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Dulux Ecosure gloss shines in Alderley Edge

Here is an example of a project in Alderley Edge where i used Dulux Ecosure gloss.interior decorating Alderley Edge

I was recently asked back to a clients property to look at a few more projects they wanted me to be involved in.  Whilst at the property they pointed out how the water based finish of the gloss had not yellowed in the slightest since I completed the hall stairs and landing some 3 years ago. Water based finishes will not yellow at all  thats why i specify it for full high gloss finish.

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 What did impress me though was the brilliant “wet look” to all doors, trim and spindles considering it was thinned 10% as i used a graco 9000 hvlp unit to apply it with a size 4 needle creating flawless finishes.

I think you would agree its certainly a  high shine finish.interior Decorating Alderley Edge

If you have any questions about the products I used, please ask, I am happy to help. Further information about interior decorating in Cheshire is available here

 

 

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Farrow & Ball Exterior Eggshell Blows me away.

Last summer I used Farrow & Ball Exterior Eggshell in Alderley Edge.IMG_0601

I must admit that when the client specified Farrow & Ball for exterior work, I was slightly dubious of the product. I knew the interior eggshell is fine and a nice drop of paint, but knew little of the exterior eggshell. I have always opted for the mainstream trade paints for exterior work.

The client had  already purchased the Farrow & Ball, so it was decision made really. They left the primer/undercoat to my discretion. I chose good old Zinsser Coverstain, tinted to the top coat, as its the perfect bridge coat for water based top coats over previously painted oil-based topcoats.

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 The Prep

The garage doors were in reasonable condition so all that was needed was a degrease and a flattening with 180 grade sand paper. Then cleaned off with methylated spirit. Then came the Coverstain with a little helping of Owatrol oil. Not only is this rust inhibiting, it aids flow out and improves levelling.

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 Top Coats

Then came the top coats, like I said I had never tried this before so I gave it a stir and watched for the reaction of it falling off the stir stick.  My thoughts were that it was reasonably  thin, which is a feature I like in water based paint. I grabbed the Zamix latex extender just in case of lap marks. Zamix is a  product that I had been using since last April, but thats for another time…

A drop into the Farrow & Ball top coats and off I went.  I am  a believer in the the right paint brush for the right paint when it comes to water based paints, but since I knew nothing of this paint, I used the Proform contractor, a brush that I know I can rely on with thin water based paint.

Applying

To say I was impressed would be an understatement. The paint applies so easily, nice and thin needing minimal effort, with excellent flow out, and it keeps a wet edge for a good while. It levels like I have never seen for an exterior water based paint. The pictures are of close-ups of the door lock and a panel of the actual door, just to give you an idea of the finish that is achievable with this product.

Garage dorr in Alderley Edge finished in Farrow & Ball Exterior water based eggshell

Garage door in Alderley Edge finished in Farrow & Ball Exterior water based eggshell

Garage door in Alderley Edge with Farrow & Ball water based exterior paint applied

Garage door in Alderley Edge with Farrow & Ball water based exterior paint applied

Update 

After talking to my colleague Ron Taylor who is also a Traditional Painter and kitchen painter in Warwick about this product, I found out that there is a handful of decorators using the very same product on interior projects. I can see why, and for interior eggshell trim work I see no reason not to specify it.

 

If you have any questions about the products I used, please ask, I am happy to help.

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Dulux Weathershield Aquatech opaque and Zinsser Coverstain partnership

Bramhall Exterior complete after two coats of Dulux Weathershield Aquatech opaque and White Dulux Weathershield Masonry paint

Dulux Weathershield Aquatech opaque and Zinsser Coverstain partnership.

A nice project I was asked to complete last summer. It had been previously painted with oil wood stain. The spec  from the customer was they wanted a satin finish and would like to be able to close the windows each night without the risk of window stick in the process of re decoration.

The answer was to apply a waterbased finish. Thats the top coat dealt with but what about the primer? The previous decorator had used an oil based stain and I wanted a  waterbased topcoat. If I applied straight on top of the oil it would leave the substrate in a really bad state as it will start peeling, something we dont want. A primer was needed and a good one! So i went for the ever faithful Zinsser Coverstain.  This primer sticks to near enough anything, has a good opacity plus the added bonus of being over coated in 2 hours, quite unreal really for an oil based product.

Bramhall Exterior being given a coat of Zinsser Coverstain

The Gable end of the property needed some repairs to the boards, that was not a problem to get repaired or replaced.

Bramhall Exterior being given the first coat of Dulux Weathershield Aquatech opaque

Once replaced and repaired Zinsser Coverstain was used as the primer and then screw holes filled and sealed with filler.  Another coverstain on top of the filler and then ready for the topcoats.

Gable end in Bramahall being finsihed in Dulux weathershield aquatech

The property was finished off with two coats of Dulux Weather shield Aquatech and the walls were completed with two coats of Dulux Weathershield Masonry paint.

Bramhall Exterior complete after two coats of Dulux Weathershield Aquatech opaque and White Dulux Weathershield Masonry paint

 

This project was again a pleasure to do.  The transformation was amazing to see.

If you have any questions about the products I used, please ask, I am happy to help.

 

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