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Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor

Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor

Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor


Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor

Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor

Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor

  Specialising In Interior Painting & Decorating    

 Established May 2005

Where Quality Comes As Standard

In Association With Mike Bolton Painting & Decorating



Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor

Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor

Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor



    I always use top quality products which I can recommend after years of experience

in my trade.  However, if you would like me to consider using a particular brand

of your choice, then please feel free to discuss this with me when I first visit you.

I want you to have the ultimate choice of what products are used, although

most of my customers prefer to rely on my trade experience and judgement

to choose the best products for them.


    I highly recommend Dulux Trade and Crown Trade products (both now

manufactured under the AkzoNobel trademark).  Dulux was previously

manufactured by ICI and you can continue to be assured that both brands

remain, as ever, top quality and well respected brands in my trade.

Valspar paint sold exclusively by B&Q is also excellent paint

in both trade and retail versions.


    'Trade' paints are often perceived to be of a lower quality compared to

the 'Retail' brands sold in Wickes, B&Q and Homebase -  in fact quite the reverse.

'Trade' paints are made to a much higher specification and are much thicker in

consistency, providing excellent opacity which means that two full coats will give

perfect coverage.  Whilst 'Trade' paints are slightly more expensive, any

additional cost is well worth the investment because they are more tolerant

to being cleaned and more hardwearing.  Some 'own brand' retail

paints e.g. B&Q Colours, Homebase Home of Colour and Wilkinsons Wilko

will be cheaper, and much thinner in consistency.

This means that whilst you may save a few pounds on the cost of materials,

it will be a false economy because you will end up paying out more

in labour charges, for the application of a third coat of paint

to ensure full obliteration of your previous colour.  Dulux Trade

and Crown Trade paints have a proven track record for excellent

opacity and obliteration of previous colours.


    Farrow & Ball and other 'Designer' paints are very popular and more

expensive but in my experience without the same tolerance to cleaning

as Trade paints.  By way of example, 5.00 litre Farrow & Ball Estate

Emulsions cost 80-00, compared to my trade price of 43-00

for 5.00 litres of Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt Emulsion.


   Use of solvent/oil based Dulux Trade and Crown Trade paints to

redecorate previously painted woodwork and trim is normally

a two coat process.  However,  painting woodwork and trim with

'Quick Drying' water based paints is a three coat process - one

undercoat then two topcoats.  Almost without exception, redecoration

using Farrow & Ball paints whether walls or woodwork/trim

is a three coat process, due to its thinner formulation. 


    I maintain Trade Accounts with both Brewers and Dulux Decorator Centres,

which enables me to purchase trade paints at a discounted rate

which I pass on to my clients.  Both Decorator Centres are open

to the general public as well as trade but if you decide to purchase the materials

yourself just be aware that you will be paying the full retail price.

No discounts are available on any Farrow & Ball paints, even to those of us in the trade.


    I will also discuss with you the various paint finishes that are available for your

ceilings, walls and woodwork.  I believe it is important that you choose the finish

that you desire in your home, rather than me tell you my preference or what other

customers choose.  By way of guidance the various finishes and respective sheen

levels are shown below for Dulux Trade paints which I hope will help you

to decide what paint finish is right for you.


Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt Emulsion/Matt Emulsion (very low sheen 5 - 15%*)

Dulux Trade Soft Sheen Emulsion (medium sheen 10 - 15%*)

Dulux Trade Vinyl Silk Emulsion/Silk Emulsion (highest sheen level 30 - 40%*)

Dulux Trade Light & Space Vinyl Matt Emulsion (very low sheen 5 - 15%*)

Dulux Trade Diamond Eggshell (low sheen 15-25%*) [10 x tougher than Vinyl Silk

and recommended for high traffic areas such as hallways and stairways]

Dulux Trade Acrylic Eggshell (medium sheen) best suited for walls and ceilings

in kitchens and bathrooms for improved cleaning and resistance to steam

conditions.  I also recommend the use of Dulux Retail, Crown Retail

 and Homebase Retail Kitchen & Bathroom emulsions (containing

anti-mould technology and specially formulated to withstand steam

conditions)  for ceilings and walls in kitchens and bathrooms/shower rooms.

Dulux Retail and Crown Retail Kitchen Emulsions are available in Matt finish,

Dulux Retail and Crown Retail Bathroom Emulsions are available in Soft

Sheen finish and Homebase Retail Kitchen & Bathroom Emulsions

are available in Matt and Soft Sheen finishes.



Dulux Trade Eggshell (solvent based, low sheen 15 - 25%*)

Dulux Trade Satinwood (solvent based, medium sheen 40 - 50%*)

Dulux Trade High Gloss (solvent based, highest sheen level 80 - 90%*)

Dulux Trade Ecosure Gloss (water based, high sheen 80 - 90%*)

Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood (water based, medium sheen 40 - 50%*)

* Source: AkzoNobel Dulux Trade Technical Advice Centre, Slough


It is also important to note that paint for woodwork and radiators is available

in both solvent/oil based or water based products.  Water based paints

are better for the environment due to low levels of VOC (Volatile Organic Compound).

Solvent/oil based paints whilst having higher levels of VOC do in most decorators'

opinions provide a superior, much smoother finish.  They take longer to dry

(normally 16 hours) which allows time for the brush marks to 'flow out'

during the drying process.  Water based paints dry more quickly

(typically 2 to 4 hours) which some customers prefer for convenience,

especially if they have children or pets in the home.  However,

because water based paints dry so quickly the brush marks don't 'flow out'

meaning that the finished surface once dry, won't feel smooth

and most likely show visible brush marks.

Notwithstanding the higher VOC level of solvent/oil based paints

they are extremely safe for use in the home.  It should also be noted

that solvent based paints for woodwork and radiators

can yellow over time as they need ultra violet light to stay white.

