Top 16 Essential Painting Tools

Over the years painting houses in the UK I have learned that having the right painting tools on hand increases productivity, reduces hours spent on projects and ensures a professional finish. Below are my “Top 16 Essential Painting Tools” for both professional painters and DIY Enthusiasts. All painting tools recommended below are currently used on a daily basis at Clear Cut Painting.

1) Purdy 12 – 18 inches Adjustable Roller Frame 

Adjustable roller frames are an essential accessory to any painters arsenal. Not only can you use a variety of different size roller sleeves but swapping roller sleeves when changing colour is simple. Purdy adjustable roller frames are robust and provide support to both sides of the roller cover, allowing for an even amount of pressure to be applied to the wall or ceiling when rolling.

2) Purdy Power Lock Extension Pole 2 – 4 ft

Painters extension poles are used to extend your reach allowing you to paint all areas of a room with ease. The purdy power lock extension pole fits all purdy adjustable roller frames. Simple push the end of the extension pole into the roller frame until it clicks into place. There is a large button on the extension pole which allows for the inner sleeve to be extended.

If your planning on painting high ceilings or hallways I recommend purchasing the longer Purdy Power Lock Extension Pole 4 – 8 ft version. I own both, the small extension pole for walls and the larger 4 – 8 ft for ceiling and hallways.

3) Hamilton 12 inch Perfection Microfibre Roller Sleeve

After testing numerous roller sleeves I have settled on the Hamilton Perfection Roller Sleeve for several reasons. 1) Minimal paint spray 2) Easy and fast to clean  3) Affordable to replace 4) Leaves a smooth paint finish

There are of course other roller sleeves that will leave a slightly smoother spray like finish on walls and ceilings. For example the Purdy White Dove 3/8 nap is an excellent roller. Not as durable as the hamilton roller sleeve, takes longer to clean and costs more.

If your painting multiple rooms or a very large area then the purdy white dove is a great option. Once fully saturated in paint, the roller coverage per dip is very impressive and the finish is excellent. As most of my work are residential houses and involves swapping roller covers during colour changes, the hamilton roller sleeve ticks all the boxes.

4) Scotchblue Painters Masking Tape

My favourite masking tape, I purchase by the box, 48 rolls as I use Scotchblue masking tape on every job I am on. Why do I love it so much? 1) Simple to apply and removes without tearing 2) Stops paint from bleeding through onto the masked surface 3) Can be applied to fresh paint 4) Reduces clean up time at the end of projects.

5) Purdy Clearcut Angular Trim Paint Brush

One of the most important pieces of painting equipment a “Professional Paint Brush”. Create beautiful straight lines around ceilings, across skirting boards and around architrave with a Purdy angled paint brush. I own several 2.5 inch angled purdy brushes that I use for cutting in with emulsion paints. When painting woodwork I use the, Purdy XL elite sprig brush 2-1/2 inch.

There are 3 inch versions of both brushes available, personally for my work, I find the 2.5 inch versions perfect for most situations. 

6) Purdy Carbon Steel Joint Knife

You will probably find it necessary to purchase two flex jointing knives, one smaller Purdy 3 inch flex knife and the larger 6 inch Purdy Jointing Knife. The larger filler knife can be used to hold the mixed filler while using the smaller flex knife to fill scrapes, dinges and holes.

I tend to swap between the two flex knifes depending on the size of the area needing filled. Sections of walls that have been tracked, plug sockets that are no longer in use and uneven patches of plaster require the larger filling knife.

7) Hamilton Perfection Dusting Brush

Dust brushes are perfect for sweeping away dust that accumulates on the surface after sanding. Common uses for a painters dust brush 1) Removal of dust after sanding 2) Wiping down skirting boards, architrave, window ledges and tops of door frames.) Having a dust brush in your painter’s tool kit saves time by not having to drag out the hoover every time you sand.

Have a painting job? Check out: “How To Paint A Room Like A Professional” 

8) Clauss Auto Loading Stanley Knife

One tool that I use consistently for a variety of jobs throughout the day. You can purchase folding versions of stanley knife’s and while they serve the same purpose. I find that the non folding version provides better grip and leverage allowing for a more fluid cutting action. Jobs I use an auto loading stanley knife for include. 1) Cutting the tops of caulking and silicone tubes, 2)Removing rawl plugs from walls and plasterboard, 3) Trimming carpet 4) Scraping dried paint of roller frames

 

Top 16 Essential Painting Tools

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9) DeWalt 1800W Heat Gun with 240V Dual Air Flow

Heat guns with an adjustable thermostat serve two purposes. 1) They can strip paint of any surface fast and don’t leave a sticky residue unlike harmful chemical paint strippers 2) Adjust the temperature and they can also be used to dry patches of filler, allowing you to continue painting.

The Dewalt Heat Gun also comes with a handy feature allowing you to stand the gun on its base keeping the hot metal elements away from flammable materials.

10) Mini Paint Scuttle 5 Litre Capacity

There are plenty of situations when painting a room that a mini paint scuttle will come in handy. Painting directly from the tin is never a good idea for several reasons 1) Dirt and dust can be picked up on the brush and contaminate the paint. 2) Accidents can happen, knocking over 2.5 litres of an oil based paint would be a disaster. 3) 5 litre rectangular paint scuttles allow both brush and mini roller to be used, circular paint scuttles do not.

