Friday 21st November 2014
12th November 2014
We're pleased to announce that Palmers of Chiswick is now part of the Brewers group and adds another location to our network of branches within the M25!
Located in Chiswick High Road the branch has seen many changes in the area during its 30+ years of trading and with the BBC studios in close proximity, it has even had the odd celebrity customer!
Douglas Palmer established the business in 1983, when the branch was located across the road from its current position but due to a requirement for more space it moved 10 years later.
Darren Bluck (below) started working for Palmers in 1984 as a Saturday Assistant before taking on a full-time role in 1987. 27 years later, Darren is still serving customers and he looks forward to serving new customers in the future.
The branch stocks a wide range of paint brands including Crown, Farrow & Ball, Little Greene and Sanderson plus will have the addition of Dulux.
30th October 2014
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have produced a free web app to help tradespeople work safely with asbestos. With an average of 20 tradespeople dying every week from asbestos related diseases, it is more important than ever that decorators protect themselves and lower their risk of dangerously exposing themselves to asbestos.
Download the Quick Guide...
Asbestos can be found both inside and outside and in places that you might not expect and so you could come into contact with it without knowing e.g. floor tiles, guttering and soffits.
When left alone, asbestos isn’t dangerous. However, once disturbed tiny asbestos fibres are released which can prove lethal if breathed in meaning that even small jobs like drilling a hole can expose you to the danger if done regularly.
The HSE advise assessing the risk of asbestos on every job, no matter how small - you are risking your life and your livelihood if you don’t protect yourself against it. Any tradesperson could come into contact with asbestos as it remains in millions of houses, business premises and public buildings today.
The beware asbestos web app is free and easy to use. It can help you to:
- Find out if asbestos is likely to be present on the job
- Identify jobs that need a licensed contractor and find one
- Get simple information on how to protect yourself, your family and your customers
The web app works on your smartphone, tablet and PC and is available at for free here. It takes you through a selection of simple multiple-choice questions about the type of building you’re working in, the job that you’re doing, and the type of asbestos-containing material you are working on to then advise you on ways to stay safe.
28th October 2014
The Swindon Baby Show was held this year in the historic Swindon Railway Museum. For the second year running, Brewers attended with an impressive stand displaying fabrics and wallpapers all tailored to the needs of young families and expectant mothers. The stand hoped to inspire visitors and was manned by knowledgeable Brewers staff who could help parents with their decorating queries.
Goodie bags containing fabric and wallpaper samples plus a variety of other complimentary items were handed out to visitors to the stand, along with free sample paint pots and money off vouchers to use in the Swindon branch of Brewers.
Visitors to the Brewers stand were also given the opportunity to enter a free prize draw for the chance to win £200 worth of decorating materials...perfect for decorating the nursery!
Here is Natalie Turner winner of the prize draw collecting her vouchers from her local Brewers branch in Swindon.
Chris Eveleigh, Natalie Turner with her son Grayson and Sue Briggs
24th October 2014
More spraydays scheduled during November, will you be attending?!
To speak to a Spraystore expert today call 01483 459273.
22nd October 2014
The PDA Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year 2014 took place in Doncaster this month, an event that Brewers have been supporting for the last 5 years; Richard Neal, of Brewers' north westerly region, attended the event.
Richard reports; “Hosted by the Doncaster College Hub, in the Painting and Decorating department, the competition sets were prepared for the ten apprentices to begin their two main tasks, which would be duly judged the following day.
After talking to the PDA Officials including the National President, the North East President and his immediate predecessor it soon became apparent what an important event this is for the industry in recognising the new talent coming through.
The rules were read out and the apprentices went to their allotted work areas to begin the various paperhanging tasks. A quiet atmosphere ensued, while various officials watched their progress.
Huge credit must go to Doncaster College’s Painting and Decorating department for all their hard work in preparing the stage and hosting the event they do have an amazing training facility.
After a brief lunch, the official group photographs were taken and the apprentices were given complimentary Brewers toolbags and goodies, in recognition of their participation of this event. An impressive level of skill was demonstrated by all the apprentices who displayed real professionalism.
At the end of the day with the paperhanging done, the competition was concluded and all ten apprentices were able to relax! It was clear that the day had been thoroughly enjoyed by all, and no matter who wins, it was a great experience and opportunity for all concerned.”
The winner will be presented with their award at the PDA’s Annual Conference in November.
20th October 2014
The results of the Essence of Family Business are in! The search was underway to source images from family businesses across the UK that simply reflected the words heritage, generations and abstract in an innovative competition organised by Family Business United who were seeking to uncover the ‘essence of family business’. Over 400 images were submitted and 47 shortlisted before the deliberations to determine the prize winners!
Judging was not easy given the high calibre of submissions but four images stood out for the judges, because they told a story, captured a feeling or mood and quite simply summed up that particular business:
Brewers were the proud winners of the Abstract category with our submission entitled ‘Inspiring generation after generation with the latest interior fashions.’
Neal Brewer of Brewers commented; “We were honoured to find that one of our entries to the competition had been selected from an impressive range of equally deserving photos. They all, in their distinctive ways, bore testimony to the fact that family businesses are the backbone of British industry and we were delighted to have been shortlisted, let alone be named a winner! It was a pleasure to be part of an event that allowed us to network with other family businesses and explore ideas and common issues that we all face at the differing stages of our respective business growth and development.”
Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United explains that “Family firms across the UK are being recognised more and more for the contribution that they make to the UK economy but we wanted to do something that demonstrated the diversity and nature of the families in business that are at the very heart of what makes Britain great.”
“The collection of images that came together as a result of this campaign encapsulate everything from coal merchants to care manufacturers, jewellery makers to industrial flues, cider, haggis and luxury goods. The heritage and longevity of the contributing firms should also not go unappreciated either as there were entries from firms that date back to 1515!”
“Essentially we were looking for images that capture the very ‘essence of family business’ and I think we can honestly say that we achieved that goal.”
