Isomat Aqua Satin In my ongoing search to move away from traditional oil based paints, for internal work at least. A fellow decorator recommended I try a relatively new product to the UK. Isomat Aqua Satin. Isomat is manufactured in Greece, it is widely used across Europe and is now being stocked by trade outlets in the UK. Over the last couple of years I have tried and liked several water based paints. Isomat Aqua Satin beats them all, this could be the paint to finally end the era of oil based satinwood. With a re-coat time of 2-4 hours, [...]
The Order of Painting and Decorating. As a professional painter and decorator, I often get asked in what order do you decorate a room. Below is a list of order of works for different finishes. These presume that all previous wallpaper is stripped and all surfaces prepared ready for decorating. In all examples I have used traditional undercoat and gloss. Other finishes are probably now more contemporary, but the principal remains the same. Straight Emulsion 2 coats of emulsion to ceilings. 2coats of emulsion to walls. Undercoat woodwork. Gloss woodwork. [...]
Oil Based Paint In January 2010 an EEC directive ordered all paint manufacturers to lower the amount of VOC's in there paints and products. What are VOC'S VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compound. VOC’s are chemical elements that are contained in a variety of industrial products and by-products, such as exhaust-fumes, domestic cleaning agents, as well as paints. VOC’s readily evaporate into the atmosphere when VOC containing products are used. In paints, solvents like white spirit and ethanol are the main VOC carriers. These changes in the formula of paint dramatically altered its characteristics. Extended drying times, was common [...]
Wallpaper Contractor TapoFix CB67F Wallpaper Pasting Machine I have recently invested in a new paste machine. The Tapofix CB 67F. This is considered to be the "Rolls Royce" of paste machines. This will allow me to carry out more commercial decorating contracts, ( i.e. hotels, business premises ). It will also allow me to take on more domestic wallpapering contracts. The pasting machine will allow a quicker turn around on domestic work, which in turn will allow me to keep my prices competitive. The wallpaper is drawn through a series of rollers [...]
Black Mould I am often asked to look at "damp problems" in houses. This is more prevalent in rental properties or houses of mass occupation. Most of these problems are lack of ventilation. I have recently visited properties with windows sealed with silicone & air vents taped up. In these properties there can be a washing line drying wet clothes in every room, along with wet washing on every radiator. This problem is not only found in rental properties, many bathrooms & Kitchens can also be a place that this fungus can grow. I have found this article on [...]
Wallpaper Hanger Boston Lincolnshire Laura Ashley Wallpaper These photos didn't turn out great, so not quite good enough quality for my portfolio. I thought I would share them here :) I did this wallpapering job for an existing client who had moved into a new home. A feature wall in the lounge, and feature wall in the dining room. Six rolls in total. The house is relatively new so there was little preparation on the walls just a quick rub down and a coat of glue size. The wallpaper is Laura Ashley Hesta White. As a little decorators tip [...]
Slightly unusual job. I have been asked to repaint this weather vane. It covered in rust and wont spin. Updates to follow
Painter And Decorator Boston Lincolnshire Now I cant take 100% credit here, because I work with an excellent bunch of tradesmen. In these dire economic these new build properties where on the market for less than six weeks. The morel of this story is sometimes it pays to employ a tradesman. Finishing touches sell property!