Painting and Decorating
We paint and decorate domestic and commercial premises following all necessary procedures. Before a painting/decorating job we always ensure that the clients’ property and flooring are properly protected. We care more about the property and the client than the job itself.
The woodwork we paint include door frames, doors, skirting boards, cupboards, banisters, fireplaces and more. When painting these we make it a priority to rub down properly and clean around the wood before any paint is applied so that the finish is to a high standard.
Walls & Ceilings
Walls & ceilings can be more complicated especially when the surfaces have a lot of holes and are uneven. In these cases we would recommend plastering or hanging lining paper.
Plastering could develop cracks over time depending on the quality of plaster and vibrations that may affect the wall. Lining paper on the other hand would hardly ever develop cracks. However, a downside to this is that the paper could peel off of the edges depending on the quality of wallpaper glue or how it was hanged.
Old wallpaper has to be stripped down from surfaces and walls prepared for new wallpaper to be hanged. This is because it is not ideal to hang a new wallpaper on top of an old wallpaper as it will look untidy.
On average, we normally apply 2-3 coats on walls & ceilings to ensure a great finish. However, the number of coats depends on the quality and colour of paint. The brands we usually use are Dulux, Dulux Trade, Valspar, Crown and F&B paint.
Kitchens & bathrooms tend to have a high level of moisture in the atmosphere so we use a specialised paint. We want to ensure that the paint will last and still be in a good condition.
Other painting jobs include whitewash and stainwood paints on a wooden surface.
Different wallpaper requires different hanging methods. Some wallpapers are harder to hang, and some require special instructions to obtain the desired finish. Generally, before any wallpaper is hung the wall has to be prepped. Sometimes this may involve priming but most importantly the wall needs to be consistent enough in texture to avoid bubbles and bumps.
Wallpapering around edges and corners are very tricky and when doing this the wallpaper specialist has to be patient enough to even out the wallpaper on each edge. This has to be done right otherwise it will make the rest of the wallpapering job look unprofessional.
We always recommend using a very sharp blade to cut the unwanted wallpaper from the ceilings and skirting boards. These blades should be replaced after every few cuts because the blade starts to get blunt.
When it comes to applying wallpaper glue you can either use a wallpaper roller or a large brush. We normally use the roller because that makes the application of the glue faster and gives it a more even spread. However, the brush is still very useful in tight corners where the rollers cannot get to. It is always easier to mix the wallpaper glue in a large bucket if there is a lot of wallpaper to be hung. Generally, wallpaper glue does not dry too quickly if it is still in the bucket. Therefore, there should be no problem having huge quantities mixed if you will use it all. Sometimes when we mix wallpaper glue we can cover and reuse for the next day.
You may need some access e.g. podiums, ladders and hop ups. It is always good to be able to have a comfortable reach when cutting the edge of the ceiling because you want to ensure you are doing it right. Additionally, your safety is the most important of all. Always remember not to stretch to reach your cutting edge as this may result in an accident.