrong?

Can melamine, MDF and water-resistant plywood be painted? The surface feels too smooth for any paint to stick to it.


We have a lacquered panel ceiling in the living room. Over time, it has darkened and turned yellow. The room looks pretty gloomy, and I would like to have a transparent light-coloured ceiling that leaves the wooden surface visible. Can it be done?
Darkened, lacquered surfaces can be made lighter, but an old panel cannot be made to look new unless the darkened surface is planed. This is quite a complicated procedure.

You can treat the surface with tinted Paneeli-Ässä (Panel Ace) Lacquer, which is available in a matt or semi-matt finish. Five degrees of lightness are available, and your paint dealer has a sample display board. Please remember that the colour samples have been applied to a new, light wooden surface. Test the colour in an unobtrusive spot before applying it to the whole ceiling.

The finish can be affected by the transparency of the darkened wooden surface, the degree of lightness of the lacquer, and the number of coats applied. To avoid any visible seams, apply the panel lacquer in bands a few panels wide along the whole length of the ceiling. The Interior Lacquer Colour Card includes a range of interesting colours that are equally suitable for older surfaces in white, for instance.


How can I paint the concrete-faced fire wall in the sauna steam room?

I am planning to paint all the internal walls in my flat. Can I apply paint directly onto the wallpaper?

How can I neatly remove masking tape from the wall? Sometimes part of the tape sticks to the wall, or some of the paint comes off with the tape.

I am interested in pattern painting but I don’t really trust my own skills. Can an ordinary DIY painter do it properly?