hand painted kitchens, painted furniture, period property decorating throughout UK

We are Traditional Painter - the UK’s leading Hand Painted Kitchen and Furniture specialist painters.

We are an invitation-only, nationwide network of independent businesses, each with decades of professional experience. Every member of our team guarantees a showroom-quality, hand painted finish for your kitchen, with exceptional customer service at every stage.

Our transparent pricing structure ensures unwavering quality and service for kitchens of every style or size. Browse our case studies for a selection of the thousands of kitchens we have transformed since 2009.

→ Search for your local Traditional Painter

General information: 07989 025212

PRESTONETT Gras a lacquer

Listed under beissier, Blog, Martin Dunn, preparation Posted Jul 23 2014

Prestonnet Gras a lacquerMartin Dunn, Traditional painter and Decorator in Staffordshire is well versed in the art of oil-based surfacer fillers. He was recently sent a tub of Prestonnet Gras a Lacquer to try by Aaron at Beissier.Beissier are Trade Corner members.

Seeing as they trust me to give it a go, I decided to put my copy of Peoples Friend down to write a few words.

As part of our on-going work at Sycamore House in Tamworth we have made a start on the exterior.

The front door looked a likely candidate to try out this fancy French stuff on. (Beissier are one of the big two French filler specialists that we are increasingly familiar with these days.)

Door furniture was removed, apart from the Yale lock. (Did you know they are made in Willenhall?)

The door was given an all over thorough prep.

The Gras a laquer was applied using French knifes or filling blades, if you like.

 Gras a lacquer on front door Impressions? Takes a while to dry and as it’s oil based, it’s a bit sticky. Rubs down OK on flat surfaces, but a bit hard going in mouldings.

At the moment we have only undercoated the door and applied a first coat of Sikkens XD.

Unfortunately, we can’t go any further due to the scaffold still being up and a lot of coming and going, so the door is not finished yet.

Any good?

As an oil fine surface filler it works as well as any other I have tried.

Would Gras a Lacquer be my choice for a showpiece door or similar?

No. If I was trying to achieve the No. 10 look I would still go to my local car paint dealer (Breakwells) and buy TEKALOID.

Wet flatting and a coat of Tekaloid brush filler would, in my opinion, give you a better finish. This would then be followed by Tekaloid enamel, or I have no reason to believe that Sikkens oil based glosses wouldn’t take to it.

For a super read, budding coach painters, here is a link to Series 2 Club forum where a member has listed relevant Tekaloid products, including the brushing putty, and they talk about the wonder of slow drying enamels.

Tourist information alert!

Before I forget, Willenhall is probably the finest town in the world.

Yale locks in Willenhall

While you are here, take a peek inside

Sycamore House is coming along nicely and sometime soon, I would like to get photos of completed rooms, but as per usual we are waiting on other trades to finish off before we can see it finished. This is a taster, where we sprayed some of the cornice work.

If you are still here, meet my daughter

My daughter paid us a visit the other week, she probably wanted some money, but she had to earn it. So on with the company t-shirt and up the scaffold to start cleaning the windows.

Miss Dunn Decorating

I think she is holding on for dear life in the photo. And she is only on the first level!

Spoilt for super fine filling choice

So, back to gras a lacquer. If you want to take your front doors to a new level, in line with the standard fare of Amsterdam doors, it looks like Gras a Lacquer from Prestonnet is one of 3 reliable oil-based surfacer-fillers now to ask for (Toupret, and Kodrin Spachtel amongst others).

This is thePrestonett Gras a lacquer technical sheet for Bon chance!

You can also try Martin’s Tekaloid suggestion, which is the car body approach and sure to shine.

Brushing Putty especially for mouldings is well known in Holland.

If you can’t buy it, you can make it yourself very simple. Mix oil based putty with oil based paint and you have the best Brushing Putty there is! It’s an old Dutch craftmanship trick.

I will ask Kristian at VerfBlogger if he can get a shot of the end result in action.


Here is where Mart gets his humour from

Black Country Bugle

.Sit down with your kipper tie and try and decipher this Black Country painter’s joke! As a starter clue, (thank you Wikipedia) Aynuk is Enoch

Martin Dunn Painting and decorating specialist Birmingham Staffordshire South CheshireSpecialist painter and decorator, Martin Dunn, is a member of the Traditional Painter UK network. He is the first port of call for painting and decorating projects from Birmingham to Stafford and S Cheshire.

Martin has been a specialist decorator for many years, and is expert in most traditional decorative finishes, and wallcoverings. He also spent 7 years lecturing, and is one of only a few in the country who were qualified to assess the workmanship of professional decorators.


We appreciate you taking the time to read this.

Please share it on Twitter, Facebook, or print it out for reference. Thanks.

Share a link to this post

Warning: file_get_contents(): php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known in /home/customer/www/traditionalpainter.com/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-discourse-master/wp-discourse.php on line 195

Warning: file_get_contents(http://forum.traditionalpainter.com/t/prestonett-gras-a-lacquer/758/wordpress.json?best=5&min_trust_level=0&min_score=0&min_replies=1&bypass_trust_level_score=50): failed to open stream: php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known in /home/customer/www/traditionalpainter.com/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-discourse-master/wp-discourse.php on line 195


  1. Gras a Lacquer is one of the most talked about little used fillers! It is used where you are looking for a number 10 front door paint job. Used judiciously, it adds a really good touch to an exterior and everything and everyone shines around it. Or on cills.

    It will raise the sheen level a notch, so bear that in mind, if your aim is not to have the shiniest finish in the king of shine stakes.

    It must go on thin too. Here is a useful thread. Also use the search button to find more discussion around Gras a Lacquer

    Which brands of Swedish Putty type products like the have you used? Had a go with Tekaloid car body products?

  2. tekaloid ,brushing filler what’s the drying time, between coats and how long before you can paint.

Please note, all information on this website is presented in good faith. By viewing this website you accept complete responsibility for how and where you use such information.