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Colour trends for 2018

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January 5th, 2018

Colour Trends For 2018

Dulux Colour Futures™ from AkzoNobel have for the 15th year come up with what they think the upcoming colour trends for 2018 will be, they have selected a range of colours they think will be in trend throughout 2018, this year it consists of a beautiful warm pink, chosen by the colour specialists at Dulux Global Aesthetic Centre.

swatch-10YR 28072

What is the trend Colour For 2018

The colour of the year 2018 is…… 10YR 28/072 (also known as Heart Wood).

“Calm or cosy, energetic or relaxed – the feel of your home can be transformed by Heart Wood in different ways. Dive deeper into Dulux Colour of the Year’s four complementary colour palettes for 2018 to find the mood and style that suits you.”

Quote from Dulux website.

You can see more of this years colour schemes here:

See more of this years colour of the year and colour schemes.

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Review of Arroworthy Decorating Products

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October 27th, 2017

Arroworthy products

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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My review of the Paint Soap brush cleaner

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June 28th, 2017

Cleaned paint brush

My review of the Paint Soap brush cleaner

I recently followed a company on Twitter (@PaintSoap) and I was asked if I wanted to try some of their product. Me, not being one to turn down the opportunity of trying out products I said yes. Paint Soap is based in the USA but were happy to send me some samples to the UK. They currently do not sell in the UK but they are hoping to start selling in the UK by the end of 2017.

About a week later a package arrived with the samples of Paint Soap for me to try. I was keen to give it a go and used it a couple of times on my next job. I liked the idea of being able to leave the brush to ‘clean itself’ as it soaked in the product, leaving me time to carry on with what I needed too.

After a few minutes of soaking I returned with anticipation to see how well the paint soap did, I removed the brush from the Paint Soap and rinsed it out, it was clean, and used a lot less water than I normally would have.

So what do I think of Paint Soap?

Paint Soap worked well and I like the idea of what is stands for, it saves time, saves money and your brushes, it is also eco friendly and the residue that is left can be disposed of safely as it is non toxic.

This product will only work on water based paints, such as emulsions, so no oil based products, and will not clean out dried paint as it reacts with the wet paint. So you can’t leave your brushes to dry out before cleaning them, but that goes with all paint tools.

So this product can save you, and your client water if you wash brushes out on the job. It can save you time as you can leave brushes to soak whilst carrying on with your work. And it cleans out the paint from your brushes easily and effortlessly.

My video review of me using Paint Soap


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