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Local Decorator in Wilmslow

Being the local decorator in Wilmslow.  I was asked to re decorate a bedroom for a regular client of mine.

I arranged to meet up and quote for the job one evening that suited us both. The client wanted the dated wood chip removed and then the walls painted out in a colour of his choice. They liked the ceiling as it was and so decided to paint the ceiling with two coats of Dulux Trade Brilliant white.

The quote was agreed and a start date given.

The stripping of the wood chip went quite well as far as wood chip goes.  Once i had removed it all I could tell that the walls would benefit from being lined out.

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For the lining we chose the non woven lining which i find a great product for painting onto. As with all my Lining and wall covering  work the joints are always sound, so” no need for filler on my Lining”.  Them Butt joints are invisible.

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With installation of the lining completed and colour of paint agreed (Farrow & Ball – Strong white)

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It was time for the paint!!! The walls were cut in and then Rolled out.  The walls are given two coats of emulsion. In between the coats of paint I like to fine sand the walls with 240 grade sand paper via dustless sander .

For the doors, architraves and skirting the customer had chosen a satin water based paint.  On this occasion we went with Dulux Diamond Satin.

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The end result is really good using this combination of materials. That means a happy customer and me a happy decorator.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog post and if you have any questions, or need help on a project, then please get in touch, I’m more than happy to help.

 

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Hand Painted Kitchen In Buxton

I have just recently completed a hand painted kitchen in Buxton, Tideswell. The kitchen was knotty pine, first installed in the early 1980’s. It is testament to the value for money that bespoke kitchens offer, even moreso when they are rejuvenated with a hand painted finish in a timeless colour. 

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The colours and the job specification were agreed with the client and a start date confirmed.

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Protection of the work surfaces and floors is important, and I prefer to use a sturdy lining paper taped down, and use dust sheets for added protection where lining paper is not suitable, say over a sink.

First things first, I clean down the kitchen removing any grease that inevitably finds its way into nooks and crannies. Once cleaned, a good sand down was called for. I use dustless sanding equipment at every opportunity, and this approach really does reduce dust to an absolute minimum. Long gone are the days of white layers of fine dust left over every flat surface. (At least, that is how I and any professional kitchen painter worth their salt would approach the sanding stage.)

The primer was Otex primer, an oil based product that adheres strongly. For top coats I used Tikkurila Empire, again an oil based product (an eggshell enamel) mixed to an equivalent of Ball Green Ground by Holmans.IMG_4313

 

There were some awkward moments with the kitchen such as the plate rack.  It makes things just a little bit difficult with a brush. Luckily I could bring my Graco 4900 HVLP spray machine into play

 

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This would make life a lot easier and the section was soon completed leaving a faultless finish, which is what I always try to achieve.

As you can see in the pictures, after thinning the primer down 10%, I strained the paint to aid flow and prevent blockages in the spray gun.

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A quick tip on spray equipment protection For those people who like their gadgets, before commencing with any spray job, be it HVLP or airless, spray your equipment with a dusting of WD40. This will protect your gun and unit from paint overspray as the paint will not dry on the WD40 and at the end of each job simply wipe it clean back to its original state in seconds.

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To summarize

The kitchen was given two coats of Tikkurila Otex after the knots were treated with two coats of Zinsser BIN shellac primer.

All the filling was completed in between the two coats of Otex primer.

The final coats of Empire were a treat to apply and I can honestly say I loved every minute of the project.

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Hand Painted Kitchen

The customer was quite amazed at the transformation and that makes me one happy decorator.

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Arroworthy Red Frost paintbrush

(This review on the Red Frost paint brush first appeared over on MyPaintBrush.)

I was thinking back over the summer to an exterior painting job I did for a good client of mine.

I used the Red Frost brush from Arroworthy in Sikkens XD oil based paint, which I specified on an 18-panel garage door for a good client of mine. It’s a winning combination.

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90% of the time, I use water based paint, but there are occasions, like this garage door, when I use oil. The paint is thick and notoriously hard to spread and lay out, but it is well worth the effort with the finish and extended durability it offers – up to 10 years.

The “stickiness” of XD, means you shouldn’t use Picassos or delicate synthetics, and so I reached for the Nylon / Polyester mix * Red Frost, which is a semi stiff brush with soft tips. It proved a reliable choice for laying this paint down with very little effort and, it holds its shape well. It helps alleviate the stress and strain, too, leaving the wrist capable of lifting a well earned pint of lager at the end of the evening. And most importantly, with this particular gloss, it leaves a smooth finish.

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The brush isn’t just suitable for oil based paints though, I also found it to be a good performer when cutting in ceilings in emulsion paint. After a good day’s work, no problems, no splaying nor loose bristles.

With so much choice out there, why would you buy this brush?

Just like every other brush out there, it has its place ie it works very well under certain conditions, but cannot perform 10/10 in every scenario.

In this case, I found the * Red Frost as good a brush as I could ask for when laying on large areas of sticky oil gloss like XD ie paints that are formulated to flow out as they tack off. Also, it works reliably as a no-nonsense general emulsioning brush.

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If you look on MyPaintBrush, you will see it is available in a wide variety of formats: flat sash, angled, rat tail handle, so there will be one to suit your hand and painting style… and to be honest, what swings it, is the cracking price tag! As an example, the 2″ brush I used was under £6 +VAT – another reason for keen DIY painters to never go to a superstore shed for their brushes. I have just ordered another style of Red Frost and will report back on that too.

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Corona Comet

Corona comet brush in Wilmslow painting Dulux diamond satin

Corona comet brush in  Dulux diamond satin

 

 

Due to work commitments i was unable to go to the National Decorating Trade Show. So i asked my good friend Ron Taylor to pick me up a few corona brushes as i had not tried them to date.

As luck would have it Corona were selling off a box set at reasonable prices and so he brought me the box back.  In the set you got a Kingston 2 inch a Knight 2 inch a Cody 2 inch and a small fitch type brush namely the Comet. At first glance i thought it was just another fitch, that was until i was painting  spindles.

The comet has a bristle that is made from Chinex, this is corona’s long lasting bristle so if looked after well, then it should take many years of use before the bristle wears down.  The brush then is  a good investment.

I was originally using the Comet on some glazing bars. I found it absolutely brilliant in this application.  The bristles are nice  and tight and the paint flow off the brush was first class. I then turned to coat up the spindles.  Since I already had the comet in paint i gave it a try on the spindles.  Well..what can i say?? Id never thought I would be using a fitch on spindles but this brush seems to be able to cover more than just glazing beads it performs more like a traditional sash brush.

As you can see from the picture above, the width of the brush expands perfectly for the tops and bottoms of your spindle and with the brush having that oval/round ferrule it lays paint on the round spindle beautifully.  The brush does not flood the spindle with paint like a inch and half or two inch does, no this brush puts the right amount on to the spindle for you not to have to worry about paint creeping down the corners.

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The application is slower to perform as the brush does not hold a great deal of paint and you will be reloading quite a bit more than usual, it is good for a certain types of spindles and other Jobs.

This is a brush that i will be turning to for more than just your usual fitch/sash jobs i can assure you.

Well done Corona another great brush in their range of what is fast becoming my favourite brand of brushes.

http://www.ajsystemseurope.co.uk/corona/

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