The collection of images from firms that included The Morgan Motor Company, Westons Cider, A1 Flue Systems, Crockett & Jones, Sturgess Jaguar and many more demonstrate the great British family firms that exist. With 3 million family businesses in the UK today employing over 9 million people and contributing over a quarter of total GDP, it is not surprising that the quality of submissions was so high.
Winning the other two categories were Tusting's for their submission entitled ‘A day in a life with leather’ which won the Heritage prize and the Generations category sponsored by PwC was won by Deakin and Francis for their submission entitled ‘Off the cuff with the seventh generation’. The overall winners were AE Prentice for their submission entitled ‘On the way to joining the family firm.’
17th October 2014
On Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd October 2014, Brewers Horsham are hosting a Race Night themed tradeshow at the branch featuring an array of suppliers, entertainment and refreshments.
With over 35 manufacturers attending, each offering expert advice, demos and exclusive deals on both nights, you are sure to pick up a bargain or learn the latest industry developments from the leading brands.
The exciting on-screen horse races are bound to reveal your competitive spirit, with fantastic prizes to be won by a range of manufacturers.
Magician Matt Wainwright will also be performing his impressive close up magic whilst you can enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar or have a bite to eat at the BBQ (Wednesday night only).
So come and join in the fun at Horsham branch on Tuesday 21st October 5.30pm-9.30pm or Wednesday 22nd October 3pm-8pm.
8th October 2014
Earlier this month Brewers in Burton sponsored a local swimming event called Bridge to Bridge. Now held at Meadowside Leisure Centre, the event was originally started in 1932 as a 1 mile swim starting at the Ferry Bridge and finishing at Trent Bridge.
During the war, the event was cancelled but restarted in 1953 when the location changed to the Branston Gravel Pits as the river had become too polluted to use. Due to safety reasons the annual event was cancelled in the 70’s but was revived again in 1992, this time by Burton Amateur Swimming Club.
Swimmers of all ages and abilities enter the annual competition and Brewers were pleased to be able to support an event with such history!
Shown in the picture from left to right:
Organiser Jean Hiatt, MP Andrew Griffiths, Kelsey Lovatt who had the fastest swim time of the day by at 19 minutes and 20 seconds and Steve Brian from Brewers in Burton.
30th September 2014
Earlier this year Elmgreen School in London reached out to Brewers for help with materials for their year 9 art students. The 14-15 year olds were preparing canvas pieces for their GCSE exams in which they were encouraged to use recycled materials. Delighted to help the budding artists, Brewers arranged for wallpaper and fabric samples to be sent.
Karen Waterman, Art Technician at Elmgreen School commented, “We are a fairly new high school with over 1000 students and so donations such as these are very beneficial to the art and DT department and have already been made use of in the exams.
It is refreshing to know that there are businesses willing to take the time and make the effort for instances such as ours.”
The projects take several weeks for the students complete as research about artists and also art techniques are necessary before they can move on to creating their practical pieces. A key inspiration to the students’ work is artist El Anatsui, a Ghanaian sculptor.
The embossed wallpapers sent were used for printing and this effect has been used over some of the canvas work.
Students also used sections of the wallpaper for collage, stitching through and to build up relief areas.
The students’ work has now been assessed and to display their beautiful pieces, the school held an art exhibition for students, parents and visitors during the summer.
Capturing the true essence of the examination brief, the teenage artists should be proud of their stunning work.
26th September 2014
Series Three of comedy show Bad Education is now available on BBC 3. Co-writer and star of the show, Jack Whitehall, plays a teacher who is more of a kid than most of his students.
In this series, Whitehall’s character finds himself in his local decorators’ merchant, a backdrop that Brewers in Surbiton were happy to supply!
The staff at the Surbiton branch were thrilled to be part of the episode and enjoyed the experience of meeting the actors and film crew. The series took a total of 6 weeks to film with a full day being spent at the Brewers Surbiton branch.
Needless to say the day was a humorous one; sales assistant Mark Blair commented; “Meeting the actors and crew was a really interesting experience and made a big change to the usual ‘day at the office’! I daren’t say too much in case this becomes a spoiler for regular viewers, but suffice to say they’d need more training to mitigate the spillage risk if they were full time!”
Watch the new series (which started on Tuesday 16th September 2014) on demand on the BBC's iPlayer!
24th September 2014
First impressions count. And so does practical, durable and comfortable work wear designed just for decorators.
Brewers understand the importance of creating the right first impression but also the need to wear something that is suitable for the job. That’s why, during September, Brewers are releasing two new exclusive ranges of great value work wear that not only look great, but are fit for purpose.
The new and improved Brewers Decorator’s Trousers and Decorator’s Bib and Brace offer great value whilst still offering a quality and durable finish with triple stitched seams for extra strength.
The Bib and Brace are available in sizes 32” – 48” and the Trousers 30” - 40”, both made from pre-shrunk cotton to ensure the perfect fit and the elasticated waistbands and internal loading knee pad pockets are designed for added comfort.
Both products feature multiple pockets including a space for a mobile phone or MP3 player and a handy key hook, in addition the Bib and Brace offers a tool loop for extra functionality.
If you are after something a little more high spec, Albany are releasing the new Advanced Decorator’s Bib and Brace and Advanced Decorator’s Trousers.
The Albany Advanced range offers style and extra comfort with the high quality you can expect from the Albany brand.
Both products in the range feature navy blue quilted Velcro fastening knee pad pockets, fashionable extra strong contrast stitching and durable stain resistant fabric. The range has been designed with thoughtful detail including versatile multiple pockets, useful key hook and tool loops and the Bib and Brace even features a removable washable pouch for easy maintenance!
The Trousers come in sizes 32” – 42” and the Bib and Brace 32” – 48”, available exclusively at Brewers.
18th September 2014
Handymans Corner, an established decorator’s merchant in Brixton, joined the Brewers group this month. Established in 1961, the shop originally started as an all round DIY store, even cutting timber to size, 6 days a week!
In 1976 the proprietor’s son, Bob Rangecroft and best friend Ray Ward took over the shop and successfully carried it through the Brixton riots. In 1987, it was decided that further premises were required to keep up with demand and so 87 Acre Lane was purchased, opposite the original site. It soon became a decorating centre to compliment the already established DIY trade and has recently been successfully managed by Bob Rangecroft’s son, Adam.
