Exterior painting is probably the most important part of home maintenance and November (as I write)  is not too early to be thinking about having this work done in the spring. But when painting and particularly if a scaffold is involved it’s a good idea to look at any other […]

London Exterior Painting in Spring

The question is: If Exterior paint is cracking, blistering or peeling should I paint now? And what harm will it do if left over the winter months? And what causes these defects to happen? Ok that’s three questions. The answer to the first question is yes, especially if it’s doing […]

Causes of paint cracking, blistering, or peeling.

If the windows on your property look anything like the double hung sash windows in the picture the cost per window to include preparation and painting in 3 coats would be £130 each. A little less if in good condition and more if really poor condition. The £130 doesn’t include […]

The cost of painting exterior windows

Back in the 80’s we hung a lot of wallpapers-Osborne and Little, Designers Guild, Colefax and Fowler. But my favourite and the more difficult to hang was Coles. Cole and Son’s hand block printed colours were and are fabulous. Sadly I haven’t had a call to hang a Coles paper […]

Paint or Wallpaper

Before I get onto the subject of cleaning paintwork as part of painting preparation I’d just like to make an appeal to cleaners. When mopping floors with soiled water keep away from the white painted  skirtings. You might not have noticed but the build up of mucky water residue on […]

Cleaning Paintwork

Should you be painting in such hot weather as we are having in London this July 2018? The short answer is yes. Just try to paint in the shade. This is better for both paint and painter. The temperature has to get above 32c as in Australia or Spain before […]

Painting in hot weather-yes.

PAINT BLISTERS, BUBBLES, CRACKS AND FLAKING PAINT This article acknowledges the possibility of painters’ shortcomings but deals mainly with the mysteries behind the above. First, the most common causes of PAINT BLISTERS, BUBBLES, CRACKS AND FLAKING:  lack of preparation Moisture and salts below the surface Excessive heat  A combination of 2&3 […]


If your brickwork isn’t painted already, don’t do it. Personally I don’t like the look of painted brick. It has the look of indulgence, like someone just discovered paint and couldn’t stop themselves. Bricks are beautiful if they can be seen.  Most of them are, at least. But there are […]

Painting Bricks. Good or Bad?

I just wanted to say how glad I feel sometimes to have my own property maintenance business. Glad too, to control it’s ups and downs using creativity and bright ideas, and of course,  old proven methods (like promoting to old clients)  to make it rise up and flourish from a […]

What to be

I posted a blog earlier today called “Happy as Louis” which was not about paint at all, and I hope no one reading here thinks this change in topic does in any way reflect a diminishing enthusiasm for paint. Indeed I have recently thought up numerous very paint-relevant topics that […]

London life, but not about paint.

HAPPY as LOUIS Like many women my wife can create something out of nothing, and such an ability can be good and bad. This morning for example, while listening to Louis Armstrong as the guest on the Desert Island Discs replays that she loves, she decided her life (and consequently […]

Happy as Louis

Much is said of regular maintenance, but what is the actual cost of neglecting the upkeep of a property? For example: Does it cost more to carry out repairs and painting 3-4 times over a period of 25 years, or leave the property to rot for those 25 years and […]

Regular painting maintenance or not.

When one has been doing something for 30 years or more, there is an inclination to forget how much you know and others don’t. Thinking about this I came up with the idea for this months blog. I’m calling it -Paint Finishes Explained. I expect everyone will know some of […]


Exterior Painting and Repairs-Pressure Washing. There is something to get excited about in the world of external painting and that is the more general use today of pressure washers in preparing paintwork. This is a welcome upgrade in standards. The water pressure not only cleans thoroughly ( avoiding dirt being sanded […]

Exterior Painting- Preparation and Pressure Washing