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Review of Arroworthy Decorating Products

Posted by Adrian
October 27th, 2017

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Review of Arroworthy Decorating Products

I was recently sent a box of Arroworthy Decorating Products from Coleman Bros Ltd, I always like receiving surprise boxes in the post! I had been chosen from twitter to try out some of the Arroworthy products. Coleman Bros Ltd are launching these products at this years National Painting and Decorating show in Coventry and they wanted some feedback from professional decorators.

I was more than happy to try these new products, I like trying new products out. So here is my review.

My Review of Arroworthy Decorating Products

Three Arrowworthy roller sleeves
I was sent the following products,

  • ArroWorthy PolyMicro roller Sleeve
  • ArroWorthy Microfiber Roller Sleeve
  • ArroWorthy Glossdel Plus White Lintless Roller Sleeve
  • Arroworthy Barracuda Microfibre Jumbo 4″ Mini Roller & Frame Set
  • Arroworthy Barracuda 4″ Mini Roller Frame
  • Arroworthy Finultra 1.5″ Straight Cut Standard Handle
  • Arroworthy Barracuda 9″ Roller Frame

All the roller Sleeves performed well, with no shedding, they held a good amount of paint whilst leaving a smooth surface. They also cleaned out well. I used the Finultra brush on new wood, to prime and undercoat using a water based paints. It had good paint pick up due to its long filament and was stiff enough thus ideal for cutting in.

The Barracuda 9″ roller frame was a 1.75″ not a 1.5″, so UK standard not US so would fit my existing sleeves, it felt good and strong and has a cageless design, the bit I really liked was the metal spring which holds the roller sleeves on tight, so no slipping as you often get as the sleeves and frames get worn.
The Barracuda 4″ roller frame and sleeve has the exact same design, so a real plus.

Over all I was impressed with all of the products I tried from Arroworthy, so thanks to Coleman Bros Ltd for sending them to try, I shall certainly be using them and if over a long period of use they still hold up well I shall consider buying more Arroworthy products from Coleman Bros.

All images are copyright Adrian Rayfield. Click on images below for larger image.

Arrowworthy Barracuda 9 inch

Arroworthy Barracuda Microfibre Jumbo 4″ Mini Roller & Frame Set

Arroworthy Barracuda 4″ Mini Roller Frame

Arroworthy Finultra 1.5″ Straight Cut

Arroworthy Finultra 1.5″ Straight Cut

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Colour Trends For 2017

Posted by Adrian
December 1st, 2016

Colour Trends For 2017

Dulux Colour Futures™ from AkzoNobel have again come up with what they think the upcoming trends for colour for 2017 will be, through their international research they have selected a range of colours they think will be in trend throughout 2017, this year it consists of a interesting contrast between bolder, more striking colours and a selection of muted, lighter shades.

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What Is To Colour For 2017

The colour of the year 2017 is…… 87BG 27/077 (also known as Denim Drift).

“Our review of international architecture, fashion and design trends revealed that blue is the colour of the moment. To make it relevant for your home, the team chose a blue that works as well in a kitchen as it does in a bedroom. Denim Drift, is the must-have colour for 2017. It will look great on your wall!”

Quote from Heleen van Gent Creative Director Dulux’s Global Aesthetics Center.

You can see more of this years colour schemes here:
Dulux Trade website or here:
https://www.dulux.co.uk/en/articles/colour-futures-2017.

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If you would like to use the colour of the year (87BG 27/077) or any other colour you need to buy and need to work out how much you need to buy, use our FREE Paint Calculator.

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How to Choose a Paint Roller

Posted by Adrian
September 23rd, 2016

How to Choose a Paint Roller

When it comes to painting walls, ceilings or trim you need to consider the type of roller you need to use for the best results for the job you are doing. This not only includes the length of the roller but the nap or pile of the roller, a bigger nap roller will hold more paint, whereas as a smaller nap roller will hold less but will give a smoother finish.

You also have to have the correct roller cage or arm for the roller sleeve. Roller sleeves have a different diameter core, or hole, for where the cage fits into, it may have a 1 ½ inch or a 1 ¾ inch core so make sure you have a matching cage and roller sleeve.

Some rollers, such as a 4 inch mini rollers don’t need a cage, the sleeve has a small diameter core that slides over a arm. This is essentially a length of metal that has a right angled bend on the end to accept a mini roller sleeve. If you get a long arm for a 4 inch microfibre sleeve it is ideal for getting into those hard to reach places such as behind a radiator.
Some manufacturers do however make small rollers that do need a small ¾ frame for there 4 inch rollers.

Choosing the right roller sleeve for the job

Below is a list of roller sleeve pile thickness (nap) for a particular job, there are slight variations between manufacturers so thickness given is only a guide.

  • Short pile – ⅜ nap (10mm approx) Ideal for smooth surfaces, newly plastered ceiling and walls, emulsions, eggshell and satin finishes.
  • Medium pile – ½ nap (13mm approx) Ideal for semi-rough surfaces such as Artexed ceiling and walls, flat walls and ceilings, emulsions.
  • Long pile – ¾ nap (19mm approx) Ideal for semi-rough to rough surfaces, emulsions, masonry paint.
  • Extra long pile – 1 ¼ nap (32mm approx) Ideal for rough to very rough surfaces, masonry paints, emulsion.
  • Mini microfibre roller – ⅜ nap (10mm approx) Ideal for smooth finishes, emulsion, new plaster.
  • Foam roller – High Density Foam Ideal for smooth finishes, trim, gloss, satin and varnishes.

So basically a thin nap is ideal for flat surfaces, trim etc and thick nap is ideal for rough textured surfaces such as heavy artex or masonry. Foam rollers are great for trim, doors etc.

It is worth paying for a decent roller set up if you intend to use it more than once, some cheap DIY store offerings should be avoided as they do not last and the sleeve may molt leaving you with bits of roller sleeve in you paint, or you spending more time picking bits out of the paint rather than painting.


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