Saturday 13th February 2016
12th February 2016
First and foremost, when you purchase a brush you tend to get what you pay for.
In general, the better the brush, the more likely you are to get a better finish so price is often a good indicator of quality.
Obviously any manufacturer guidance on which finishes are most suited to application by their products should not be ignored, as any quality manufacturer will have spent some time on testing prior to introducing a product into the trade market.
In fact, most leading trade product manufacturers even have panels of experienced decorators who test their products and provide feedback prior to launch, so when you purchase a quality brand you can be sure that a lot of thought and care will have gone into the product before it reaches Brewers' shelves!
Always be sure to handle a brush prior to purchase to ensure that it feels comfortable and well balanced in the hand.
Be prepared to try new designs which are recommended for specific finishes/purposes if your budget allows, as some tremendous developments have been made in recent times with synthetic filaments and general design which mean that brushes are more tailored to specific uses now than they ever have been.
There are however, many very good general purpose brushes available too, so if in doubt these will usually give a very acceptable result.
Comfortable handles, rust resistant ferrules and a quality, well filled head of a suitable length are all good indicators of a brush that will give good results and last well when properly looked after.
The infographic below illustrates the key things to consider when choosing your new brush, for detailed advice ask the staff in your local Brewers branch, as we stock a variety of quality brands and price levels.
9th February 2016
Brewers and Wallpaper Direct have an outstanding variety of wallpapers to create effect and ambience in any room. With such a diverse selection of styles, Brewers and Wallpaper Direct offers designer brands with the latest collections such as the sumptuous new ‘Archive Trails’ range from Little Greene.
Trailing florals have been the subject of decorative pattern since long before the mechanisation of wallpaper production and the ensuing fashion for repeating pattern. Traditionally, the scenes depicted in early 18th Century interiors were painted by hand; in effect, bespoke murals.
Vine offers an unmistakeable nod to the father of the late 19th Century Arts & Crafts movement, William Morris. A traditional surface print method has been employed to recreate the bold, original paper from 1932. The ‘Bleu’ colourway is very close to the original in colour, ensuring an authentic, yet contemporary version.
The oldest design in the Archive Trails collection, was discovered in the archives of The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. This 1760 English piece was found intact at a house in Aix-En-Provence, France. The exotic scene accurately imitates a typical 18th Century hand-painted Chinese paper, but the tax stamp, still visible on the back of the original rag paper, identifies it as English in origin. The colours interpreted in the ‘Serein’ colourway are very true to the original – a surprisingly well preserved archive document.
This 1940’s design celebrates a truly rich mix of styles. The English Heritage-owned document from which this paper is drawn is actually a 20th Century piece, but the subject – exotic flora and the familiar oriental ho-ho birds - is classic ancient Chinoiserie, whilst the colouration in the original is very much in the style of a 19th Century French paper. This design retains the original’s oversized repeat and has been reproduced in six stunning colourways.
1st February 2016
Brewers has an extensive collection of paints and wallpapers from exquisite designer brands, all with exceptionally opulent finishes to create ambiance in any space.
Farrow and Ball, who have been crafting paint and paper in Britain for 70 years, have unveiled an exciting new palette of nine enticing additional colours all available from your local Brewers branch from 1st February 2016.
From soft neutrals and muted pastels, to strong brights and rich dark tones, the new additions enhance existing colour families and add new accents to the iconic colour palette.
Carefully chosen to refresh the Farrow & Ball colour card while retaining a timeless feel, the new colours replace nine existing shades to retain an edited palette of 132 paint colours.
A fitting tribute to the company’s rich heritage, the nine new hues are made in the same way as all Farrow & Ball paints, using only the finest quality ingredients and according to age-old methods. Like all Farrow & Ball colours, the new additions are available in a full range of interior and exterior, modern and traditional, paint finishes.
Discover the New Colours:
28th January 2016
Brewers has a vast array of protective coatings to fortify substrates and force the elements into retreat. With an outstanding pool of knowledge the Brewers team are highly skilled in specifying both interior and exterior projects to get the best finish and quality protection.
The spectacular Buscott House near Farringdon in Oxfordshire plays host to a garrison of replica terracotta warriors, whose biggest battle is fighting against the British weather. However the expertise and specialised knowledge from Brewers and Rust-Oleum has ensured the proud troop remain battle ready for many years to come.
The lifelike figures are based on the terracotta army discovered in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China, who were buried to protect China’s first emperor Qui Shi Huang in the afterlife.
In specifying the project Murfill became the ideal product choice due to its stunning qualities as a waterproofing system, its flexibility and ease of application. After initial preparation the Murfill system was applied to the soldiers, which will act as the perfect armour in weather protection and is available from your local Brewers branch.
21st January 2016
Sport and charity were the perfect combination for Brewers to swing into a day of golf, raising money for families bereaved by the Shoreham Air Show disaster of 2015.
Jon Hill, Horsham Area Manager at Brewers and a keen golfer, jumped at the opportunity from Brewers customer J. Davies Building Ltd to play in the charity tournament at Mannings Health Golf Club.
Organiser Mark Cobb and Glen Hoddle
The event was organised by Mark Cobb, who has raised an outstanding amount of money since 2013 from annual golf days in support of charities such as St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing.
Jon Hill (left) and the J. Davies Building Ltd team
Along with the Brewers support, the game saw ex-England football manager Glen Hoddle take part and raised £6,500 for the cause.
John Williams from J. Davies Building Supplies and Glenn Hoddle
Jon commented “It was a fantastic day, great atmosphere, great cause and of course a great game of golf!”
20th January 2016
Brewers work with some truly inspirational charities right across the UK and beyond as part of its commitment to community projects, and in working with Samara’s Aid Appeal has seen Brewers help the people of Syria.
Samara’s Aid Appeal helps refugees and displaced people in the Middle East. Supplying humanitarian aid to the heart of crisis areas such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, bringing much needed hope to the people left behind, struggling to survive in challenging circumstances.
With an estimated 12.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria, Samara’s Aid Appeal have been looking to source and fund pre-owned ambulances to be sent to the war torn country and help provide crucial medical attention.
Brewers donation contributed significantly towards the purchase of an ambulance which would make the journey to Syria and serve civilians caught up in the conflict. The 5 year old vehicle gained a special licence in order to make its way to its new home where it was met by an excited crew who swiftly put it into service.
Find out more about Samara’s Aid Appeal at www.samarasaidappeal.org
19th January 2016
Bringing the biggest brands in the industry to your doorstep, Brewers holds a variety of events right across its extensive branch network.
From demonstrations, networking and opportunities to talk with product experts, Brewers keeps you in touch with all the latest products and experience them first hand.
