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Mark's Advice

These are a few basic tips and hints on ways to improve your decorating and how to overcome some of the common problems encountered while decorating. These are primarily aimed at the general public and are answers to some of the questions that I am asked by my clients while working on their properties.

Most of the advice given here is standard decorating procedures as per City and Guilds of London, others are methods that I have developed over the years to deal with various problems I have encountered.

Hopefully these will be of some help to you all, and, of course, please don't hesitate to contact me for an estimateMark

Wash down all Surfaces

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Wash down all Surfaces This might sound very obvious to many people but believe me, hardly anybody does this simple thing anymore - thoroughly wash over all previously painted surfaces which are to be decorated, then rinse off with clean water. This will... Read More

Treating Mould and Fungi

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Treating Mould and Fungi Moulds, fungi and lichen are a very common problem to be overcome when undertaking any internal or external decorating. A very easy and simple thing to overcome but so often just painted over, causing even more problems in years to... Read More

Stripping Wallpaper

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Stripping Wallpaper Although stripping old wallpapers can be messy and will require some physical effort, it doesn't have to be made harder by going about it the wrong way. If you use these simple methods it can be carried out relatively quickly and... Read More

Flexible Mastic Fillers

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Flexible Mastic Fillers Acrylic Mastics, frame sealants or Decorator's caulk - These are excellent products that have been around now in one form or another for over twenty five years and have completely replaced the old powder fillers on certain areas of... Read More

Interior Emulsion Paints - Finishes - Pros and Cons

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Interior Emulsion Paints - Finishes - Pros and Cons A question I am asked regularly is, "Why can`t I wash the dirty marks my children have made off the walls and when I try to, the paint comes off where the marks are?" Well the answer is simple, you... Read More

Interior Fillers - Part 1

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Interior Fillers - Part 1 These days there are a large range of filling materials available for making good to interior surfaces. Be sure you use the right the product for the right job as not doing so can lead to more work for you in the future! I am... Read More

Interior Fillers - Part 2

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Interior Fillers - Part 2 Welcome back, last month I covered the normal interior fillers, this month I am going to cover two of the slightly more specialised fillers that are available. Two Pack filler: This is more of a specialised filler, which you... Read More

How to Paint New Plaster

Friday, August 1, 2014

How to Paint New Plaster As I have been asked this question quite a lot recently I thought I would give this piece of advice for this month - how to prepare and emulsion new plaster surfaces. The first thing to do is to make sure the plaster has... Read More

Lining Paper

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lining Paper I have been hanging a lot of lining paper recently and have been asked a few questions about it to so I thought this would make a good subject for some advice. I shall be explaining why the decorator will suggest using it or will want to use... Read More