This review of the Eco Ezee recycled paint kettle and tray was written in August 2011 and been on the backburner. How accurate was it? Does it stack up 2 years on? I asked Simon Verrall, our blogging apprentice! to comment, as he uses both items regularly. Also to finish, I dug up that old Read More
Updated from jan 2011 Professional decorators have been talking a lot over the past couple of years about the Japanese company, Olfa, who do a range of utility knives with, they claim, the sharpest blades in the world. Wallpaper hangers used to trim everything with a pair of shears. But nowadays, they are reliant on Read More
Brushes are a painter’s most important tool, and whether you are a pro painter, a jobbing builder or a DIY painting enthusiast, the Brush Mate has long been the most useful piece of equipment you can have to keep oil paint bushes in perfect condition. The fluid that keeps brushes so supple in a Brushmate Read More
Update from Oct 2008 I am curious to know how popular Brushmates still are? Since 2010 oil paint changes, plus reports of some synthetic bristles curling, some decorators have gone back to storing oil brushes in water, or diesel. (Let me know your view on the forum, thanks.) Brushes are a painter’s most important tool, Read More
In my opinion, this is the “best kit for painting walls and ceilings” I recommended it at the Tried and Tested stand at the July 2011 TDS Trade Show, and updating this article in 2014, still this system holds up. It really is a high quality no-brainer setup for painters who just want kit that Read More
Matt Evans Traditional Painter South Wales has been trialling a brushkeeper for your water-based paints. Two brushkeepers, actually! Both from Holland. You may have seen an earlier post of mine including the Clean and Go storage container, which I use regularly. It’s a good system. It helps clean and store water-based brushes for a period of Read More
If you are starting out in the trade, please get into the habit of wearing knee pads for decorating. Same applies to 30 year-old fit-as-butchers-dogs decorators, 50 year-old DIY enthusiasts. Anyone resting knees against ladder rungs, kneeling on cold tiled floors or wooden floors, you need to take precautions. You will get old one day, Read More
This is the first in series articles on Efficient painting and decorating. As far as I am concerned, quality comes before quantity and speed. However, if you can program yourself to work as efficiently as possible, while maintaining the highest standards, you have arrived! I believe that with the decorating kit, materials and knowledge at Read More
This article about cleaning a paint brush used in oil paint is from Traditional Painter Adam Bermingham, Ireland. It is a follow-on from his excellent run down of best paint brushes for hand painted furniture. Paint Brush Cleaning Every trades-person who uses paint brushes has a different approach. They are not wrong, but below I Read More
Mirka CEROS was part of a journey for me. When I first came across the Mirka Abranet dustless sanding system, I couldn’t quite get my head round what was involved with the whole abrasive-sanding-dust extraction system. But this video joins all the dots between marketing bumf like polyamide netting, 10000 holes, interface pads… In my Read More
If the info we have shared in TP blog articles has given you the confidence to paint kitchen cabinets and furniture yourself, that is great. And in general, we hope that all homeowners, DIY and trade can take away & use our ideas for decorating better, faster or cleaner than the accepted norm.
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