Paint Peeling Off Plaster!

Paint Peeling Off Plaster!

Here is one scenario – you paint a new colour onto a wall that has previously been painted and while the paint is still wet you notice it bubbling up! Then, when you rub the bubble it bursts and leaves the original plastered wall showing! Now you have an uneven surface.

Another scenario – you roller a coat of white on the ceiling in the bathroom and the old paint comes off on the roller! EEK!!

The worst case I have seen of this was in a stairwell in a renovated house and the paint on the walls of the stairwell was coming off in sheets like wallpaper.

Why does this happen?

It happens when newly plastered/skimmed walls or ceilings aren’t given enough time to completely dry before painting. The temptation is to start painting as soon as the plasterer has left the building but plaster takes longer to completely dry than you might think.

If the plastering has been done in the winter months it will need several weeks to thoroughly dry –  please don’t be tempted to wack the heating on full blast to try to speed up the drying process because the sudden rise in temperature can cause different problems.

Another reason it occurs is when the initial coat of paint on the new plaster is bog standard silk applied undiluted directly to the plaster.

Or the bathroom ceiling has been freshly painted on the new plaster which has never had a chance to dry because the bathroom is in constant use and then someone has a shower before the paint is dry. Disastrous.


On old plaster doing this – give it a light sanding and apply a thinned coat of matt paint – thinned with water to make it sloppy. Allow to dry thoroughly and then paint as usual.

On new plaster – the plaster should be given plenty of time to dry. Don’t rush this process.

Once dry, the first coat of paint on the new plaster should be matt (preferably white) and it should be thinned with water so that it is sloppy. Paint all the plaster with this mixture. It is your undercoat. It will sink into the surface of the plaster and give you a sound base for painting.

Allow to dry. Won’t take that long because it will soak into the new plaster.

Paint on another coat and leave to dry – Overnight.

Now, you have prepared the plaster for painting and will avoid bubbling and peeling in the future.

Paint in the colour of your choice.



Painting & Decorating Quotes

Painting & Decorating Quotes

When requesting quotes for decorating work make sure that every aspect of the job is detailed.

  • Consider how much preparation is going to be required. Filling and sanding?
  • Which brand of paint do you want the decorator to use? Paint costs vary hugely.
  • Is it a big job that you want completed quickly?
  • Is primer required?
  • Do you want a cheap quick job done or a more expensive professional job?

The last point is probably the most pertinent.

Cheap means exactly that. It means that the decorator will work to the value of the quote. They won’t be able to purchase quality materials to complete the job and they will be seeking to complete the job as quickly as possible because they are not being paid enough for the hours it will take to produce a professional job.

Decorators want to produce a professional finish. There is nothing worse than being hampered in that aim by a lack of funds.

So, what to do?

  1. Ask a decorator to provide you with 2 quotes.  One using a cheap range of paint with limited preparation and the other an expensive range of paint plus all the materials they think they will require to complete the job to a professional finish.
  2. Detail exactly what you want included within the quote to ensure you gain the best end result.
  3. Ask how many people will be working on your job. Staff costs can add £££’s to a quote so find out how many people you are employing.




Thick Paint

Thick Paint

I have just completed a job that required the use of *Wickes Matt paint in two colours. One colour (Scarlet) was of a good consistency, the other (Cardamon) was so thick that the tin could be completely upturned without any paint falling out.

This is of course the wrong consistency for wall paint and attempting to use paint at that thickness would result in twice the amount of paint being required to complete the job, as thick paint doesn’t go very far.

So a rescue job is what is called for. Scoop about a third of the paint gloop into a separate container or bucket and add an equal amount of water. Mix thoroughly. You will now have paint of a good consistency and can get on with the job.

Whatever you do, DO NOT tip the whole tin of paint into a bucket and add a load of water to thin it – the chance of getting the proportions wrong and ending up with an unusable tinted water mixture is high. Do it little by little.

