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Painting and Decorating Tools to Get the Job Done Faster

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It is the perfect time of year to get indoor DIY projects completed around the home. The weather is still cold, the evenings still dark, and the big summer garden projects are yet to commence. So why not spruce up the internal décor and give the place a new colour scheme ready for spring?

Our painting and decorating products, available to hire by DIY’ers and professional contractors alike, are great for speeding through the workload and increasing productivity. Hiring DIY equipment for your painting and decorating jobs also means you can avoid spending large sums on equipment you only need for the short term.

If you are thinking of starting some painting and decorating projects, read on to discover some useful products available to hire from Tool Hire Express.

Scraping wallpaper by hand with a scraper and spray bottle

Avoid tedious spraying and scraping by hiring a wallpaper steamer

Wallpaper Steamer Hire: Off with the old and on with the new!

Before you can apply that new lick of paint, you may need to remove layers of old wallpaper. To ensure a high-quality finish, it is essential to remove all traces of wallpaper and glue. A time-consuming job at the best of times, you can encounter further problems depending on the type of wallpaper, the number of layers and the age of the paper.

wallpaper steamer uses steam to dissolve the wallpaper paste and allow large pieces of wallpaper to quickly be removed. The main body of the steamer is a tank which incorporates a heating element to boil the water. The steam generated is then funnelled through a tube and into a flat plate which is dispersed across the wall surface.

The wallpaper stripper is an excellent alternative to using harsh chemicals to remove paper quickly and is also a much faster alternative to the hours of back breaking scrapping that usually goes hand in hand with wallpaper removal.

Wallpaper steamer hire

Make light work of wallpaper removal with a wallpaper steamer

Tool Hire Express's Top Tips when using a Wallpaper Steamer

Safety First!

  1. Always ensure the steamer has a pressure release valve to ensure safety in the event of thermostat failure.
  2. Never leave the wallpaper steamer unattended, or let it run dry.
  3. Cover any electrical sockets and switches in the room you are decorating
  4. Clean up as you go to prevent wet glue from making a mess throughout the room and to prevent any trip hazards.

Preparing for the Work:

  1. Find out what type of wall you have under the wallpaper, for example plaster or plasterboard / drywall. The type of wall will dictate how long you can leave the steamer on the wall before it may cause damage. If the wallpaper has been applied directly to a plasterboard surface, you may damage it if you hold the steamer on for too long. If you don’t know what type of wall you have, you can implement the ‘knock’ test. By knocking on a plastered wall, you will hear a dull and solid thud. A hollow knock can be an indication of plasterboard.
  2. The type of wallpaper affects how easily it can be removed. If the paper is non-porous, which are generally any type of vinyl coated paper or washable wallpaper, then it may be harder for the steam to penetrate the paper and loosen the adhesive effectively. It is advisable to score or perforate non-porous paper first. Always use a specific scoring tool to prevent damage to the wall.
  3. Cover carpets using adhesive carpet protectors - wallpaper stripping can get messy!

How to Use the Wallpaper Steamer:

  1. Start at the base of the wall, the steam rises up and so should start working on the paper above before you get to it, making the job easier.
  2. Hold the plate on the wall for 10 to 15 seconds, see if the paper can be prised up using the stripping knife. If it is still stuck hard, apply the plate for another 10 -15 seconds.
  3. Generally, if the paper appears damp, it will be ready to remove

For more information on the key features of a wallpaper steamer check out the video below:

Makita paint stirrer drill

Mix paint easily with an electric paint stirrer drill

Paint Mixer Drill Hire

We have all been there; you prize the lid from the paint pot to finally see the much-debated colour selection and, wanting to follow the instructions to a tee, realise you need to mix the paint properly to ensure a high-quality finish. So, you begin the hunt for an appropriately sized stick to do the job; except there never is one to hand! So, you improvise, and unsurprisingly the spatula you decided on doesn't quite cut the mustard

Properly mixed paint is key to ensuring a good, even coverage and will prevent you from having to paint multiple coats and make further (expensive) trips to the DIY store for more tins!

Without wanting to overdo a cliché, Paint Mixer Drills do exactly what they say on the tin, they mix paints thoroughly with minimum effort (meaning you can leave your spatula in the kitchen drawer where it belongs). They are also suitable for a range of other liquids including varnishes, emulsion, adhesives, grout, fillers and mortars, making then an excellent addition to any DIY'ers tool box.

And, a top tip if you have a number of different colours to mix; spin the mixer in a bucket of water to remove the paint ready for the next colour!

Alloy towers and podium hire

Alloy towers, podiums and pop up platforms offer a safer alternative for working at height

Low Level Access Equipment Hire

When undertaking DIY projects in the home, people generally use ladders to access hard to reach areas. Ladders can cause many safety issues and can often hinder the job at hand; have you ever tried balancing on a ladder, holding a paint tin, whilst trying to accurately paint a straight line? We wouldn't recommend it!

But there is an alternative that many people overlook; low-level access equipment will provide a stable platform big enough to stand and to hold equipment and tools, allowing you to safely reach those difficult areas. Our range of low-level access equipment includes manually operated lifts, alloy scaffold towers and pop up platforms. Perfect for decorating tricky areas such as the hall, stairs and landing, or for high-level repairs on the exterior of your home, our low-level access equipment is simple to operate and can be moved easily between locations. The Tool Hire Express team can provide advice on which system is right for you, meaning you can avoid the ladders and get the job done faster!

How to Hire from Tool Hire Express

Our experts can provide useful advice on which products are available to help with your DIY projects. Give our team a call and explain what job you are looking to complete, and we can help you discover if there is handy tool out there that can get the job done quicker!

To hire from Tool Hire Express, you can call into any of our 34 locations across the UK and speak to our experts. If you are a regular hirer, it will be worth opening an A-Plant account which gives you access to products across all our specialist divisions. Or, for a one-off hire you can leave a deposit relative to the equipment you want to hire and provide two forms of identification (including a photo ID and a utility bill), and you will be ready to go! If transport is an issue, we also have a number of delivery options available, speak to our team for more information.

All Tool Hire Express stores are accredited with the Hire Association Europe's 'SafeHire' certificate, giving you peace of mind that the equipment you hire has been serviced and maintained to the highest standards.


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