For our dreamy design, we have used soft pastels that work beautifully together, and will brighten up your child’s room just in time for spring!

  1. Paint the wall in a soft white and measure how far across the wall the arc will go. Cut string to this length.
  2. Tie chalk to one end of the string and a drawing pin to the other.
  3. Pin the string to one corner of the wall, pull tight and use as a guide for the arc. Move the chalk from the corner edge, down to the skirting.
  4. Shorten the string in segments for each arc.
  5. Paint each arc of the rainbow in a different colour.
  6. Draw and paint fluffy white clouds at the end of the rainbow with a sponge

Explore the Dulux Colour of the Year 2020….Tranquil Dawn

Discover the inspiration behind the Dulux Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn, and see how it can transform your home.

As 2020 is the start of a new decade, it’s a fresh start, a new dawn! Inspired by the colours of the morning sky, Dulux have created an inspiring new shade ….Tranquil Dawn.

See now at the Paint Shop, also with a wide range of paint shades available to create a new welcoming look in your home this Spring time!

Painting Tips: Preparing Walls for Painting.

With our DIY tips, preparing walls for painting is easy and gives your decorating project the perfect finish. Discover easy surface prep and painting tips.

Painting is one of those things that looks easier than it is and, unfortunately you only discover this after trial and error. We’re here to take the ‘error’ part out of it for you, with tips that make preparing walls for painting a breeze. With easy surface prep, the right tools and some insider know-how, you’ll feel like a professional in those painting overalls before you know it.

Choosing your paint brushes

It’s important to consider the type of bristle, in terms of the coat that you’re applying and the job that needs completing. The first of 2 choices, synthetic bristles are hard wearing and last up to 5 times longer than natural brushes. As they don’t absorb large amounts of water, they don’t swell up and cause tramlines to appear in the paint. Therefore they produce a fine finish on all water-based paints.

A natural bristle brush has a structure that allows it to take and hold paint. The split ends of the natural bristle brushes help towards a fine finish with traditional solvent paints. However, they don’t perform well with water-based paints. Lastly, choosing the right sized brush is easy. The larger the area, the larger the brush needs to be. For cutting in on walls, use a 2″ or 3″ brush. A 1″ or 2″ brush gives you more flexibility for painting doors, skirting boards and architraves.

Using the best type of roller.

When you’re painting the ceiling or large wall surfaces, rollers are the ideal choice as they’re quick and easy to use. Just like brushes, it’s best to choose a roller that’s most suited to the type of paint you’re using. Basically, foam, mohair and sheepskin rollers come in short, medium and long pile.

A short-pile mohair roller is suitable for applying silk emulsion, while a medium-pile sheepskin roller is best for matt emulsion. Short pile is the choice for very fine or flat surfaces. To avoid air bubbles in the paint film, don’t use spongy foam rollers with normal emulsion paints. Before you use it, don’t forget to wash the roller in warm, soapy water to eliminate any fluff.

Picking the right paint.

Choosing the right type of paint comes down to the results you’re looking for and the surface you’re painting. To hide imperfections, use velvety matt emulsion. Satin an silk are mid-sheen finishes that look slightly polished and reflect some light. Eggshell sits somewhere between the 2, with a surface that looks as it’s name suggests. For a shiny look that reflects lots of light, choose a gloss finish.

Selecting a filler

Before preparing walls for painting, buy a filler that’s up to the task of covering those cracks in the wall. Choose flexible Gap for around the tops of skirtings, windows and door frames. Quick drying filler gets the job done fast and it’s great for walls and woodwork. Multi-Purpose filler is suitable for all surfaces in your home. You’ll also find specific products for hairline cracks, screw holes and anything else that might get in the way of your perfect finish.

Preparing walls for painting.

Now that you’ve got your tools, easy surface prep starts with a clean, blank canvas. Remove any nails or screws. Then, wash the walls thoroughly with sugar soap and rinse them with clean water to remove any residue. Next, fill holes and cracks with filler and let it dry. To achieve a smooth surface, lightly sand the walls using medium or fine grit paper. This ensures your fresh, new paint will adhere to the surface properly.

Painting after wallpaper removal.

Once you have finished scraping the wallpaper off, it’s important to thoroughly wash the area to remove all the old paste. While the surface is still damp, fill in any holes and cracks with filler and sand down.

Painting in the right order.

Now it’s time to pick up your brush or roller! Start at the top of the room and work your way down. Apply 2 coats emulsion to ceiling before moving on to walls, working away from natural light. Paint window frames in the morning, so they have a full day to dry before you close them at night. Lastly finish off with doors, door frames and skirting.

Though painting is not as easy as it looks, all you need to do is follow the right painting tips towards a professional finish to be proud of! ……………Pop along to the Paint Shop Clydebank to find a wide range of paints & products to suit your needs.


To help trade professionals achieve longer lasting results, Dulux Trade has launched new-to-market formulations of its Diamond Matt and Diamond Eggshell paints. The new formulations reportedly reduce the risk of flashing and picture framing, and the two emulsions now feature anti-fade technology which protects colour pigments to slow down the effects of UV rays and pollutants.

Part of the Dulux Trade Diamond range, they provide protection against scrubs, scuffs and stains as well as stain repellent technology that is said to mimic the water-resistant properties of leaves to repel wet stains.