Forthcoming events at Brewers branches in February:
Thursday 4th February – Farrow and Ball Day
Come celebrate the launch of 9 stunningly elegant new colours from Farrow and Ball. Discover the uniqueness of the designer brand, discuss techniques and hues with Victoria Millington from Farrow and Ball who is an expert in her craft.
Thursday 25th February – Designer Paint, Wallcoverings and Furnishings Morning
Experts from sumptuous designer paint brands Farrow and Ball and Little Greene, along with interior designer Jaqui Nairne, will be on hand at our Milton Keynes branch offering inspiration insights into the adaptability of designer paints and how they offer that all important superior finish.
15th January 2016
For over 100 years Brewers has been supplying painters and decorators with the latest techniques and technologies in the paint industry, from a wide range of paintbrushes and tools right up to advances in decorating with the rise of spray painting. Spraystore from Brewers offers a one stop spray paint service from advice and product guidance to machine maintenance and aftercare.
Spraystore are a team dedicated to supplying you with the best tools for the job. If you’re a decorator just starting out in spray, a painter who uses spray regularly or a contractor who needs a heavy duty machine capable of running two spray guns at a time, Spraystore have the machine for you.
Stocking the latest technology, Spraystore provides tried and tested machine manufacturers such as Graco and Wagner, all available from your local Brewers branch, ensuring quality from suppliers you can trust.
Graco and Wagner spray machines are jam packed with features to increase productivity and decrease downtime, and all machines come with a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty for peace of mind. Couple that with the Spraystore supplier support which provides a range of accessories, outstanding aftercare including technical support and servicing to keep your machine working and you spraying.
12th January 2016
Brewers are committed to supporting community projects and were extremely proud to help Ronald McDonald House Charities over the Christmas festivities.
Brewers provided the manpower for the transformation of the charity’s Brighton House which provides free “home away from home” accommodation with sick children being treated at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the Trevor Mann Baby Unit.
Team members, Brewers customers and their families from Brewers Decorator Centres in Brighton and Uckfield took time out of their festive breaks, picked up a paintbrush and re-energised the kitchen, lounge and corridors of the House with a fresh coat of paint, which was kindly donated by Crown Paints.
Ronald McDonald House Brighton has 18 en-suite bedrooms and keeps over 175 families close to their children in hospital each year, and the Brewers volunteers will return to the House in 2016 to rejuvenate the bedrooms.
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities visit www.rmhc.org.uk
12th January 2016
Joining the Brewers family of fillers, the new Easy Finish is an essential product for surface preparation. It is designed to fill and smooth, giving the perfect finish on plasterboard joints, evening textured surfaces and repairing small defects leaving a flat surface to coat.
This super fine filler is also tough and durable, drying hard with minimal shrinkage. Brewers Easy Finish has a working time of 60 minutes allowing enough time to get it right, first time. It’s fast setting too, enabling you to start sanding earlier, giving you more time on the all important decorative finishing.
Brewers stock a full range of fillers and other preparatory tools and accessories to help you get the perfect finish every time. Visit your local Brewers Decorators Centre for advice, information and the widest range of brands.
7th January 2016
Seeing is believing, and this statement has never been more true than with the stellar work of decorator extraordinaire and Brewers customer Richard Langley, who uses Albany paints in many of his ventures.
Creating picture perfect designs, Richard is a master craftsman within his field, producing an array of mesmerising pieces from murals and scenery to wallpaper repairs and substrate imitation – in particular creating realistic stone work and marbling.
Originally trained as an interior designer, Richard would employ the best trades people money could buy to complete his projects. In doing so he learnt the craft of decorating from them, as well as how to conduct renovation and refurbishment to an exceptionally high standard.
A showcase example of Richard’s work can be found in the The Star Inn, Eastbourne, where Richard was commissioned to create a mural as the backdrop to the pub’s stage area.
Using Albany paints bought from Brewers, Richard drew on his ability and skill to trick the eye and created a scene fitting for the classic establishment. In fact so realistic and detailed that glasses have been smashed due to a convincing looking shelf not actually existing, and people walking into the wall believing it to be a passageway!
4th January 2016
Brewers branches are often asked the differences and benefits between solvent-based or water-based paints.
30th December 2015
Bringing the biggest brands in the industry to your doorstep, Brewers holds a variety of events right across its extensive branch network all year round.
From demonstration days and colour talks, to breakfast mornings and full trade fairs, Brewers keeps you in touch with all the latest products and opportunities to experience them first hand.
Brewers Trade, Demo Days and Showroom Showcases
Brewers Trade and Demo Days give the ideal opportunity to get up close and personal to all the brands, products and services found in your local Brewers branch. Come and sample a new product, or talk to the experts who will be on hand to guide you through their ranges, and answer those questions you’ve always wanted to ask! Professional insights definitely not to be missed!
Showroom Showcases highlight the extensive range of wallcoverings, blinds and fabrics available from Brewers with exclusive ‘on the day’ offers. Brewers Showroom Showcases are a great opportunity for your customers to find the final flourishes to their newly decorated rooms.
Put your skills to the test when the Spraystore trailer rolls in to town! This is the ideal opportunity to try first hand new spray paint techniques and technology which get any job covered in no time! So roll up your sleeves and discover a new era of decorating!
With such a wealth of brands available from your local Brewers branch, brand events are an ideal opportunity to gain invaluable product knowledge and advice on the right brush or how to get that all important finish for the right project. This combined with offers on the day makes the Brewers brand events well worth putting in your diary!
23rd December 2015
Sports and leisure clubs see a high volume of traffic, that combined with the new year and its resolutions mean an influx of health conscious people which can put the decoration at fever pitch.
Wear and tear experienced with the hustle and bustle of increased foot flow can mean a changing of the goal posts when it comes to the maintenance cycle.
Entrances and Stair Wells
The coatings on the walls and floors of sports and leisure clubs are exposed to a variety of conditions and wear and tear, so robust coatings are required to keep the welcome areas looking fresh and ready for kick off.
For walls Brewers stock a great selection such as: Dulux Diamond Eggshell or Diamond Matt, Crown Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt or Durable Eggshell and Albany Durable Matt. With floors taken care of with Rust-oleum Rust-o-thane 9200, Bradite EW99 or Bradite DP5.
Gyms and Fitness Suites
Gyms need to handle the pace – Trainers and shoes pounding changing rooms and training areas, weights being dropped and machines rubbing against surfaces mean fitness suites need products with the muscle to last.
Brewers have a fantastic range of products ideal for high impact environments such as Dulux Diamond Eggshell or Diamond Matt, Crown Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt or Durable Eggshell, Albany Durable Matt and Bradite EW99.
