Taking some mystery away from Anti-Graffiti coatings.

Taking some mystery away from Anti-Graffiti coatings.

Are you plagued by anti-social behaviour such as graffiti, fly-posters or trespassing? On tools-paint.com we have a number of solutions to these problems and our technical team can give advice on what products are best suited for your scenario.

We all like Banksy’s work but unsightly and offensive Graffiti is too often found at places such as bridges, underpasses, statues, walls, toilets and residential dwellings. You can take steps to prevent this with the aid of Anti-Graffiti paints, but some of the terminology used can be confusing. Terms like water-based, solvent based, single pack and two pack can be explained, making it easier to choose the correct coating for particular grievance.

Unfortunately, if you are reading this you have probably been a victim of some anti-social behaviour or want to apply a prevention rather than cure strategy.

Initial removal of graffiti is typically done using a pressure washer on porous substrates and solvents such as Anti-Graffiti liquid aerosols for non-porous substrates. Before coating with any Anti-Graffiti product, the best thing to do is check its accompanying data sheet for the technical advice it provides.

There are two main types of Anti-Graffiti Coating Solutions / Systems

Firstly, there are the super hard-wearing coatings named as such as these have been designed to be extremely durable to aggressive solvents. This means any subsequent attack of graffiti can then be removed by scrubbing with a strong solvent on a rag or using a specialised wipe, that leaves the anti-graffiti coating in place to guard against future attacks time and time again.

Coo-Var WB101 is a water-based 2-pack** for interior and exterior environments. It comes in a clear off-gloss lacquer that will allow any base colour to remain visible. This is a low-odour, fast drying coating. It will not fade or yellow when exposed to high levels of ultra violet light or support the growth of fungus. Application in by brush or short pile roller.We suggest removal of Graffiti using a strong solvent or as recommended on the datasheet Coo-Var’s “Anti-Graffiti liquid aerosols”.

Coo-Var P101 is a solvent based 2-pack for interior and exterior environments. It comes in a clear full gloss lacquer that will allow any base colour to remain visible. Application by brush or short nap mohair roller. We suggest removal of Graffiti using a strong solvent or as recommended on the datasheet Coo-Var’s “Anti-Graffiti liquid aerosols”.

Please note the super hard-wearing coatings are for use on brick walls and fencing that hasn’t been treated or painted. They can be used on a previously painted surface, if a compatible water-based paint has been applied. This can be easily tested by applying the coating to a small area first*. Do not use over the top of solvent based paints.

*In many cases you will not know what type of paint has been used on the items you are proposing to protect. It may be water-based, solvent-based or even powder coated. Again, in these circumstances a small test area is the only method of ensuring best adhesion and gaining maximum properties of the anti-graffiti coating.

 **A 2-pack product is made of two parts, an A and a B. This requires mixing the two parts together so they can react to produce the final coating. The advantage of a 2-pack product is they are typically more durable. The disadvantage is you have to use them all up in one go unless you use a mixing cup to get the ratio’s right and just decant the right amount of each.

 The second, Anti-Graffiti type we will discuss here is a coating that will not allow the paint from a graffiti attack to stick or cure to the substrate. The inability to stick allows for the graffiti to be washed off with warm soapy water. The attacker should see straight away that it is like writing on a white board.

This type of product is also popular in the fight against “flyers and bill-posters” as it does not allow glue, paint or ink to adhere to the coated substrate.

Coo-Var GP101 is a fast-drying solvent coating for exterior use. It comes in a clear full gloss or matt lacquer that will allow any base colour to remain visible. This allows for simple removal of the graffiti using warm soapy water (do not use solvent to remove a graffiti attack as this will adversely affect the products performance). Application can be brush, roller or spray.

The “pot-life”, or time before the paint cures in the tin is 2 hours. This means if the lid is left open it will dry and be unusable in just 2hrs. To avoid this simply pour out enough to do the job into a separate container and reseal the original tin as soon as possible.

