We have moved

Hey all long time no blog.

We have moved north had enough of the beach and moved to the Lake.

We are now based in Turangi up in Waikato in central New Zealand.

We have just set up and are trying to set up our business again it’s like building up from nothing again but we are used to that and will grow big again shortly.

As you are aware if you follow my blogs we are experiences in all aspects of the painting and decorating trade. From General painting and decorating to wallpapering and plastering we do it all.

I will try to blog on a more regular basis.

 

Paul Walker Decorators

Crazy week

Sorry not blogged for quite a while.

not been best of weeks for me first off having a few problems with work then having to suspend a colleague.

then find out over weekend that one of my buddies has passed away :-(.

It’s times like these where if you let it bring you down you can end up in a depressive state.

thankfully I’ve been in this position before and know how to overcome it.

you just have to keep your chin up and stay positive in the knowing that everything will sort its self out.

I hope everyone’s well.

Paul

scorching summer

Well what a cracking summer we have had here in Kapiti. One day was even 33 degrees :-o.

I do feel sorry somewhat for my family back home in there snowy minus condition’s but not alot haha.

Anyway back onto the painting side have you checked our website recently. Some articles are worth a read.

http://www.paul-walker-decorators.com/

Paint colour trends for 2015

With summer now fast approaching its now time to freshen up your house. So here is the link to the colours to give you some inspiration.

http://www.resene.co.nz/comn/whtsnew/ontrend-paint-colours.htm

Repairing water damage to walls and ceilings.

I am often asked to repair walls and ceiling’s that have had water damages from leak’s here i will advise you on how to resolve the damage.

On a recent job this Spring i was asked to repair some peeling and cracking paint by the kitchen hob.

All the loose paint was scraped off. And all the cracks were ‘raked out’ (this gives filler something decent to grab onto). Then one coat of Zinsser Peel Stop water-borne primer was brushed onto the whole area, taking care to brush in all directions to make sure the primer got into all the tiny nooks and crannies. Peel Stop takes just a couple of hours to dry, so I could then fill any cracks and raised paint edges (I used Toupret Reboucheur – as it dries quickly and Toupret fillers are generally fantastic.)

Onto another job in the house for a couple of hours, then I carefully sanded the filler flat – taking care not to sand too hard and re-expose the edges I’d treated with Peel Stop and filler. A quick dust and two coats of the original kitchen paint and the job was done. Sanded, sealed, filled, sanded and top-coated.

Next Up

Zinsser Cover Stain

A bathroom leak had made a huge water stain over the hallway ceiling. After covering the floor with drop-sheets, I then raked out the cracks and discovered part of the plaster was completely ruined, In other words a big hole appeared.

This photo was taken part-way through raking out. I filled the hole first with plasterboard, held down with water-based adhesive. I sanded the whole ceiling (using dust extraction as usual, so there was virtually no airborne dust) and filled the cracks and remaining holes with Toupret Le Reboucheur. Another few hours on another job (I had the sitting room to paint) and the filler was dry enough to sand. A quick vacuum of the whole ceiling and then two coats (an hour apart) of Zinsser Coverstain oil-based primer was applied with a foam roller. The advantage of the foam rollers is that they’re quick, they apply an even coat, you don’t get any bits from the roller stuck in the paint, and they’re cheap enough to leave to dry and chuck in the bin. Washing out oil-based paints from rollers is neither healthy, time-efficient or environmentally the best option due to the quantity of white spirits you’d need!

Once the coverstain was dried out i applied a full coat of flat ceiling paint.

Two jobs resolved and one very happy customer.

Cabots Aqua Deck

Been using Aquadeck recently purchased from Mitre 10 have to say i am very impressed by the quality of the deck stain in both value and product topped off by it being acrylic (water Based).

Heres a link for everyone who is painting there decks this summer.

http://www.cabots.co.nz/product-detail/1300/Aquadeck

Whats New

STO CLIMASAN

Did you know that there is a paint that cleans the air? Yes, it’s true.

 

Sto Climasan colour is an interior paint that continuously degrades harmful substances and reduces odours. This paint is ideal for residential application and is widely used in many heavily frequented commercial locations such as resthomes, hotels, restaurants, medical clinics, schools etc.

 

Just what does this air cleaning paint do? These revolutionary paints are ecologically friendly products which have the ability to keep walls clean by repelling dirt, bacteria, algae and fungus that can accumulate on surfaces whilst eliminating toxic odors from your rooms at the same time.