Car Parks, Pitches and Courts
Car parks, pitches and courts need to be up to the mark, they need to be pitch perfect no matter the time of year. Rust-Oleum Tarmacoat, Car Park Stencils and Rust-Oleum Line Marking Paint are perfect products for the job and available at your local Brewers branch.
Dive into pool maintenance with products which are not just water resistant but are also durable and robust with qualities such as mould inhibitors and scrubability. Call in to your local Brewers branch for products tailored to your individual specification.
18th December 2015
Brewers Abingdon branch has moved from Radley Road, its home for the past sixteen years, to Eyston Way. The new location is just off the A34 making it more convenient and easier to access with plenty of parking available.
Aside from the improved location, the fresh new branch offers more space, more brands and more range and with a bigger warehouse the branch can carry even more stock.
The new showroom offers a larger space to peruse fabric and wallpaper pattern books and offers a wider choice of designer paint brands readily available.
Come and see the new Abingdon branch for yourself. Andy and the team look forward to serving you soon.
16th December 2015
The home is an important part of Christmas, a time when people come together and the home becomes a showcase feature, so Brewers can help with that extra sparkle.
Brewers Home online has an outstanding range of gift ideas at your fingertips, all to make your home the envy of your guests. From blinds and curtains to match a new colour scheme or cushions and throws to really enhance that cosy winter wonderland feel.
Complimenting the online experience, the first Brewers Home showroom located in Eastbourne combines all the elements you need for a successful Christmas shopping expedition; great atmosphere, fantastic range of furniture, homeware and bedding for finishing touches or accommodating extra guests. Along with fantastic gift ideas from enamelware to candles and diffusers to add that festive flourish.
With stunning collections from designer brands such as Scion, Mini Moderns, Designers Guild and Harlequin, jump on your sleigh and get Christmas all wrapped up at Brewers Home.
14th December 2015
Surface damage and imperfections can happen anywhere and in any substrate. Repairing this damage can seem a simple case of filling the hole and then redecorating. However with such a variety of fillers available to the professional painter and decorator, choosing the right product can be daunting!
Brewers pride themselves on offering first rate advice and guidance to help customers achieve the best results and are on hand to guide the trade professional through the array of filler products and uses available.
Using this brief reference guide, Brewers makes the choice easier helping you select the right filler. You can also call or pop into your local Brewers branch for bespoke advice for the job in hand.
- Mixed with water, powder fillers set quickly to the very back of the hole and are often a cheaper option over other forms of filler.
- Ready-mixed micropolymer fillers are very convenient and can be used for medium-size cracks and holes. However the finished surface doesn’t offer the hardness of other fillers.
Ready Mixed Fillers:
- Very convenient to use but does have limitations. As they harden by evaporation shrinkage is likely during the drying process and if using ready mixed fillers to repair deep holes it can take a long time to set. Also, if used for large areas, once set, due to its liability to shrink it is prone to cracking and not completely cover the hole. However, they are a quick and easy solution as are very easy to apply and spread.
- Generally made of flexible acrylic, mastic caulk has a smooth plastic type texture. Best used for filling gaps between skirting boards, doorframes or the edges of shelves and the wall. There are numerous versions of caulk including antibacterial formulations for kitchens and bathrooms. Lines of caulk can be prone to cracking if applied in the wrong conditions. Always follow manufacturer’s advice on application, drying and painting over caulk.
- There are two types of wood filler: Ready mixed and two part epoxy fillers (a mix of filler and chemical hardener). These come in a number of wood colours to make them inconspicuous but some are also stainable once applied.
- Two part fillers should be used in a ventilated area due to their strong odour. Two part fillers will set very quickly and the hard finish can be sanded smooth in far less time than their ready mixed counter-part.
- High performance wood fillers can provide a dramatic solution for degraded sections of wooden features such as window frames and sills. Using the right tools, high performance fillers can rebuild rotten wood and fill deep holes, restoring them back to their former glory.
Some Wood fillers are also known as ‘wood putty’, ‘grain filler’ and ‘plastic wood’, and are often composed of wood dust combined with binder which dries as well as, in some cases, giving colour to imitate specific wood types.
In all of the above mentioned filler types you will find products specifically for interior and exterior use. There are also specially formulated fillers for specific substrates and to meet particular demands such as being waterproof, quickly paintable, easily sandable, quick drying or able to be nailed or screwed following application.
Simply contact your local Brewers branch to discuss the right filler for your job.
Have you got everything you need for a perfect finish? Sand paper, filling knife, dust sheets, caulking gun, mixing pot and scraper?
10th December 2015
Brewers has been supplying decorating materials for well over 100 years, and with such a pedigree have seen decorating techniques and tools evolve.
As technology advances painting and decorating has become far more cost and time effective. In particular with the rise of spray painting, it has become possible to complete projects in a matter of hours rather than days.
Brewers and Spraystore work together to bring you the best spray machines in the business, offering first class service and advice to get the best out of your decorating projects.
Airless Spraying - Faster, Cleaner, Easier
As the name suggests airless sprayers don’t use air to disperse the material. Instead, a motor drives a pump which compresses the material in a high pressure hose up to 3500psi. The material is then forced through the tip of the gun, atomising the material and forming the spray fan.
The benefits are:
• Ability to spray thicker material.
• Material sprayed direct from can, no need to transfer and less thinning required.
• Faster transfer of material.
• Less overspray than conventional spray systems.
• Superior finish and better coverage, even on textured surface.
• The gun tip and pump size dictates what you can spray, so one unit is capable of spraying a multitude of products - all you need is the appropriate tip for the job.
It is suggested that airless spraying is 10 times faster than brush and roller. On an isolated flat surface this is true, but Brewers know every decorating job is different, each presenting their own obstacles. So, allowing for extra preparation, such as masking, airless spray is about 6 times faster than brush and roller.
There is extra preparation involved when spraying, the biggest part being masking. The amount of masking will vary dramatically, depending on the situation: a nice open new-build or warehouse will require a lot less masking than a lounge/diner with all the finest china on display.
If you would normally spend an hour masking up a job, you would spend 2 hours masking ready for spraying, however once the masking is done and the machine set up, which takes under 10 minutes, you can spray a room approximately 50m2 in under 20 minutes using a cross hatch method, which applies the equivalent of 3 roller coats.
Spraystore has a range of machines, which include entry level pumps and pumps that can spray plaster or run two guns simultaneously:
• Spraystore EVO-DEC, a workhorse, which will comfortably spray finishes/stains/emulsions and the odd masonry job.