This is best for use on concrete, metal and masonry where it has not been treated or pre-painted. If it has, test a small area first to ensure there is no adverse reaction. The same should be done if applying to treated or pre-painted wood, water based pre-painted surfaces and plastics. Do not use over the top of solvent based paints*

Please use the Coo-var Sealer Coat first on particularly porous and natural surfaces such as sandstone. It is a transparent sealer which offers excellent water and mildew resistance. Being acrylic based and free of volatile organic solvents this sealer is low odour, non-flammable and has low toxicity. This can also be used to minimise the darkening of sandstone and other natural stones.

Anti-intruder deterrent & Anti-climb paint

Coo-Var Vandalene is a paint that never dries and stays sticky. It makes a surface virtually unclimbable and can be used on window ledges, downpipes, brick walls and gutters or any place that can be used as a grip point to gain unauthorised access to the property. Any intruders that do come into contact with the paint will get thoroughly marked making their identification easier.

This is available in four colours, black, red, grey or green in a semi-matt finish. Also available are warning signs advising to any would-be trespasser that this coating has been applied. Application by brush or mitt. Cleaning of application equipment is by the use of white spirit or a turps substitute. Recommended for use at heights over 1.8 metres. A sealer may be required first on porous surfaces.

 

This information is given as guidance and no warranty or guarantee is given. We strongly suggest that you familiarise yourself with the information on each product, this is available on the relevant technical data sheets. We have offered in this blog Coo-Var products to keep things simple, at Avenue we are main distributors for many leading brands that can-do similar jobs. We hope that this information has been of use and look forward to assisting you further with all your coating requirements. If there any further questions then please feel free to contact with us on 01753 684084 or email sales@tools-paint.com  or paint@avenue-group.co.uk

Top 5 Waterproofing products

 February 2020 saw much of the UK battered by wet windy weather as storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge blew across the country, breaking records and getting everyone thoroughly sodden in the process. While these storms caused devastating flooding and damage, they also revealed some weaknesses in roofs, renders and other exteriors that have been exposed to the elements. We at Tools-Paint.com have been inundated with questions and inquiries on the best way to fix these. So, we’ve put together a handy list of the best and most appropriate solutions for this issue.

Fillcoat waterproofing & Fillcoat Fibres Waterproofing

Use: For immediate repair, even when submerged on Bituminous substrates, metal, hard PVC, polyester, glass

 

Product Info: These products are brilliant for closing cracks, leaks and other ways water can seep into your property. A thick repair paint that fixes holes up to 2mm instantly and can even be applied when submerged in water. Fillcoat Waterproofing can be applied to most materials: Roofing, Roofing felt, Bitumen, Asphalt, Hard PVC, Polyester, Zinc, Aluminium, Glass, Tiles. Its Bitumen-free formula is 1300% elastic. There is also a handy application kit which includes everything you’ll need to correctly apply the protective coating.

 

Colours: Light Grey, Dark Grey or Black (Can be overcoated with decorative finish in other colours if required)

Leakseal

Use: Rubber Aerosolised paint can be used on hard to reach areas. With excellent adhesion to metal, aluminium, PVC, concrete, masonry, asphalt roofing materials and more.

Product Info: Leakseal is a flexible aerosolised rubber coating which seals leaks and cracks in a variety of substrates such as bitumen roofs, guttering, pipes, chimneys and many more. It dries with a watertight semi smooth finish, suitable for recoating with latex or oil-based paints. For best results apply multiple light coats versus one heavy coat.

Colours: Available in Black, White, Aluminium and Transparent.

Zinsser WaterTite

Use: Designed to be used in cellars or basements as well as any interior or exterior masonry surface. Can be applied i

n either wet or dry conditions and can be recoated in as little as four hours.

Product Info: Guaranteed to stop water. WaterTite has a unique solvent-based formula that combines a waterproofing resin with Portland cement to create a coating that stops up to 34psi of water pressure. It also contains biocide that protects against mould &

 mildew for a minimum of 5 years. Brilliant for damp areas that are subject to fungal build-up such as cellars.

Colours: White

Murfill Waterproofing

Use: This elastic crack bridging waterproofing coating protects cracks up to 0.5mm in size, anything over 0.5mm a three-step system of Elastafill or Mur-filler followed up with Murfill Fleece to cover the hole and then coated with Murfill Waterproofing, will provide the best protection on sound surfaces.

