Eco Echo…

I have been fortunate enough to have spent 35 years in the shop this year. 

During that time I’ve seen enormous changes to the paints we sell, the way they are sold and the headlines behind why we do what we do.

In 1987 we were still selling large quantities of lead based paint. It seems crazy now but for the next 3 years I was selling it more regularly for exterior paint work than anything that Dulux Weathershield or Sandtex ( a Blue Circle product back then! ) had to offer. Our primary lead brand was Magnet Paints. The argument that it outlasted other paints seemed to outweigh the dangers for many decorators.

I remember the ban in 1990, I had been told by many old decorators that it would never happen but here it was! I also remember at the time trying the new water based gloss from Dulux. It felt and looked like silk emulsion! Nonetheless, the eco revolution had begun and we were all going to be part of it. Over the next few years products such as Hammerite were “watered down” and slowly moved aside by more environmentally conscious replacements. At the time many seemed like short term stop gaps but the march went on.  But now, who would consider Hammerite when we have water based products from companies like Bedec, Bradite or Zinsser that perform just as well with none of the stink? We had the VOC legislation debacle in 2012, I’m sure we all remember Dulux Retail paints going yellow and the Watchdog TV grilling they got. However, we adapted and adopted…

So, this year we will see the removal of paints containing MEKO, an anti skinning agent in solvent based paints. However we’ve studied it, and now, less than 1% of what we sell is solvent based! Amazing! But the real revolution is happening as we not only get cleaner paints but paints that help clean the environment as they work. May I introduce Graphenstone to you? This is a fast forward to the future of decorating. Some of it actually absorbs CO2! We now have their new tinting system at our Buckhurst Hill shop and their full range of the most environmentally friendly paints in the world! Dare I say: the greenest white paint in the world! 

(Other colours are available 😂)

Please ask for a colour card or information leaflet or simply go to Graphenstone’s website and join the great clean up of the paint world!

Be well.


It’s looking like Spring!

After a long, dark and windy winter, Spring is about to arrive. 

Your garden ( if you’re lucky enough to have one! ) will suddenly become the place to be again.

Inevitably you’ll look at your fences, look at your shed and for a great many, the new phenomenon, the outhouse / gym / Man Cave, and think about damage repair or touch ups or even a facelift!

Show your shed some love this spring

Considering how much your garden gives you: space, a place for the kids to play or even just the view from the window, it deserves a bit more than just a monthly grass cut!

We’ve got loads of products that protect, nourish, repair and beautify.

Bedec Barn Paint – Black Semi Gloss

Easy one coat fence paints, garden furniture and shed paints such as Bedec’s MSP or the wonderfully easy Barn Paint, UV resistant wood treatments such as Osmo UV protection oils, Cuprinol Garden Shades for funky colours and easy application, the tried and tested excellent Sadolin range of paints and stains, an enormous selection of wood stains and protections and literally a shed load more!

Cuprinol Garden Shades

If you need ideas, advice, inspiration or even a short cut ( not your grass! ), please pop in to our Buckhurst Hill or Harlow shops, give us a call or send us an email, we’ve got you, and your garden, covered!

Osmo UV Protection Oil used on an outdoor bench

Mildew, mould, damp, condensation…

Black mold on window sills: Causes, treatment & prevention

It’s that time of year (again!) when the boring old problems of damp, condensation and inevitably, mildew and mould, can raise their ugly heads.

How to get rid of mould from your ensuite ceiling -

Even when areas are ventilated and the central heating is firing it still seems to crawl into bathroom nooks and crannies, behind furniture on outside facing walls on window sills and in colder, north facing rooms.

This can cause problems with chest infections and respiratory functions so it’s never been more important to keep it under control.

Fear not, though, we have plenty of options to help you solve the problem or even keep it at bay!

Photo credits to Tikkurila UK

From insulating lining papers and mould proof adhesives to mould cleaners, anti condensation paints, mould proof paints and stain blockers we have got the answer, whatever the question!

Photo credits to Zinsser UK
Photo credits to Erfurt Mav

Please pop in to our Buckhurst Hill or Harlow shops for a chat, email us or simply give us a call, explain what and where your issue is and allow us to assist you in making your home or workplace a mould proof and safer environment.

Be well.