The woodwork in the interior of this house is in a dreadful state, overpainted time and time again.... full of drips, knocks, badly painted areas, chips and holes.
With a colleague, we have spent 7 days sanding stripping, filling, rebuilding, sanding again all the skirting boards, dado rails, doors and frames over the 3 floors.
The results are looking very good, ready to prime where needed, undercoat, and then finish.
Do not ever underestimate the time and care needed when taking on a job like this. It is so easy to get bogged down in too many details, and to overwork the job. Unless you are being paid a fortune, it is important to know where to draw a line, before you realise there is no profit at all.
Great job though.... and the results will look amazing!
I finally got to finishing the 100 metres of intricately ornate school railings this week.
Spent a day repriming with zinc phosphate as a final coat before the protective finishing coats.
Then I decided to purchase a solvent specific airless spray gun for the task, to save myself maximum time....and it has proved to be the best £200 I've ever spent!
Finding Earlex to be the reasonably priced manufacturer of this kind of equipment, I phoned their technical advice number and was advised to go for the HVLP 5500 model to spray oil based paint (in my case - gloss).
Not only is it lightweight, portable, easy to use, super precise, relatively quiet, and with mimimum overspray.....it also halved my time to cover the fence! Earlex advertise this spray station as "semi professional" and I used it non stop for 2 days in a row, It was more than up to the task, already paying for itself in the process. I will now be using it to topcoat a load of prepared woodwork in a private house this next week!
Spray gun advice to follow.....!
This is one of those jobs that was a pleasure to be involved in over the course of a day, and if you look very closely.....
One of my jobs with this Rum Bar / Restaurant, is to decorate the entrance doors with naïve styled Caribbean paintings.
I found some excellent historic licensing crests for the trade of rum into Europe.
The problem I have involves getting them onto these blasted panels!
Got a few methods that could work, including hand painting, stencilling, sticking printed images onto the doors and then painting over them......but the one I will go with is a method of transferring the printed image onto the door by a very cunning method....which I will be doing over the next couple of days!
......update to follow!
The panels look fantastic - worn and merged into the paintwork with a method of transferring the images from paper using a gel medium. Alas - the bar owner has gone AWOL and so shall not be receiving the panels in any kind of finished state until he has paid me my outstanding deposit - No good finishing them if I aint getting paid, no matter how interesting!
Out of the blue (as is often the case) I was asked by a pub landlord to paint his 4 lions red. Realising that once I'd painted them a basic signal red that they looked outrageously bright and gaudy, I convinced him to let me do some more work on them (his condition being that I add some gold to them !!) The results look great, and have become an instant hit at the pub, particularly with the local kids who love to climb over them.
SInce the Brazilian restaurant where I painted some scenic murals 2 years ago is now being reworked into an Indian city centre restaurant, I thought it would be worth adding these images to my blog, as they become eradicated for good.
Painted over 4 days, the wall below was made using spray painting and brush work. With a couple of photographs of the Iguazzu Falls as source material, I built it up from roughly sprayed colours and contrasting areas, to finishing with details to create interest when looked at closely. With a painting such as this, you can get away with a lot, since the eye is naturally drawn to specific parts of the wall.
This was an enjoyable painting to do, helped by the friendliness of the owners, who have since relocated their business to a completely different part of the country.
Finished the 2 flights of staircases on Grade II listed buildings on the historic Grand Union Canal.
On closer inspection, they were in a real mess, and required scraping and brushing back to the bare metal.
When a customer requires work such as this to be carried out at the "wrong" end of the year, it becomes necessary to bide one's time and to do one's best.
Battling with the elements is not ideal, and is always worth reminding a customer that most paints require warmer conditions to dry fully and to cure / harden.
The stairs have turned out very well, and I am sure I will be called back later in the year to coat them at the "right" time. (Protektakote anti slip coatings are fantastic by the way!).
Looks as if this festive break will be the lull before the storm! Accidents can happen to even the best of us! (as you can see with one of my colleagues here). Clean it up and keep smiling! .....and of course, everybody wants their work done before Christmas this year, as they do every other year.
With only so many days in the working week, it is impossible to fit every job in, but I am happy to have finished 3 pending jobs in time.
This means that I have a super busy January and February and beyond to return to, with a Rum Bar to design and paint with finishes and murals, some gilding to do on furniture in a Grade II listed house in Edgbaston, some exterior steel staircases to paint (when the weather is manageable) in Protekta-kote UVR Polyurethane non-slip paint, a domestic house to paint, a school fitness room to paint out, and several jobs to quote on...oh, and the marathon of the school metal railings to finish.
Here I am, asked by my local Chinese takeaway to sort out their sign across the width of the shop with "DELIVERIES AVAILABLE" and their phone number. I start by cleaning up the rust (with a combination of angle grinder and rust converter). I then metal prime, undercoat and paint it an ultramarine blue (exterior gloss for its weathering properties), and sign write the text in an appropriate font, colour and paint (in this case Franklin Gothic Medium, in white and with "One Shot" Sign Painters' Lettering White).
Here's a Top Tip for people who aren't regular professional signwriters (like me!)
Print off your lettering to the finished size on A4 paper.... use a compass or other such instrument to pin prick through the outline of the letters...stick the lettering together with masking tape making sure it is perfectly straight, level and well spaced out...then on site, sponge chalk through the holes in the paper to leave a pointillist image of the letters to paint over as a guide. With a fairly confident hand, you should be able to achieve excellent results!
Plenty of regional art galleries have once again been put on the international map this year with the help of Artist Rooms, the most exceptional for me being Ron Mueck at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery, displaying a small selection of his hyper realist sculptures including the immense Wild Man.
It's always exciting to see people of all ages so absorbed in art.
Although the exhibition is finished now, it is well worth checking him out either on the web, for example at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGB4Ew87ieA or through a plethora of excellent books.
I took some art novices to the show, who showed a mixture of humour, gobsmacking incredulity, amazement and joy at all of the pieces, including "Youth", "Mother and Child", "Spooning Couple", "Ghost", "Wild Man" and plenty of his working drawings and maquettes.