View Full Version : Specialist coatings Do they work?

03-02-2011, 02:31 PM
on one of the other threads i had a bit of a debate with scottishlad who didn't really grasp what i was trying to say about the benefits of specialist coatings and how they can actually save you money even though they cost more. so i thought i would use this as an example. if you were painting a fire damage job like the one in the picture below, the traditional time served method is to wash it down, and prime it and then topcoat with as many coats as you need to do the job. your basic primers and topcoats will be cheap but you will be on site for god knows how long to get the job finished...so here is a perfect example of how it works. The Pictures below are from a fire damage job we did for " johnstones paints" at one of their depots in Liverpool. they had been quoted for ten days by a local decorating company to restore the building in the traditional way. it was about 300m2 a mixture of cladding and block. We quoted based on using a specialist coating called SmoKote its pricey at 8.00 per litre but is a self priming, stainblocking multi-surface topcoat, we completed the works in two shifts with two men, one day for the white and one day for the magnolia, we used 60 litres of coating in total at a cost of 480 we had two men on it for two days at a cost of 600, they supplied the access and we charged them 7.00pm2 which is the going rate for fire damage clean up. They were made up at the results and saved a fortune as they were not closed for two weeks, just two days, so they wouldn't be losing trade every day while the dabbers were putting coat after coat on the walls. we were cheaper than the decorators, however still made a very good profit, better than they would. Even Johnstones employed us to use a specialist coating as they know that a standard product couldnt achieve the same results. so the point i am making is that I am quite happy for people to stick to the old tried and trusted ways as i am winning work from them everyday, however sometimes its feels good to share knowledge with other tradesmen of a similar ilk.

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E.K Taper
03-02-2011, 09:10 PM
In my painting days I HATED fire damage work, so I can appreciate even the tradesmen will be better off using this stuff .Nice 1

04-02-2011, 05:10 PM
seems more of a spraying thing rather than brush and roller job. more industrial painter. ever do houses?

05-02-2011, 12:23 PM
mostly industrial and retail, need to get in get out fast as possible, although the product is a big seller on the domestic market, think decorators keep a tin in the van and use it on a number of problem substrates, goes straight over nicotine, water stains stuff like that, when your working on metre rates you cant afford to hang about.

06-02-2011, 04:26 PM
ah thats why i was thinking more industrial/ retail as theyd have to shut shop so it would have to be rapid. what isit they use over the nicotine?what product/manufacturer?will have to investigate this :D we use dampseal for the watermarks.