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Our team normally offer the following services.


There are a number of paints, varnishes and materials that may be required for the job, depending on the application and material you are looking to paint or varnish.

With regards to paint, there are two basic types of paint – (i) Water-based paints use water for a binding paint. They are also easier to clean with  water from brushes or other tools and surfaces. (ii) Solvent-based (Oil-based) paints use mineral spirit and are very durable and water-resistant. They often used for professional jobs, but are more difficult to clean during or after the paint job. Mineral spirit or thinner-based products are used to clean oil-based paints, as required.

For certain jobs you may need to apply an protective undercoat called a primer. One or two primer coats are normally required, before applying your finishing coats. There are a variety of finishing coat types and colours for various applications. Finishing coat colours can also be mixed to give you a ‘customised’ shade for your job. Keep in mind that choosing a very unique shade of finishing paint, may be difficult to accurately match in future if painting needs to be redone and you have run out of the original paint.

Finishing paints are normally classified in these general categories, but new options may become available as the paint technology advances: Flat, Eggshell, matt, gloss and satin.

There are usually dedicated paint types and brands for interior walls, exterior walls, ceilings, bathroom or kitchens, floors, roofing tiles or sheet metal, other matals, wood types etc.

Basic materials and tools that may be needed for your paint job could include: Scrappers, sand paper, sanding machines, plastic sheeting, tape, Stanley knife, various brushes, rollers, painting trays, containers and/or buckets, ladders, cleaning agents, primers and the finishing paints required for the job, to name just a few items.


We can assist you with sourcing and applying the correct paints for your specific requirements, including:

  • Interior walls

  • Exterior walls

  • Floors

  • Ceilings

  • Roofing tiles, sheet metal and other surfaces

  • Waterproofing and damp proofing solutions

  • Wood treatment – Paints, vanishes, oils etc.

  • Metal surfaces

  • Various other materials and surfaces


Maintaining existing surfaces can often require a lot more work than painting or varnishing a new surface. Paint or varnish on existing surfaces may have started to blister or flake and will need to be remove and the surface correctly prepared for your new coat of paint or varnish. This usually involves properly scraping, sanding and cleaning surfaces before you can even think about repainting. Failure to do this properly will lead to disappointing results and will have been a waste of your time and money, as the job will probably need to be redone.

We can assist with advising and completing your painting maintenance and repair jobs.


If you are unsure as to whether we can assist you with your particular requirements, simply Contact us for a hassle FREE inspection or quotation. If we are unable to assist you in person, we will make every effort to steer you in the right direction.

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Painting: A house painter and decorator is a tradesman responsible for the painting and decorating of buildings, and is also known as a decorator or house painter. The purpose of painting is to improve the aesthetic of a building and to protect it from damage by water, rust, corrosion, insects and mold.


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Varnishing: Varnish is a transparent, hard, protective finish or film that is primarily used in wood finishing but also for other materials. Varnish is traditionally a combination of a drying oil, a resin, and a thinner or solvent. Varnish finishes are usually glossy but may be designed to produce satin or semi-gloss sheens by the addition of “flatting” agents. Varnish has little or no color, is transparent, and has no added pigment, as opposed to paints or wood stains, which contain pigment and generally range from opaque to translucent. Varnishes are also applied over wood stains as a final step to achieve a film for gloss and protection. Some products are marketed as a combined stain and varnish.

After being applied, the film-forming substances in varnishes either harden directly, as soon as the solvent has fully evaporated, or harden after evaporation of the solvent through curing processes, primarily chemical reaction between oils and oxygen from the air (autoxidation) and chemical reactions between components of the varnish. Resin varnishes “dry” by evaporation of the solvent and harden almost immediately upon drying. Acrylic and waterborne varnishes “dry” upon evaporation of the water but will experience an extended curing period. Oil, polyurethane, and epoxy varnishes remain liquid even after evaporation of the solvent but quickly begin to cure, undergoing successive stages from liquid or syrupy, to tacky or sticky, to dry gummy, to “dry to the touch”, to hard. Environmental factors such as heat and humidity play a very large role in the drying and curing times of varnishes. In classic varnish the cure rate depends on the type of oil used and, to some extent, on the ratio of oil to resin. The drying and curing time of all varnishes may be sped up by exposure to an energy source such as sunlight, ultraviolet light, or heat.


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