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

   <> <>   Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor   <> <>

   <> <>   Established 2005   <> <>

   <> <>   Working Together With Mike Bolton Painting & Decorating   <> <>

   <> <>   Specialising In Interior Painting & Decorating   <> <>

   <> <>   Where Quality Comes As Standard   <> <>

    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

Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor


Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor

Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor




Tim Bolton Trading As InterDecor

I use quality brands of materials which I can

recommend through experience in my trade.  I have a

personal preference for and highly recommend Dulux Trade

and Crown Trade products, both now manufactured under

the AkzoNobel trademark.  Valspar paint sold in B&Q is

excellent too and also quite popular - available in

both trade and retail formulations.  Valspar is

not so well known in the UK but is the

equivalent of Dulux in the USA.


Crown Trade                Dulux Trade             Farrow & Ball


                   Little Greene             Mylands                      Valspar                       


'Trade' paints are often perceived to be of a lesser quality,

compared to the 'Retail' brands sold in Wickes,

B&Q and Homebase but that's not the case.

'Trade' paints are made to a much higher specification,

much thicker in consistency providing better opacity.

This means that two full coats should provide perfect

coverage over previously painted substrates.  Whilst

'Trade' paints might be more expensive, any additional

cost is well worth the investment - particularly when

you bear in mind that they are more tolerant to being

cleaned and thus more hardwearing than the retail versions.

Dulux Trade, Crown Trade and Valspar Trade paints

are colour mixed to order using the colour that you

have chosen from the colour charts, or from

swatch cards available in store.




Some of the 'own brand' retail paints such as

B&Q, Homebase and Wilko will be less expensive,

but may not provide the same quality finish.


Farrow & Ball, Little Greene, Mylands and

other 'Designer' paints are popular too,

but may not have the same tolerance to

being wiped clean as Trade paints.

Here are the price comparisons

for purchasing a 5 litre tin:-

Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt Emulsion 45

Farrow & Ball Estate Emulsion 84,

Little Greene Intelligent Matt Emulsion 91.50

Mylands Marble Emulsion 94



Use of solvent or 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 a water based 'Quick Drying' paint is a three

coat process - one undercoat then two topcoats.  almost

without exception, redecoration using Farrow & Ball water

based paints whether walls, or woodwork and trim

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


I maintain Trade Accounts with both Brewers and Dulux

Decorator Centres.  Both decorator centres are open to the

general public and trade but if you decide to purchase

materials yourself, just be aware that they will charge

you the full retail price.  You will not benefit from my

trade discount.  However, please note that no trade

discounts are available on Farrow and Ball paints

from any trade supplier. 


I will discuss the paint finish options available for

ceilings, walls and woodwork.  I believe that it is

important that you choose the finish that you

want in your home - rather than tell you my preference.

By way of guidance, the various finishes and their

respective sheen levels are shown below, for paints

available in the Dulux Trade range.  This might help

you decide what paint finish and sheen level

is right for you.



On Ceilings & Walls Use


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  times tougher than Vinyl Silk and recommended for

high traffic areas such as hallways and stairways


* Source: AkzoNobel Dulux Trade Technical Advice Centre, Slough


Dulux Trade Acrylic Eggshell has a medium sheen finish and is

best suited to walls and ceilings in kitchens and bathrooms.  This

makes them more tolerant to cleaning than standard emulsions

and resistant to steam conditions.  I also recommend Dulux

Retail, Crown Retail and Homebase Retail 'Kitchen & Bathroom'

emulsions containing anti-mould technology.  These too are

specially formulated to withstand the steam conditions

found in kitchens, bathrooms and 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 both Matt and Soft Sheen finishes.


On Woodwork & Radiators Use


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


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) but this allows time for

brush marks to 'flow out' during the drying process.  Water

based paints dry more quickly (typically 2 to 4 hours) and

some customers prefer that for convenience - particularly if

they have children or pets.  However, because water based

paints dry more quickly, the brush marks don't 'flow out' so the

finished surface, once dry, won't feel as smooth and brush

marks may be visible.  Notwithstanding the higher VOC

level of solvent/oil based paints, they are extremely safe for

use in the home.  However, when used on woodwork and

radiators the paint can 'yellow' over time, as they need

ultra violet light to stay white.  If there is no natural light

source or very poor natural light in a room, then water

based paint may be your best choice, to avoid

yellowing.  Water based paints don't contain solvents

and cannot therefore discolour or turn yellow.


In 2010, legislation was introduced requiring all

manufacturers of solvent/oil based paints to reduce

the level of VOC's,  making them better for the

environment.  Soon afterwards, the premature

yellowing of solvent/oil based paints was the subject

of adverse press and TV coverage.  Both Dulux and

Crown quickly addressed these issues with extensive

testing of new paint formulations to prevent

these paints from yellowing so quickly. 

When Choosing Wallpaper,

Remember . . .



You Get What You Pay For


Many of my clients choose wallpaper instead of, or in addition

to emulsion paint on their walls.  Wallpaper can create an

extra  dimension  - this might be wallpaper on all four

walls, or emulsion on three and wallpaper on a single

'Feature Wall'.  Good quality wallpapers range from

around 25 upwards per roll.  Careful choice of brand

is important as not all wallpapers are manufactured

to the same quality.  Many wallpapers are the traditional

'paste the wallpaper' type but more 'paste the wall'

type wallpapers are now available.  They look and

feel like paper but are in fact manufactured from a

'non-woven' fabric, making them strong and very

tolerant to being handled whilst being applied to

the walls.  Pasting the wall also means that the

wallpaper doesn't need to be left to soak, before it

is applied to the wall.  More  importantly, it

cannot shrink in the drying process.


