Preparation and Painting

Exterior Before

Exterior Before

exterior after

Exterior After

Decorating London offers a comprehensive range of high quality painting services for interior and exterior requirements for residential and commercial properties.

All wall, masonry, metal and wood surfaces covered.

Preparation, Painting and Paints


At Decorating London we believe that thorough preparation is crucial and will define and set apart a high-end decorator.

Some of the preparation methods we practice are as follows:-  

Walls and Ceilings

  • Cracks and holes are opened and twice filled, then sanded back for a smooth finish.
  • All wall to ceiling cracks are scraped back, sanded and filled with decorators caulk before painting.   All plaster boarding ceiling cracks are repaired with joining tape and twice filled.
  • All surfaces to be sanded before and between coats.
  • Stains to be blocked with Zinsser stain blocker prior to painting.

Woodwork  – Both interior and exterior woodwork is scraped back and holes and cracks are twice filled with durable 2 part woodfiller, then sanded back for a smooth finish.

For windows we use Kleenedge masking tape for a precise finish to the paintwork.

Exterior Work   –  We are highly skilled in re-building worn or damaged masonry (typically window sills for instance).  We use Toupret exterior filler, which again is the best on the market to twice fill or reconstruct damaged masonry.

All surfaces thoroughly sanded back before painting with Dulux Weathershield or similar specialist exterior paint.


Following thorough preparation when painting a wall or ceiling we cut in the paint with a quality brush then hand roll close to the cut with a hand roller.  Finally we roll the main part of the wall or ceiling with a large mid-pile roller. This gives a consistent finish close to the cut over a large area.  Hand painted cutting is straightened twice for a precise finish.

Where necessary masking tape is used to protect surfaces and produce a clean, straight edge.

Great care is taken to protect floors, furniture and other surfaces.


Brands and Types


The brands we generally use are high quality Dulux and Leyland Trade paints, Farrow and Ball, Little Greene and Fired Earth although we can source others too.

Types of Paint:

  • For wall and ceilings the paints we generally use, unless otherwise requested, vinyl matt.  Vinyl matt is a high opacity, low sheen, wipeable paint.
  • For bathrooms we generally use Dulux Trade Diamond Eggshell for a durable, washable finish. This finish can also be used in kitchens .
  • For woodwork we generally use either a high-quality, durable water-based eggshell, such as Dulux Trade Diamond Eggshell, or a quality oil-based eggshell such as Dulux / Leyland Trade Eggshell.

We also stock or supply specialist paints for other areas.  E.g. Masonry paint, exterior gloss, floor paint, varnishes and oils, floor varnishing.