By Kirkwood Decor, 05-Feb-2012 16:25:00
After using any form of oil paint, cleaning out our brushes can be time consuming and often creates
some sort of mess. However Brush Mate have brought out a solvent based box to hang your oil based paint brushes.
This will keep the bristles from going hard and increase the lifespan of your well worked down paint brushes. Often painters will leave their brushes in a pot of water for weeks on end and find that the tips
of the bristles start to bend and loose their shape.
However when using the Brush Mate this is not going to happen as their are 20 individual hooks inside the box to hang your brushes and keep the bristles in perfect condition.
Inside the box is a small bottle of fluid which is used to emit the vapour which keeps the bristles soft and pliable. A small wick rests inside the bottle of fluid and connects to the vapour panel next to your paint brushes.
The paint brushes are always available for instant use. They are also clearly visible and are not touching one another so no paint colour is transferred from one brush to another.
Brush Mate Trade 20 is roughly available in the painting and decorating market for £50.00 and replacement bottles of fluid are available from under £4.00
Kirkwood Decor Painting and Decorating in Edinburgh & The Lothains.
By Kirkwood Decor, 04-Feb-2012 19:59:00
When applying lining paper or wallpaper you can often find that you have too many tools in your bib and brace overalls.
In your pouch your may have your plumb line, sand paper, papering brush and cutting board and stanley knife.
However Zinsser have made a 3 in 1 wallpapering tool called the walwiz. This basically elimates your cutting board and papering brush giving you the perfect tool for applying any type of wallpaper.
You can also throw out any seam rollers or rubbers as the walwiz is smooth enough to be used as a multi tool.
It is also made from see-through acrylic which is helpfull when making those difficult cuts to unsure no mistakes are made.
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By Kirkwood Decor, 04-Feb-2012 18:32:00
I have used several types of wood filler over the years, but I always go back to one...UPOL EASY ONE. It is a light weight 2 Part filler which is very easy to sand unlike many on the market. It comes in a large 3.5 litre tub with two packets of hardner (The Catalyst)
-Extremely lightweight body filler.
-Excellent filling properties.
-The easiest sanding of all the UPOL body fillers.
-High adhesion to a wide range of substrates: steel, aluminium, GRP and wood.
This filler is very easy to sand and therefore recommend that nothing coarser or lower than P80 paper is used.
Hope this review was helpfull, thanks.
Kirkwood Decor Painter and Decorator in Edinburgh & The Lothains.
By Kirkwood Decor, 15-Dec-2011 21:08:00
When removing old wallpaper or lining paper the task can be slow and tedious depending on which
type of wallpaper is being removed or how many layers of paper are present.
To help make the the process easier we can use specific tools or equipment.
When choosing a wallpaper scraper I prefer to use the short handled heavy duty olfa scraper, as it is
light weight and comfortable to use for long periods of time.
The blades provided are extremely sharp and easily changed.
To speed up the process I use a garden pressure sprayer to regularly soak walls and ease the process.
You can purchase a pressure sprayer from your local Edinburgh B&Q for roughly £15.00
On the market their are several solutions which can be added to the water to help aid the removal of wallpaper. In my opinion these dont work well and are often a waste of money. I simply add one capfull of regular fabric softner to help clean any excess wall paper paste and "keep the walls wet"
If the above methods of wallpaper removal are not proving effective then try using a steam stripper aswell. You can continue to soak the wallpaper using the pressure sprayer to speed up the process.
On walls which are old amd tired, you must make sure to keep the steam plate moving and not hold in the one position for too long as this can often cause the old plaster to blow and sections fall off.
I hope this basic information can help and also make the task feel less daunting. For any other information or for a free no obligation quote contact Kirkwood Decor. Thanks.
Kirkwood Decor Painter and Decorator Edinburgh
By guest, 08-Aug-2011 15:16:00
You would think when it comes to painting new plaster walls, very little preparation would be required, however sometimes this isnt allways the case.
If the new plaster looks dark and patchy in areas, this may mean the plaster is still damp/wet and will have to be allowed to dry out fully.
This process could take several days or even a month, however if the building is well heated then it could only be a matter of weeks before painting can commense.
We now have to apply a coat of paint to the walls knows as a 'mist' coat.A mist coat is a waterd down coat of emulsion so it soaks into the plaster with ease.
For best results use a non vynl matt emulsion and water it down by 30%. Once the emulsion has dried and formed a key, the walls can be sanded to remove any grit or imperfections on the surface.
In terms of sandpaper, I would recommend using 120 grit to prevent scoring the new plaster too much.Now its time to fill any imperfections in the new plaster.
These are often caused by the trowel scratching the surface.
I personally use a ready mixed filler called Gyproc ProMix LITE, as it is easy to sand and doesnt shrink like many fillers on the market.
Kirkwood Decor Painting and Decorating Edinburgh
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