For ease of use, transfer a small amount of paint into the mini scuttle. Try and avoid tipping any unused paint back into the tin.

11) Microfibre Mini Rollers 4 Inch and Frame

I’ll admit that when purchasing painting tools I tend to go for quality brands rather than cheaper alternatives. In most cases the quality and performance justifies the cost. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for mini rollers sleeves, I honestly prefer the cheaper microfibre 4 inch sleeves.

They are super versatile, can be used with most paints, are inexpensive and deliver excellent results. Plus, if I accidently forgot to wash one, it’s not end of the world. Most suppliers sell them in packs of 5 or 10 and include a mini roller frame. I use them for back rolling after cutting in and for painting large surfaces, (doors, shelves, deep skirtings).

12) Purdy Painters Multi Tool

When you need robust reliable tool for a combination of jobs, purdy multi tools are perfect for the task. While I don’t fully utilise every feature on the tool. I do use the multi tool for, 1) Removing old caulk and silicone 2) Opening paint tins 3) Chiseling 4) Scraping 5) Removing nails and rawl plugs.

 

13) Paint Mixing Paddle

There are several reasons you will need a paint mixer. Coloured paints, unless mixed and applied on the same day will need mixed again before application. If you are mist coating fresh plaster with contract matt emulsion, you will need to dilute the paint with water. Attempting to mix paint by hand is a long tiring process especially if your mixing a large amount. Paint paddle’s are inexpensive, attach directly onto a cordless drill and mix paint effortlessly.

14) Swivel Pole Sander 

Preparation is the key to painting a room like a professional, sanding the walls and ceiling are major part of the preparation process. I use a swivel pole sander attached to a purdy extension pole in combination with a hand sander to reach all areas of a room. You might be surprised to know that even freshly plastered walls and ceilings will still require sanding prior to the finishing coats of paint.

In most cases 120 grade sandpaper is adequate to get the job done. Simply trim as required and loosen the securing clamps to fit the sandpaper.

15) Werner Fibreglass Swingback Stepladder-6 Tread

I think it’s safe to say that most households own a set of step ladders. If you don’t you will need a set for cutting in around ceilings, mouldings and architrave. I highly recommend Werner’s Fibreglass 6 Run Step Ladders, they are bulletproof. Manufactured from fibreglass, so they will not rust, you can store them outside or if your a professional painter on top of your van.

16)Premium Coated Cotton Dust Sheet 12 x 9ft

Last but not least in my Top 16 essential painting tools are dust sheets, also referred to as drop cloths. There are several types of dust sheets available, (basic twill dust sheet, polythene, polythene-backed and heavy duty cotton twill). All of them will protect your furniture and flooring from paint spray and paint spills, except the basic cotton twill.

For painting and decorating purposes you will need a heavy duty tight woven drop cloth or coated cotton dust sheet. Both will STOP dust and paint from penetrating the surfaces below. Polythene-backed dust sheets are adequate for covering furniture but will slip on tile and laminate flooring. Dust sheets come in a variety of sizes, (12 x 12, 12 x 9, 9 x 9, 24 x 3), for an average sized room, several 12 x 9 dust sheets would be sufficient to cover both furniture and floor.

Another option which I personally use for kitchen painting is ProDec Super Cling Dust Sheet. The advantage to using a cling film dust sheet is its lightweight and naturally clings to all flat surfaces without having to use excessive amounts of masking tape. Super cling film dust sheet comes in a large roll which can be trimmed to the required size.

Top 16 Essential Painting Tools

I hope that you found the information in my Top 16 Essential Painting Tools helpful. You might also be interested in two earlier articles I wrote on How To Paint Matt Over Silk Emulsion and How To Paint Over Flaking Or Peeling Paint.

Clear Cut Painting is a professional decorating firm based in Northern Ireland, UK. All Painting equipment recommended in this article are used on a daily basis, which greatly assists myself in delivering professional interior painting finishes.

How To Paint A Room Like A Professional

A common question asked by many homeowners “How to paint a room like professional”. Painting doesn’t’ have to be as daunting as you may think. If you follow the steps that I have laid out below in the correct order, I can guarantee that you will achieve the same finish as a professional painter.

PRO TIP : Never purchase the colour for your room directly of a colour chart. Purchase tester pots and test patch the colour, then look at the sample colours over a 24 – 48 period before making your final decision. 

Prep a room for painting

Clear as many items from the room your are intending to paint. These would include (curtains, curtain pole, pictures, furniture, electronics). Try and think of a blank canvas, if you are unable to move large items out of the room, then move them into the middle of the floor.

If your replacing the carpet then I advise that you remove it. Having a wooden or tiled floor fitted? then book your floor fitters first, decorating is the last link in the chain.

Once the room is cleared, cover anything that is not intentionally being painted. I highly recommend using Scotchblue painters masking tape to tape of any areas that may get covered in paint, this may include (skirting boards, architrave, plug sockets, wall lights, smoke alarms).

Repair Cracks, Holes and Dents

Now that the room has been cleared and everything that is not being painted has been masked off. It’s now time to fill any dents, scrapes, cracks and holes that are visible on the walls or plasterboard.

