Recent posts on specialist decorating techniques
There is a lot going on here, within the group of independent kitchen painters and decorators in the UK. As well as painting furniture and refurbishing kitchens to the highest standards, they are also doing their bit to keep the content on the site fresh, useful and high quality.
The depth and breadth of specialist knowledge within the team is pretty inspiring and I think at one time or another, most of us so-called experts, have a sense that we still have so much to learn.
It isn’t exactly everyday decorating, and to most homeowners, and DIY readers looking for top tips, these topics may appear to be a bit too niche and irrelevant.
But what I would say, is that the articles always cover basic principles, and those principles can be applied in a different scenario.
Polishing out blemishes in stone – you can use the stone polisher’s principle working with super fine abrasives for buffing up paintwork or varnish (like the car body work guys).
Applying Osmo Top Oil Likewise, from Martin’s article, you can extract a few principles for future reference.
– apply the tinting information in a different situation
– memorise the preparation techniques required to remove old coatings from worktops, and use the same when treating a front door
– store away in the back of your mind : Osmo floor wax on kitchen worktops is an alternative to other forms of woodcare products like Patina or lacquers…
Use the forum information to build a bigger picture
How to get into decorating
There was a really good response on the forum to a young man’s enquiry about how to get into the decorating trade, and how to get the best out of it.
It all comes down to a solid foundation, passed on from decorators who know their stuff inside out, and know how to teach it. You may strike gold and learn from a master craftsman on site, or more likely, from a master craftsman at a college.
You have to know the rules before you can break them!
I know that when finding my way with boat painting, I applied many of the basic decorating principles from college days. And looking around the yards at others’ results, I realised that many self-taught didn’t have a basic grasp of what needs to be done to make paint stick.
So I hope visitors to the site with an interest in decorating can take away something useful from every post. There will be an exam at the end of the year!
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