Best Water Based Gloss?

Best Water Based Gloss? Crown Trade has launched Next Generation Plus Gloss which in my opinion is the best water based gloss. It’s a new and improved version of its original 2010 VOC compliant solvent-borne system, targeted at professional decorators who prefer to use traditional alkyd based products to the new breed of high performance […]

Crown Trade Water Based Gloss Plus

What Caulk

What Caulk?

A decorator’s worst nightmare is to finish that paint job, only for the caulk to crack or craze leading to urgent repair or recompense. That’s why choosing the right filler is crucial for your decorating project. There are a variety of different caulks to choose from depending on your situation and project, from acrylic and […]


What Floor Paint to Use?

ONE of several common problems concerning floor paints which are received by Technical Services each week is floor paint being “slow drying” or “not drying”; Other problems include “the paint’s lifting off the floor” or “the paint’s flaking up”, “some areas have worn off already!” or “the paint is coming away on my car tyres!” […]

Floor Paint

Paste the wall

Paste The Wall

MORE THAN 80% of professional decorators questioned during a recent survey carried out by PPG Architectural Coatings believe Paste the Wall products are significantly easier and quicker to apply than traditional wallpaper. The survey, which saw a panel of experienced decorators try out Paste the Wall wallcoverings, discovered that 85% said they had found it […]


Brush Mate Trade 20

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 […]


Zinsser Wallpaper Smoother

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 the Zinsser wallpaper smoother is a 3 in 1 wallpapering tool called the walwiz. […]


Best Wood Filler

I have used several types of wood filler over the years, but the best wood filler is …U-POL 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 hardener (The Catalyst) BENEFITS: […]


Removing Wallpaper

When removing 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 […]


Painting New Plaster

Painting new plasterYou would think when it comes to painting new plaster walls, very little preparation would be required, however sometimes this isn’t always 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 […]