Tag Archives: painting and decorating

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.



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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.



Painter & Decorator Kapiti Coast

Expert painter decorator in Paraparaumu,  Kapiti Coast.

Do you need a painter & decorator in Kapiti? Don’t look past Paul Walker Decorators.
We can help with all exterior house painting and preparation work. If your residential home or building is looking a bit dull or the paint is chipping off, it is time to give it a new lease of life with a professional painter decorator in Paraparaumu.

If you live on the Kapiti Coast, anywhere from Paekakariki to Otaki, the team at Paul Walker Decorators are sure to be able to help. With years of knowledge and experience you can be confident in Paul Walker for all your house painting and preparation requirements!

It’s Spring! time for a makeover?

As the days get longer and the weather warmer, a homeowner’s thoughts turn naturally to. . .painting! Yes, as the spring maintenance season gets ever closer, we start our to-do lists and plan out our projects. But when it comes to home painting, what to do first?
One of the best ways to begin is to thoroughly assess the painted condition of your entire property, both inside and out. Take a slow walk through and around your home, with pad and pencil in hand. Check out everything. Take notes. And bring along your significant other – not only because two sets of eyes are better than one, but to get buy-in as well.
Inside the home, the desire for a more attractive appearance may take precedence over maintenance needs. Are you tired of your room colors, or are you simply ready for a change? Jot down your thoughts, along with any ideas you have for new paint colors.
But don’t neglect to note the condition of your interior paint. Have your painted walls seen better days? Is the trim banged up? How do the baseboards look? And don’t fail to assess the condition of your ceilings; most people paint them far less frequently than the walls. . .and they often look that way.
Outside the home, start your inspection at the front door, which gives friends and visitors the all-important first impression of your home. Make sure it’s in tip-top shape.
Next, look for signs of paint failure on your exterior walls – evidenced by bare wood, peeling or flaking paint, mildew or mold. If you have any masonry (on walls, foundation or a fireplace), check for white, crusty efflorescence. Aluminum siding? Look for vulnerable bare metal and unsightly white oxidation, an indication that corrosion has set in.
Check all the areas where two different surfaces come together. Make sure they are properly caulked and that the caulk is in good condition. If you see a problem, make a note of it.
Naturally, you’ll want to inspect your exterior trim, windows, shutters, and doors, but don’t forget to also look at your garage door, gutters, downspouts, railings, and decks. A fresh coat of paint can help maintain them all, not to mention your metal light fixtures and lamps, outdoor furniture, swing sets, picnic tables, and fencing.
Now that you have an inventory of your painting needs, categorize the projects in terms of their urgency or desirability. You should actually assign every job a numerical or alphabetical rating, indicating which ones to do first.
Next, see if you have the brushes, tools, and accessories that you’ll need for your most urgent projects. That way, you can purchase them all in one trip to the paint store, saving valuable time that you can spend applying your paint.
Generally speaking, it’s better to get to the exterior paint jobs first, starting with the areas of greatest need. You just can’t fool (around with) Mother Nature. By delaying urgent outdoor painting projects, you run the risk that your home will suffer damage. So, start outside.
If there are multiple exterior paint jobs on your “urgent” list, you might be able to bunch similar projects together, saving yourself a lot of time and effort. For example, if your metal railings, metal furniture, and a metal lamppost are all badly in need of painting, you can work more efficiently by doing them all at once.
Keep addressing your most urgent outdoor needs until you run into weather that is not conducive to outdoor painting – for example, especially wet, cold or windy days, which may interfere with good paint film formation. When the weather takes a turn for the worse, move indoors.
Follow the same procedure with your interior painting that you followed when doing the outdoor work. Start with the projects you deem most urgent, either from an aesthetic or maintenance perspective. And since Spring has sprung, you can comfortably work with your windows open so as to keep your rooms well-ventilated as your paint.
By identifying and completing your most important projects first, you’ll do a better job of protecting your home with paint. And if afterwards you sneak away for a short vacation or a round of golf with your friends, you’ll be able to do so guilt-free!

Paul Walker Decorators

Painting a bathroom ceiling with high moisture?

One of the question’s i am asked a lot is  “can you recommend a paint for my bathroom it keeps peeling or keeps going black and mouldy?”

Well first off i would recommend making sure you have sufficient ventilation to extract the moisture (if mouldy wash with bleach or anti fungal solution) then i would recommend either a soft sheen product (dulux is quite good) or this product below from Johnstones that we use in the spa in the Old Course Hotel in St.Andrews where moisture is high and have very little problems with.




Future for apprenticeships?

In Australia they have are looking into apprentices learning on site and using online work to complete apprenticeships, is this the way forward?
Personally I think not as you know you will learn your trade when you go to college but when on site you don’t always have the time to practice things learned at college.

Here’s the article:-

On-line Apprenticeships Launched

The National Institute of Painting and Decorating is launching on-line painting apprenticeships in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland in collaboration with it’s partner RTOs. Painters in those states can complete on-line apprenticeships and Recognition of Current Compentency, resulting in the issuing of the Certificate III Painting and Decorating qualification.

The certificate is the nationally recognised qualification for painters and is issued by South West TAFE, Training Prospects and Australia National Institute of Business. The on-line course includes over 1200 questions, over 200 videos, and dozens of practical tasks that can be demonstrated on-site.

“This system will save employers thousands of dollars, and hundreds of hours in lost time, because now their apprentices can learn anywhere and anytime. Instead of sending apprentices for block training at TAFE, the employer can train the apprentice on-site, on a rainy day, or when work is slow”, says NIPD Education Manager Michael Farrugia.