Tips & Advice

  1. May 12, 2022

    How to paint a front door, without removing it!

    How to paint your front door without removing it

    Tip: Leave your front door open to let the paint dry so make sure you pick a warm spring day with no rain forecast.

    Step 1. Remove the door hardware

    Unscrew all the fixtures on your door including the number and letterbox. It’s much easier to remove these completely than have to paint around them. Whatever you don’t remove cover with masking tape or decorator’s tape to protect it from paint.

    If you have glass panels, use decorator’s tape to stick newspaper over the top so you don’t accidentally get paint on them.

    Tip: tape the screws and fixtures together this will help you in the long run so your spending ages finding the right pairs when you have to reattach them.

    Step 2. Clean the door

    Use a diluted general purpose household cleaner to scrub your door. Remove any debris, grease and dirt and then rinse it

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  2. May 02, 2022

    Roll With It, Introducing our Range of Paint Rollers and Poles

    When it comes to getting paint on large surfaces at high speed, you can't beat a paint roller. And now, PaintWell is one of the few companies in the United Kingdom to stock 24" rollers – high-capacity paint rollers that were historically used to paint the sides of ships!

    So read on to find out more about our paint poles and rollers – you'll have your decoration project completed and ship-shape in no time!

    Paint Rollers

    From the very small to the extra-wide, we stock a huge selection of paint roller pads that are suitable for any project. We currently carry:

    Tiny Rollers – between two and 2.5 inches wide, these tiny paint rollers are suitable for applying paint to narrow surfaces such as sills and frames

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  3. March 11, 2022

    How to paint skirting boards

    How to paint skirting boards

    Before you begin

    What colour should I paint my skirting boards?

    The first decision you will need to make is the which colour to paint your skirting boards.

    Darker skirting boards tend to look more modern and contemporary and dark colours easily hide any marks and dust and lighter skirting boards will make the room feel bigger. Whereas lighter colours can provide colour and brighten a natural dark room whilst providing a crisp and airy effect effect

    Gloss finishes are harder wearing than other finishes, so are well suited to skirting boards. If you don’t want the full gloss effect, satin finishes are subtler but can still cope with knocks and scratches.

    Tip

    You should paint your walls first and your skirting boards last. By painting a wall beforehand, you’ll avo

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  4. March 04, 2022

    How to paint a metal garage door - Using Hammerite

    How to paint a metal garage door - Using Hammerite

    Useful tip: We advise painting your metal garage door on a dry day with temperatures above 10 degrees. This ensures the paint will dry correctly and your endeavour won't be wasted. If you’re painting a brand new garage door, it may already have a powder or primer coat so you can skip ahead to step five.

    Step 1. Remove old paint Lay down a dust sheet and put on a mask and goggles to protect yourself from dust. To help you get the best finish on your door, you need to get rid of blistering, flaking or bubbling paint. Use a flat scraper to remove the old paint so the surface is smooth. For the rest of the door, use a piece of 180 grit sandpaper and quickly rub down the surface. Open the door and do the same to the edges.

    Step 2. Clean the door Use a sugar soap solution and sponge to clean the door and remove a

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  5. February 23, 2022

    How to paint over exterior mildew

    How to paint over exterior mildew

    You will need:

    Zinsser Mould Killer
    Zinsser Universal Cleaner & Degreaser
    B-I-N® Primer Sealer

    Zinsser Cover Stain

    • Zinsser AllCoat satin
     

    Steps
    1. Surface preparation
    The first step when painting over mould is ensuring all surfaces are clean, dry and free from anything that may cause interference with the adhesion of the materials to be applied. Remove loose material by
    scrapin

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  6. June 15, 2021

    Top DIY Tips To Convert Your Garden Shed into Your Dream Space

    The garden shed is a multifunctional space that could serve different purposes depending on your needs, from a DIY workshop to an additional room or office space. In this blog, you will find some great DIY tips that are easy to follow and will help you convert a dull, conventional garden shed into a space that you will enjoy spending your time.

     

    Apply a New Coat of Paint

    Fresh paint always gives a new look, even when you’re dealing with a shed that might be a decade old. A bright, neutral colour for the inside such as white is always the safest and best option, as it can reflect natural light, brighten up smaller spaces and make them look bigger, but also allows you to be more creative with the décor you choose. Pick the right paint according to your needs by choosing from a wide collection of exterior or interior paints and coatings and don’t hesitate to ask for more information when it comes to p

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  7. June 15, 2021

    How to create wall panelling that your clients will love

    When it comes to interior décor it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends and styles and stay ahead of the game. With so many programmes focused on house renovations and refurbishment, customers are always looking for new ideas to improve their homes. In this blog, we’ll look at how you can tap into one of the latest trends to create wall panelling that your customers will absolutely adore.

    Wall panelling not only looks great in both traditional and contemporary homes, but it is a cost-effective service that you can offer to your clients. So, without further ado let’s look at some of the different types of wall panelling and what tools you will need to install these for your clients.

    Geometric wall panels

    The perfect choice for a contemporary interior, geometric wall panelling not only looks great, but it can also be customised to perfectly fit the space and create a bold and unique design that your customers will adore. Whether you are coming up with the

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  8. March 11, 2021

    How to paint radiators and metalwork like a professional

    When it comes to updating our home’s décor one of the most overlooked items is often the humble radiator which generally serves a functional purpose. And, sure you can invest in fancy industrial style radiators but there is a simpler and cheaper option which is often overlooked. In this guide, we’ll take a look at how to paint the metalwork in your home and get great results every time.

    Proper preparation

    Whether you are painting a radiator, a metal staircase or bannister, balcony or railings, taking the time to properly prepare the surface will help to ensure that your paint job looks professional. When it comes to painting a radiator here are the preparations that you should be carrying out:

    • Turn off your radiator and make sure it is cold
    • Use a wet and dry abrasive paper to lightly rub down the surface
    • Rinse and dry the radiator and coat any bare metal patc
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  9. February 15, 2021

    How to troubleshoot and solve common painting issues

    Have you turned up to a job and been asked to troubleshoot painting problems that have mysteriously appeared? Perhaps you’ve even come across these issues yourself and had to act to resolve them for your customers. In this blog, we’ll look at some of the common painting issues that you will encounter and how to resolve these for your customers.

    Chalking

    This is often found on exterior walls when the wrong paint has been used, the surface has not been sealed properly or the previous paint was over-thinned. This can lead to a chalky white layer occurring over time.

    Solution – Luckily the solution is fairly straightforward. You will need to remove the chalky substance by washing the surface, sugar soap is great for this. Once you have fully cleaned the surface and washed it with clean water and let it dry you can then apply a suitable sealer or stabilising prime

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  10. January 14, 2021

    Top tips for painting and decorating a rental property

    We all know how important a great finish is when it comes to painting and decorating and this is equally true when it comes to a rental property. In this blog, we’ll look at what to focus on when decorating your property for the rental market and how to make sure the decorating appeals to the mass market.

    Less is more

    When it comes to rental properties the temptation can be to update and upgrade everything in the property to make it stand out, but our advice would be to focus on what matters. Functionality is key to success so simple furniture, fittings and fixtures will do the job just a well as more expensive alternatives at a fraction of the cost. Stick to neutral colours for things like your kitchen cupboards, tiles and flooring as these will help the property appeal to the most people.

    Adopt a neutral colour scheme

    While your own personal style might be bold and bright, it isn’t for everyone. Neutral colours will help to brighten up small rooms and

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