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Top painting tips for a professional finish

When it comes to paints we can offer you just about any colour under the sun with our trade mixing service. 


Richard Green has been our paint expert for years and, thanks to his sharp eye and handy spectrometer, has matched a spectrum of hues to the smallest of samples during that time. 


On larger projects, he can even visit sites, using a mobile spectrometer to create a paint that matches something that’s already in place. 


Given his wealth of knowledge, we asked Richard to share his three top tips for getting a finish that lasts. 


1. Trade up: The first bit of advice is to use trade paints over DIY options, even if the latter are described as ‘one coat’. Richard explains: “It goes without saying that we only offer trade paints. With better pigmentation compared to DIY versions, and a thicker consistency, trade paints usually need fewer coats and can be thinned if needed without losing colour. They also dry in two hours, which along with usually only needing two coats, cuts down on labour time and costs. As trade paint comes in larger tins, you can leave some behind for the customer so it’s there in case you have any snagging work to do.” 


2. Durable: To ensure that the paint stays looking good, particularly in high-traffic areas such as hallways and stairs he recommends Crown Trade Clean Extreme Scrubbable Paint.  The ‘Scrubbable’ paint is formulated to be durable, stain resistant and stand up to repetitive cleaning. It is also touch dry in just one-to-two hours. 


3. Be prepared: Richard’s ultimate tip is ‘never skimp on preparation’. He adds: “If you prepare walls correctly before you paint, you will get a far better finish. That means cleaning the walls allowing them to dry, rubbing them down and filling. One of the things that I like to do is use a white mix coat. That helps to reflect light and shows up any imperfections so that you can deal with them before you get to applying the paint.” 


And despite being able to mix a spectrum of colours from the smallest of samples, according to Richard the colours most requested by Peppard customers are magnolia or gardenia. 


“Builders and developers like to keep a home light and neutral because you can’t predict the buyer’s personal taste,” he explains. “Home improvers tend to go  for the stronger colours.” 


Posted on March 22, 2016 by Claire Savage