Tritech Sprayers and why PaintTech recommends them!

We were approached by Aristospray who are the UK’s exclusive importers of American designed, engineered and manufactured TriTech Airless spray machines after the Painting & Decorating show at the end of last year, they wanted us to trial one of their machines to see our thoughts. We have been spraying for over 20 years and have worked hard promoting ourselves to small and medium sizes house builders/developers as decorating contractors who predominantly spray as we have developed a painting system that reduces the time on site dramatically whilst increasing the quality of the work at the same time!

Our aim is to educate the UK construction industry on the benefits of spraying to increase the use of spray machines on site. We are constantly talking to painters working on small residential projects and larger building sites on how they can increase profits and reduce the time they spend on jobs BUT increase the quality and finish of their work too. We created and run Spraying Makes Sense Facebook Group to bring together experienced sprayers and newbies who are looking for guidance and support whilst starting to spray.

Quality of Service from Aristospray

Michael from Aristospray came onto one of our projects to run through how their T5 machine worked & how to break it down to maintain the day to day parts or clear common blockages. Our job pretty much was to “TRY AND BREAK IT!” Well, we have given it a really hard time spraying thousands of litres through this small machine but it really has done exactly what Aristospray and TriTech said it would – it has been pretty much flawless. Downtime has been minimal, no maintenance has been required and we have run various water based products through it without any problems at all.

Our summary of TriTech’s T5 airless sprayer

In short, this machine and TriTech are a welcome addition to the UK airless spray market. The USA are the market leaders in spray technology so it only seems apt that TriTech would produce such a great machine, but more to the point they are so confident they are prepared to give a lifetime warranty on the motor and drive train plus a 2 year packing warranty which significantly reduces the overall lifetime costs. We have recently spoken also to Phil at Airless pro who has said that whilst he has been dealing with Tritech he hasn’t yet had a single one in for repair which shows how solid these machines are!

UPDATE – Well, we finally broke the machine!! BUT it was only the pressure release valve and was replaced within 15 minutes and back to normal.. The only downside was that the part wasn’t in stock with our supplier as they had never had to replace one before!

Go to www.tritechairless.com for more information and your local distributor.

PaintTech Training Academy

Painttech have started PaintTech Training Academy to develop workshops and courses to help decorators by improving spraying techniques, help with products, give tips, tricks and guidance when problems arise. We are striving to convince the market that “Spraying Makes Sense”!

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Holland Park project completed for Hare & Humphreys

Why use PaintTech? How are we different to other painting companies? Well the difference is we are spray painting contractors therefore we can complete projects in a shorter time frame but with a far superior finish too!

Also look at our video’s to see how PaintTech Decorators could be of benefit to you and your clients.
This is the proof that most contractors are looking for – using spray machines, efficient systems and products help us achieve great results for clients and their projects. 

Holland Park, London

We were approached by Cathy Littlejohn of Hare & Humphreys to price a project they were working on. Their clients were converting an old public house into a stunning residential property with subterranean floors to put up for sale once completed. Initially we were only asked to paint 1 mist coat and 1 top coat to all walls and ceilings leaving their own contractors to finish everything else off, however after a couple of site meetings Cathy could see the benefits of PaintTech completing ALL the internal painting because of the time saving alone.
If the project had been more ready when we started then we could have finished it in even less time as we could have been more productive! We still completed this house however in 3 months including all snagging, remedial works plus last minute changes and this house was huge! It was spread over 5 floors with 2 staircases, 2 lifts, Master Bedroom suite with 2 en-suites & 2 Dressing rooms, 6 further bedrooms mostly with en-suites, Family Bathroom, Drawing Room, Study, large Sitting/Dining/Kitchen area, utility, 2 further cinema, WC’s, gym, plant rooms, swimming pool, sauna and changing rooms!! It also had an adjoining 1 en-suite bedroom & 1 living room mews house with a 3 floor spiral staircase which we completed at the same time too.. Hare & Humphreys provided all the paint from Mylands and throughout the project there were various different colours on walls, ceilings and woodwork to contend with so at times it was a logistical challenge but was a pleasure to work on and looked amazing when it was finished & dressed for sale!