PRO TIP : Use a torch, shining the light upwards against the wall or across the surface of the ceiling to highlight, dents, scrapes, cracks and holes. When it comes to choosing a filler, I recommend Toupret Interior Filler, used by most professionals, mixes effortlessly, sands easily and doesn’t flash.

Once the filler is mixed, use two jointing knives, Purdy 6 inch Flex Joint Knife and Purdy 3 inch Joint Knife. The larger knife holds the mixed filler while you use the smaller 3 inch knife to fill all discrepancies in the walls and ceiling. You should hold the torch and the larger filler knife in one hand while working with the other.

Sanding Walls Before Painting

All professional painters will thoroughly sand the walls, ceiling and woodwork before painting. This is a key element that must not be missed, there are several ways that this can be achieved.

  •  Hand Sander with 120 grade sandpaper, this will get the job done, but is pretty labour intensive.
  •  Pole Sander with 120 grade sandpaper, gives easier access to all areas of a room and is faster than a hand sander.
  • Mirka Deros Sander, used by professionals, one of the best orbital sanders on the market.

PRO TIP : Sandpapers are commonly graded as Coarse (40 to 60 grit), Medium (80 to 120), Fine (150 to 180). For walls, ceiling and woodwork, 120 grade is perfect for the job. Coarse sandpaper will only scratch the plaster which can show through your freshly painted walls.

What Painting Tools Do I Need

Now that the your room has been thoroughly prepared, the next stage is painting. First you will need to ensure you have the right painting equipment for the task at hand. Below is a list of essential painting tools.

I personally use the painting tools above daily to achieve a professional finish on all interior painting jobs. How to paint a room like a professional hinges in my opinion on three key elements. 1) Rigorous preparation 2) Professional painting tools 3) Quality paints.

What Order To Paint A Room

There are several trains of thought when comes down to the correct order to paint a room. Rather than cause confusion, this is how I achieve a professional finish

  • Ceilings first, use two coats of paint even if the walls are the same colour
  • Woodwork is next, sand using a Foam Sanding Block 120 grade, caulk all edges between the skirting and wall so there are no visible gaps. Next undercoat the skirting and architrave and leave to dry, approximately 2 hours for water based undercoats. Give the woodwork a light rub with the sanding block and wipe with a damp cloth to remove dust. Apply the first top coat of paint, usually (gloss, satin or eggshell). Wait until top coat is dry and repeat the previous step before applying the final top coat to all woodwork, then leave to dry for 24 hours. 
  • The following day tape of all edges of skirting and architrave using Scotchblue Painter’s Masking Tape let the masking tape hang over the skirting acting as a paint shield stopping any spray from the walls.

How To Cut In Paint Like A Pro

  • Using your Purdy Pro Extra Angular Glide Paint Brush cut in the edges where the walls met the ceiling, skirting boards and architrave. Using an angled paint brush makes for cutting in simple, dip the brush into the paint and tap on each side of the paint kettle. Place the brush 1/2 inch away from the ceiling and work upwards until the brush is in position. Then simply follow the edge of the ceiling to achieve a perfect straight line. Before moving onto the next section, ensure that you back roll the freshly applied paint to remove brush marks before moving onto the next section. Use your Hamilton Soft Grip Mini Roller Frame with Hamilton Perfection 4 inch Mini Roller Sleeve.
  • After you have cut in all the areas around the ceiling, skirting boards, architrave, window and radiator, your now ready to apply the first coat of paint to the walls. When rolling the walls, slightly overlap each section of paint applied. Use an even pressure with long fluid strokes from top to bottom
  • Once the paint has dried, approximately 2 hours for most emulsion paints, check the walls using your torch for any flaws that may have been missed during the preparation phase. Fill any imperfections with your Toupret Interior Filler and leave to dry before sanding.
  • The final stage is to apply the finish coat of paint to the walls, generally a slight thicker coat of paint is applied. Check for roller marks left by the edge of the roller. You can remove these by placing the roller over any prominent lines and apply very little pressure as you run the roller up the wall.

Interior Painting Tips and Tricks

  1. As you are learning how to paint a room like a professional I recommend that you only cut in one wall at a time. Then roll the wall before moving on, this will keep a wet edge and help to blend the paint.
  2. Although not required as Toupret Interior Filler doesn’t flash when painted, I personally think it’s good practice to prime any fresh areas of filler with a light coat of paint before applying the final coat of paint.
  3. Painters Acrylic Caulk is extremely useful for filling and smoothing out uneven edges around skirting boards, architrave and ceilings. Please note that you cannot paint over painters caulk with emulsion paint, it will always crack giving a unprofessional finish. Use a primer, Zinsser 123 Bulls Eye or an undercoat before applying emulsion paint.
  4. Avoid purchasing cheap brushes and roller sleeves. A good paint brush and roller sleeve make all the difference to the end finish.

How Long To Paint A Room

Assuming that the walls, ceiling and woodwork are structurally sound and do not need any major repairs. the average sized room 16ft x 12ft would take 2.5 – 3 days to paint professionally. This includes sanding walls, ceiling and woodwork, both the ceiling and walls would would be coated twice. Woodwork would be undercoated with two finishing top coats.