Product Info: 100% waterproof preventing rain from entering the walls. The microporous structure ensures that substrate can continuously breathe. Being 400% Elastic coating does not blister or crack in any weather conditions and enables crack bridging which also hides old cracks and damages & makes buildings look like new. Protects reinforced concrete against carbonisation and corrosion. The finish is a beautiful long-lasting satin gloss. Priming may be required if coating over either chalking or very smooth surfaces.

Colour: Widely tintable to your choice.

Dacfill / Dacfill HZ

Use: Can be applied on Bitumen, cement, asphalt and plastic roofs. Dacfill HZ is designed for flat roofs while Dacfill is suited to sloped roofs (minimum 5% gradient).

 

Product info: A watertight water-based liquid membrane for roofs. Forms a lasting elastic coat without joints or seams. I

t provides a 100% watertight layer with excellent high build ability. Dacfill is resistant to UV Radiation, acid rain, heat, frost and pollution and it is even approved for asbestos encapsulating. Dacfill is designed for sloped roofs (Min 5%). Application by spray equipment, brush or roller.

Colour: Dacfill available in White, Black, Red & Grey. Dacfill Hz only in white, to reflect sunlight.

So, there we have it, our top 5 solutions for waterproofing and repair. We hope that within these ranges there is something to cover (quite literally) most issues they wet weather will have caused.

Just to make it super easy here are the best two after all that:

For touch up emergency repair look no further than the Fillcoat range. With its excellent adhesive qualities, even when

underwater. It also covers areas up to 2mm wide so is brilliant for filling bigger holes and cracks. Plus, the repair kit that is available provides everything you will need to get you out of an emergency situation.

For wider extensive repairs then the Murfill Waterproofing range is the best solution. With a wide suitability to a range of substrates as well as Murfill Waterproofing’s ability to be tinted to a range of colours this solution has most widescale application. The

 three-step solution for bigger cracks and repairs also has makes it an easily accessible and cost-effective way of repair.

As ever our technical department will be on hand to help if there is anything more specific that you need advice or guidance on then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on  01753 684084 or email sales@tools-paint.com

Gloves made simple

Are you finding you’ve got your hands full when choosing the correct, relevant gloves for you and your work force? The world of gloves is vast, and often confusing. There are seemingly millions of products all offering the same thing but in ever so slightly different ways.

Don’t know your foamed Nitrile from your Latex Coatings? Are you confused by Puncture resistance? Don’t worry keep reading, we’ll break it all down so you can make an informed decision.

Gloves essentially are made up of two parts. The first part is a woven fabric that forms the main body of the glove. It is this fabric that really provides the main protection as well as comfort. Often a super-treated nylon makes up the main body of the glove before it is then dipped in a coating to give them the grip and some additional protection.

The four main coatings are:

  • Latex
  • Polyurethane
  • Nitrile
  • Foamed Nitrile

These coatings improve in performance the further down the line you get, Latex gives you wet and dry grip, Polyurethane providing a low level of grip in oily and greasy protection. Nitrile coatings add an improved level of oil and grease grip but foamed nitrile with its tiny air pockets gives the best levels of oil and grease grip. There is a residual benefit of slightly enhanced heat protection from the foamed nitrile but this is not an advertised feature of the coating.

All gloves must be tested to a standard (EN388, 2003) to ensure that they reach the required performance levels. These are fairly straight forward to understand once you know ‘how to read a glove’. The Gloves are tested over four categories and scored as a result, with all tests occurring on the palm of the glove.

  • Abrasion resistance (1-4)
  • Cut resistance (1-5)
  • Tear resistance (1-4)
  • Puncture resistance (1-4)

 

Circled in the picture is where the Scores for the EN388 are scored, and they are scored in the order seen above, this glove for example scores 4 for abrasion, 5 for cut resistance, 4 for tear resistance and 3 for puncture resistance. There is a new EN388 standard that came into effect in 2016 and tests the gloves exactly the same except for cut resistance which is now scored from A-F. (with the score coming after the usual set of 4 numbers E.g. 4X53C) Gloves with a cut resistance of A are general multipurpose gloves, B denotes common applications in industry where medium cut resistance is required, C/D is for high cut resistance, E/F scores are for very specific high risk applications.