• Spraystore EVO-CTR, on a trolley for easier transportation, capable of doing everything the EVO-DEC will do and larger amounts of masonry work.
• Spraystore EVO H/D, again on a trolley for easier transportation but capable of spraying surface fillers, bituminous coatings, roofing products and running two guns when emulsioning.
HVLP Spraying - Detail, Control, Finish
HVLP stands for High Volume Low Pressure. HVLP and differs from airless spray as it uses air to disperse the material instead of a motor and piston, and 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 % achievable.
Turbines are rated in stages, from 1 to a maximum of 5, the minimum Brewers and Spraystore would recommend for decorators to achieve a professional finish is a 3 stage turbine. The higher the stage the higher the air flow rate, aiding the atomisation of the paint, less product preparation with the ability to apply thicker materials and 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 details.
The benefits 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.
HVLP offers up to 60% time saving over traditional brush and roller, offering the ultimate level of control and helps produce a superior flawless finish.
There is going to be some masking preparation involved but due to the control available from the gun and the dramatically reduced overspray, masking really can be kept 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.
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 has a range of HVLP machines available:
• 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.
Spraystore also offer the full range of units and accessories from the two major brands in the market, Wagner and Graco.
7th December 2015
When it comes to decorating, one consideration with using paint can be the smell it produces.
Whether you are working in a public area, such as a school or hospital, where you need to consider the sensitivities of others, or in an enclosed space at home, it can be important to keep odours to a minimum.
To tackle the issue, you must first go to the source. There are usually two potential causes of paint-related odours: one is predictable while the other is not.
We are all familiar with the smell of fresh paint. Unfortunately, though, the smell of solvent-based paints can be quite noticeable. And this is sometimes enough to outweigh the benefits of using a solvent-based product: the attractive gloss finish and good ‘levelling’ (i.e. brush strokes fill themselves in to create a smooth surface).
In this instance, the odour is caused by the evaporation of solvents that are mixed in with the paint to thin it. This ‘gassing off’ is referred to as a paint’s VOC level (Volatile Organic Compound), which is relatively high for solvent-based mediums.
The solution is simple: switch to water-based paint. With recent advances in technology, the drawbacks of using water-based paint are few and far between. And the benefits include easy cleanup with water and—most importantly for odours—low VOCs. There are significantly less of those nasty-smelling solvents.
One particular product that gives you the best of both worlds is Mythic. This non-toxic paint offers the same durability and coverage that you would expect from premium paint, but without the offensive smell. It is ideal for delicate noses.
If, however, the use of solvent-based paint is unavoidable, please note that good ventilation is very important—not just to fight those odours, but for health reasons too.
Unpredictable: ‘Wall odour phenomenon’
In some very rare instances, once the paint is dry, you can be left with an unusual smell that is unlike the normal smell of paint. And it can be accentuated by the warmth of direct sunlight or by draughts disturbing the air.
Research has shown that this happens in areas that are prone to bacterial growth because the odour is caused by microbes that pre-exist on the wall surface. And the reason this is such a difficult problem to predict is that those microbes are invisible to the naked eye.
The smell comes as a combined result of the fresh paint not only reacting with the bacteria but also sealing it in behind the new coat and the microbes continue to give off an unpleasant whiff from beneath that new coat.
This problem is not brand-specific; it has been known to happen with a wide range of paints. And while the likelihood of experiencing the ‘wall odour phenomenon’ is about 1 in 100,000, there have been a growing number of reports. This is most likely due to the lower solvent content of paints in general, as companies now face pressure to reduce their VOC levels. Hence, they no longer contain the active ingredients that would conceal those smells.
So, while there are no associated health and safety risks, the problem begs a solution. You will be glad to know there are a few things you can do to combat ‘wall odour phenomenon’. For starters, we advise that you wash down walls prior to painting them. Neglecting to do so has meant that this problem is common among homeowners who move into a property whose previous occupants have not kept their walls clean.
After that, you can use a solvent-based primer to create an odour proof seal. Or, better yet, ensure that any remaining bacteria are eliminated by utilising paints that contain anti-bacterial elements. In this instance, we recommend that you use an alkali resistant sealer. Application is incredibly simple, and your normal paint can be applied straight over the top
However, alkali resistant sealers can be a little tricky to come by because this is not a common problem. So please contact your local Brewers to ask about availability and we will be able to help.
27th November 2015
Efficiency around the home is becoming increasingly important, especially in the winter months when heat can be lost through poorly insulated walls. Brewers has a range of wallcoverings which help contribute towards energy saving, ensuring not only a professional finish but also help the home feel warm and cosy.
Graphite+ insulated lining paper is available through your local Brewers branch, offering an ideal solution to not just lining the wall, but also protecting it from heat loss with added damp resistance.
Made from a 4mm thick layer of BASF expanded polystyrene, infused with graphite particles and laminated to a reinforced backing, Graphite+ delivers 20% better insulation performance compared to standard lining paper, the equivalent to having an extra 26cm of concrete.
The graphite particles act like thousands of mirrors reflecting heat back into the room which helps reduce heat loss and potentially lower energy bills.
Graphite+ is class E fire rated so not recommended for use in fire escape routes inside the home unless the surface is further treated with a fire retardant covering, nor should be used for projects such as new builds and extensions where building regulations are applicable.
26th November 2015
The kitchen is often described as the heart of the house and should be given the care and attention it needs for welcoming its many, frequent visitors.
If your customer requests a kitchen refit rest assured Brewers are on hand to provide the service you need to design and supply a high quality kitchen.
Using the latest CAD design software, your customers new Crown Imperial kitchen can be planned to the specifications helping you and your customer visualise the options and possibilities available.
With a delivery turnaround of as little as 2-6 weeks for installation ready units, a kitchen supplied by Brewers is the perfect fit for any home.
Our kitchen design specialist Andy Sandford would love to welcome you to one of the kitchen showrooms based in our stores in Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Frinton on Sea, Lowestoft, King’s Lynn, Sudbury and Ware.
To find out more please call 07966 125602 or email email@example.com.
If you need advice for hand painting an existing kitchen to bring it back to its best have a read of our Hand Painting Kitchens to Perfection article.
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25th November 2015
Dreamland Mission Hospital has been the focus of Brewers support in Kenya as part of the Company’s commitment in communities.
Having provided valuable donations and support from 2012-2015, Brewers have committed to a further 3 years to support additional developments of this vital resource in what is an extremely remote area of western Kenya.
Four Brewers members of staff were selected (through an application process) to visit the hospital and see how the Company’s support is helping to change lives in the community.