Best Paint Brands

When purchasing paint, try locate one of the well known manufactures, Crown, Dulux, Johnstons. Avoid purchasing cheap paint that may be on offer from your local home depot store. If you have the budget, I highly recommend Little Greene’s Intelligent Matt Emulsion and their Intelligent Eggshell for woodwork. One of the best washable paint finishes available in a beautiful range of colors.

I run a small painting firm “Clear Cut Painting” in Northern Ireland where I pride myself on delivering professional painting and decorating services. I hope you found plenty of useful tips and tricks on How to paint a room like a professional.

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Little Greene Intelligent Matt Emulsion

Considering redecorating? Thinking of spending a little more cash on some posh paint? Popular designer paint company’s you may have heard of ( Farrow & Ball, Laura Ashley, Little Green, Zoffany, Fired Earth). With so much choice, who is the best designer paint company? Let me help with my review of  “little greene intelligent matt emulsion”

Little Greene Paint Company

As a professional painter and decorator running my own firm, I have plenty of experience using designer paints. My current posh paint of choice is Little Greene Paint. Their intelligent matt emulsion is a dream to apply in comparison to similar products. Creamy in texture, excellent opacity and lays off without leaving a stippling effect from the roller.

Their Intelligent eggshell is also excellent, leaving a beautiful, modern, hard wearing, cleanable finish.

Little Greene Sample Pots

When attempting to choose the perfect colour for any room, never trust the colour card or colour board. Looking at a one inch section of card will not reflect how the paint will look on a larger area.

Thankfully Little Greene intelligent matt emulsion colours are available in sample pots, while it maybe a little more expensive to buy several tester pots at £4.60 per sample. Trust me when I say, it’s worth it, designer paint is expensive, choosing the wrong colour can prove to be a costly mistake.

Due to the pigmentation in the paint, colours especially in designer paints can change with the light. It is always best to patch test the colour and then live with it for 24 – 48 hours, before making your final decision.

“Tester pots are available in matt emulsion finish only”

Little Greene Paint Prices

I mentioned earlier that posh paint is expensive, well that part wasn’t a lie. Below are Little Greene Paint prices 2019 (retail) and to give you a comparison I have added the prices for the equivalent products by one of the leading high street paint merchants, Johnstones. (LG) = Little Greene  (J) = Johnstones.

(LG) Intelligent Matt 

  • 2.5 litres : £50
  • 5 litres : £86

(J) Durable Matt

  • 2.5 litre : £37
  • 5 litres : £46

(LG) Absolute Matt 

  • 2.5 litres : £45
  • 5 litres : £80

(J) Flat Matt

  • 2.5 litres £40
  • 5 litres £65

(LG) Intelligent Eggshell

  • 1 litre : £31
  • 2.5 litres : £64

(J) Acrylic Eggshell

  • 1 Litre not available
  • 2.5 litres : 44.50

There are additional finishes & paints available from Little Greene, (Gloss, Floor, Masonry paint). Above are in my opinion the most popular from their collection. Designer paint unfortunately is not for those on a tight budget.

While some of Little Greene’s Paints (intelligent matt) are nearly twice the cost of Johnstones equivalent. Others (absolute matt) are marginally more expensive. Please note that, Johnstones “Flat Matt” is not your standard vinyl matt emulsion which costs on average £36 per 5 litres.

Absolute matt by Little Green has a very flat finish with only 3% sheen. Johnstones equivalent is Flat Matt with a 1% sheen.

Intelligent Matt Emulsion Painting Tips

Due to the additional cost involved when using designer paints. There are a few tips that will save you time, money and ensure a professional finish.

  1. Sand the ceilings, walls and woodwork with 120 grade sandpaper. You can either use a pole sander or wall sander. Most hire stores stock a variety of sanders which you can hire on a daily basis.
  2. Painting over a dark colour requires additional coats of paint. Avoid having to purchase more designer paint and base coat the affected walls with cheap contract matt emulsion first.
  3. Fill the walls using a professional filler (toupret interior filler) is excellent and used by most painter and decorators. TIP : use an led light directed upwards against the wall to reveal dents, scrapes and holes.
  4. For greater coverage dilute Little Greene intelligent matt emulsion with 10% cold water. Example, 5 litres (5000ml) of paint, diluted by 10% = 500ml (cold water).

Request a Little Green Colour Card

Little Greene Paint Stockists

Want to know where you can purchase little Greene paints? Head over to their website where they have a postcode search feature identifying LGP stockists in your area. Northern Ireland where I reside has ten Little Greene paint suppliers. Alternatively you can order directly from their website, delivery options are :

  1. Standard delivery FREE
  2. Express dispatch (Dispatched the same day if order is received before 15:00) £5.00

Note : An average sized room not including the ceilings will requires 5 litres of Little Greene Intelligent Matt Emulsion. See tip 4 for greater coverage when using intelligent matt emulsion.

Little Greene Intelligent Matt Emulsion

Final Thoughts

Personally for me as a professional painter and decorator I wish more customers negated the additional expense and purchased Little Greene Paints. It still surprises me to this day that people will openly spend thousands on a new extension, kitchen or other home improvements. Then search for the cheapest painting quotation they kind find.