Brewers, a family owned business with similar values, is delighted to welcome Handymans Corner into their company. Customers will benefit from an increased range of brands including Crown, Farrow & Ball and Little Greene alongside the current offering of Dulux and Leyland. Free delivery, complimentary pattern book loan service and a network of over 140 branches will now be available to customers.
16th September 2014
As Germany raised the World Cup, three lucky Brewers customers celebrated winning the Brewers World Cup 2014 Fantasy Football competition!
Back in May, we launched the competition in association with Crown Trade Paints. A great number of customers signed up for the chance to win one of three great prizes and get involved in what proved to be a fun, and in places very competitive, competition! Up for grabs was £500 worth of vouchers, a VIP tour of Wembley and 2 tickets to a UK football match.
We’re delighted to announce that the winner of the first prize of £500 of Compliments vouchers is Victoria Swire! Victoria will be able to spend her winnings at an extensive range of shops and restaurant, from John Lewis and Ernest Jones to DeVere Hotels and TGI Fridays. Victoria is absolutely delighted to have won and will selflessly be spending her main winnings on her children! She is also the winner of the North league claiming £50 of Brewers vouchers to use in any Brewers branch.
Chris Younger won the second prize; a private VIP tour around Wembley Stadium which includes a photograph with the FA Cup, Wembley Tour guidebook and an exclusive Wembley gift to take home as a memory of the day!
The winner of the third prize is Graham Jeffries who selected two tickets to the Manchester City v Chelsea fixture, a game that he is excited to be taking his son to this weekend!
In addition to these top prizes, every customer that registered for the Brewers World Cup 2014 Fantasy Football competition was entered into a mini league based on their location. The winner of each mini league won £50 of Brewers vouchers, the winners are:
East Anglia, Alison Smith
London, Ally Mellor
Midlands, Denny Ryan
North, Victoria Swire
South East, James Edwards
South West, Steve LeggCongratulations to all our winner and thank you to all our customers who took part in the competition! Keep checking the Brewers website for future competitions like this!
12th September 2014
One of Brewers’ central distribution warehouses was due for a refurb and, being experts in the industry, they chose to protect the bitumen floor surface with one of the most hard-wearing coatings on the market for this type of floor; Rust-Oleum’s Tarmacoat.
Being an old bitumen floor, the surface needed degreasing and so Rust-Oleum’s ND14 Industrial degreaser was specified before two coats of the Tarmacoat was applied. Light Grey was selected for this job, however Tarmacoat has a choice of 7 colours all easily applied by roller or brush. The choice of colour makes it convenient for creating bold line markings and signs when needed.
The coating has given the warehouse a new lease of life, sealing and protecting it against the heavy, frequent traffic that it will encounter.
Peter Cook, Warehouse Manager at Brewers commented; “the warehouse is busy and therefore sees a high volume of traffic as well as constantly moving bulky pallets and stock items and so the floor takes quite a beating on a daily basis. It was therefore essential that during this refurb we used a coating that was up to the challenge and will last for a good period of time. The experts in our Protective Coatings division were confident that Tarmacoat was the right product for the job and we’re really pleased with the result.”
Video courtesy of Rust-Oleum
9th September 2014Last Sunday (7th September), 6 brave souls from Brewers took part in the confectionary themed 2014 Lewes & District Round Table raft race!Starting from Lewes Rowing Club, the crew rowed along the river Ouse to Denton Island, Newhaven.The Brewers Drifter prepares for launchSponsored by Crown and Dulux the Brewers team was made up of Neal Brewer, Stuart Matthews, Barry Sheen, David Sheen, Michael Cox and Dean Lines who were pleased to be involved in this fun and challenging event to raise money for Brighton based charity Rockinghorse.Taking a direct hit from marauders on the bank!The event was blessed with lovely weather, thanks to our 'Indian Summer' and had a great turn out of spectators!Despite some heavy pelting with flour, the Brewers team racing in 'Drifter' took first place!Having crossed the finish line the crew had to undergo a final pelting at Newhaven BridgeWinners – Back on dry land at Newhaven MarinaTo sponsor this motley crew just pop into the Brewers branch in New England Street in Brighton.A mucky but happy winner.
9th September 2014
Last Sunday (7th September) Marc Miles of Brewers in Bow accompanied his 8 year old son in the Gherkin Challenge to raise money for the NSPCC.Billy successfully completed the challenge climbing all 1,037 steps (38 floors) of the London landmark without stopping in an amazing time of 10 minutes and 45 seconds!To put their time into perspective, the fastest time of the day was 5 minutes 44 seconds and the final 'Gherkineer' came in at 29 minutes 30 seconds. This was a great result for Billy and Marc who have raised £320 so far for the NSPCC!If you would like to donate to Billy's big climb then you still can on his Just Giving page.Click here for more information about the work that the NSPCC carry out.
9th September 2014
View these videos to see how Farrow and Ball produce their new japanese inspired wallpaper range...
Aramani, Farrow & Ball
Yukutori, Farrow & Ball
Videos courtesy of Farrow & Ball
8th September 2014
A luxury weekend for two at a UK castle is the spectacular prize offered in a new competition launched by Crown Trade.
‘Win the Key to the Castle’ is an online prize draw contest launched in support of Crown Paints’ return to TV screens as sponsor of the second series of ‘Through The Keyhole’ with comedy host Keith Lemon.
To take part, simply visit www.crowntradekeytocastle.co.uk and enter your details for a chance to win this fantastic prize.
Nikki Cosgrove, Brand Manager at Crown Trade, said: “To show our support for Crown Paints’ sponsorship of Through the Keyhole, we’re offering people the chance to win an amazing weekend for two at a beautiful castle in the UK.
“Our ‘Win the Key to the Castle’ competition is set to unlock the door for a very special break for one lucky couple.”
The competition runs for the duration of the series from 30th August until 18th October and the winner will be drawn on 31st October 2014.
