Decorating Top Tips                      

Paint can either be water-based or solvent-based.

The water-based based paints are the most popular as they have a low volatile organic compound. Solvent-based paints which are oil based have an oil base ie; white spirit which has a higher VOC content, and are less user friendly. New EU legislation is severely reducing this content. 


Emulsions have a water-based content. Its the only paint that is needed for painting walls and ceilings. A two coat application is normally sufficient. There are also specially formulated bathroom and kitchen paints which are more resistant to levels of extreme moisture. (ie steam)

Wallpapering Tips.

If you need to paint ceilings or woodwork do this first as it is easier to wipe paste off surfaces than it is to wipe paint off wallpaper.

Purchasing Wallpaper.

Always check batch number and product code when buying large quantities of wallpaper as this can reduce any problems you have with the colour and pattern of the roll.

Do not wallpaper over existing wallpapers.

You can only do this if the existing wallpaper is stuck down perfectly.
As a general rule all existing wallpaper should be removed either using hot water with a sponge and bucket, or a steam wallpaper stripper which can be purchased from all good DIY stores.

Exterior Painting of walls and woodwork.

Always consider your safety and others around you when painting outside. Scaffolding platforms can be hired if you are working at height. Masonry paint is the preferred choice for exterior walls and rendering. This is a water-based paint and usually dries very quickly, two coats is normally all that is required.

Exterior woodwork.

After preparing surface, an ideal two coat application of undercoat will protect the surface before the top coat gloss is applied.


Always prepare surfaces by sanding with sand paper or an electronic sander. Generally varnishes and stains require two/three coats some oil-based varnishes may require more coats. It is recommended with Exterior varnish woodwork is treated at least once a year. Metal surfaces should be prepared by using a wire brush and should always be prined with a metal primer also a good quality undercoat should be used before applying the final top coat.