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”

I estimate that if customers where to spend an average of 20 – 25% on posh paint (Little Greene) and employ the services of a trusted painter and decorator, the end result would be a stunning finish.

I’ll finish my review of “Little Greene intelligent matt emulsion” by saying, without adequate preparation, it would be pointless to invest in Designer Paint. Rigorous prep in combination with great paint (LG) delivers incredible results, but does come with a higher price tag, the decision is yours.

You might be interested in Little Green Intelligent matt emulsion data sheet, which provides additional information on the paint formula. Little Greene paint can be applied using either a paint sprayer or roller, dilution ratios and preparation tips can be found on the data sheet.

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Painting Over Flaking Paint | How to Guide for Beginners

Painting over flaking paint is one of the most common problems I face on a daily basis. Patches of paint that are either, flaking, peeling or completely failed to adhere to the plaster. Before we attempt to fix peeling paint, we first must better understand what causes flaky paint.

What Causes Peeling Paint?

There are several reasons for paint flaking or peeling away from the original surface. 1) Poor preparation, walls and ceilings have not been mist coated with the correct ratio of water to paint 2) Damp or elevated moisture levels in the plaster 3) Water based paint on top of oil based paint.

Poor preparation accounts for the majority of issues, when it comes to peeling paint. Failing to mist coat freshly coated plaster correctly, will cause paint on the surface to peel.

Painting Over Flaking Paint

  1. Remove as much of the loose paint as possible using a flexible scraper with a good sharp edge.
  2. Prime the affected area with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 or Zinsser Gardz High Performance Sealer.
  3. Skim coat the area with a good quality filler, Toupret Interior Filler is perfect for the task.
  4. Sand the area with Aluminum Oxide Sandpaper 120 grade until the edges of the original paint are starting to show through.
  5. Prime the fresh filler and surrounding edges with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3
  6. Apply two top coats of paint

How To Paint Over Flaking Emulsion

There may be the occasion when there is so much flaking paint that the entire area, wall or ceiling may need stripped back to the original plaster. Painting over flaky patches or paint chips can be easily rectified, larger areas must have all the peeling paint removed before attempting to repaint.

This can prove problematic as some of the paint will refuse to scrape off and the use of a Heat Gun must be used to soften the stubborn paint to allow for removal. If you don’t own a Heat Gun, I recommend purchasing one with adjustable temperature, the DeWalt 1800W Heat Gun with 240V Dual Air Flow is an excellent example.

How To Seal Flaking Paint On Walls

Painting over flaking paint is a relatively simple process if you follow the steps above. The use of a primer helps to seal the exposed plaster and tack down the edges of paint after scraping.

As there are discrepancies between the original layers of paint and exposed plaster, skimming the affected area is required. This will help to level out the two surfaces.

Use a medium to fine grade sandpaper, coarse sandpaper will leave deep scores in the filler that will show through after the top coats have been applied. A top coat of primer helps to seal the filler and cover any exposed plaster after sanding.

When applying the final top coats, it is best to paint the entire area of wall or ceiling to avoid visibly seeing the patch.

Peeling Paint Warning

Always be cautious when scraping and sanding paint on older houses built before 1978, as there is an increased likelihood of any painted surfaces containing lead. It is good practice to wear a Respirator Mask when there is a risk of dust particles entering the lungs. These can be easily purchased at any local building merchant.

How to repair peeling paint on plaster walls, Contact Andrew on 07419998922 or Email, to claim your Free no obligation Quotation.

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Night Time Painting Service | Professional Painter Decorator

Running a business within the current economical climate can be challenging. The last thing any business needs is down time, shutting the doors to customers for regular maintenance is not good practice. How then, can business owners maintain their service without disruptions. Simple, hire the services of a contractor who provides a night time painting service.

It is common practice in many other countries that contractors support local businesses, by providing an out of hours painting service.

Out of hours painting & decorating objective

Clear Cut Painting – night time painting service 

  • View business premises, met and greet client
  • Discuss types of finishes, application methods and paints etc
  • Set an allocated time for completion
  • Submit quotation for approval including all materials required
  • Agree working hours outside of regular business hours
  • Acknowledge business requirements for trading the following day

Claim your FREE no obligation quotation!

Night time painting prices

Taking into account the additional clean up that is involved at the end of each shift, before the commencement of the next trading day. Hiring an out of hours painting service can be a little bit more expensive.

This is generally off set by fact that no down time is required and the business can continue to trade while the work is being completed.

Night painting service benefits

Out of Hours Painting and Decorating

  • Zero disturbance to your customers
  • No down time, clean up prior to next business day
  • Save lost revenue, continue trading while work is carried out
  • Flexible hours to meet your requirements, includes weekends

Please note that my diary can become fairly busy and it is recommended that you book in advance. Projects lasting more than five days require a 15% percent deposit. Here what others are saying about Clear Cut Painting on my Google Business Page.

Areas I cover, but not limited to : Bangor, Newtownards and Holywood.  Contact Andrew on 07419998922 or Email.

Painting Matt Over Silk Emulsion | Avoiding Cracked Walls

Did you know that painting matt over silk emulsion is not recommended and can lead to disastrous results. If you search the term “Paint Matt Over Silk” into google. You may be shocked by the amount of results returned, 6,470,000 to be precise.