We use efficient systems and products to be as productive as we can be 100% of the time!

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BNI Westerham Networking & our experience

Networking = Confidence & Clarity

We were asked to write a guest blog for the BNI Westerham new website launch. Each month a member is going to write about their experience of BNI, why they got involved in a chapter and how it has helped their business.

Here is my experience thus far!

As a member of BNI for 3 years the main benefits for me and my company are being involved in a group local to ourselves; people you can relate to and see regularly. www.westerham-bni.co.uk

BNI has built Confidence! The thought of Networking in a room of 20-30 people at the beginning made me incredibly nervous as you are not used to talking about yourself or your business, but as time goes by the more you get used to it! With help and guidance from the group and training available you grow yourself and your business at the same time! I will always remember V+C=P which means visibility + credibility = profitability which really does work.

The “60 Second Slot” is the next daunting task..! It was a fumble at first but by listening to others each week talking about their businesses you start to get ideas, you break down and analyse your business – Who are we – What do we want to do – What is our Unique Selling Point – Who do want to do Business with? This is where we gained Clarity! We now know who we are and what we are trying to achieve so now we have to build on that to get there..

BNI is all about Givers Gain and the transparency of doing business with fellow members; this is what I really love about it. BNI makes you think about other members, their businesses and how you could help them grow too. If they give business to you then you will want to go out and get business for them! I now have a network from various marketplaces to draw upon when we need to; from plumbers & electricians to accountants, financial planners and acupuncture plus much more!

We have grown so much over the 3 years and have met and worked with some fantastic businesses. We have the confidence and clarity to go into the marketplace and deliver using our strengths and benefits to keep us going. When we started we were a small local decorating company working on small residential projects but with the help of BNI and fellow members we have grown into a bigger niche business in the Construction Industry working on new builds and renovations such as this one in Putney which came indirectly from a BNI referral! We were working on a project where we were recommended by a BNI member when another builder working in the same road came in and saw our work – we have worked on 3 projects for them this year alone!  We now specialise in Spray Painting which we class as “the modern approach to decorating! We believe that the finish is far more superior to traditional decorating.

Putney project for Magdalen Developments http://magdalendevelopments.com/
Putney project for Magdalen Developments http://magdalendevelopments.com/

We have translated what we have learned into our marketing strategy too. Because I find networking so rewarding I now use Social Media Platforms to build online networks and link with other businesses I want to work with. We have a constant stream of content to use with updates on current projects plus focus on educating potential clients of the benefits of using PaintTech and this has really helped to get our brand out there! We use twitter for promoting ourselves on #kenthour #BNIhour and #surreyhour as well as using LinkedIn,Google+  and Facebook. We have also set up a Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1439685999623969/) for fellow sprayers using our knowledge and systems to help others overcome problems we faced when we started!

The referral round is always and interesting point in the meeting, here you can see who has done business with who and for how much. You have the confidence to recommend members as the trust has already been built. These referrals really are hot leads that turn into profit. Each week we get a chance to say “Thank you for the Money” and last year alone our chapter gave business to the value of £1,825,669.87 with 3119 referrals given! This is proof that it really does work.

If you were ever in doubt about networking then just visit any BNI Chapter as I would highly recommend you give it a try..

Givers Gain!

Spraying v’s Rollering – see it to believe it!

We are often asked by contractors how much time is actually saved by spraying! This has made us do time analysis, make videos and take pictures to show this on a visual basis as it easier to see the benefits.

We will be producing these on a more regular basis as projects allow as there is no better way to prove to people that Spray Paint Technology really does reduce the decorating project time dramatically and allow us to work closer to the completion of the project.

Spraying Walls


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Set Up
Masking Woodwork
Preparation
Spraying
Filling & Sanding
Top Coats
Remove Masking
Clearing up


If the walls and ceilings were painted in the same colour at the same time then each area could be completed even quicker!

Rollering Walls


PictureTraditional Painting
Set Up
Preparation
Cutting In
Rollering
Filling & Sanding
Cutting In
Rollering Top Coats
Clearing Up


Time is lost in having to cut in internal corners and edges even though the preparation time is the same whether the walls are sprayed or rollered.