A selection of wallpaper books are available to view

at most branches of Brewers and Dulux Decorator

Centres, with stocks of wallpapers available to

purchase at B&Q  and Homebase stores.  Brewers

and Dulux Decorator Centres are open to both

trade and retail customers and their staff are always

happy to provide free advice on products and finishes.

You don't need to hold an account with either stores

and they accept payment in cash, debit or credit card.

Choose Wisely


I will be more than happy to help you with your choice of

wallpaper and we can discuss this when we meet.  In all

cases I do ask that you inform me of your brand choice

please before you purchase, and before work commences.

Like many decorators, I have experienced quality issues

with some wallpaper brands.  Some are very thin and

don't tolerate being handled very much.  They may also

expand excessively whilst soaking - making pattern

matching extremely challenging.  Added to this, cheaper

wallpapers often shrink on the wall during the drying

process.  As the saying goes - "you get what you pay for".

Economising on what you pay for your wallpaper can result

in a poor quality finish.  Having said, that there is no need

to go to the other extreme of paying an excessive amount

for wallpaper - unless of course you wish to do so.  A higher

price tag might imply a quality assured wallpaper but from

my experience this is not guaranteed.


Mid range wallpapers costing 25 to 50 per roll will

produce excellent and long lasting results.  However,

please take time to read online reviews before

buying and in the absence of positive 'reviews' then


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

any particular manufacturer or brand, where I have

found their wallpaper to be of poor quality.  Please

therefore speak to me if you would like any

advice, before deciding what brand to choose. 


Some manufacturers' stipulate that their own brand of

adhesive should be used.  Once you inform me of the

brand that you intend to purchase, I will research it,

check on it's quality and reputation, and establish

whether a 'specialist adhesive' is indeed required.

It is of course very important to comply with the

manufacturers' recommendation - otherwise there

will be no recourse to them, in the event of needing

to pursue a claim for a defective product.


All wallpaper manufacturers also recommend that walls are

cross-lined with a good quality lining paper, before hanging

the wallpaper.  Lining paper also provides the best possible

canvas on which to hang the wallpaper - it isn't expensive,

however, it does require additional labour time to hang

and will therefore increase the overall cost of labour and

materials.  Having said that, there is absolutely no doubt

that lining paper will improve the overall look and finish

of your wallpaper.  Lining the walls is also proven to

reduce the risk of the wallpaper shrinking during the

drying process, so it is worth the additional investment

in the long term.  We can discuss this aspect

when we first meet.



You'll probably be interested to know how many rolls

of wallpaper you will need, to calculate the total cost.

You can easily do this by using Brewer's handy

online wallpaper calculator below.  Measure the

width of each wall to be wallpapered, corner to corner,

plus the height of each wall from the top edge of the skirting,

to the underside of the ceiling  or coving.  Enter this information

in feet/inches or metres into the calculator data fields

and it will calculate how many rolls are required.  This

calculation will also allow for trimming top and bottom.


Other allowances also need to be made for areas not

requiring wallpaper e.g. doors and windows etc. but it

will give a rough idea to help calculate the overall cost.

I will take more detailed measurements of the wall

area myself - when I visit to carry out the estimate.

This will enable me to independently check the

number of rolls required.


I will be more than happy to discuss any of the

above options with you when we meet, to help

you to make an informed choice.



Wallpaper Calculator


(WallpaperDirect is owned by Brewers)

Tip No. 1


When purchasing your own wallpaper, it is vital to check

to ensure that all rolls bear the same 'Batch Number' ,

to avoid the risk of shading differences.  It is also

important that any radiator or heat source within

the room being wallpapered is TURNED OFF - to allow

the wallpaper to dry out naturally overnight.  If the

radiator is left on, it will speed up the drying process

which will have a detrimental effect once dry.

The heat causes the wallpaper to shrink as it dries,

leaving unsightly gaps between each hung length.

Tip No. 2


Not all wallpapers are manufactured to the same high standard.

I therefore reserve the right to decline to hang a wallpaper, if I'm

not satisfied with the quality.  My decision will be based on

past experience of the brand, from online research an

customer reviews, or opinions sought from other decorators

and trade professionals.  I do NOT recommend wallpapers

with a retail price of less than 15 per roll as the quality

of the product will undoubtedly fall below the

standard required to produce quality results.

Embossed & Textured Wallpaper,

Paintable Wallpaper

and Lining Paper


Customers often choose to have an existing wallpaper removed

in the redecoration process - planning to have the bare plaster

walls beneath 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 in advance, to employ the services of a

professional Plasterer, to plaster or skim the walls before

they are painted.  Whilst in the long term this is the best

option, it will add considerably to the overall cost of the

redecoration.  New  plaster is very porous, therefore the

first coat must be diluted with around 20% water.  This

enables it to soak in to the new plaster substrate.  This then

provides perfect adhesion for the two subsequent coats

of undiluted of your chosen colour of finishing emulsion.

The diluted first coat is called a 'mist coat' and

Contract Matt Emulsion is ideal for this purpose

and less expensive than finishing coat emulsions. 


Some customers ask for an existing wall covering to be

removed, then replaced with a new wall covering - in the form

of an embossed or textured 'paintable wallpaper'  However, if

you prefer a smooth finish to your walls, without the expense of

employing a Plasterer, then hanging a good quality Grade 1400

smooth lining paper is the next best thing.  Whether you choose

a textured or embossed paintable wallpaper, or a smooth

paintable lining paper - it must be left overnight to dry.  The

papered or lined walls can then be painted with two coats

of your chosen brand, colour and finish of emulsion.


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