TILES

Ceramic tiles One of the most popular decorative tiles, ranging from Field tiles, with square edges for normal tiling, to RE tiles, with one rounded edge for finishing off the edge of a tiled area, and REX tiles with two rounded edges for use in corners.

Corry tiles. Popular floor covering. They have to be laid on a firm. Level surface and should be coated with a sealant and a hard wax polish. They are especially suitable for bathrooms, as they are warm to the touch.

Mosaic tiles. Sold in sheets in varying mosaic patterns.

Polystyrene tiles. Lightweight insulation tiles, frequently used on ceilings. They should never be coated with gloss paint and should be fixed with special adhesive.

Quarry tiles. Unglazed hard-wearing tiles. They are either machine-made or man-made. Man-made tiles tend to vary slightly in size and shape and absorb more water than machine-made ones. The normal colours are red, buff or brown, but others are also available.

Vinyl tiles. Hard-wearing grease-resistant tiles, usually used on floors. Some types are self-adhesive. Vinyl tiles should be covered with a sealant for long-lasting wear. Vinyl asbestos tiles are more brittle; they can be used in damp conditions.

COMMERCIAL PAINTERS AND DECORATORS LONDON

Professional Painters & decorators London is a family owned business. We are successful because we know our trade, we have a brilliant experienced team behind us and are contracted by some big name retailers.

We take on large complex buildings through to Mansions throughout London and the home counties. If you are looking for reliable painters and decorators in Milton Keynes, London or the Home counties call us now 0800 044 3604                    

Commercial painters & Decorators London

SMOOTH WALLS FROM PROFESSIONAL PAINTERS LONDON

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Professional Painters tend to spend more time sanding than most other jobs.
The reason that sanding is important is that you need to have a super smooth surface to start whether it is walls or woodwork.
Sanding gets rid of burrs and rough spots various grades of sand paper are used depending on the surface.
Commercial Painters and Decorators in London will make sure all surfaces are smooth and you get the perfect finish.

Give us a Call for a free quote.

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Professional Painters are the Number 1 choice for Commercial Businesses

EXTERIOR PAINTING LONDON

London is one of the most polluted cities in Europe. Your beautiful house or building façade is under attack. Dirt and grime can make your prominent home look less than desirable. Professional Painters can make your exteriors look elegant and new again. We are expert in period building painting & decorating and offer a service second to none. You will be assigned your own project manager that will be attentive to your needs but at the same time has the expertise to get a superb finish to your property. We operate throughout the prominent estates of London. And our Painters and decorators are familiar with working on luxury homes. So if you are in need of Professional Painters in London give us a call.0800 044 3604. http://professionalpainters.co.uk/exterior-painting-contracts/

Commercial Painters and Decorators

OFFICE WHITEBOARD WALLS

  • Think about having the ability to convert any kind of surface – wall surfaces – your furniture, almost anything, right into a white board!
  • Whiteboard paint, also known as dry erase paint, is the paint you can use to produce your personal whiteboard areas.
  • Thoughts and ideas can develop really well if you draw and write them out on a white board.
  • But whiteboards are expensive and limited in size. You will often have more ideas and do-to-lists than you have whiteboard space!
  • That’s where whiteboard paint provides the solution – dry erase paint revamps your entire wall or desk or cupboard into a whiteboard.

Commercial Painters in london can provide this feature to your office. CALL Professional Painters now to find out more. 0800 044 3604

CUTTING-IN OR TRIMMING

Commercial painters and decorators know how to get the perfect finish. They use specialist tools to get the job just right. For example when cutting in or trimming they might use a sash brush, what is a sash brush? A sash brush has a pointed or angled head these brushes are ideal for tricky spots and for cutting in. Use a sash brush along with a conventional brush and it saves time and hence money. 
Sash brushes give even distribution of paint so you get an even coat and they do not spray. 
On top of this professional painter & decorators use a good quality synthetic brush which makes a world of difference. Professional painters operate in the Home Counties & London, for a quote please contact us on 0800 044 3604

COMMERCIAL PAINTERS IN LONDON EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU

Commercial Painters and decorators

The Home Builders Federation along with paint company Dulux have warned there is a shortage of skilled painter and decorators, this shortage amounts to tens of thousands of painters and decorators.In the capital it is thought there is a shortfall of 33,000 craftsmen alone (figures 2015)

This shortage of skilled labour affects the number of new houses built as there is not enough labour to complete projects.

Professional Painters are fortunate enough to have qualified commercial painters and decorators around London on various projects. We undertake large business properties, commercial buildings and extensive domestic   properties.