That’s a lot of people who have either made the mistake of painting matt over silk emulsion. Or simply researching the topic before painting. Regardless of their intention, be WARNED. Do not paint matt over silk without taking the necessary steps before hand.

Painting over vinyl silk

For anyone who has had the misfortune of painting matt over silk will be well aware of the outcome, cracked walls. Due to the waterproof, gloss effect of silk, matt paint cannot adhere to the surface and when dry, cracks giving the effect of a dried river bed. Matt emulsion cannot stick to the surface of silk without the correct preparation.

Painting matt over silk emulsion

There are two ways that you can successfully paint over silk with matt emulsion paint. 1) Key the surface, meaning, to use materials such as sandpaper, wet-or-dry paper or sanding discs, to smooth down and remove the gloss surface prior to painting.

Use 100 grade sandpaper and ensure that all of the surfaces that have silk are sanded thoroughly. Take care not to miss any sections as these can show through with a cracking effect. The use of a hand sander or orbital sander will speed up the process.

This can be time consuming, depending on the size of the affected area, but is very effective, ensuring that the matt paint can adhere to the surface.

2) The second method is by painting the walls with a good primer, Zinsser 123 Water Based Primer is perfect for the job. Zinsser primer creates a paintable surface for which matt can adhere, avoiding the dreaded cracking affect. You don’t have to sand the walls before using Zinsser primer as it sticks to all surfaces.

Zinsser Application Information

Available : 500ml, 1L, 2.5L, 5L, 10L
Coverage : 10m per Litre
Touch Dry : 30 minutes
Full Cure : 7 days
Recoatable : 1 hour

The only downside is that Zinsser products are not cheap. Painting a large area that has been previously painted in a silk finish with Zinsser primer, could work out expensive.

What method you choose is down to personal preference. Sanding the walls or ceiling costs very little, but is time consuming, unless you have access to a wall sander. The second method, priming the area with Zinsser 123 primer is quick but costly depending on the size of the area.

I specialise in all types of painting and decorating and offer a FREE no obligation quotation on all jobs. Contact Andrew at Clear Cut Painting on 07419998922 

Handyman Service North Down | Affordable Property Repairs

Does it seem like there is always a DIY project at your home or in your office that needs to be fixed but it never gets done. Weeks, months pass by and the problem is still unresolved. Small home repairs and improvements that are put off and not completed can eventually cost far more in the future. Problems tend to get worse over time. Resolve your property repairs for good with Clear Cut Painting’s handyman service.

Professional Handyman Service

Clear Cut Painting offers a premier handyman service. With over a decade of multi-trade experience, which means there are few jobs I can’t handle. I offer same-day bookings and a customer satisfaction guarantee.

  • Next Day Bookings Available
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
  • Experienced Handyman North Down
  • Specific and Agreed Times of Arrival
  • Tools and Materials Supplied
  • Work is Guaranteed and Insured

If you are looking for a trusted professional with the required skills to handle any property repair, look no further. I offer a FREE no obligation quotation on all jobs, below are some examples of the types of jobs that may require the services of a handyman.

Property Maintenance

At times it may be more convenient to allow access to your property while you are at work. Rest assured that your property is in safe hands. I carry ID with me at all times and am open to any police checks.

Testimonial

“We are very happy with the work Andrew has done in our apartment. He arrived on time and delivered a great quality job, as well as being, friendly, and attentive to detail. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a professional and affordable painter” Dion Smyth

Handyman Service

I am now covering the following areas:

  • Dundonald
  • Helens Bay
  • Conlig
  • Holywood
  • Cultra
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Flat Pack Furniture Assembly North Down | Priced Per Hour

Buying some new flat pack furniture, worried about the installation. Here at Clear Cut Painting I offer a Flat Pack Furniture Assembly service. So you are hiring a professional to do the ‘self’ assembly for you, removing the frustration of doing it yourself.

More and more furniture stores, including online are now supplying flat pack furniture. Its cost efficient to store and shipping costs are greatly reduced. One of the biggest suppliers of flat pack furniture is Swedish furniture store Ikea, with over 29,000 square meters of shop floor, showcasing more than 50 fully furnished rooms situated at the Holywood Exchange.

Ikea do offer their own in house furniture assembly service, but it can be expensive. Below I have outlined and compared Ikea’s flat pack service rates in comparison to myself.

Flat pack assembly service Ikea

The standard basic charge at Ikea is £25 plus 20% of the full retail purchase price. For example, if you purchased a desk costing £150 and availed of Ikea’s in store assembly service, it would cost you £55. For the same desk using my flat pack assembly service would cost £25, less than half the cost for the same item.

Other popular flat pack furniture suppliers include, Tesco, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Homebase, Argos, Asda, B&Q, Harveys, Next and many more!

Did you know according to new research, that 44 per cent of adults in the UK are unable to assemble flat-pack furniture.

Flatpack furniture assembly pricing

Minimum 1 hour : £25  with each additional 30 mins : £10

Below is a list of popular flat pack items with estimated time for assembly, please note that the minimum first hour of £25 applies to items that take less than 60mins to complete. Prices includes VAT and travel within a 15 mile radius of Bangor, Co Down, please see areas that I cover below.

