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It’s important that you are well prepared for your painting and decorating project, big or small. So whether you’re doing your entire house or simply a cosy corner in your office we’re here to help with our favourite tips and tricks and with great sources of inspiration.

How to choose the right size brush!!

How to choose the right size brush!!

Choosing the right size and shape of brush from the start can save you a lot of time later. Deciding which brush width will work best depends on the amount of open or flat area that needs to be painted.

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The Challenge of Choosing Colour Online

The Challenge of Choosing Colour Online

We've been asked by a number of customers recently how they can choose colours online or if we can  colour match based on a digital image. We completely understand the need and desire to choose colour online or remotely at the moment. However, colour matching across digital platforms poses a particularly unique challenge. 

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How To Prep Line Your Wall for Wallpapering

How To Prep Line Your Wall for Wallpapering

So you've bought your wallpaper but what do you do next? It can be daunting knowing where to start but we have an easy step by step guide for you!! 

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How to Save Rusting Exterior Railings & Gates

How to Save Rusting Exterior Railings & Gates

Customer Enquiry:

I have old rusty exterior gates and railings that need painting. I painted them with gloss paint two years ago but as said they are already up for painting again. Can you please advise how to prep the surface and can you recommend a durable product etc. ?

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Colour Inspiration Just For You

Colour Inspiration Just For You

Anne, one of our incredible Colour Consultants, based in our Galway store, has put together this colour inspiration just for you. 

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Supporting the work of Visual artist, Deirdre Breen.

Supporting the work of Visual artist, Deirdre Breen.

We are delighted to support the work of Visual artist, Deirdre Breen, on this beautiful new mural at Cork Printmakers, Wandesford Quay, Cork. 

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New 5ltr. Size Aqua All-Primer

New 5ltr. Size Aqua All-Primer

Following from our recent announcement of the price reduction of Base Transparent Colours (Deep colours) in Ralston emulsions, we now wish to inform you of another change that will occur in the range.

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Colourtrend October #Colourtrendofthemonth

Colourtrend October #Colourtrendofthemonth

Each Month Colourtrend select a #ColourtrendoftheMonth. This October the colour they chose is Burrowing, from their Contemporary Collection. Burrowing is a Rich, warm, earthy, comforting, and cosy colour. 

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Colourtrend 2020 Contemporary Collection in Stores Now

Colourtrend 2020 Contemporary Collection in Stores Now

Colourtrend 2020 Contemporary Collection Available in stores nationwide now!! 

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Make your future Sustainable!

Make your future Sustainable!

Allow your imagination to create the perfect setting for you and your family. Explore a new world of colour with the 'your style' collection from Ralston. Add colour to future generations with our bio-based wall paints. BIOseries NEXT-GEN. Powered by Nature. 

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Prevent slip, trips and falls on external steps

Prevent slip, trips and falls on external steps

Customer Enquiry:

Could you recommend a paint to apply to the steps of a house of an elderly person to create a yellow strip on the edge of each step to make them more visible?

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How To Clean & Store Your Brushes

How To Clean & Store Your Brushes

Need advice on cleaning your paint brushes? After any DIY project you undertake, correctly cleaning and storing your paint brushes may be the last thing you want to do. However if you want to ensure your paint brushes have a long life, the cleaning process is essential. We have created this step by step guide to help you correctly clean and store your paint brushes.

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Can you help us name this Dogs for the Disabled pup?

Can you help us name this Dogs for the Disabled pup?

We are delighted to support our friends at Dogs for the Disabled to help name one of their newest Puppies!! But we can't do it alone. We need your help!! 

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A little colour inspiration for you!!

A little colour inspiration for you!!

Anne, one of our incredible Colour Consultants, based in our Galway store, has put together this colour inspiration just for you. 

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The new Festool PLANEX LHS 2 long-reach sander

The new Festool PLANEX LHS 2 long-reach sander

Lights on. Perfect walls and ceilings. The new Festool PLANEX LHS 2 long-reach sander. 

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Good News! VAT reductions!

Good News! VAT reductions!

Good News! VAT reductions!

 

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Colourtrend September #ColourtrendOfTheMonth

Colourtrend September #ColourtrendOfTheMonth

Each Month Colourtrend select a #ColourtrendoftheMonth. This September the colour they chose is Raglan Road, "a rich blackberry shade inspired by the bursting hedgerows at this time of year."

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How to give a Horse Box a New Look

How to give a Horse Box a New Look

Question: 

 

I am looking to paint a Horsebox silver and black (satin finish or gloss) can you recommend the correct paint for this please. The horsebox was previously painted (10plus years ago). 