On all of its gloves Polyco will advertise what marks the gloves score. Either on the back of the hand (as per photo example) or sometimes they will include a little tag inside the glove. This is usually done on the gloves that have the back of hand impact protection.

So, there you have it, you should now have enough information to confidently know what factors to take into consideration when you are choosing gloves for the job. If there any further questions then get in contact with us on 01753 684084 or email Paint@avenue-group.co.uk

Dust Free Sanding. What is it and was Bob Dylan right?

What could Bob be thinking about here? Dust Free Sanding possibly

 

When Bob Dylan sang ‘The Times They Are a-Changin’ not many people would have predicted he was singing about dust free sanding, but its true the times definitely are ‘a-changin’ with an increased focus on workers health and task efficiency.

Dust free sanding is fast becoming the method of abrasion and surface preparation used by most professionals and with recent advancements it is now more accessible than ever as it is widely affordable and the equipment is incredibly user friendly, lightweight and manoeuvrable.

 So, what is dust free sanding?!

Well simply put, it is a method of surface preparation where there is an extraction feed built into the sanding unit which pulls the dust and particles away from the substrate through holes in the abrasive disks. This traps most of the dust that would otherwise end up in the atmosphere and settling either in your workshop, your lungs or worse all over the living room you’re working in! (Brilliant right?)

This process often takes less time than traditional sanding and surface preparation methods as usually there is no need to move, mask or cover items before starting your job. Add that to the brilliance of the electric sanders providing a better finish, cutting down the problems caused by excess dust and you’ll have the job finished in a flash.

A Mirka Leros in full flight.

 Now before you scramble around looking for your card so you can frantically order some dustless sanding equipment, it is worth noting that whilst it’s called a ‘dustless’ process it can never be completely dust free. There will always be fractional amounts of dust particles that do not get trapped by the system. As a result, we recommend making sure you have the correct PPE kit with you just to be on the safe side. After all, can you really afford to run the gauntlet of health problems to either yourself or your staff caused by inhaling these particles? Also, that sofa looks expensive I’d cover it up as well!

In terms of cost there is an initial outlay but for many users the effectiveness of dust free sanding soon repays the investment in equipment. It also means that multiple jobs can be worked on in a single room at the same time. This improves efficiency and reduces the time it takes to finish a project and creates more time for finding new business. For many users especially professional decorators it has taken their business to the next level.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Bob Dylan is a genius.

 

 

Tools-paint.com has a full range of products on offer related to Dust Free Sanding as well as a range of items for the Trade and DIY markets, be sure to check them out! 

Fire resistant paint – it’s a burning issue

Bonfire Night is almost upon us and I found myself thinking about fire and things associated with it.

Bonfire Night Thermoguard

Bonfire Night

Now I love standing outside in the cold saying ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at coloured pyrotechnics as much as the next person, enjoying the delight on my children’s faces (even if that’s more because of the hotdog in their hands than the fireworks), but when it comes to Tools-paint.com we’re verging on being the anti-Bonfire Night people.

Let me explain.

Over the weeks or months leading to the 5th of November you amass a pile of wood and try desperately to keep it dry so that when the big day comes one spark turns it into a towering inferno.

Tools-paint.com on the other hand, sells a range of fire retardant paints which are specially formulated to slow down the speed at which fire spreads and minimise the amount and toxicity of the smoke and fumes. Thermoguard is one of the leading brands in this field and they have some remarkable products.

The coatings generally work by expanding once exposed to fire, creating a layer which protects the wood substrate from the blaze. They are known as intumescent coatings.

Thermocoat W 5kg

Thermocoat W

These include Thermocoat W and high build metal primer for steel and cast iron, as well as Timbercoat, Dualcoat, Fire Varnish and Thermoproof, which are designed for internal or external wood.

For walls and ceilings there is Wallcoat and Flame Retardant Anti-Graffiti Bond and there is even the self-explanatory Thermoguard Asbestos Encapsulating Coating.