Flat pack furniture assembly guide

Two Door Wardrobe
Three Door Wardrobe
Five Drawer Chest
Three Drawer Chest
Bedside Table
King Size Bed
Dining Table

60mins – 2 hours
90mins – 3 hours
60mins – 2 hours
60mins – 1.5 hours
30mins – 45mins
60mins – 2 hours
30mins – 45mins

Areas I cover in North Down :

Bangor – Groomsport – Helen’s bay – Crawfordsburn – Conlig – Cultra – Holywood – Belfast

Additional assembly services include

Flat pack assembly is not just about furniture, there are many other items around the home that may require the help of a professional, including, but not limited to :

  • Hanging Pictures, Mirrors and Paintings
  • Blind and Curtain Rails Fitted
  • Shower Screen Installation
  • Garden Shed Assembly
  • Loft Ladder Fitting Service
  • Cabinets and Shelving
  • Fitness Equipment Assembly
  • LCD/LED TV Installation

I specialise in all types of Furniture Assembly, Pick up & Delivery and Packaging Removal. Call Andrew at Clear Cut Painting on 07419998922 and I will build your flatpack for you….FAST!

Ikea assembly services – Furniture assembly – Wardrobe assembly service

Pressure Washing Service | Competitive Quotations North Down

Northern Ireland is known for its beautiful country side, Irish music, great food and its weather. Unfortunately our damp, wet weather is perfect for growing algae and fungus which grows on stone surfaces. Pavers, concrete, tarmac, decorative stones, flags are all examples of where you might find algae and fungus. The good news is its’s easy to clean, here at Clear Cut Painting I offer a pressure washing service for anyone living in the North Down area.

Conditions that grow algae and fungus

Algae and fungus flourish in high humidity, low sunlight, damp, wet conditions. Controlling the flow of water is one key element in slowing their growth. Any area that is continually submerged in water will accelerate the speed at which the fungus grows.

Poorly constructed flat roofs, drive ways, concrete yards that have not been placed with an adequate slope allowing water to drain, will evidently allow for the growth of algae and mold.

High pressure washer cleaning

One of the most effective ways to remove algae and fungus from surfaces is by using a high pressure washer. Fungus and algae are water proof, meaning that you need to apply force to effectively remove them.

You can treat small effected areas using a solution of one part household bleach to two parts water into a bucket. Use a circular motion loosening the fungus as you go, then rinse and repeat until all the fungus has been removed.

For larger areas, paved and tarmac drive ways, roofs, concrete yards and fencing, I recommend using a high pressure washer. Due to the resilient nature of algae and fungus and the size of the area, cleaning by hand would be unrealistic.

Pressure washing works great on :

Fencing, Garage Doors, Outdoor Grills, Driveways and Walkways, Patios and Decks, Outdoor Furniture, Swimming Pools, Decorative Signs and Statues

Pressure washing service North Down

Hire a professional : Areas I cover, Bangor, Groomsport, Helens Bay, Conlig, Newtownards, Dundonald, Holywood. Contact Andrew at Clear Cut Painting : Mob 07419998922

Types of pressure washer

Pressure washers use either electric or fuel to power a water pump, forcing water and air through a lance. Depending on the PSI (Pounds per square inch) of the pressure washer. Will determine the amount of power available to penetrate the algae and fungus.

Industrial power washers will be more powerful and can clean a larger surface area in a shorter amount of time. Some of the best pressure cleaning systems on the market are Karcher Pressure Washers.

Note, pressure washing paved areas can require the replenishment of sand between the pavers. This is dependant largely on the level of fungus growth and staining.

Pressure washing service benefits

  • Greatly reduce the amount of time required to complete the job
  • No harsh chemicals are use in the cleaning process, safe for plants, children and pets
  • Increase the value of your home
  • Remove flaking / peeling paint allowing for better adhesion with a superior finish
  • Prevent the build up of algae and mold by scheduling a yearly power wash

You can rent or purchase your own pressure washer. Keep in mind that they are expensive, time consuming and dangerous if your not familiar with how a pressure washer works. Selecting the wrong nozzle or PSI can cause damage to property or worse still yourself.

That’s why I highly recommend hiring a professional who offers a pressure washing service. Contact Andrew at Clear Cut Painting for your pressure washing and painting needs! I offer FREE quotes on all jobs, Mob 07419998922

Wallpapering Beginners Guide | Techniques for a Professional Finish

Considering hanging wallpaper for the first time? I recommend before you start, reading my wallpapering beginners guide. Hanging wallpaper doesn’t have to be scary, with the right tools and a little patience anyone can paper like a pro.

If your faced with having to remove your old wallpaper, you might be interested in reading an earlier post Wallpaper Removal Service | How to Guide, full of useful tips for stripping wallpaper.

Step 1 : Wallpapering beginners Guide

Wallpaper batch numbers

Assuming you have already calculated how many roles of wallpaper you need. If you are unsure on how do to this, draw a plan of the room with measurements and consult your local painting store. Don’t guess or try and save money by not ordering that extra role. It is vital for the success of your job that you order enough wallpaper to finish the project

All wallpapers comes with a batch number and colour code on their label. To ensure colour and pattern uniformity, check that all batch numbers are the same.

wallpapering beginners guide

Step 2 : Wallpapering beginners Guide

Wallpapering essential tools

There are a few tools that will be required when hanging wallpapering. Below I have listed the essential tools you will need.