8th September 2014
Exteriors must withstand all manner of conditions, with surface staining a common aftereffect of prolonged exposure. Deciding how to combat this all too regular problem can prove problematic for both the DIY & professional decorator alike, and so it was no surprise when one of Brewers specialist ICorr qualified painting inspector’s was approached this summer by a customer needing advice for a particularly difficult job.
The roof to the property is made of slate which was identified as a contributing factor to the severe dirt and rain water staining. The textured render finish was looking rather worse for wear and therefore needed a powerful solution to restore it.
Magic Bullet’s Patio, Decking and Hard Surface Restorer was specified as it is a tried and tested solution to such staining and has dramatic results. The method of application is very straightforward with the effects expected to last for two or three years. To help extend the cleaning cycle further, Magic Bullet’s Multi Surface Protector is also available to use in conjunction.
The pictures speak for themselves and needless to say, the customer and his client were both delighted with the results!
If you have achieved impressive results on a recent job and would like us to feature it here, please do not hesitate to contact us.
5th September 2014
Farrow & Ball have produced 4 new wallpapers designs inspired by traditional Japanese craftsmanship.
These beautiful new designs; Amime, Aranami, Shouchikubai and Yukutori are available from your local Brewers branch and Wallpaperdirect.
5th September 2014
This October, Brewers will be hosting Dulux Trade workshops to help painters and decorators take their skills and knowledge to the next level.
The Dulux Trade Ultimate Skills Tour will visit the following branches, holding 3 skills sessions each day:
Wednesday 8 October 7am / 8am / 9am Brewers Norwich
Monday 20 October 2pm / 3pm / 4pm Brewers Eastleigh
Tuesday 21 October 2pm / 3pm / 4pm Brewers Horsham
Wednesday 22 October 7am / 8am / 9am Brewers Lewisham
Friday 24 October 7am / 8am / 9am Brewers Bristol
Stan Adams, Commercial Director at Brewers comments; “We are excited to be hosting these sessions, it enables us to continue delivering our customers with the best service, helping them get the best results possible.”
Samantha Balloch, Marketing Manager for Dulux Trade, said: “The Dulux Trade Ultimate Skills Tour has been designed to help decorators take their skills and businesses to the next level. It will cover a range of topics, including how to use Dulux Trade’s new water-based Quick Dry Gloss and Undercoat range to get perfect results every time, as well as mastering the ultimate woodcare finish.
“We’ll also be looking at how using the latest technology, such as the Dulux Trade Visualizer App, can help decorators realise their customers’ visions.”
Every attendee will receive a free Decorators’ Pack on the day, which includes paint samples as well as a branded hat and gloves set.
Visit www.ultimateprofessionals.co.uk to secure your place!
3rd September 2014
The Wagner XVLP Finish Control 3500 is a new concept spray machine design featuring the benefits of XVLP technology and portability...all at an affordable price!
It is perfect for the professional decorator who is new to spray or the more proficient sprayer looking to add a flexible spraying system to their current armoury.
The FC 3500 front ends (FineSpray, StandardSpray and WallSpray) are all interchangeable throughout the XVLP range of machines.
Two years ago, Wagner unveiled the innovative XVLP technology (EXtra Volume Low Pressure) and can now boast further innovation as the FC 3500 is the first hand-held device for professional users!
Perfect for repair or renovation projects and for coating surfaces of up to 50 square metres, the device features a very powerful yet lightweight turbine, ensuring a comfortable fit in your hand. The large air volume from the high-performance turbine combined with an innovative nozzle technology provides high-speed spraying and top-quality finishes.
Easy to Use and Transport
Small and compact, the FC 3500 has its own handy carry case that is spacious enough to hold up to two additional spray attachments making Wagner the only spray brand to offer a carry case capable of transporting filled spray attachments in an upright position!
Also included is a carrying strap which can be clipped directly to the device or onto the carry case – a guarantee of fatigue-free working, allowing you to rest the FC 3500 comfortably as and when you wish. "I am convinced that with the FinishControl 3500 we are unveiling a new device that will make a real difference when it comes to working on small projects. The simple operation and wide range of applications covered by the Wanger FinishControl 3500 meet all the requirements of professional users," commented Product Management Director Viktor Sorg.
Click & Paint
As with the other XVLP models, the spray attachments can be swapped quickly and easily to suit the task at hand. This "Click & Paint" feature allows users to work with a wide variety of water and solvent-based materials, switching between spray attachments to coat different objects in succession.
The FC 3500 also offers three spray attachments specifically tailored to different materials:
- FineSpray attachment for low-viscosity and thin materials such as glazes
- StandardSpray attachment for water- and solvent-based enamels
- WallSpray attachment for emulsions and latex paints
For All Types of Paint
Thanks to its excellent atomisation performance, the Visco nozzle (patent applied for) also guarantees a fine spray pattern for the FC 3500, even when working with emulsion paints or high-viscosity enamels. The efficient working speed together with the high coating thicknesses reduce the time spent on tasks, and consequently the cost per coat.
FinishControl 3500 also offers maximum control and precision working thanks to its "Direct Spray Control" individual setting of the material and air volumes controlling the atomisation and working speed.
- Model FinishControl 3500
- Power consumption 700 W
- Atomisation performance 220 W
- Maximum spraying pressure 0.2 bar
- Weight 2.3 kg
Brewers and Spraystore have exclusive rights to distribute the Wagner XVLP Finish Control 3500 in the UK, to find out more please contact your local Brewers branch or talk to a Spraystore expert on 01483 459273.
2nd September 2014
Marc Miles of Brewers in Bow will be accompanying his 8 year old son in the Gherkin Challenge on Sunday 7th September!
In this unique challenge they will scale the London based building’s 38 floors, climbing a total of 1,037 steps!
Billy has set himself a target of £250 with all money raised being donated to the NSPCC – can you help Billy hit his target? If you would like to donate to Billy and Marc’s big climb, please visit their Just Giving page
Click here for more information about the work that the NSPCC carry out.
29th August 2014
Zinsser’s pocket guide is an indispensable little booklet containing an A-Z of substrates, detailed information about Zinsser products, useful conversion tables, coverage information and much more!