*Wickes do produce good quality paint with strong pigments but the consistency of their emulsions is variable.


Stockingford Junior School To Close

Stockingford Junior School To Close

A JUNIOR school that has served generations of a Nuneaton community for more than a century faces the axe.

The News can exclusively reveal that education chiefs plan to close Stockingford Junior School in Grove Road.

It is understood that Warwickshire County Council, which is the Local Authority, plans to amalgamate the school with nearby Stockingford Infants School.

It would lead to the creation of a single Stockingford Primary School, which would cater for children aged from just four all the way up to eleven-years-old.

Should everything run to plan, the school, which be based in the two current school buildings, could be opened as soon as September 2012.

Letters have been sent out to parents of pupils to tell them about the proposals but consultation is not expected to begin until later in the year.

It is unclear what impact the plans would have on the senior management at the junior school or the current teaching staff.

County councillor Heather Timms, cabinet member for children, young people and families at Shire Hall, said: “The local authority supports the creation of all-through primary schools which are felt to offer greater continuity and progression for the pupils, increased access to specialised teaching and greater economies of scale.

“An amalgamation of the two Stockingford schools would be in line with the county council’s commitment to bringing about the benefits that this policy offers.

“The proposed new school would occupy both of the current school buildings, employing much the same staff as now but with the added benefits of having a single governing body with a unified staff.

She concluded: “Governors have written to inform parents of the county council’s proposal and there will be a full formal consultation in which parents can make their views known to local authority officers.”

Stockingford Junior School has served the community since it opened as Stockingford Council School in April 1905, and generations of local families have passed through its doors.





Here is the scenario……you are badgered into responding really quickly to something so you jump through hoops to do exactly that.

So you respond super fast. The person you have responded to then takes an inordinate amount of time to reply! Days roll by.

What’s that all about?


Decorating a Staircase

Decorating a Staircase

Decorating a staircase is not easy. It takes longer than decorating a room. It’s an inconvenience to do because generally you can’t avoid using the stairs while they are being decorated. Most DIY’ers give up before the job is finished or don’t bother starting in the first place!

Then there is the height to consider. Whether you are good with heights or not decorating a staircase involves heights in a confined space.

The amount of wallpaper required will be double what you might imagine as some drops will be double height.

A room needs to be available for pasting and cutting of paper.

The ladders/platform equipment needed to reach all areas will in itself restrict access to the actual walls to be decorated.

In short, staircases are AWKWARD!

So if you are doing it yourself, get organised and give yourself time to do the job – don’t rush it or you may not get the job done in the way you wanted.

If you are enlisting the services of a decorator, don’t expect the job to be done in a day but do expect it to be completed!


Wallpaper Paste…..

Wallpaper Paste…..

Not all wallpaper pastes are the same. They are all supposed to stick wallpaper to the wall but not all do that satisfactorily.

As an example I usually use Solvite and it is reliably good. However, last week I bought paste from Wickes because they were on route to that day’s job. I didn’t know that Wickes only sell their own brand paste.

Anyway, it is a pretty poor product. Spent an inordinate amount of time re-pasting. It just would not keep the paper stuck to the wall which is a basic requirement of wallpaper paste.

So note: Stick to Solvite………pardon the pun.


Christmas Decorating! Booking Now!

Christmas Decorating! Booking Now!
Father Christmas

Christmas is coming


Sorry. I know that summer is still limping along but in decorating to a deadline terms, Christmas is just around the corner!
So bookings are being taken now so that you can be sure that your project will indeed be completed in time for the big day, or the arrival of the new sofa!


Avoid Hard Ruined Brushes

Avoid Hard Ruined Brushes

So, you’ve been using oil based paint only to realise that you don’t have any thinners to clean your brushes, arghhh!

Simply wrap your brushes in cling film or a carrier bag – closely, like you were wrapping a sandwich – and your brushes will not dry out for several days or longer depending upon the conditions.

Plenty of time to buy some turps!