  1. Pasting table 2) Scissors 3) Plumb bob or spirit level 4) Bucket 5) Pasting brush 6) Wallpaper snap knife 7) Papering brush.

While most of the tools are relatively inexpensive, they all play an important role. You can purchase wallpapering tools from any painting store. Some builders merchants, screwfix for example sell a wallpapering hanging set for £9.99.

Step 3 : Wallpapering beginners Guide

Preparing the walls for wallpaper

Depending on the surface of your walls, they may need to be sized before you can hang wallpaper. Walls that have never been painted or papered will need sized. Also walls that have been patched with fresh plaster or filler would also benefit from being sized before papering.

Sizing helps to :

  • Seal walls creating a vinyl surface that helps the user manipulate the wallpaper into place.
  • Stops the moisture being sucked out of the paste to quickly
  • Assists with wallpaper removal

Easily size walls using a watered down mixture of wallpaper adhesive. Use a roller to apply, leave to dry and your walls are now ready for wallpaper.

All wallpaper adhesives display a mixing table on the back of the product detailing the ratio of water to paste, depending on the wallpaper.

Step 4 : Wallpapering beginners Guide

Starting to wallpaper

Alway start in a corner and wallpaper away from the light so as not to cast a shadow if the paper overlaps. Try to start on a wall with no windows or doors, use your plumb bob or spirit level to create a straight line.

If you are using a plumb bob for the first time, simply hold the string at the top of the wall, letting the weight hang without touching the floor. Let the weight stop swaying, then with a pencil mark your straight line.

Paper your first section of wallpaper to the straight line, allow the edge of the paper to wrap slightly around the adjacent corner by a half inch.


Wallpapering Bangor

Take the stress out of DIY, hire a professional painter and decorator, contact Andrew at Clear Cut Painting. Areas I cover include, Bangor, Helens Bay, Groomsport, Crawfordsburn, Conlig, Newtownards and Holywood.


Step 5 : Wallpapering beginners Guide

Paste the wall papers

Some modern wallpapers have new paste the wall technology. Instead of pasting the wallpaper, letting it soak and then hanging, you instead paste the walls, sounds simple doesn’t it. Unfortunately many decorators across the country including myself are far from impressed by this new technology.

Paste the wall papers do save time by not having to let them soak, but they lack the ability to stretch and if you don’t pay particular attention to sizing your walls before hand. You will be left repeatedly pasting the wall with every section you hang.

Step 6 : Wallpapering beginners Guide

Pre cut your wallpaper

Speed up the process of wallpapering by pre cutting your wallpaper before hanging. Place your first cut section onto the pasting board, then cut multiple sections remembering to match the pattern if the paper has a repeating pattern.

Ensure when pasting all pre cut sections of wallpaper that you use a liberal amount of paste on your pasting brush. Pay particular attention to the corners and edges, fold the pasted back of the paper onto itself, leaving a small gap at the top. Place the pre cut, pasted paper to the side to soak for five minutes.

Step 7 : Wallpapering beginners Guide

Applying wallpaper

Take one of the pasted sections and carefully unfold letting the bottom section hang. Next place the paper onto the wall starting at the top. Use the straight line you marked earlier as a guide, smooth the paper by working outwards from the centre, removing air bubbles as you go. Wipe off the excess paste with a sponge or cloth.

Continue papering using the edge of the first section as your guide for matching the pattern. Start the next pasted section at the top and match the pattern and seam before smoothing the paper. Next close the seam using the tips of your fingers to push the seam closed. Run a damp sponge over the entire section checking for any trapped air bubbles.

Step 8 : Wallpapering beginners Guide

Trimming wallpaper

There are many situations when hanging wallpaper that you will be required to cut and trim the paper. Around plugs, light fittings, ceilings, skirting’s and windows are all examples that can be found in most rooms.

Using the blunt edge of the scissors press the paper into the corner of the ceiling or skirting, then with a papering snap knife trim off the excess. When papering around plugs or light fittings, the simplest method is to paper over them, then cut a box the same shape only smaller than the socket cover.

With the papering snap knife cut the corners to match the dimensions of the socket cover. Turn off the power, screw off the socket cover and carefully manoeuvre through the paper. Push the paper behind the cover removing any bubbles and leave to dry before screwing the cover flush to the wall.

Easy hang wallpaper tips

  • Size the walls to help with adhesion and to allow better manipulation of the wallpaper.
  • Pre cut your wallpaper matching the pattern as you cut
  • Apply plenty of wallpaper adhesive ensuring all areas are covered and let soak
  • Remove air bubbles by smoothing the paper from the centre outwards to the edges
  • Clean off the excess paste with a sponge after hanging each section
  • Trim a little, you can always trim more, you can’t add back

The key to successfully hanging wallpaper is preparation, planning and patience. If after reading this article you feel that you wish to hire the services of a professional and you reside in the North Down area, please get in contact, claim your FREE no obligation quotation.