Thermoguard Fire Varnish

Thermoguard Fire Varnish Overcoat

These combine to produce an incredible fire resistant coating to which can be added a variety of specialist topcoats – in the colour of your choice – to give the finish you require.

Of course, if you’re in charge of the fire on Bonfire Night, it goes without saying not to use wood coated with Thermoguard products – you’ll still be there long after the kids and the hotdogs have gone cold!

NB For more information on fire resistant paints, call our experts on 01753 684084.

 

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DIY painting tips

We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

You search Google for an answer to a question you need answering and you click on three or four websites that look promising.

Perhaps you don’t find the answer you like but there’s a link on the new page that seems likely to take you to that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, so you click on that too.

Before you know it an hour’s passed, you have 20 tabs open in your browser full of possibilities and related articles which don’t necessarily have the solution to the original question, but you’ve had a good read (and you probably have a whole host of new questions).

So it was that I found myself writing about the Dulux Colour of the Year 2017 (see blog post here) and I was hunting for information and pictures on Denim Drift, and getting some straight answers was surprisingly difficult.

Tin foil paint tray

Save time cleaning up with a tin foil lined paint tray

What I did come across during that search was an excellent blog by interior stylist Lucy Gough and she listed a couple of painting-related nuggets I thought were worth sharing with you.

The first is a great little time saving tip which is especially useful if you’re using several different colours and in small amounts.

Rubber band paint tin

Wipe off excess paint on an elastic band

Line your 4in paint tray (other sizes are available – see here!) with tin foil before you pour in the paint and when you’re done you can simply throw away the foil and there’s no need to wash up the tray.

The other is to wrap a large rubber band vertically around your open paint tin and wipe your brush against the rubber band to remove excess paint. It means you avoid getting drips all down the side of the tin and you have a handy place to rest your brush when needed too. The picture is of Cuprinol Garden Shades in Warm Foliage, custom mixed in our mixing room.

I never did find the Denim Drift answer I was looking for but I guess it wasn’t time entirely wasted. I’ll try again sometime and no doubt end up with another 30 tabs open.

Or is it just me?

 

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Shakin’ and stirred: Dulux reveal Denim Drift as their Colour of the Year 2017… and a lot more besides

It appears Dulux are pretty good when it comes to predicting the future.

No sooner did they reveal their Colour of the Year for 2017 to be Denim Drift, evoking all those Eighties memories with those white T-shirt and denim jeans/jacket combos and Nick Kamen’s iconic Levi’s TV ad, than another stalwart of the era reappears.

Shakin Stevens

Denim icon

Yes, the one and only Shakin’ Stevens is back with a new album, Echoes of Our Time, from which the current single Last Man Alive is taken (you’d never guess it was Shaky singing on it).

For each of the past 14 years Dulux has gathered a team of global independent design experts who examine social, economic and design trends and use their colour expertise to come up with the Colour Futures collection.

Essentially they look at how and where people live across the world, what materials and finishes they use, the best-selling colours and global interior decorating and architecture, to work out which colours will appeal to you and I (and hopefully the other seven billion people on the planet).

The conclusion of the experts this time was one overall theme of ‘things that make life worth living’ summed up by Dulux Denim Drift, plus nine other main colours and 35 complementary ones, which together make up the Dulux Colour of the Year 2017 palette.

Dulux Denim Drift is a blue-grey shade chosen because it reflects the need for simple, restful colours we can all understand and recognise – blue being the colour of the sky and water – while it’s also soothing and versatile enough to be both classic and contemporary.

And possibly because we all have at least one pair of blue jeans – Neil Diamond’s forever in his, don’t you know.

“The colour of the year palette is a collection of 10 delicious blues made up of five smoky, muted and atmospheric shades and five clean and bright shades which complement each other perfectly,” says Marianne Shillingford, Dulux creative director. “They are designed to be used individually or across different elements of a room with the muted shades creating a tranquil classic look whilst the cleaner colours add a blast of freshness.

Denim Drift palette“This palette is so versatile, it’s almost impossible to create something you won’t like.”