Contact us in store or email us on for further details.


Get the professional finish at home with Trade Paint __ Professionals always know where to find the best products, and painters and decorators are no exception. As well as being trained in the skill of paint application, painters and decorators use only top quality products to get the perfect finish every time. Rather than heading to their local B&Q, professionals head to the trade centres and trade paint – so, is trade paint better quality?

The short answer is yes, absolutely, In this article we expose the differences between retail and trade paint, when you should opt for Trade, and take look at the top Trade brands in the UK.

A look at the best trade paint brands __ The top brands in retail paints also have trade lines for decorators and professionals. Armstead, Crown, Dulux, Leyland, and Johnstone’s are 5 of the best trade paint brands in the UK.  Below are some of their top selling products:

RETAIL PAINT – For colour and smaller jobs

Retail paint is designed for the amateur. They provide adequate quality for the homeowner or renovator whose focus is colour rather than a professional finish. If you are updating a room, paint form the top interior brands is perfectly suitable for your needs. These paints are also available in smaller quantities, allowing for smaller jobs with little wastage. Whether emulsion of gloss for trim, you can produce a finish you’ll be pleased with.

If You Want To Paint Like A Pro, Don’t Cut Corners – Paint Them!

Cutting corners is the worst you can do if you want to achieve a perfect layer of paint. Even trade paint won’t hide the tracks of neglected surface preparation or use of cheap, low quality equipment. Proper surface preparation includes sanding old paint or removing wallpaper, and making sure the surface is free of dust and other contaminants. If the surface is damaged and has cracks and gaps on it, those should be filled and the filler let dry before applying any paint.

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Leyland Trade’s Acrylic Eggshell Joins Hardwearing Range

Leyland Trade has announced that Acrylic Eggshell – a paint designed to deliver a durable, mid-sheen finish on interior surfaces – has joined its range of Hardwearing products.

The paint is formulated with tough acrylic resin, making it stain and moisture resistant, while also offering a washable and easy-to-clean finish once dry – helping the paint look like new for longer.

Designed specifically to offer superior durability, the paint has also been rigorously tested. When scrubbed 200 times over a period of approximately five minutes, only three microns of paint were removed – that’s the equivalent of one tenth of a human hair! Which is why it’s perfect paint for high traffic areas..

The paint’s durability, combined with its quick drying time, ease of application and low odour, means it is suitable for use in a range of environments, including kitchens, bathrooms, schools, hospitals and more.

Marketing manager at Leyland Trade, said: “We are constantly striving to improve the products and services we offer and by introducing Hardwearing Acrylic Eggshell to our product range, we can ensure our customers have access to a highly durable, mid-sheen paint with simple application and fantastic coverage.”

The paint is suitable for use on walls and ceilings, as well as primed wood and metal, and can be tinted to more than 16,000 colours.

For more information about Hardwearing Acrylic Eggshell: Click on Services, Scroll to Trade and Choose Leyland Trade in our Paintshop Website.

Leyland Trade Paint Project Guide

Leading trade paint brand Leyland is continuing its drive to supply professional decorators and tradesmen with all the tools they need to succeed with the launch of a brand new Project Guide. The easy-to-use guide is designed to demystify the paint selection process and will point users in the direction of the best product they need for the job by answering only a few simple questions about the area they are painting.

The project guide features handy tabs that will help identify the area in question, as well as plenty of top tips and best practice advice so you can stay one step ahead of the competition. To get you hands on a copy pick one up at your local leyland stockist.

For more information on Leyland and its comprehensive product range please visit and find your nearest Paint Shop.

Leyland Truguard Pliolite

Leyland Trade Pliolite based Masonry product to provide quick rain resistance, enabling painters and decorators to confidently schedule exterior projects all year round. With unpredictable weather conditions making it difficult to plan masonry jobs, Leyland Trade has equipped its popular water-based Smooth Masonry paint with Quick Rain Resistance technology, making it rain resistant after just 20 minutes. It can also be applied from temperatures as low as -5C allowing all season application. In a recent survey 71% of decorators said that bad weather was the biggest problem when working on masonry jobs, with 89% having turned down exterior jobs because of the time of year and of the masonry jobs they do book, around a 1/3 end up having to be postponed because of the threat of rain. With masonry work making up a 1/5 of the average professional’s workload according to the research, decorators are missing out on a substantial number of jobs because of the weather either side of summer. At the moment, only 11% of decorators say they would feel completely confident doing masonry painting jobs in March, 1/3 in April and a 1/4 in October. naturally the peak summer months – June, July and August – were much more favourable, with an average of 87%. This is because with standard masonry paints, showers can often cause run-outs which ruin the finish. However Leyland Trade Masonry paint works by improving the binding process, ensuring new paint work quickly becomes rain resistant and delivers the desired finish.

Ralph Russell, R J Russell Decorators Ltd, said “Traditionally, the majority of painters and decorators wouldn’t even contemplate masonry work outside of the spring or summer months – especially given the unpredictability of the weather in the UK. However, the market is growing and there’s greater pressure than ever on decorators to take on exterior work all year round. With our improved Smooth Masonry paint, they can do just that!”