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Mirka dustless sanding review

abranet, Blog, Mirka

Mirka dustless sanding has revolutionised decorating in the UK, literally raising the bar in terms of finish and clean air. Any decorating job requires preparation which mostly involves sanding. Traditionally, sandpaper is sand stuck to paper which is a very successful combination, as it’s sold in its millions, so it must be a good product, Read More

Mirka The Sandman

abranet, Blog, Mirka, preparation

Mirka’s latest video from The Sandman shows a car body repair system for repairing dings. Tell me this process isn’t applicable to high end decorating! And a rectangular format CEROS… Air powered but hopefully a taste of what their R&D team are getting closer to releasing in an electric version for decorators? Prepare to rock. Read More

Professional advice for DIY decorators

abranet, Blog, brushes, Eco, hand-painted kitchen, krudkutter, Little Greene, mypaintbrush.co.uk, Owatrol

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

Mirka Handy interface pad now available

abranet, Blog, Mirka

It is official from Mirka (UK) – The Handy interface pad is now available for the Mirka Handy sander! Yes the Interface for the Handy is now available. It is a 5mm interface pad, 80x230mm with 55 holes to match the Handy. Mirka Part No. 8299521211 Attached a couple of images for your reference. Kind Read More

Mirka Handy – a hand sanding block for Abranet & vacuum

abranet, Blog, Mirka, preparation

Preparation is the most important aspect of decorating and the Handy by Mirka is a great solution for demanding trade professionals, DIY and homeowners, who want to see lots of filling and sanding, but don’t want their house and their lungs coated in dust. Mirka Handy, Abranet, CEROS, dust-free sanding… I think it is fair Read More

Mirka on Traditional Painter

abranet, Blog, Mirka, period property, preparation

Mirka (UK) inventors of Abranet are now officially associated with Traditional Painter, and I don’t mind admitting that this is a landmark occasion for this site. Check out the Mirka landing page on the “Trade Corner”; read what Mirka have to say about their 3 favourite Mirka products. Ask them relevant questions direct, also follow Read More

B&Q for professional decorating tools and paint?

abranet, Blog, Independent suppliers, Matthew Evans, Polyvine, products

Credit where credit is due, professional decorating tools and paint from B&Q do exist, if you look hard enough. 3 examples. Hamilton steel filling knife The name Hamilton still smacks of traditional quality. I’m not so sure the brushes have kept up with modern paints, but they still adopt a 5 star approach to making 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

Mirka Abranet CEROS – sanding kit with dust extraction

abranet, cleaning, Equipment, Mirka, Numatic

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

How to skim plaster walls smooth? Toupret TX130

abranet, Blog, Mirka, preparation, Toupret

Toupret TX130 fine surface filler is a first class choice to skim plastered walls that have been damaged, dinged or badly patched in. With Toupret skim coats, and abranet abrasives, I can achieve a super smooth surface, and the paint finish is far superior to what it is possible on conventional gypsum based plaster walls. Read More
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