Just like Shaky in his heyday (33 hit singles, would you believe?)!

It’s all starting to fall into place – maybe Dulux has been playing the long game and Shakin’ Stevens has been ‘their man’ since the very start, releasing highly emulsional (sorry about that) music on the unsuspecting masses to get us all decorating with Dulux.

The evidence is there… “This ole house is getting feeble, this ole house is a needing paint”.

I guess he struggled to get “This ole house needs some Dulux Endurance+, while some Weathershield Textured Masonry paint wouldn’t go amiss”, to scan.

It certainly throws new light on what’s behind the green door. That secret it’s been keeping since 1981 could be that he’s an undercover Dulux agent, or perhaps it’s just that it was painted in Fortune Green, one of the Dulux Colour of the Year 2017 complementary colours. Playing the long game indeed.

So after Katarina Johnson-Thompson in 2016, how about the face of the Dulux Colour of the Year 2017 being Cardiff’s Michael Barratt, better known as Shakin’ Stevens?

You heard it here first!

 

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Paint mixing down to a fine art

Those of you of a certain age will remember fondly Tony Hart and his BBC TV show Take Hart, which was broadcast from 1977 to 1983, as well as its other incarnations. Chas and Morph were the (plasticine) bee’s knees.

Anyone for plum pudding?

For those somewhat younger, or with small children today, it was in a similar mold to the likes of Mister Maker – a show to inspire youngsters to take up painting and other hands-on art.

Well we at tools-paint.com have our own paint expert called Tony – Tony Wood – who takes care of our bespoke mixing in our in-house machine.

With a drop of this and a dash of that Tony can produce just about any paint colour you could ever wish for, whether you need it to match your classic Land Rover or you simply desire something a little different to Dulux Endurance+ in Pure Brilliant White.

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Spreading a little love

And occasionally he comes up with his own temporary little masterpieces when adding tints to the base colours (ok, he admits it’s completely random!).

We thought we’d share some of them with you now. Here’s Tony’s first gallery (cue that vibraphone music)…

 

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Picasso would be proud

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Click here for information on our in-house mixing service

 

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The 12 Tools-paint Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas is a Christian season which begins with the birth of Jesus and ends on Twelfth Night (January 5).

In England in the Middle Ages it was a time of continuous feasting and merrymaking when people held big parties, often reversing the roles in society so that servants were served by their masters.

Twelfth Night traditionally marked the ‘end of winter’ which began on October 31 with All Hallows Eve (Halloween).

Of course, The 12 Days of Christmas is also a song. Here’s our tools-paint version.

On the first day of Christmas, Moldex 8100 gas filter cartridge
my true love sent to me
A cartridge to keep the air free.

 

polyco matrix touch glovesOn the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two Polyco gloves,
And a cartridge to keep the air free.

 

 cuprinol garden furniture cleanerOn the third day of Christmas,                                              Picture: Penny Mayes
my true love sent to metree bench
Tree bench cleanse,
Two Polyco gloves,
And a cartridge to keep the air free.

 

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to medulux trade weathershield smooth masonry tinted colours
For walls – it’s stirred,
Tree bench cleanse,
Two Polyco gloves,
And a cartridge to keep the air free.

OPolycell 3 in 1 Mould Killer Sprayn the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five anti-mould things,
For walls – it’s stirred,
Tree bench cleanse,
Two Polyco gloves,
And a cartridge to keep the air free.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to mecoo-var universal degreaser cleaner
It’s grease allaying,
Five anti-mould things,
For walls – it’s stirred,
Tree bench cleanse,
Two Polyco gloves,
And a cartridge to keep the air free.

dulux trade fast mattOn the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Heaven – goes on skimming,
It’s grease allaying,
Five anti-mould things,
For walls – it’s stirred,
Tree bench cleanse,
Two Polyco gloves,
And a cartridge to keep the air free.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight shades of silk sheen,armstead trade vinyl silk tinted colours
Heaven – goes on skimming,
It’s grease allaying,
Five anti-mould things,
For walls – it’s stirred,
Tree bench cleanse,
Two Polyco gloves,
Asia blue line siaspeed 1950 velcro sanding discnd a cartridge to keep the air free.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine grades of sanding,
Eight shades of silk sheen,
Heaven – goes on skimming,
It’s grease allaying,
Five anti-mould things,
For walls – it’s stirred,
Tree bench cleanse,
Two Polyco gloves,
And a cartridge to keep the air free.