29th August 2014
Have you seen the latest copy of the Professional Painter & Decorator?
27th August 2014
Sikkens has released the third and fourth instalments of its ‘MasterClasses’, a video series that aims to support and guide specifiers when using wood in construction.
The premium woodcare brand’s third MasterClass helps specifiers understand how different coatings enhance and protect the natural beauty of wood, enabling them to choose the correct products for their projects and achieve a high quality finish. With a focus on identifying the properties of different types of coatings, including translucents, varnishes and opaques, the video advises which work best on various species of wood or conditions of substrate.
The fourth video in the MasterClass series concentrates on achieving beautiful results with colour, guiding specifiers on how to select coatings and shades that will enhance the natural texture of timber in each project. Demonstrating the importance of balancing the decorative and protective role of woodstains, the Woodcare MasterClass offers a guide on how to use colour to make the most of the timber’s natural characteristics and achieve the desired design effect for both interior and exterior projects.
Sikkens MasterClass 3: Coatings, understanding wood coatings and achieving a finish that enhances its natural beauty
Sikkens MasterClass 4: Wood, achieving beautiful results with colour
Rachel Toolan, Brand Manager for Sikkens, said: “Finding the best way to enhance the natural characteristics of wood can be challenging for specifiers, as each timber has its own properties that require a different approach. In the third and fourth videos of our MasterClass series, we tackle the tricky topics of specifying coatings to meet the needs of the project, and finding the perfect colour to complement the wood type to produce optimum results."
Further advice regarding woodcare and Sikkens products is available from your local Brewers branch.
26th August 2014
Do you want the chance to win this cute little Dulux dog?!
26th August 2014
This is a big talking point in our industry at the moment and we wanted to bring you the facts about the differences between water-based and solvent-based paints so that you can make your own mind up!
For more information please speak to your local branch or contact the Brewers Help Desk on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0845 504 5040.
1. Can be thinned with water, if necessary, plus your tools and equipment can be cleaned in water, reducing the need to use thinners.
2. Are lower in VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds ) than solvent based paints and therefore have less odour and are generally more user friendly.
3. More extensible i.e. they stay softer making them able to cope better with movement in the substrate.
4. Have faster drying times in normal circumstances.
5. Often more durable with better resistance to mould, and chalking.
6. Glosses have less of a sheen, but keep sheen level throughout its time.
7. Have good colour retention.
8. Less block resistant than solvent based paints (i.e. when two painted surfaces come into contact they are more likely to stick).
9. Less tolerant of adverse weather conditions e.g. humidity during the drying period which can lead to extended drying times.
10. Make ideal primers as they possess good resistance to heat and abrasion.
11. Provide excellent adhesion
12. In most cases these coatings often cost less than the solvent equivalent, and require no additives, thinners or hardeners.
13. Waterborne primers are useful where solvent primers can react with the existing substrate materials or coatings
14. If used in spray equipment, its easily cleaned out with water in most cases.
Solvent based coatings, also known as oil or alkyd based paints:
1. Should be thinned with turpentine, white spirit or other thinners, as required.
2. Higher levels of VOC than waterborne coatings resulting in greater odour, flammable and less kind to you and the environment.
3. Tougher finish than waterborne, easier to clean but tend to become brittle on aging.
4. Glosses have a higher gloss level, however after 15-18 months approximately this will have dulled down, often to less than that of its waterborne equivalent.
5. Excellent block resistance (less likely to stick together when two painted surfaces come into contact, once fully dried)
6. More tolerant of adverse weather conditions e.g. humidity during the drying period.
19th August 2014
Striving to bring you the latest products and expert advice, we have scheduled in even more events to our trade event calendar!
Here's what is in the diary until the end of September, we hope to see you at one of these great events!
King's Lynn - this jam packed event at our King's Lynn branch will feature the experts from Crown Trade, Hamilton and Werner plus the Spraystore team will be on hand to demonstrate spray or let you have a go for yourself! Visit the team between 8am-1pm on Tuesday 26th August.
Romford - come and meet the Spraystore specialists and the experts from Crown Trade and Owatrol. Fantastic deals and great advice! Wednesday 20th August from 8am-1pm.
Bedford Golf Club - the Spraystore team will be ready and raring to give you advice and demos for this increasingly popular method of application. Try spray for yourself and see how easy it can be by visiting this event held at the Bedford Golf Club on Thursday 4th September from 4pm-8pm. You will also be able to meet the experts from these top brands to get advice and deals; Bedec, Festool, Hamilton, RepairCare, Shield, Tor Coatings and Werner. Contact the branch for more information.
Bexhill - from 8am-2pm on Wednesday 17th September you'll be able to get specialist advice and great deals from industry experts Geocel, Magic Bullet, Prestonett and Toupret.
Hastings - pop to the Demo Morning at our Hastings branch on Tuesday 16th September for your chance to meet the specialists from Magic Bullet, Repair Care and Prestonett. Get special deals such as 10% off Magic Bullet between 8am-1pm!
Milton Keynes (Bletchley) - our Spraystore trailer will be parked up at the branch on Wednesday 3rd September from 8am-1pm for you to get expert advice and see how easy spray can be!
Northampton - the Northampton branch will be hosting our Spraystore trailer on Tuesday 2nd September from 7.30am-1pm. Come along and meet our Spraystore experts and try spray for yourself.
St Albans - come and meet the Spraystore specialists and the experts from Crown Trade, Owatrol and Werner. Fantastic deals and great advice! Tuesday 23rd September from 8am-1pm.
For more details regarding any of the event, please contact the branch!
12th August 2014
As every good decorator knows, understanding your customers’ needs can make the difference between winning a job or not.
That’s why, to understand customers better and in turn, help painters and decorators do the same, Dulux Trade is conducting one of the biggest ever surveys into painting and decorating!
To help get a real picture of the industry in 2014, Dulux Trade would love your input by completing its survey.
The survey is all about the world of painting and decorating, with particular emphasis on domestic customers, and it should only take you 5 minutes to complete.
