imagesPainting and Decorating FAQ’s

What is the best paint for woodwork?

The best paint for woodwork is Colourtrend. See blog

What is the best paint for interior walls?

The best paint for walls is Colourtrend and Colourtrend ceramic paints. See blog

Do I need to be at home while the painting and decorating is being carried out?

No you do not need to be at home, most people are working and give us a key, we insure when we leave each evening that the house is locked up securely.

How long is it going to take to do the Painting?

This depends on the size of the job and how many men are working on it.

I was thinking of having my painting done when I go away is this possible?

Yes many of our clients when getting extensive work done go away and leave us in charge of looking after their home, for complete decoration, and they come back to a new home.  see references.

Do I have to move my furniture?

We can move all furniture take down pictures and curtains and put it all back up when we are finished, although this is time consuming, so generally we suggest that you move all small items and as much other stuff as possible, this way it takes us less time to do the job.

Do you fill all holes and cracks?

Yes we generally sand and fill all walls and wood work where needed, when we do up our quotation we state exactly what you will get for the money you are spending.

Will there be much dust created?

There will always be dust created when preparing for painting, the extent of repairs on walls and ceilings generally determine how much dust is created; however we painstakingly cover all furniture and flooring and vacuum up meticulously each and every day, using our own vacuum cleaner.

Will you be doing the work yourself?

As much as possible I am on site supervising all works, and doing as much as possible to expedite the situation.

Who else will be working in my home?

All impressions personnel are professional painter decorators  and are vetted before working, and generally have been with the company for years and are completely trustworthy.

What kind of paint is used, Will it be smelly?

Most emulsion paints are low odour. You can choose oil paint for your wood work this has a strong odour but is far less than it used to be, they are being phased out in favour of water based paints which are very low odour and faster drying.

If you hand paint my kitchen is it possible to change my handles in the process>

Yes you can change the handles on your kitchen when you are getting it hand painted,  see blog for example.

Do you use organic paints? will they be environmentally friendly?

Yes we can use organic paints, but like water based paints it took a while for the quality to come up to standard. The technology used to produce organic paints is improving all the time so they will becoming more common place.

Can you give advise on picking colours?

Yes we offer a full colour consultancy.

Will you put up samples?

Yes indeed we will put up samples for you, or give you advise on where the best places are in a room to give you the right idea of how the colour will look in your room.

Do you hang wallpaper?

Yes we have an expert wallpaper hanger who only hangs wall paper.

Do I have to strip my wall paper or can it be painted over?

Yes it is possible to paint over wall paper depending on how good the wall paper is fixed on the wall.

Can I have more than one colour in a room? feature wall? will it cost much more?

Yes You can have as many colours as you like, we do do feature walls  each colour will cost the price of the paint, it does take longer to do different colours so you will be charged time and materials. 

What if I change my mind on the colour half way through the job?

You can change your mind whenever you like we will help you with samples before hand so hopefully you will have a good idea of what it will be like avoiding such a scenario. If we do have to change it will be charged at time and materials.

Is it possible to mix expensive colours into a generic base?

Yes you can mix more expensive colours into generic brand bases to achieve more or less the same effect.

Do you charge for giving quotations?

All quotations and consultations are free of charge.

How many coats of paint will you be painting on the walls ceiling and woodwork?

Generally we quote for two coats of paint on all surfaces unless otherwise stated.

What is the best Floor paint? How do I paint my floor?

There many types of floor paint, both water based and oil based, for industrial use and domestic; see blog for more.

Can you paint Tiles?

Yes you can paint tiles with special tile paint and primers.

Can you paint my laminated shaker style kitchen, and my laminated wardrobes? will the paint stick?

Yes with the proper primers and preparation we can do a beautiful new paint job on your laminate kitchen.

Do I have to use a special paint in my bathroom and kitchen?

No one does not have to use special paints, but there are recommended paints for kitchen and bathrooms such as “soft sheen” paints which handle moisture better, and are wipeable.

Do you paint furniture, kitchen cabinets also?

Yes we Paint all sorts of kitchen and bathroom furniture/ cabinets etc, for expert cabinet makers.

Can you paint my marble Fireplace or mantle piece?

Yes it is quite possible to paint stone or marble given the right preparation, see blog.

I have other odd jobs I need doing can you help me with them?

We use two very skilled handy men for our handy work, some of which we can do ourselves sometimes free of charge depending on what it is.

Will you supply the paint? Or do I buy it myself?

Generally we insist on buying the paint as this ensures a high quality paint that is suited for the job and that will cover in the required amounts of coats.

Do Dark colours cost more?

Some colours when very dark are categorised as “low hide” colours, this means they have more pigment than base,  so it takes many more coats to get definition of colour, which takes longer so will cost more.

Can you match and paint RAL colours?

Yes If you give us the reference we can match most RAL colours quite accurately. 

How long should I wait before closing my windows and doors after painting?

With oil base paints one should try to leave doors and windows open for as long as possible 8 hours perhaps, and open periodically over the following days to ensure the do not stick. For water based paints a couple of hours is generally ok, but again opening them regularly afterwards for a few days will ensure that they do not stick, as water based paints may dry more quickly but take a long time to cure and harden.

My exterior walls are flaking, can you help?

There can be several reasons for this and yes we can help with all of them. From lime based plaster which will need a breathable paint, too walls that need to be stabilised with a primer before painting.

We have brown stains on our ceilings, can you get rid of them?

Yes caused by water damage mostly, we can use a stain block before painting and your stains will be gone for good. And if they are not gone it means you still have a leak .

We have brown marks on our wood work, what is the cause? and can you fix them?

The cause for this is that whomever painted the wood first did not use a Knotting solution on the knots in the wood (see blog) which would prevent stains in the wood from happening. We use a shellac based primer before repainting which will sort out the problem of the stains in your woodwork.

How long have you been in business?

Thirty years give or take .

Do you have examples of finished work ?

Yes we have many examples of finished work, both interior and exterior painting and decorating all over Dublin and beyond.please see web site.

Do you have references?

Yes we have many references and testimonials.

How much is the VAT on painting and decorating?

The VAT on painting and decorating as a service is 13.5%.

Do you have insurance?

Yes all impressions workmen are fully insured. We have both EL and PL insurance.