 

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to mecuprinol exterior wood preserver
Ten boards for keeping,
Nine grades of sanding,
Eight shades of silk sheen,
Heaven – goes on skimming,
It’s grease allaying,
Five anti-mould things,
For walls – it’s stirred,
Tree bench cleanse,
Two Polyco gloves,
And a cartridge to keep the air free.

rust-oleum dry wipe dry erase paintOn the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven stripes dry wiping,
Ten boards for keeping,
Nine grades of sanding,
Eight shades of silk sheen,
Heaven – goes on skimming,
It’s grease allaying,
Five anti-mould things,
For walls – it’s stirred,
Tree bench cleanse,
Two Polyco gloves,
And a cartridge to keep the air free.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to meronseal ultimate protection decking oil
Well, oil drum with some in,
Eleven stripes dry wiping,
Ten boards for keeping,
Nine grades of sanding,
Eight shades of silk sheen,
Heaven – goes on skimming,
It’s grease allaying,
Five anti-mould things,
For walls – it’s stirred,
Tree bench cleanse,
Two Polyco gloves,
And a cartridge to keep the air free!

 

Merry Christmas from all at tools-paint.com!

 

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Cherished Gold or 50 Shades of Grey?

Dulux colour of the year 2016

Drum roll please – Dulux has revealed that Cherished Gold will be its Colour of the Year for 2016.

I know, I know, it’s the news we’ve all been waiting for. After all, it’s “Still bright enough to attract attention while also subtly referring to the past and the colour of the earth, it also combines well with other tones”, according to the press release at https://www.dulux.co.uk/en/articles/colour-of-the-year-2016-cherished-gold.

How have you being getting through life without knowing that?

My first thoughts were, ‘How do you choose a colour of the year and who’s on the selection panel?’

I have visions of a group of people – perhaps paint technicians, housewives, marketing folk (of course) and maybe a warehouse manager (to tell them he’s got gallons of something or other to shift) – sitting around discussing 50 shades of grey.

I really hoped that was the case, but sadly not. Apparently, and possibly thankfully, it’s a bit more scientific than that.

The panel is actually made up of colour and trend experts (yet another job that was never an option when I was at school – my careers advisor suggested I become a tank commander) who scour the globe looking at different cultures and industries.

We are told: “In identifying a colour that would connect with the overall trend of lookingDulux colour of the year 2016 both ways, we noted that all the key trends for 2016 had an element of gold in them. It’s the ‘golden hour’ of Dark and Light (maybe that’s where the 50 shades could fit in); it’s the gold that appears in Heritage and Future – both in the paintings of old masters and also in modern design trends.”

And the press release continues: “Out of the broad palette of yellows we identified, we have carefully selected the one yellow that best represents the golden influence of the coming year’s colour trends. We nominated a golden yellow, which has been translated into an almost ochre colour; still bright enough to attract attention while also subtly referring to past and the colour of the earth, combining well with other tones.”

So there you have it. The one conclusion we can safely draw is that there was definitely a marketing person on the selection panel.

Research showed that ‘gold and gold tones were being used everywhere in the design world’ and that ‘it is a recurring colour at design fairs and in graphic design as well as in architecture, fashion, beauty and interior decorating’.

Dulux colour of the year 2016And the panel concluded: “We feel that this is a beautiful next step, a natural evolution and transition from the coppery orange that was the Colour of the Year for 2015.”

In a nutshell, this year’s Dulux Colour of the Year was orange and next year will be yellow. Anyone who knows their rainbow could tell you it will be green the year after that, so perhaps it’s not that scientific after all.

Or maybe that old favourite magnolia will get a look in. The meeting would be a lot shorter if nothing else – and that warehouse manager is bound to have pots of the stuff to get rid of!

Anyway, if you’re sold on the Gold go to tools-paint.com for options.

 

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