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The survey closes on Friday 15 August, so please make sure you have your say before then!
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6th August 2014
Brewers brings you the widest choice of paint colour from an extensive selection of brands including Albany, Dulux and Crown plus Farrow & Ball and Mylands and many more. Having such a wide range helps us tap into the current and future trends in decorating...insight that we love to pass on to our customers!
And today, you can tap into the expertise of Crown Paints’ colour specialists and confidently advise your clients on the latest shades. Crown Paints’ panel of colour experts has drawn inspiration from emerging trends and influences across the globe to forecast the new trends for Autumn/Winter 2014.
The team has taken in everything from fashion to film, as well as art and architecture, to produce three eye-catching schemes. Colours from three stunning new palettes – ‘Appreciation,’ ‘Colour Explosion’ and ‘Decadence’ – are available in products within the company’s Crown Trade, Sadolin and Sandtex Trade brands.
‘Colour Explosion’ brings an energetic, dynamic colour palette which embraces the growing trend of geometrics and angular shapes.
Its contrasting palette, ‘Decadence’, as the name suggests, is an indulgent collection of tantalizing colours which naturally incorporates Crown’s beautifully rich metallics.
Drawing on the influences of nature, ‘Appreciation’ uses rich, earthy tones which work in harmony with woods and other natural materials.
Each colour scheme creates a statement, while remaining versatile enough to transform any space – whether indoors or out.
Heading up the panel of specialists are Crown Paints’ Colour Consultant, Judy Smith and TV celebrity and Colour Consultant for Crown Paints Ireland, Neville Knot. They were joined by Crown Paints’ Senior Brand Manager, Jo Baxendale, and Crown Paints’ Colour Specialist, Kathryn Lloyd, as well as Lisa Miller and Justyna Korczynska from the Crown Paints’
Design Studio. Judy Smith said: “I love the diversity of the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. “These complex and exciting colours range from the deep and moody tones of ‘Appreciation,’ which complement dark woods and natural textures, through the bright and vibrant shards of intense colour that is ‘Colour Explosion,’ to the glamour and romance of ‘Decadence’ with its metallics and softly delicate hues.”
4th August 2014
Paul & Olley Painting Contractors Ltd (P&O), a customer of Brewers in Basildon, were delighted to be involved in a childrens' day event at a contract they were working on in association with Berkeley Homes.
The event took place at the Berkeley Homes site in Gillingham where the children of St Mary’s Primary School and Oasis Academy painted brightly coloured murals all around the site hoarding!
Following an introduction to the world of construction and site safety with a talk from some of the site workers, the children used paints supplied by P&O to decorate the usually very plain site hoardings. Brewers in Basildon were pleased to be able to lend a hand and provided the children with the brushes they needed for the job.
The finished results were impressive, the children had a great day and P&O may have some employees lined up for the future!
All photographs courtesy of HUW Photography.
1st August 2014
Spray application is growing in popularity and the experts at Brewers specialist division, Spraystore, want to help you understand it in more detail. The following explains the benefits of HVLP spray.
HVLP stands for High Volume Low Pressure. HVLP spray differs from airless spray as it uses air to disperse the material instead of a motor and piston. HVLP also differs from conventional spray as it uses a turbine to produce a constant flow of air rather than a compressor to fill a tank of reserved air.
The constant flow of air allows for a more even/constant atomisation of the product and because the pressures involved are so low (around 10 PSI) the amount of overspray/mist is dramatically reduced with transfer rates of between 90-95 percent achievable.
Turbines are rated in stages, the minimum we recommend for decorators to achieve a professional finish is a 3 stage turbine; the maximum number of stages available is a 5 stage. The more stages, the higher the air flow rate, aiding atomisation of the paint, less material preparation with the ability to apply thicker materials and it actually makes the unit run quieter.
The gun has the ability to be adjusted to alter the fan width and the amount of product being delivered so you can go from around an 8 inch fan for larger areas down to a strip about the width of a 5 pence piece for edges and picking out details.
The benefits of HVLP are:
- Faster application than conventional brush and roller techniques.
- Superior finish.
- Reduced overspray/mist.
- Ability to adapt your spray pattern using the controls on the gun.
- The gun can be emptied and cleaned in approx. 5 minutes.
- Ability to spray a multitude of products.
How will using HVLP benefit the decorator over conventional methods? HVLP offers up to 60% time saving over traditional brush and roller but moreover it offers the ultimate level of control and helps produce a superior flawless finish. Again, we know that there is going to be some masking involved but due to the massive amount of control available from the gun and the dramatically reduced overspray, masking really can be kept down to a minimum.
A decorator with a HVLP unit can spray a door in under 2 minutes, achieving the highest level of finish. Detailed cornice or staircase spindles are coated effortlessly without the need to stipple in and lay off. With the ability to apply a wide range of materials from stains to primers, lacquers to eggshell, even latex and epoxies. All with minimal overspray, maximum control and highest quality finish. A HVLP unit offers one of the cheapest ways for a decorator to get into spraying, yet allows them the flexibility and control to apply a wide range of materials, whilst achieving a superior, flawless finish.
Spraystore have a range of machines available - entry level turbine with standard gun, entry level turbine with pro-gun, to top spec turbine with pro-gun:
- Spraystore Evo-Finish STD, our entry level 3 stage turbine with standard gun.
- Spraystore Evo-Finish pro, our entry level 3 stage turbine with pro-gun.
- Wagner FC9900, a top spec 5 stage turbine with pro-gun.
We also offer the full range of units and accessories available from Apollo, Wagner and Graco.
Our Evo-Finish STD costs around £500, our Evo-Finish pro costs around £800 and the FC9900 costs around £1200. If you already have a turbine and want to purchase an extra gun, our standard gun costs around £120 and our professional gun costs around £400.
There are not many serviceable parts for a turbine, you have a pair of air filters which can be cleaned or replaced when necessary for around £20 and you can replace the air hoses for around £90. For an initial outlay you can purchase a system which will save you time, money and give you the ability to provide a top quality, superior finish with very low onward maintenance costs.