If there is no natural light source or a very poor natural light source

in a room then water based paint may be more suitable to avoid

yellowing.  Water based paints simply cannot yellow.

Although the premature yellowing of solvent/oil based paints was the subject of

adverse press and TV coverage a number of years ago, both Dulux and Crown have

addressed these issues with extensive testing of their new paint formulations.

In 2010, legislation was introduced requiring all manufacturers of solvent/oil

based paints to reduce the level of VOC's to make them better for the environment.

Some manufacturers of solvent/oil based paints now display a symbol on the tin

stating that they are "2010 VOC Compliant" confirming compliance

with that legislation. 



Many of my clients choose wallpaper instead of or in addition to emulsion paint

on their walls as wallpaper can create an extra dimension.  This might be wallpaper

on all four walls, or emulsion on three walls and wallpaper on the remaining

'Feature Wall'.  Good quality wallpapers range from around 18 upwards per roll.

Careful choice of a quality wallpaper brand is extremely important to ensure that

the wallpaper is from a reputable and established manufacturer, known for producing

quality wallpapers.  Most wallpapers are the traditional 'paste the wallpaper' type

but more and more 'paste the wall' type wallpapers are now available.

They look and fell like paper but are in fact manufactured in a non-woven fabric

making them strong and very tolerant to being handled whilst being applied to the walls.

Pasting the wall means that the wallpaper doesn't need to soak before it is hung,

applying the paper to the wall in its dry form which also means

that it cannot shrink in the drying process.


I will be more than happy to discuss choice of wallpaper with you in more detail

when we meet.  In all cases I do ask that you inform me of your intended choice

of brand before you purchase and before work commences.  I, like many decorators,

have experienced quality issues with some 'well known' wallpaper brands.  Some

wallpapers are so thin they don't tolerate being handled too much, or else they

over expand whilst soaking which makes pattern matching very difficult.

Added to this, they are likely to shrink on the wall during the drying process.

As the saying goes "you get what you pay for" so economising

on what you pay for wallpaper will most likely result in a poor quality finish.

Having said that there is no need to go to the other extreme of paying in excess

of say 60 per roll for wallpaper, unless you wish to do so.  A high price tag

may imply a quality assured wallpaper but this is certainly NOT guaranteed.


Mid range wallpapers 20 to 40 per roll will produce excellent and long lasting

results.  Please also take time to read any online reviews before ordering

wallpaper and in the absence of positive reviews BE CAUTIOUS.

It would be inappropriate for me to 'name and shame' the brand name

or manufacturer of wallpaper that I have found to be of poor quality, so do

please speak to me if you would like the benefit of my experience

before deciding what brand of wallpaper you should purchase. 


Some wallpaper manufacturers' recommend using their own brand of special formula

adhesive.  Once you inform me of the brand that you intend to purchase, I will research

the brand and check on it's quality and reputation, as well as finding out whether a

specialist adhesive is required.  It is vitally important to follow the manufacturers'

recommendation, otherwise there will be no recourse to the manufacturer, in the

event of any claim for a defective product.


All wallpaper manufacturers recommend that walls are cross-lined with

a good quality lining paper before hanging their wallpaper, to act as the best

possible canvas on which to hang your chosen wallpaper.  Lining paper is

not expensive, however, the hanging of lining paper will incur additional labour

costs but will without doubt improve the overall look and finish

of your wallpaper.  Lining the walls is also known to reduce the risk

of wallpaper expansion and shrinkage so it is worth the additional

investment in the long term.  Again this is something that we can discuss when I visit you.



When choosing wallpaper, please ensure that all rolls bear the same 'Batch Number'

to avoid the risk of shading differences.  It is also imperative that any radiator or

heat source within the room being wallpapered is TURNED OFF to allow  the

wallpaper to dry out naturally.  If the radiator is left on, it will speed up the

drying process which will have A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT on the finished look

as it will cause the wallpaper to shrink as it dries, leaving gaps

between each hung length.


 I reserve the right to decline to hang wallpaper if I am not satisfied with its quality,

established through my own prior use of that brand, from online research/customer

reviews or through opinions sought from other decorators and trade professionals.

I will decline to hang wallpapers with a retail cost of less than 10 per roll as the

quality of the wallpaper will undoubtedly fall below the standard I expect to

produce a quality piece of work for my clients.


Customers often choose to have an existing wallpaper removed in the

redecoration process, hoping to have the bare plaster walls underneath

painted directly with their chosen colour of emulsion.  Whilst this can be

achieved through careful removal of the existing wall covering, all too often

the plaster beneath is found to be of poor quality, particularly with

older properties.  Some clients decide to employ the services of

a professional Plasterer to plaster or skim the walls which will produce

a perfectly flat surface, ready for painting.  Of course this is by far

the best option in the long term, but also considerably more expensive.


Other clients will ask me to hang an alternative wall covering in the form of

an embossed or textured 'paintable wallpaper'  However, if you prefer a

smooth papered finish to your walls but without the expense of employing

a Plasterer, then hanging a good quality Grade 1400  lining paper is the next

best thing.  Whether you choose textured/embossed paintable wallpaper or

flat finish paintable lining paper, once the paper is dry it can be painted with

two coats of your chosen colour and finish of emulsion.  New plaster however

requires three coats of emulsion.  As new plaster is so porous, the first coat

must be diluted with around 20% water so that it can soak in to

the new plaster substrate.  This then acts as a good anchor for the

subsequent two coats of undiluted finishing emulsion.

This diluted emulsion is called a 'mist coat' and Contract Matt Emulsion

is ideal for this purpose and much cheaper than finishing coat emulsions. 


    I will be happy to discuss any of the above options with you when

I visit, to help you to make an informed choice.


          Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor 





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