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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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Prashant S Akerkar 08/08/16101010Dear Tony Thanks. Prashant
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Rick07/21/15101010Thank you sir

Recent Answers from Tony Gallagher

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

2016-04-03 messy primer:

Tacy    Firstly  WHY are you applying Primer to fresh plaster !!! New surfaces should be allowed to breath and non vinyl emulsion is the finest treatment.    Any thing else  traps in moisture and will

2015-10-27 Fixing Wallpaper in Corporate office.:

Prashant  This is only an opinion and can't be said to be a technical answer. I always found wide vinyl to be more suitable for commercial purposes farther than 21" wallpaper and much more. Durable.  Check

2015-10-23 propane tank paint:

Tacy    It sounds like the tank has previously been primed,so all you will need to do is abrade all rust and loose and flaking paint to a sound feathered edge.  Then spot prime with an anti corrosive such


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