Spraydays - August 2014
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29th July 2014
Last weekend, four teams of Brewers staff (Yellow, Red, Blue and Green) took part in a midnight trek challenge called THE PLOD to raise money for Action Medical Research for Children.
This ultimate team endurance walking challenge began at Devil’s Dyke near Brighton at midnight on Friday 25th July. With near-perfect weather and great enthusiasm, a total of 29 teams of plodders set off on the 40 mile course across the beautiful South Downs Way.
The course in the day time is a challenge but walking on uneven and in places very narrow pathways in the dead of night makes the PLOD even more of a challenge. The Brewers teams were soon in to the swing of things and it was clear that the Red team in particular had set off at quite a speedy pace!
Passing through each of the 7 check points, the teams were met by their support drivers who were a crucial part of the team, providing much needed sustenance, encouragement (plus plasters and ice packs!) along the way!
Finishing at the half way point at 6.35am was the Yellow team who took part in the PLOD LITE challenge. Met with champagne, breakfast and a medal, the team were delighted to learn that they were the first of the Lite teams to finish!
For the three other Brewers teams, at least another 6 hours of walking lay ahead. They battled on for the second half of the course with the sun beating down on them. Taking on some long and arduous climbs, including The Seven Sisters, they made their way to the finish line at Beachy Head in Eastbourne.
All teams did amazingly well; the combination of significant distance, undulating terrain, heat and sleep deprivation made this one very tough challenge!
The Red team kept up their pace throughout the day and were the first of the 29 teams to cross the finish line in just 11 hours 50 minutes!
There is still time to sponsor the teams for their fantastic PLOD achievements and help raise money for this worthy charity - please visit their sponsorship page.
24th July 2014
This weekend four teams of Brewers staff will embark on a midnight trek called The PLOD to raise money for Action Medical Research for Children.
This ultimate team endurance walking challenge sets off from Devil’s Dyke near Brighton at midnight (Friday 25th August night). The gruelling 40 mile course treks along the beautiful South Downs Way and finishes at Beachy Head in Eastbourne
To sponsor the teams on their PLOD challenge and help raise money for this worthy charity please visit their sponsorship page.
23rd July 2014
On Sunday 7th September, 6 brave souls from Brewers will be taking part in the 2014 Lewes & District Round Table raft race!
Starting from Lewes Rowing Club at 11.30am, crews will row along the river Ouse to Denton Island, Newhaven.
The Brewers team will be sponsored by Crown and Dulux and consists of Neal Brewer, Stuart Matthews, Barry Sheen, David Sheen, Michael Cox and Dean Lines who are embarking on this fun and challenging event to raise money for Brighton based charity Rockinghorse.
Rockinghorse is the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the Trevor Mann Baby Unit. They raise money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment.
To sponsor this motley crew just pop into the Brewers branch in New England Street in Brighton.
With this year’s theme as Confectionary, we’re sure the rafts will be taking on all sorts of bright and tasty designs...visit the event to see for yourself and raise money for this great charity!
22nd July 2014Brewers latest Showroom Showcase event at Brewers in Bromley welcomed the colour experts from Crown Trade who shared their knowledge with customers.
Crown Trade Brand Manager, Nikki Cosgrove and Colour Specialist, Kathryn Lloyd, travelled to Brewers in Bromley to present Choosing Colour With Confidence.
The event focussed on interior design palettes and how to choose the perfect shades for projects.
Nikki Cosgrove said: “It was the first time we have presented at the Showroom Showcase event and it was a real honour to be asked.
“Kathryn and I gave two presentations on Choosing Colour With Confidence for groups of Brewers’ retail customers and also spent time offering one to one advice for people looking to solve specific problems.
“The presentation was based around the psychology of colour with some tips on which colours work best together.”
Customers who attended the session received a free paint sample pot, voucher and the chance to win £150 of Crown Trade products in a raffle.
Manager at the Bromley store, Grace Brewer, said: “We usually do an event like this twice a year and the event with Crown Trade went very well and attracted a good turnout from our customers.
“The presentation was very informative and inspiring. People enjoyed learning about colour choices from the Crown Trade experts and we could see that they found the team very knowledgeable and that the talks were interesting and engaging.
“We were delighted that Crown Trade also offered a special raffle prize as that really added value to the event for our customers.”
Keep checking the Brewers website and connect with us on social media to keep up to date with the latest branch events!
22nd July 2014
A team of volunteers from Crown Paints and Brewers added a splash of colour at a charity event in Bristol - manning ‘rainbow stations’ and fairground games to help raise funds at the Children’s Hospice South West Rainbow Run.
The fund-raising event saw hundreds of people tackle the 5k course, which was dotted with teams of volunteers who threw coloured powder at the runners as they passed through.
Nikki Cosgrove, Account Brand Manager for Crown Trade, headed up the Crown Paints’ team at the event. She said: “The Rainbow Run was a fantastic event.
“We had lots of fun throwing blue powder at the runners – all of whom were keen to get as colourful as possible.
“The Crown Paints’ team had pink shirts and blue wigs, while the Brewers’ team wore blue shirts with pink wigs. Twenty four volunteers from both companies gave up their Saturday to throw the powder at the runners and man the fairground games to help raise as much money as possible for the charity.
“It was a great event – everyone had lots of fun but it was also very much about supporting the charity’s three hospices, which aim to enrich the lives of children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.”
Children’s Hospice South West has three hospices for youngsters, each offering specialist care as well as precious family time and the opportunity to make happy memories.
Emma McKeown, Events Fundraiser at Children’s Hospice South West said: “We welcomed 2,000 amazing supporters, ready in their white T-shirts, to this year’s Rainbow Run in Bristol.
“The atmosphere was amazing as they all set off on the 5k course to be splatted in every colour of the rainbow to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West.
“We had lots of the families we support take part also and they thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate and have fun.
“We are hoping to raise £100,000 from this year’s event which will fund the bereavement services at Charlton Farm - the local children’s hospice near Bristol - for two years.”
18th July 2014
Brewers are delighted to introduce two new filler ranges, offering trade quality at great value. The Brewers 2 Part Wood Filler and 2 Part Universal Filler are versatile, high performing products that can save you time and money.
