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I can answer questions on all interior and exterior painted surfaces. Ranging from new plaster and woodwork to galvanised metal, rusty metal to exterior render stucco, All external timbers from solid oak to tannalised fencing. I have specialist knowledge on Flame Retardent products for Combustiable and Non Combustiable surfaces. Although some product knowledge of Car finishing I do not feel I have enough experience in that field to be able to offer knowledgable solutions.Colour queries are welcome but I have not got a design background and can only answer semi technical questions with regard to colour.

Experience in the area

Fourty years selling decorative products on behalf of major manufacturers such as Permoglaze,Crown,Macphersons,Johnstones, Leyland,Sikkens & Sadolin. More recently in a merchant capacity I have been involved with Dulux, Farrow & Ball and Fired Earth products. I have recently commenced training in enviromentally friendly product ranges, such as vegatable oil paints and varnish.


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H N C Business Management. Several In House achievement certificates for product training.

Past/Present Clients

Ford Motor Company. Nissan, MOD, Home Office, The University of Sheffield, Local Goverment.

What do you like about this subject?

Painted surfaces are what you see, and no matter how expensive or good the substrate is, the eye only sees the finish.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Knowledge of further develepoments, in particular Natural products.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Paint is used on metal structures as part of the tensile strength of the structure.

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Recent Answers from Tony Gallagher

2017-02-22 painting after removing old wallpaper:

Len    My expertise is on the technical aspect of decorating materials and not the colour.    What I am able to tell you is that opacity is affected by the Titanium Dioxide content and not the shade, also

2017-02-21 painting after removing old wallpaper:

Len    Sometimes when giving answers to questions I am fully aware that the answer isn't what the questioner wants to hear !!!!!      From a technical stance I have No Idea how colour will affect adhesive

2017-02-05 Wallpaper fixing in commercial aircrafts.:

Prashant    Whilst I have no experience of hanging wallpaper inside any aircraft, I do not see any reason for not using wallpaper.    A few things to consider though -:    Substrate should be able to accept

2016-07-26 Most widely used paint color in House.:

Prashant    Whilst your question is not strictly technical I am able to give you a personal opinion  based upon 50 years in the Decorating business.  However my experience is only in the UK.    The most

2016-07-11 patio umbrellas:

Richard    Not exactly my area of expertise, but I know there are materials available for treating fabrics.    I think they probably come in aerosol format and there are many choices on the internet  Just


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