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Oikos paint developer – A Day in My Life in Gatteo Mare Italy

Blog, Eco, faux, guest post, oikos


We are always looking beyond these four walls for ideas and products that can broaden our horizons and here we have an insight into Oikos paints and decorative products via Mark Warren, a former Oikos eco paint developer. To see what he got up to on a typical work day at their HQ in Italy, Read More

What is the deal with recycled paint?

Blog, Eco, paint, suppliers


Update on recycled paint article from 2010 366 million litres of paint (retail and trade) were sold in the UK. Of this, it is estimated that approximately 55 million litres are unused, stored in homes or garages or just thrown away. WRWA Where are we now 3 years on, in terms of redressing the balance? Read More

Paint Plus Armour Guard v Johnstones oil satin & water-based satin

Blog, Eco, Martin Dunn, paint, Wooster


Paint Plus Armour Guard is of New Zealand origin. Water-based satin, requires no primer or undercoat, dries tough, interior and exterior quality, and won’t go yellow. It seems to be the paint of choice in top London hotels where its fast drying qualities and low odour enable quick turn arounds of hotel rooms. That is Read More

Add paint conditioner – good , bad or indifferent?

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Keith Harrison, the chemist at Newlife Paints knows a thing or two about paint. He recycles waste trade paints, modifies them, tints them and the water-based paint for walls, ceilings and woodwork is then sold to trade and DIY outlets nationwide. Paint conditioners are in the news, at least within decorator circles, discussing the merits Read More

Ask the paint chemist

Blog, Eco, newlife paint, paint


Keith Harrison, the chemist at Newlife Paints knows a thing or two about paint. He recycles waste trade paints, modifies them, tints them and the water-based paint for walls, ceilings and woodwork is then sold to trade and DIY outlets nationwide. I have a “simple” question for a paint chemist. What do you reckon is Read More

Professional advice for DIY decorators

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As well as advising homeowners on best specifications for hand-painted kitchens, Traditional Painter answers a regular flow of email and phone enquiries from plucky DIY painters. Here is some professional advice for DIY decorators. Most DIY sites and stores emphasize the price – this paint or tool is cheap, or this isn’t too bad, not Read More

Krudkutter for cleaning brass

Blog, cleaning, Eco, krudkutter


Krud kutter is a range of citrus based cleaners, comes in many forms for many dirty occasions and is a favourite with many decorators (and several homeowners now, who have seen it in action). Original seems to be the main stay. This was a brass handle from an oak sideboard I am rescuing. It was Read More

Abranet the 21st century sandpaper

abranet, Blog, Eco, period property, preparation


I wrote up this article on Mirka Abranet abrasive in Nov 2010, just before buying the Mirka CEROS 5″ random orbital sander. Almost 2 years on, the combination of Abranet, CEROS and dust extraction sanding still stands as probably the single best advance in decorating – It’s all in the prep, right! In my experience Read More

Using Acrylic Trim Paints: Brush, Roller & Spray

Blog, brushes, Eco, Mythic paint, paint, Ron Taylor


This is a guest post by Ron Taylor who first started using acrylic trim paints in 2004, and is now an authority in the UK on the application of water-based paints with brush, roller and spray. If you are a professional looking for refreshing and refresher tips, or DIY wondering how on earth you can Read More

Farrow and Ball estate eggshell – handle with care

Blog, Eco, paint


Farrow and Ball are masters of marketing. The public who appreciate traditional paint colours are eating out of their hand. Unfortunately though, they seem to be using sleight of hand to disguise a couple of flaws in their Estate eggshell. If you buy and / or use Farrow and Ball eggshell, here’s a couple of Read More

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