Colin, Debra, Gary and Nicky, all with varying roles in the Company made the 6,000+mile journey in November and with great anticipation arrived in the small village of Kimilili, here’s their story...
“We arrived in the rural village of Kimilili at the foot of mount Elgon excited to be meeting the team that run the hospital and who have coordinated its growth and development from a small dispensary to the facility it is today, being able to offer such an amazing, life changing services to the people of Kimilili and western Kenya.
A tour of the hospital soon showed us how limited this region of Kenya’s facilities used to be as we learned how the ultra sound, x-ray, lab for complex tests, operating theatres facilities are the only ones for miles around. The hospital is widely known for its orthopaedic work carrying out extensive corrective surgery for children with club foot and other limb deformities.
As we moved to the main theatre, it became evident the impact the support from contributors such as Brewers has made to the hospital. The theatre equipment was in place because of the support and with the generous work of the Smile Train charity, cleft repair surgeries could take place. The hospital is changing the lives of so many Kenyans, many of whom hear about the services by radio and word of mouth and then travel for tens of miles on dirt track roads by foot and motorbike just to be assessed.
Our focus for the visit was the eye surgery. This and the construction of the 2 story paediatric ward are the next big developments for the hospital and two key projects that Brewers support will be contributing towards.
One of Dreamland’s surgeons, Clement Kiprop, is now fully trained as an eye specialist. The eye surgery has been operational for a few years, but started just as ‘eye camps’. The current theatre is looking tired and ill equipped to handle the demands of the growing service and so a team of local tradesmen were at work tiling and painting the space to bring it up to scratch. This is where we were able to lend a helping hand!”.
Health care in Kenya is not normally free but Brewers, ROPE and other individual donor support has supported the programmes to allow children to have corrective surgery and eye treatments for free or at a very small fee.
Being immersed in the challenging conditions the exceptional people of the hospital work was a humbling experience for the Brewers team. The dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of all concerned really does change lives and Brewers are proud to play a part in such in inspirational project.
23rd November 2015
A Healthier Interior
Brewers understand that with ageing buildings come certain problems. Particularly inadequate insulation, penetrating damp, excessive condensation and, almost inevitably, the risk of mould growth. Whilst new builds and extensions have a plethora of requirements and regulations to conform with in order to prevent mould and damp occurrences before they start.
What if there was an interior paint which would not just slow the growth of mould, but reduce the amount of condensation forming? What if it actually helped keep the room warm too? That’s what Insul8ed promises and can be found at your local Brewers branch.
Insul8ed is for use on internal walls and ceilings, the unique paint reduces condensation by up to 90% and with an active Biomaster ingredient inhibits bacterial growth by up to 99.9% Asp niger (the black mould so common in cold, damp properties), MRSA (the so-called ‘superbug’ sometimes found in hospitals), E.Coli and other bacteria are unable to spread.
Insul8ed creates a thermal barrier wherever you apply it. It’s 5 times less heat-conductive than standard paint. What that means is that walls and ceilings painted with Insul8ed feel warmer to the touch – because they lose 25% less heat to the cold wall behind than standard paint.
To prepare a surface for painting, all that is usually required is a quick wipe over, saving you money on mould treatments.
Owing to microsphere technology, the paint is reflective and so reduces heat loss through walls and ceilings, saving you energy and money. The eco-friendly Insul8ed paint also helps the planet by being non-hazardous and non-toxic. And it is easy on the pocket, being no more expensive than any other good-quality emulsion!
Insul8ed – Key Points
• Insulates – microsphere technology
• Prevents condensation and mould
• Eco-friendly – non-hazardous, non-toxic
• Low odour – water-based
• Fully washable
• Can be tinted with any colour
Lining Papers for Warmer, Healthier Buildings
Along with specialist paints, lining papers and wallcoverings are also available from Brewers, offering an extra layer of protection.
Wallrock is a range of specially prepared lining papers and adhesives which improve the environmental health of interiors from new-build public sector construction to ageing houses.
At 3mm thick, it slows down the rate at which cold walls soak up heat energy. As a result, the room will warm up much faster—in some cases, twice as quickly. Even once the heating is turned off, Wallrock goes on working to maintain a warm and comfortable environment.
This means less energy is needed, reducing heating costs.
New builds and extensions have to meet certain building regulations, so Wallrock Cosy Liner is tested and class C fire rated. The 1mm-thick lining offers worthwhile thermal insulation, increases the speed at which rooms heat up, reduces heating bills and inhibits the growth of mould. Alternatively, Wallrock Superglass provides an excellent fire-resistance and can be directly painted over. At the other end of the scale, Wallrock Thermal Liner KV600 has been been approved by the Energy Saving Trust for its thermal efficiency and energy-saving properties, but with only class E fire rating, should not be used in fire escape routes in residential premises or in new buildings where building regulations must be met.
However older buildings have their own challenges, and refurbishing decades-old residential exterior walls with penetrating damp would require Wallrock Dampstop – a foil-backed lining paper that prevents the damp that discolours interior decoration and encourages mould growth. Dampstop paper can then be overhung with lining paper or wallpaper, which can then be painted.
he wallpaper also makes for a healthier environment. By retaining heat in the wall surface, while also allowing the wall to breathe, it hugely reduces—or even eliminates—the formation of condensation. Hence, it is far more difficult for mould to grow.
While this product contains no PVC or fibreglass, it must be noted that it is class E fire rated, making it unsuitable for fire escape routes and in projects where building regulations apply.
Wallrock Thermal Liner – Key Points
• Insulates –saving energy and cost
• Prevents mould – healthier environment
• Reinforces – strong and durable
• Creates smooth surface for decorating
• Contains no PVC or fibreglass
So, next time you’re quoting to refurbish or decorate in a health sector building, a school or a house that’s susceptible to the cold and damp – private or for a social housing provider – consider Insul8ed and Wallrock from your local Brewers branch. Not only does it vastly reduce various health risks for occupiers, it helps create a warmer, more welcoming interior, reduces running costs by improving thermal insulation and it won’t cost you any more than a good-quality emulsion paint. Now that’s adding value.
Brewers have an extensive collection of specialised coatings for homes and businesses, for more information on these products pop in to your local branch or join the Brewers community on Facebook and Twitter.
20th November 2015
The Ricoh Arena in Coventry plays host to one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the decorating diary, the annual National Painting and Decorating Show, and Brewers cordially invites YOU to attend!
Billed as one of the biggest and best shows in its history, the National Painting and Decorating Show is crammed to the paint lid with the latest painting and decorating products, materials and techniques. Providing an ideal opportunity to talk with the Brewers, Spraystore and Albany experts and get some extra information under your toolbelt.