Graph showing time savings on a project with 584m2 of walling over 9 flats

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We have produced this graph using the data from a recent project which had identical sized flats allowing us to spend time visualising the benefits of spraying.

You can see from the graph the amount of time that can be saved by spraying the walls alone but imagine the time savings that can be made when spraying ceilings and woodwork as well…..!

We have tried to demonstrate this time saving per area and then on the project as a whole – now image this saving on one of your projects!

Look out for our next blog which will be about the time saving when spraying woodwork.

PaintTech sprays to create the wow factor!

PictureWe have been working with Rosemary Ridgeway of April Hamilton Architectural and Interior Designers on various projects over the last 15 years and Rosemary has watched us evolve and change over this time.
We were approached to price for the decoration of a large family home in South London that was being renovated to a high specification. Rosemary wanted to use PaintTech mainly because of the Finish we achieve by using Spray Application.

Rosemary sent us plans, brief, design ideas and colours for us to start putting pricing together. We then carried out a site visit and met the main contractor to answer any questions before submitting a breakdown of prices, spec and timings for the project.

These kind of projects are organic because of their bespoke nature and therefore very often change along the way. Any changes are always discussed, priced and agreed whilst working on site to keep things moving.

As we got closer to the start date of this project it turned out that Speed was also going to be a major factor as the clients had a fixed moving date and the project was running over time. It was decided that we focus on the principle rooms in the house and the main contractors own decorating team completed all other remaining areas. Because of the timings, all trades had to work around one another so the schedule and timings were important.

We used spray application for the majority of the project including re painting existing fitted furniture, and hand painted some areas; including the candy stripe wall, circles and wipe clean wall in the playroom. All paints were chosen and specified by Rosemary in Designer Paints i.e Farrow & Ball and Little Green.

Benefits of Spraying: We believe that every project will benefit from PaintTech’s approach for 3 key reasons:

1. Speed (ability to cover larger areas in a shorter time frame)
2. Finish (superior finish to traditional brush and roller)
3. Budget
(reduced time = reduced cost) This project was no different! We completed within time, achieved a superior finish and in budget (with a few added extras).As we are a visual business we spend time on taking photographs throughout projects. These not only to give before and after images but shows our processes as well. We also take video’s to show the benefits of spray application over traditional painting and as you will see in the 2 videos below it is much quicker!


This video shows the speed of spraying over using the traditional brush and roller method – no contest!

This video shows the ability to spray multiple coats when converting dark paintwork to light. Multiple coats can be painted in a much quicker time.

2013 Round up

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This year we have added 2 new members to the team that work well with us when we need them. They make working on projects fun whilst being productive and effective at the same time.We have spent time on training people to use the sprayers, explaining our systems and why we use them. We also spent money on new tools and equipment towards the end of the year allowing more people to use the new spraying and sanding machines and meaning that we can run more projects at the same time.Most importantly, we have been given the opportunity to work with 4 new Builders/Contractors this year. We have been able to use our systems and machines to show how we work differently to other decorating contractors and why.

We have thoroughly enjoyed working with new and existing contacts this year on some fantastic projects and would like to wish everyone all the best for 2014.

New Clients

PictureWe love working with new clients and spend time making sure we are as competitive as possible.

We work in an industry where there is a lot of competition so it is important for us to stand out.We have spent many years with the sprayers working on making projects as cost effective as possible and finding as many products available in the UK market to help us to do this.We use marketing tools such as twitter, facebook and google to help us as well as BNI Networking to promote PaintTech to other businesses.We offer introductory prices to not only entice new business but allow us to produce m2 pricing for each project which shows us whether we are realistic and accurate with our quoting systems.Send us project plans and you will be able to see where we place ourselves in the marker in terms of cost but have a look at our work and see where we place ourselves in terms of quality of work.