Our teams are lead by project mangers and are skilled in exterior and interior decorating. We also have specialist teams for night time painting especially if you want minimum disruption during working hours.

For information about our commercial painting services in London give us a call on:

0800 044 3604

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ENSURING A HIGH QUALITY STANDARD OF WORK FROM A PAINTING CONTRACTOR – MATERIALS AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Unfortunately, there are painting contractors out there who cut corners, use sub-standard materials, and employ inexperienced, low paid staff. At Professional Painters, we do all we can to live up to our name, in terms of using high spec paints and other products, employing experienced tradesmen, and taking a professional approach to Project Management.

What sort of products do we work with?

The standard of paints and other materials used on the job will effect appearances and longevity. There exists a massive variation when it comes to quality concerning surface finishes such as paints and wall coverings. Additionally, there are numerous customized finishes that ought to be utilized for particular functions. Variations in the price of a cheap tin of paint versus a professional grade tin of paint account for serious variations in the constituents, with higher cost paint having higher quality materials which look superior and have a longer lifespan, like binders, resins, and titanium.

Along with surface finishes, the caliber of other sorts of components makes a difference as well. For instance, the standard of filler a decorator applies effects its durability and function. With that said that you need to request specifics of the paints and other materials which will be used on your job whilst ensuring the contractor is aware of what they are working with and the relevance to your desired results.

Bad Practices

The primary shortcut is not to stipulate the kinds of materials to be employed on the work and apply cheap products. This will save a company money whilst impinging on the standard and durability of the decorating job. Find out about the paints which will be applied and be certain they are right for the task.

Quotations and Management

We can provide a fast quote on any job within 24 to 48 hours. However, some companies outsource their estimation work. This raises the following dilemma for a client:

Being the person providing the quote, will you be professionally associated with the work? If you’re not, in what way will the job be managed?

Frequently you might speak to the estimator or manager prior to the start of the project, but they won’t in reality be carrying out the work. That is not unusual, and there is nothing inappropriate with it, so long as the firm has a program for taking care of your job.

It is an area where you can find lousy business practices. If an estimate is very low, make no mistake – the employees will be paid little and will probably be inexperienced and untrained. They do not have a lot of motivation to do a good job. How can a job be expertly handled if lacking professionals taking care of the work?

Project management involves the setting up, delivery and post project support of the work you have paid for. This is significant as it will enable your job to operate correctly and guarantee that you receive the outcome you want.

Great project management consists of:

  • A reliable quote which is comprehensive having specs that checklist the work you have agreed to have conducted and will direct the tradesmen throughout their work.
  • A particular program for undertaking each stage of the undertaking (such as preparation, work surface and equipment protection, paint application, clean up, and so on.)
  • All modifications to the work conveyed and documented and agreed upon by client and contractor.
    A process for the workforce to evaluate and assess the work they do.
  • A final check at the end of the work in which the project manager goes over the project with the customer to guarantee all has gone to plan.

Project management is essential for contract decorating projects as it supports good customer relations as well as minimizing the risk of grievances. By using a suitable project management process, these issues are usually averted and the project will be executed professionally.

PROBLEMS WITH PAINTWORK

Most flaws in paint surfaces can be avoided if you are scrupulous in your preparation and always use the correct materials. Even with the utmost care, however, some problems may occur, but these can usually be salvaged and sometimes do not entail too much extra work.

Blistering

This is caused by moisture or air trapped beneath a coat of oil-based paint. The answer is to strip off the paint, carefully fill any holes and then repaint. With wood, it may be necessary to prime, undercoat and then repaint.

Flaking

When the new surface reacts badly to what is underneath it, flaking occurs. Emulsion paint, for example, can flake when painted over a high-gloss finish or distemper. Unfortunately if this occurs there is no alternative but to strip the flaking surface, get back to the base, prepare it again properly and paint the area again.

Wrinkling

If you apply a second coat of oil-based paint, such as eggshell, before the first coat has dried thoroughly, the surface may wrinkle. Strip the paint and reapply it.

Runs and drips

Possibly the most common problem, runs and drips are caused by loading too much paint onto the brush. Let the paint dry, rub the proud blobs gently with fine-grade sandpaper, remove the dust created by the sandpaper and touch up with fresh paint.

Crazing

This occurs when a layer of new paint reacts badly with a painted surface underneath, or if layers of paint have different drying times. The only option is to repaint, removing all the layers of paint and preparing the surface again from scratch.

Grit, dust or insects in the paint

If this occurs, wait until the paint dries, then sand the area gently with fine sandpaper and wipe off the dust. If you sand lightly enough, you may not need to touch up the paint.