The show runs from Tuesday 1st – Wednesday 2nd December with practical demonstrations as well as state of the art decorating innovations, the National Painting and Decorating Show is one exhibition not to be missed.
Don’t miss out, claim your FREE tickets and the Brewers team look forward to seeing you there!
16th November 2015
The year is 1904 where a vacant shop in Cavendish Place, Eastbourne gains a new tenant named Clement Brewer and the rest, as they say, is history!
Brewers are intensely proud of their Eastbourne heritage; the south east town provided the footprint for what is now a flourishing business over 150 branches strong. Yet Brewers Head Office, the heart of the company, remains embedded and based in Eastbourne.
It was with complete delight and overwhelming pride that Brewers has been recognised by the 2015 Eastbourne Business Awards held at The Grand Hotel in the seaside resort.
With so many fantastic businesses based in the Eastbourne area, all who deserve merit for being leaders in their own right, the awards were full of worthy winners and was a glittering event celebrating the Eastbourne business community.
Brewers won two awards of the evening, Large Business of the Year and the most sought after prize of them all, Overall Business of the year!
To receive the accolade of Overall Business of the Year was a humbling experience and personified how important communities are to Brewers, who strive to be part of their local environment in providing opportunities and training, as well as quality products and outstanding customer service to all.
Thank you to everyone who voted and to not just the people of Eastbourne, but to all who work at and visit Brewers branches all around the UK, thank you for making Brewers the decorators’ first choice!
9th November 2015
Are you familiar with the wallpaper symbols for care, applications, pattern matching and removal?
3rd November 2015
Decorating techniques and tools have evolved greatly since the (still very important) paintbrush. The rise of the spray paint revolution has helped painting become more efficient without sacrificing that all important finish.
Brewers and Spraystore recently worked with the WWT London Wetland Centre near Barnes, who as part of their routine maintenance projects paint their 3 storey observation building.
The project would usually take the team over 3 weeks to complete using traditional methods, but in using the Wagner FC3500 handheld spray unit the job was completed in 5 days!
The impressive Wagner FC3500 is the smallest unit within its class and available through Brewers and Spraystore. They say all good things come in small packages and the FC3500 powers quite a punch being suitable for projects up to 50 square meters.
Weighing in at just 2.3kg the Wagner FC3500 handles both solvent and water soluble materials such as varnish and lacquers. The FC3500 can be ordered through Spraystore from your local Brewers branch.
3rd November 2015
Deep in the countryside of West Sussex sits the prestigious Goodwood Estate. Owned by Lord March, the estate plays host to popular events such as Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival. Constant maintenance is required to upkeep the spendour of the estate for the thousands of visitors that attend its hotel, numerous race meets, events and country house each year.
One of the most distinguished events in the Goodwood calendar is the Qatar Goodwood Festival aka Glorious Goodwood. Deemed as “the sporting and social highlight of the season”, Lord March aims to create the largest flat racecourse in Europe and to accompany it, everything needs to be to the highest standard.
A Wright Builders work around the clock to keep the estate pristine working on all areas from the hotel to the racecourse. To help ensure the appropriate coatings are used for the variety of jobs in hand, Brewers’ highly qualified specification team provide an onsite service.
Whether it’s the entertainment boxes, external staircases, course railings or period property, Brewers are able to work with A Wright Builders to get the best possible results and keep the renowned estate a jewel in the Sussex Crown.
2nd November 2015Choosing the right product for the job is important and with specialist paints in high demand, it seems appropriate to draw attention to a specific troubleshooting category, that of mould resistance.
This is a common problem in older properties that lack double glazing, but also in specific rooms such as bathrooms, kitchens, cellars, laundry rooms and similar. Wherever there is little ventilation and a recurring source of moisture, mould and mildew will be a problem.
To help remedy this problem and ensure the longevity of your decorating job, we recommend that a sufficient anti-mould paint is applied. It is likely that there will already be organic growth in the area that you will be treating and this should be removed thoroughly with a stiff (not wire) brush.
Make sure the whole surface is clean, remove any loose material and ensure the surface is smooth and sound. It is advisable to use Glixtone’s Sterilising Solution GS37 to destroy any mould or fungi that may still remain.
Protect any pipework, sanitary ware or decorative features with a suitable masking tape and/or dust sheets. It is always advisable to read the manufacturer’s advice regarding surface preparation before use, as some products may require a primer.
Two particularly effective products to combat and prevent mould growth are Glixton’s Fungi-Shield Matt Wall Coating FS42 and Zinsser Perma-White Interior paint. Both products are available as standard in white, however tinting is possible; please discuss this with your local branch.
Being water based, plus non-toxic and odour free when dry, Glixtone’s Fungi-Shield Matt Wall Coating FS42 is environmentally friendly. Coverage of this product is approximately 11-13 sq m per litre with two coats recommended. Conveniently, it can be applied by brush, roller or spray.
Zinsser Perma-White Interior is another high performance water based coating that will withstand moisture and resist dirt pick up - conditions which promote mould and mildew growth. With a guarantee of 5 years, this self-priming coating will give you and your customers additional confidence in its performance.
Crown Steracryl is an anti bacterial durable acrylic eggshell suitable for interior walls, ceilings and trim. The Steritouch silver ion technology offers a highly durable, washable, satin lustre finish ideal for use in rooms prone to condensation and steam.
Designed specific for cellars, Zinsser Watertite and Dulux Cellar Paint are ideal. Plus Owatrol VC175 Mould Killer is an additive that can be mixed with paint, timber stains, mortar, grout or adhesive to prevent the formation of mould and mildew.
Other trade grade anti-mould products are available from Armstead, Blackfriars, Classidur, Dulux and Johnstones. When using any of these specialist products, you should wear appropriate protective clothing including rubber or PVC gloves.For further information regarding any products discussed here or for technical help and advice regarding troublesome areas, please do not hesitate to contact our Help Desk or your local branch.
30th October 2015
Worthing Spiritualist Church located in Worthing’s town centre was due some external redecoration. Brewers customer Nick Bennett of NPH Bennett called upon the help of local rep, Sean Vale, to help specify the appropriate products for the job.
Murfill Waterproofing paint was specified due to its long lasting waterproofing properties.
Murfill is an elastic, crack bridging and waterproofing façade coating whilst its microporous structure means that the substrate beneath is able to breathe.
Not only did the exterior need prepping and painting, but Nick had to recreate the mouldings around the gable end of the roof too, a particularly tricky and skilled job.
The church is now looking at its best and ready to welcome its daily worshipers.
29th October 2015
Preparation is a key element in ensuring a professional finish, in particular when it comes to masking up to protect carpets, windows and other substrates. With a wealth of tapes available from Brewers it can be difficult to know which tape suits which surface and situation.