New Building Contractor – New Project

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BNI Networking has bought in a diverse range of referrals for us. A referral from Nolan Sawyer of Pro Heating & Plumbing lead to our latest project in Herne Hill, London.This is a project run by Simon Dunning of Mono Ltd (www.monoltd.co.uk) who are Building Contractors. Mono Ltd have created some fantastic extensions using glass and modern designs. Their website shows some of their work.Simon works with architects and private clients to provide solutions for south, west and central London clients. With an emphasis on detail and finish, they have an excellent reputation for providing a personal and meticulously planned service to clients establishing a list of repeat business and referrals. their ethos is to work collaboratively with clients, architects and suppliers to deliver an exceptional quality build on time and budget and with minimum disruption to all.

They are specialists in refurbishment of private residences and period properties including Extensions, basement conversions, loft conversions, complete refurbishments and general services.


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We have been asked to take over all of the decorating work within the house, including fitted furniture and now the new hand painted kitchen.
The majority of this project is new plaster and we should be able to spray 95% of this project. We have been able to put our new sanding equipment to the test and this has proved to be a valuable investment as it has saved time on labour and materials.We will be posting pictures as the project progresses and will add the completed project to the website once we have finished it.

Contractors and PaintTech

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The key benefits to contractors are:

  • Quick Turnaround/Speed
  • Cost/Budget
  • Volume/Area Covered

Smaller Team = less bodies on site = more productive

We get the same volume of work done in less time with less people on site.

Most trades laugh when we come onto site because of the time we spend masking and preparing, BUT by the time we leave they cannot believe how quickly we turned it around!

We have found that by preparing and masking throughout the day and spraying late afternoon we become more productive. Not only are there are less trades around to clash with but we still have enough drying time ready to start again the following day. The spraying is the quickest part of the process (as the videos show!)

Yes machines do break down but we been using Graco machines for a lot of years now and maintain them constantly. We hold some parts in stock and can normally get them back up and running in a short time. Failing that we have enough suppliers that can send one for the following day – much easier than finding human labour…

We offer 2 Options that work well for contractors:-

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Option 1 – We take over the whole decorating project

We prepare, prime, mask and finish all wood trim, doors, ceilings, cornice and walls.

Walls can be finished in multiple finishes depending on the area or room using designer paints and colours such as Farrow & Ball, Little Green etc or using trade paints if there is a tighter budget.

The main cost saving area when dealing with woodwork is staircases and spindles. By using the sprayers the time is hugely reduced and therefore a cost saving can be made.

Ornate cornices also benefit from being sprayed rather than brush and roller. You can get into areas a paint brush struggles with.

You can see from this video the time it takes to spray doors; 1 min 30 seconds each coat and a flat factory style finish.

This video shows how quickly we can spray a ceiling achieving a completely flat solid finish.

To give the best price, each area should be clear of people and furniture but as we are well aware most projects don’t work this way. This is why we approach the project differently by preparing and masking during the day and spraying last thing.We like to come on site once all trades have completed 2nd fix. The only things left to do should be flooring once we have finished.

Ceilings – we mask and protect all lights, speakers, smoke alarms and early warning systems before spraying to give a superior solid, flat finish with no roller or brush marks.
Walls – we mask and protect all switches and sockets before painting in a finish appropriate to the area. We use durable paints when painting staircases and communal areas.
Wood Trim – this includes skirtings, architraves, doors, windows and staircases. These are sprayed in an acrylic satin finish unless specified otherwise.

Then we unwrap, clean and hand over each area completely finished!

The finish is seamless, quicker and within budget…

Painter Decorators Oxted

Option 2 – but we have our own decorator!

We have come across numerous contractors that already have a decorator on site and want to keep them busy. For us to speed up a project for the contractor we have found the benefit is the speed alone  not the budget or finish.The contractors decorator prepares and fills the areas then we take over to prime everything and paint the finishing coats on the wood trim and ceilings.This is usually done between 1st and 2nd fix and leaves the contractors decorator to complete the colour choices on the walls and finish.The wood trim (skirtings, architraves, windows, doors & Staircase) is the most time consuming; especially staircases and the 400 spindles x 3 coats and painful Georgian windows!! We can cut down the time to paint these by at least 1/3 and give a much better finish.