Before I get onto the subject of cleaning paintwork as part of painting preparation I’d just like to make an appeal to cleaners. When mopping floors with soiled water keep away from the white painted  skirtings. You might not have noticed but the build up of mucky water residue on […]

Cleaning Paintwork

Should you be painting in such hot weather as we are having in London this July 2018? The short answer is yes. Just try to paint in the shade. This is better for both paint and painter. The temperature has to get above 32c as in Australia or Spain before […]

Painting in hot weather-yes.

PAINT BLISTERS, BUBBLES, CRACKS AND FLAKING PAINT This article acknowledges the possibility of painters’ shortcomings but deals mainly with the mysteries behind the above. First, the most common causes of PAINT BLISTERS, BUBBLES, CRACKS AND FLAKING:  lack of preparation Moisture and salts below the surface Excessive heat  A combination of 2&3 […]


If your brickwork isn’t painted already, don’t do it. Personally I don’t like the look of painted brick. It has the look of indulgence, like someone just discovered paint and couldn’t stop themselves. Bricks are beautiful if they can be seen.  Most of them are, at least. But there are […]

Painting Bricks. Good or Bad?

I just wanted to say how glad I feel sometimes to have my own property maintenance business. Glad too, to control it’s ups and downs using creativity and bright ideas, and of course,  old proven methods (like promoting to old clients)  to make it rise up and flourish from a […]

What to be

I posted a blog earlier today called “Happy as Louis” which was not about paint at all, and I hope no one reading here thinks this change in topic does in any way reflect a diminishing enthusiasm for paint. Indeed I have recently thought up numerous very paint-relevant topics that […]

London life, but not about paint.

HAPPY as LOUIS Like many women my wife can create something out of nothing, and such an ability can be good and bad. This morning for example, while listening to Louis Armstrong as the guest on the Desert Island Discs replays that she loves, she decided her life (and consequently […]

Happy as Louis

Much is said of regular maintenance, but what is the actual cost of neglecting the upkeep of a property? For example: Does it cost more to carry out repairs and painting 3-4 times over a period of 25 years, or leave the property to rot for those 25 years and […]

Regular painting maintenance or not.

When one has been doing something for 30 years or more, there is an inclination to forget how much you know and others don’t. Thinking about this I came up with the idea for this months blog. I’m calling it -Paint Finishes Explained. I expect everyone will know some of […]


Painting and Decorating costs. – Exterior To give you some idea of decorating costs: Sash windows. £100 each Front door and frame. £170 The painted stonework of a two storey older style London Terraced House. £750 Guttering, Fascia board and eaves £200 Add around 13% for materials Add for scaffolding, […]

London Painting and Decorating costs. Exterior-a quick idea.

Exterior Painting and Repairs-Pressure Washing. There is something to get excited about in the world of external painting and that is the more general use today of pressure washers in preparing paintwork. This is a welcome upgrade in standards. The water pressure not only cleans thoroughly ( avoiding dirt being sanded […]

Exterior Painting- Preparation and Pressure Washing

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Years ago I would be frequently asked the question, “Should I line my walls or have bare plaster?” Not so much now. I guess people find out on the net. However I didn’t easily find an answer when looking so here is my attempt at a simple answer. ANSWER There […]

Lining Paper or Bare Plaster?

September and October can be the best months for exterior painting. It’s not that the average monthly rainfall is particularly less, it’s more the equinoctial winds that dry things rapidly after a shower. Therefore it’s not too late to get going if you did want your outside painted before April […]

Repairs and Painting in London

When a person has been working at one occupation for 40 years it can easily be forgotten how much knowledge is accumulated. Perhaps the experienced person doesn’t value such experience as much as it should be valued because  youth often blithely disregards it. But every so often I’m called upon […]

In case you didn’t know

If you figure the outside of your house would take two men a week to paint then the cost would be around £2000. Add for scaffold if needed and Vat. An alarm on the scaffold can be around £250 for the front. There you go. That’s about as close as […]

House Painting Costs