Here Brewers take a look at key areas of consideration when deciding which tape to use for a particular purpose so that you get perfect adhesion, eliminating problems such as paint bleed.
Interior or exterior use
Weather-resistant adhesive tapes are required for use outdoors. They must be stable to UV radiation and moisture so that no adhesive residues are left and the tape does not keep tearing when it is removed.
Type of substrate
A range of issues need to be taken into account here:
Material (wood, metal etc.) and if it’s smooth, rough or textured: The rougher a substrate, the stronger/thicker the layer of adhesive compound needs to be.
Take note of any unusual edges that may need to be masked off when assessing your job as there are specialist tapes available to handle curves.
The strength of the substrate needs to be greater than the adhesive strength of the adhesive tape so that no damage is caused when the tape is removed.
Time of usage is an important point when selecting a product as virtually all tapes’ adhesion strength will increase over time.
Ideally you should remove adhesive tapes immediately while the paint is touch-dry, but before it is fully cured.
Normal painting work does not put adhesive tapes under much mechanical strain, but work involving filler or plaster will. This type of work demands products which, unlike paper adhesive tapes, do not immediately give up on contact with a trowel, mortar and lots of water.
Adhesive tapes should only be applied at temperatures between 5 and 40 °C.
At lower temperatures, adhesion on application drops significantly.
For an optimum masking result, i.e. accurate, clean paint edges with no paint bleed, the adhesive tape should be pressed on firmly when it is applied.
Adhesive tapes should always be pulled off slowly, steadily and never in jerks. This will stop surplus residue and tearing of the adhesive tape.
Ideally the tape should be peeled off at an acute angle to the substrate, ideally an angle of approx. 45°.
If the peel-off angle is approx. 90° or even greater, the risk of residues remaining on the surface increases.
Correct storage maintains quality, the rate adhesive tapes age is influenced by temperature, as well as storage time.
High temperatures can easily cause adhesive tapes to sustain damage (breakdown of the adhesive, resulting in a tendency to leave residues when tape is removed).
Cold or hot rolls of adhesive tape should be acclimatised to ambient temperature before being applied. This should be taken into account when adhesive tapes are stored in frosty or hot conditions – in construction site vehicles for example.
All the top brands
Each Brewers branch stocks tapes from the tesa professional tape range. Pop into your local branch for advice on the best tape for your job.
29th October 2015
The Werner ladder collection is superior and vast, here we have an introduction to the features and benefits of the 714 and 716 stepladders.
27th October 2015
Bringing the biggest brands in the industry to your doorstep, Brewers holds a variety of events right across its extensive branch network.
From demonstrations, networking and opportunities to talk with product experts, Brewers keeps you in touch with all the latest products and experience them first hand.
Brewers Trade and Demo Days:
Brewers Trade and Demo Days provide invaluable product knowledge and advice on the right products for the right project – This combined with offers on the day makes the Brewers trade events events well worth putting in your diary!
Watford – Tuesday 3rd November – Illbruck Demo Morning
Exeter – Wednesday 18th November – Trade Day
Islington – Thursday 19th November – Illbruck Demo Morning
Dunstable – Tuesday 24th November – Illbruck Demo Morning
Victoria – Thursday 26th November – Illbruck Demo Morning
Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd December
National Painting and Decorating Show – Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Brewers return to the annual National Painting and Decorating Show, providing the ideal opportunity to network and find out more about the extensive range of decorating materials Brewers has to offer.
The Brewers team will be on hand at Stand 6 with Goody Bags and a range of products.
Don't forget to join the Brewers community on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with events and demos at your local Brewers branch!
27th October 2015
Earlier this summer, Tracey, Steve, Rick and Marcus from Brewers in Burton and Stoke ran the Uttoxeter Colour Obstacle Rush fun run!
Located on Uttoxeter Race Course, the Rush involved wading through foam, getting doused with coloured powder, climbing up and down nets, leaping through bouncy castles, crawling under inflatable beams and digging through a giant ball pit!
The team wanted to raise money for local charity Changes which supports people experiencing all levels of mental health and their efforts paid off as they successfully raised over £600 for this great local charity.
The Team! From left to right, Tracey Payne (Brewers Burton), Steve Brian (Brewers Burton), Rick Pattison (Brewers Stoke) and Marcus Ward (Midlands Area Manager)
26th October 2015
Redecoration works have started at the Brunswick Estate in Hove and Latest TV were there to see the progress and give local residents an insight into the history of the project...
Footage courtesy of Latest TV
15th October 2015
The first ever Scarecrow Trail in Westgate Parks took place on Saturday 10th October and Brewers in Canterbury had fun creating Stan the Decorator Man to take part!
The Scarecrows were displayed throughout Canterbury's Westgate Parks! Great photos of the event taken by Funk Dooby can be viewed on Flickr
12th October 2015
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.
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 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.
Download the Quick Guide...
9th October 2015
The 2015 National Painting & Decorating Show is due to take place on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd December at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
We’re excited to be able to offer you free tickets to the show, simply fill in the request form and we’ll post you the tickets!
This year you can get expert advice from our specialist divisions, Spraystore, Albany, Wallpaper Direct and pick up some great show deals from our main Brewers stand. And don’t forget to visit the mini Brewers stand for a tasty treat!
We look forward to seeing you there!
9th October 2015
The extensive network of Brewers branches has some intriguing and historical buildings within its portfolio. One of the oldest buildings is Park Paint in Battersea, which has a vivid history, from a blacksmiths to being used as the Royal Naval Club during the war. The branch even boasts being the only shop in London to have particular ornate windows!
Park Paint has been immortalised at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as part of Barnaby Bradford’s The Tower of Babel installation, shown below.
The six foot high exhibit is made of 3000 individual bone china buildings, each depicting a real London shop as photographed by the artist. At its base are derelict shops and builds to London’s exclusive boutiques and galleries at its summit, depicting the biblical Tower of Babel’s attempt to reach heaven.
The exhibit stands tall at the Victoria and Albert Museum until the 1st November 2015 and Brewers are proud to have a branch celebrated in such a elevating way.
8th October 2015
The Autumn edition of the Professional Painter & Decorator Magazine is available to view online!
The bi-monthly magazine is packed full of interesting information from the industry including trends, skills and new products plus much more!
7th October 2015
Brewers take real pride in their commitment to local communities, supporting charities like the Jigsaw Trust in Surrey who provides inspirational facilities to those with autism. Brewers Guildford branch has donated 70 litres of Albany paint to the trust for the redecoration of a temporary building on the school site. Albany Vinyl Matt was recommended by the Brewers Guildford team due to its tolerance in high impact areas and cleaning properties, ideal for the educational setting.