Brewers 2 Part Wood Filler offers a quick and easy solution for wood imperfections in both interior and exterior projects. Its strong, long lasting and weatherproof formulation is specifically designed to flex with the wood. It is fast drying to a shatter proof finish in approximately 30 minutes and once cured can be planed, carved, drilled and over coated with the majority of paint systems, stains and varnishes. Brewers Wood filler is available in two sizes; 1.4kg in natural and white and 4kg in natural only.
Designed for used on a wider range of substrates including metal, concrete, wood and GRP, Brewers Universal Filler is a fast hardening two component polyester filler suitable for both interior and exterior use. It is sandable after just 20 minutes, making light work of repairing deep holes and surface imperfections. The filler dries to leave a strong hard finish which is ready to coat with most paint systems. Brewers Universal Filler is available in three handy sizes; 500g, 1.5kg and 4kg.
For more information, pop into your local Brewers branch.
14th July 2014
Don't miss these great branch trade events scheduled for July...
The Spraystore demonstration trailer will be at our Barnstaple branch between 8am and 1pm on Tuesday 22nd July to show you the ease and benefits of spray. Why no pop along and have a go!
On Thursday 24th July between 8am and 1pm you'll get the chance to see the Spraystore experts at our Bristol branch.
Come and join us for a summer BBQ between 11am and 4pm on Wednesday 16th July! Featuring Bedec, Crown Paints, Dulux Trade, Illbruck, Olfa, Prestonett, Spraystore, Werner, Wooster and Zinsser. Great food and great offers to all who visit...what more could you need!
The Spraystore trailer will be moving onto the Dorchester branch on Wednesday 23rd July. See live demonstrations, have a go yourself and meet the spray experts. You will also have the opportunity to chat to the speicialist from Rust-Oleum. Join us between 7am and 1pm.
The Spraystore trailer will be making it's way to Weymouth on Monday 21st July, meet the experts and have a go at spray application for yourself! Visit between 8am and 1pm and also get the chance to speak with the specialists from Rust-Oleum.
We hope to see you at one of our events soon!
For branch details, use our handy branch locator.
14th July 2014
As a professional decorator, you will be used to working in a multitude of environments, from office blocks, hospitals, schools and other public areas to residential properties of all sizes and of course on exterior jobs.
For each job, no matter how big or small, ensuring your working area is safe for you, your workforce and the public is paramount.
Identify your working area through the use of safety signs and boards. A simple ‘Wet Paint’ sign will avoid any embarrassing scenarios for you and your client, whilst hazard signs will help ensure the right PPE is used.
Suitable maintenance and regular checks of your equipment and tools help keep it safe for use. Carrying out traceable audits on equipment such as spray machines will support you in the regrettable case of an accident. Include in this your access equipment, ladder compliance can be a confusing area, familiarise yourself with ladder safety with this handy article.
For those decorators who like to go the extra mile for their clients, instead of painting around existing signage why not replace them. Brewers supply a wide range of signage including ‘No Smoking’, ‘Please shut the gate’ and ‘Fire exit’ to name but a few.
During July and August, ask in your local Brewers branch for your free ‘No tools left in van’ sticker* to help keep your van secure.
*Strictly whilst stocks last.
11th July 2014
Helping our customers get the best results by providing them with the right product for the job is part of Brewers commitment and as a result we seek new ways to enhance our great service.
The latest example of this is the introduction of new Rust-Oleum ColourShop machines into even more Brewers branches.
We now have 11 Rust-Oleum specialist tinting machines across the Brewers trading area meaning that we can service your specialist coatings requirements more quickly and efficiently than ever before.
Rust-Oleum ColourShop tinting machines are now based in the following branches:
- Tunbridge Wells
giving us the ability to meet your requirements across the whole Brewers trading area.
CombiColor Metal paint, Pegakote, Metal Cladding Topcoat, 9100 and 9200 Rust-O-Thane are just some of the popular Rust-Oleum products available for tinting.
The ColourShop machines can tint these products to BS, RAL and NCS specified colours plus by using the colour scanner we can create unique colour recipes allowing you to offer your customers the opportunity to have bespoke colours created at their convenience.
Also, Murfill masonry paint can be tinted to any pastel colour that is scanned into the machine in addition to the multiple pastel colours available within the BS, RAL and NCS ranges.
Even more than paint...
The Rust-Oleum range of building maintenance and safety products is vast and includes specialist coatings such as floor paint for garages, warehouses, showrooms, corridors, car parks, workshops and more.
Anti slip coatings and solutions plus repair products make the Rust-Oleum range of products one of the most comprehensive available to the professional tradesman.
This includes products such as the 5220 Epoxyshield Sealer an excellent dust-proofer or Supergrip Treadsafe, a solvent free product that is easily applied and perfect for withstanding very heavy traffic including forklift trucks.
Speed Screed, a pourable, durable re-surfacing material and 5160 Flexi-Joint Fill are just two more examples of the high quality industrial products available in the Rust-Oleum product offering.
To find out more about the Rust-Oleum products available at your local Brewers download the brochure for free or pick one up in your local Brewers branch.
1st July 2014
Rust-Oleum have launched a range of paints that are ideal for DIY enthusiasts and professionals who are looking to achieve distinct, on-trend finishes to furniture and accessories.
Their Chalky Finish Furniture paint can be used to revive tired furniture and create beautiful statement pieces. There is a choice of 16 colours which can be used on their own or together for interesting effects. The paint can be used directly on many surfaces including wood, brick, stone and plaster to create a professional finish.
To protect and enhance the coating, a top coat of Furniture Finishing Wax should be applied.
Neon and Glow in the Dark
In stark contrast to the Chalky Finish paint is Rust-Oleum’s Neon and Glow In The Dark paints. These fun finishes are far away from the ‘shabby chic’ appeal yet equally as fashionable and perfect for revamping toys, children’s furniture, home accessories and other types of crafting plus they’re certified Toy Safe giving peace of mind too!
All three products are available from Brewers, contact your local branch for prices and availability.
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