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The joy of osmo oil – let’s do wood some good!

Blog, Martin Dunn, Osmo, Painting


This article about the uses of Osmo oil for treating wood, was written by Traditional Painter for Stafford, Martin Dunn. As a former college lecturer and assessor, he has a great deal of indepth information to share. Osmo oil on interior timber, worktops and furniture Over the last couple of years I have been using Read More

Why emulsion paint crazes over acrylic caulk?

Blog, newlife paint, Painting


Emulsion paint crazes over acrylic caulk. User error? Maybe. But it can happen, even if you go by the book, and is an issue that, 30 years on, is still quoted as “a new one on us” by paint manufacturers. Here is some information on caulk, how to use it in general decorating, and for Read More

Flawless paint finish

Adam Bermingham, Axus, Blog, Painting


In this post Traditional Painter’s man in Ireland, Adam Bermingham, unlocks some of the secrets to achieving the professional Flawless paint finish that professionals and D.I.Y enthusiasts strive for. What kit does he use? Where does he buy it? How does he use it to best effect? On a number of recent contracts I have Read More

Eico Alterior Gloss

Blog, Painting, Ron Taylor


Ron Taylor has been working with the water-borne Eico Alterior Gloss, a very low VOC 100% acrylic paint from Iceland. Eicó, with an accent on the “o”, do produce a fairly wide product range, what is this gloss like? First impressions The 2.5 litre  product comes in a sturdy and useful tin, which serves as Read More

Exterior Painting tips: Part II

Blog, Painting, Ron Taylor


This is Ron Taylor’s second blog on the subject of exterior painting tips, and he goes through two different jobs, completed back to back, with different requirements. Both properties were on main roads. The first one being set back behind a line of trees, the other directly on the street. If I was using an Read More

Different ways to use Erecta-Rack drying rack

Blog, erecta rack, hand-painted kitchen, Painting


Following on from the information on the Erecta Rack system. As I explained, it has been used and worked on for several years by some very sharp painters we know in the USA – they have used it successfully and regularly on new site work, also set it up within a full workshop, and of Read More

Paint uPVC windows with Dulux Weathershield Quick Dry Satin

Blog, cleaning, Painting, preparation


A lot of good info came out as the result of a question asked by a homeowner about how to paint uPVC windows with Dulux Weathershield Quick Dry Satin. (Homeowner emails…) 2-3 Years ago I bought a tin of the above paint with the intention of using it on some white UPVC windows, with International Read More

How paint walls with Wooster roller kit

Blog, Equipment, Painting, Wooster


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

Professional finish on bare timber using water-based paint only

Blog, Painting, preparation


Update from April 2011 Discussions about painting bare timber using water-based paint only, still usually conclude with – you can’t beat oil for a basecoat. True – usually. Usually, for a good finish in water based paints ie acrylics, you need a sound oil-based surface to paint over. So if you are redecorating over previous Read More

Axus lime roller sleeves and Axus

Blog, Olfa, Painting


In an article Mini rollers that rock, the Axus lime sleeves were one of several reliable products in the quiver of Martin Guest. They engender superlatives in terms of finish and paint pick up. There has been a lot of contrasting opinion written about the Axus lime sleeves, though. About Axus Decor, who listen to Read More

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