The Jigsaw Trust was set up in 1999 by parents of children with autism and the Jigsaw CABAS School was born that same year. It currently has provision for 60 pupils between the ages of 4-19 and caters for children with varying degrees of autism, each receiving one-to-one teaching and an individualised curriculum.
In 2012, Jigsaw+ adult services launched, catering for individuals over the age of 18 with autism and the Centre for Lifelong Learning is the focus of the redecoration project. Before a permanent new building on Dunsfold Park in Surrey is completed, the temporary building needs to be completely redecorated and Brewers were happy to help by providing Albany Vinyl Matt to give it a new lease of life.
Yvette Copping, Community & Events Fundraiser at Jigsaw, said “We are very fortunate to receive the support of businesses like Brewers who are so proactive in their support of us. The areas that have been painted look transformed!”
2nd October 2015
Painting a handmade solid wood kitchen to revive tired looking yet quality pieces is a significant task. There are a number of products that the experts at Brewers suggest using along with some top tips for professional application.
For your customer, durability will be of upmost importance as will colour choice. Finishes from Farrow & Ball and Little Greene are some of the best in the industry – below Brewers give guidance for the professional to provide a high quality finish.
Image Courtesy of Little Greene
Identify the substrate
When providing a kitchen repaint quote for your customer, be certain to make sure you have identified the substrate correctly. Are the units solid oak, pine?
Have they been previously painted, oiled, varnished? This will obviously impact on the type of preparation and products required.
Image Courtesy of Mylands
Preparation and planning
As you’ll know with any job, particularly those located in kitchens, ensuring the surfaces are clean is essential therefore removing any contamination from grease, dirt, wax and grime using a good quality sugar soap or cleaner will be the first prep job on the agenda.
For cupboards that have been waxed or even highly polished, the most appropriate prep will be to sand them back so that adhesion is not hindered.
For previously painted surfaces remove any old, flaking, peeling or blistered areas of paint and feathering old paint areas is an important part of the process to achieving the best result.
A smooth finish is going to be paramount for cupboard doors and so next use an appropriate filler and filling knife to repair cracks, holes and imperfections.
Use a knotting solution to prime obvious knots in the wood, this will reduce any resins causing imperfections to the finish. If the knot has already secreted sticky, resinous sap then be sure to remove it with a scraper and wipe over with meths before applying the knotting solution.
Lightly sand previously painted surfaces, vacuum the area and wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth allowing the wood to dry sufficiently. For a really smooth finish using a tack cloth before every coat will remove any bits of dust or lint that may have settled – keeping the surface scrupulously clean will help get the smoothest finish.
Of course, it is uncommon to find laminate or MDF in solid wood kitchens, but if you do, they will require thorough cleaning and a special adhesion primer, following the manufacturers recommendations for preparation, depending on the type used.
There are likely to be a large number of doors and fixings to negotiate when hand painting a kitchen. Work round the kitchen methodically, remove the doors and keep the fixings associated with each door safe – small sandwich bags will serve the purpose.
Use a rack to save space when drying multiple doors – it also helps you keep the doors organised so that the right door goes back on the right cupboard!
Remember to mask up any areas that need to be kept paint free – use Tesa EasyCover® for large areas such as worktops and Tesa Precision range to mask up any detailed fittings that cannot be removed.
Whilst areas need to be ventilated properly, make sure that contamination of surfaces during drying is limited by avoiding human and pet traffic to the areas where doors are drying.
Image Courtesy of Mylands
The right finish
Brush, roller or spray, each decorator has their preference. Spray will give the finest finish but only when applied correctly with the right machine – if spray is a new technique for you, give the experts at Spraystore a call to arrange a demo 01483 459273 or connect with them on Twitter.
Practised decorators are able to achieve a beautiful finish using brush or roller application. Finishing with a laying off brush will eradicate any brush marks or roller tracks.
Image Courtesy of Farrow and Ball
There are plenty of paints on the market suitable for painting wood, but for durability teamed with a beautiful finish and choice of colours, choose from the following:
Farrow & Ball Estate Eggshell and Floor Paint (yes this is definitely suitable for kitchen units and doors!) are ideal due to the following attributes:
•Washable and wipeable
•Child and pet safe
•Easy clean-up – wash brushes in warm soapy water
•Unmatched depth of colour
•Available in all 132 F&B paint colours
Farrow & Ball Estate Eggshell specific:
•Mid sheen finish (20% sheen)
•Eco friendly, water-based formulation with low VOC content
Farrow & Ball Floor Paint specific:
•Semi gloss finish (40% sheen)
•Eco friendly, water-based formulation with minimal VOC content
Little Greene Intelligent Eggshell and Gloss give a beautiful, water-based finish with the following features:
•Has excellent adhesion to existing aged alkyd finishes, on suitably prepared surfaces
•Outstanding water resistance
•Can be re-coated after 4 hour minimum
•Low VOC content and meets the BS EN71-3:2013 Safety of toys
•Available in all Little Greene colours
Little Greene Intelligent Eggshell specific:
•Mid sheen finish (10-20% sheen)
Little Greene Intelligent Gloss specific:
•Gloss finish (75-85% sheen)
Sikkens Rubbol XD Gloss
•Outstanding gloss retention
•Optimum durability – up to 8-10 years maintenance cycle
•Retains all application benefits of traditional solvent borne products
•Opaque, high gloss finish
Mylands Wood & Metal is available in matt, eggshell or gloss:
•Low VOC and low odour
•Available in all Mylands colours
•Matt finish (3% sheen)
•Eggshell finish (20% sheen)
•Gloss finish (75% sheen)
To prime and undercoat, each brand will naturally advise the use of a system approach which is ideal. However, to obliterate a dark colour, even out patches of colour and/or give a hygienic base, Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 is recommended under any finish on most surfaces. Apply one or two coats of the primer before finishing with a couple of top coats in the colour of choice.
The finishing touches
Going above and beyond the obvious demands of the job in hand makes for the best results...and the happiest customers!
Cleaning up the cupboard handles and hinges will give the final touch of quality to the job, use Rustin’s lacquer to make them look their best. The customer may even want to replace handles with new ones to give the kitchen a different look.
Don’t forget about the worktops – if the customer is not replacing them the use a suitable cleaner to bring them up to their best. If they’re wooden then it’s advisable to recommend treating them to enhance the finished look of the kitchen and protect them.
Finally, for any UPVC windows positioned in the kitchen, regularly found over the sink, use UPVC cleaner and window cleaner to make them sparkle.
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