Stains in paintwork

Stains occur when insufficient preparation is done before the emulsion is applied. Mineral salts, moulds and other residues and impurities can react badly with the water in emulsion and will seep through the surface. Get back to the original surface and coat it with a proprietary primer-sealer and when that has dried, repaint.

Poor coverage

This is most likely to show when you are applying a light colour over a dark base.

Streaky flashes of the base colour will appear under the top coat. Apply further coats of paint, until you have a solid top colour.

Cleaning equipment

Cleaning your equipment after you have finished painting will significantly prolong its life. Brushes, rollers and pads that have been used with emulsion or other water-based paints should be rinsed with cold water to remove excess paint, paying particular attention to the base of the bristles, and then washed in a weak solution of warm water and detergent to remove the residue.

Equipment used for oil-based paint or varnish should be cleaned with turpentine, white spirit or a proprietary cleaner, ensuring that it is worked well into the bristles or pile. When all the paint has been removed, all equipment should be rinsed thoroughly in warm water and shaken vigorously to remove the excess.

To keep their shape, brushes can be wrapped in clean paper towels fixed with masking tape. Hang up brushes and rollers, and place pads face-up to maintain the pile, and your equipment should last you for years.

STAMPING, STENCILLING AND GILDING

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Stamping

Compared to other paint effects, stamping really can be, quite literally child’s play. Make your own stamps from medium to high-density foam in the same way as a child makes potato-cut stamps, drawing on a design and then cutting away the excess foam with a scalpel. Stick the sponge onto a piece of wood and attach a small door knob to the back of it to make application easier. If, however, you would rather buy a stamp, there are many outlets that now stock a wide range of designs made from rubber or foam, thus making them very hard-wearing.

Apply the paint either with a roller or by dipping the stamp into a plate containing a small amount of paint. Ensure an even coating and then set to work, taking your design across the whole wall.

Stamping is the ideal paint technique if you’re short of time – or skill. A repeat design, such as this simple pattern of hearts stamped onto a colourwashed wall (above photo), gives a dramatic effect, but takes only a matter of hours to carry out.

Stencilling

This is one of the cheapest ways to provide a decorative finish. Use stencils to create a dramatic pictorial effect or use a motif to create a border or all-over pattern at a fraction of the cost of wallpaper. Choose from the enormous selection of pre-cut stencils available or make your own. Draw your design onto an acetate sheet and cut out with a sharp knife. Attach to the wall with masking tape or spray adhesive.

Next, apply the colour. Whether you are using a stencil brush or a spray can, the secret is a light touch. With a spray can, waft it quickly and gently over the surface, gradually building up the colour in subtle layers. If using a stencil brush, rub it on a piece of paper towel until almost all the paint has been removed from the head of the brush, then stipple or swirl it over the stencil. Remove the stencil, reposition and repeat the process.

Gilding

Few decorating projects are more satisfying than working with gold leaf. However, the expense of the material puts it far outside the pocket of most amateur decorators. There is no reason, though, why you should deprive yourself of using lustrous metallic materials in small quantities, perhaps on a motif against a wall painted in a deep rich colour such as lacquer red, midnight blue or forest green.

Given the costs involved, it makes sense to restrict the use of gilding to small areas. This random design of horizontal and vertical gold blocks is restrained but nonetheless extremely effective, giving interest to plain white walls and mirroring the angular patterns of the parquet flooring.

Dutch metal leaf or aluminium leaf are less expensive alternatives to the real thing. Aluminium leaf can be made to gleam like gold with one or two coats of orange shellac. These, and the substances mentioned below, are available from specialist decorating outlets. First, give the wall to be gilded a coat of flat or mid-sheen oil-based paint. Decide on your design or motif and either draw it freehand on the wall or use a stencil as a guide. Paint the areas to be gilded with ready-made red gesso for Dutch metal, or cobalt blue casein for silver or aluminium leaf. When this is dry, paint on a thin layer of goldsize, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

When the goldsize is only slightly tacky, gently press on a sheet of leaf, leaf-side down, on the sized area. Carefully peel away the leaf’s wax backing and lay down the next sheet so that it slightly overlaps with the first. Continue until you have built up your pattern. Leave for several hours to dry and rub off the loose leaf with a soft cloth; the rest of the leaf should remain in the sized area of your motif. Finish off by varnishing the whole surface with a clear, semi-gloss oil-based varnish.

For those who long for glitter, it is also worth checking out the wide range of metallic paints, powders, creams and pens on the market. These can be put to a wide range of decorating uses, from painting a whole wall to picking out moulding detail.

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