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Store Update re. Face Masks

Store Update re. Face Masks

Please wear a Face Mask In-store. Stay safe. Protect each other. Thank you for your Cooperation.

#WeCareMore

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What eco-friendly options are there to protect my cabin?

What eco-friendly options are there to protect my cabin?

I recently purchased a wooden cabin - made of Norway Spruce - and I am enquiring what would be my most eco-friendly options to protect the wood - internally and externally. I would like if possible to maintain the wooden look but protect it well.

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How to Transform your Kitchen Table

How to Transform your Kitchen Table

I have a table I would like to paint white or white wash to match our kitchen. What would you recommend to offer the best results?

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Save Time. Skip the Queues.

Save Time. Skip the Queues.

We want to save you time and avoid you queuing in-store. "Call & Collect" for a faster service.

 

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How to Rejuvinate your Garden Fence

How to Rejuvinate your Garden Fence

I have a timber fence which is 30 yards long. This is its third season but it's never been painted with anything and it has gone white from weather and sun. I would like to use an oil to bring it back to the natural timber look. Could you tell me what I need to do and what product  I could use. 

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Physical Distancing in Pat McDonnell Paints Stores

Physical Distancing in Pat McDonnell Paints Stores

Your safety and the safety of our staff is of the upmost importance to us. This is why, even though our stores are now open for business we have a number of procedures in place to ensure social distancing and sanitation.  #WeCareMore

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How to clean mould off walls before painting

How to clean mould off walls before painting

Customer Enquiry:

"I’m looking for advice on how to clean the walls from the mould before painting and then what paint or paint additive to use to prevent the mould occurrence."

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Colour Matters which is why we’d like to offer you a Free* Colour Consultation

Colour Matters which is why we’d like to offer you a Free* Colour Consultation

We know that decorating your home or business can become overwhelming at times and with so many choices in colours, brands and finishes, it can be daunting! Here at Pat McDonnell Paints we’re here to help! Set up an appointment with an in store colour consultant at any of our eight stores – Our colour consultancy service is free although a fully-refundable deposit applies.

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Why You Need A Colour Consultant

Why You Need A Colour Consultant

Whether you are decorating your home or your workplace choosing the right colours can be difficult. With so many brands, finishes and tones to choose from it’s hard to know where to start. At Pat McDonnell Paints we are here to help make the process easier for you. We have 17 qualified Colour Consultants across our 8 stores to assist you with your interior design goals and help choose the best colours for the space you are working with.

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Pat McDonnell Paints and Ireland’s Iconic, Green Post Boxes

Pat McDonnell Paints and Ireland’s Iconic, Green Post Boxes

Pat McDonnell Paints connection to Ireland’s iconic, green Post Boxes began decades ago with the supply of green paint for the revamp of the GPO in Dublin back in the 90s.

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How to prevent marking your coffee table

How to prevent marking your coffee table

A customer recently told us they were in the process of painting a coffee table and would like to apply a protective finish to prevent marking. They asked what we would suggest.

 

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How to get the most out of a Colour Consultation

How to get the most out of a Colour Consultation

Colour is a magical tool that enhances mood and reflects character. At our colour consultations, our colour consultants can help you create your perfect living space. Every interior and building has a different story. In order to establish the best colour scheme for your space, visuals of the project are vital.

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How to Paint your Baby's Room

How to Paint your Baby's Room

Deciding on colours for a baby’s room can be quite interesting, especially when you don’t know if it is to be a boy, a girl or even twins! With the roller-coaster of pregnancy coming to an end, your thoughts will naturally turn to creating a pleasant environment for your new arrival.

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5 Rules For Choosing Outdoor Paint

5 Rules For Choosing Outdoor Paint

When it comes to picking the right outdoor shade for your home, there is a lot to consider. We have created an informative guide on outdoor paint shades which you can view here.

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How To Paint Your Tiles

How To Paint Your Tiles

Have you had enough with your tiles? You’re not the only one! After asking our Facebook followers what how to guide they would like next, the overwhelming majority wanted to know how to paint your tiles

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How Do I Paint My Skirting Boards?

How Do I Paint My Skirting Boards?

Follow the below steps to ensure a perfect finish on your skirting boards.

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How To Paint Your Doors

How To Paint Your Doors

Follow the steps in this blog post to learn how to get the perfect finish on your door.

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How Do I Paint My Radiators?

How Do I Paint My Radiators?

Follow the below steps to ensure a perfect finish on your radiators.

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Colour Consultants “Colour Chooseday”

Colour Consultants “Colour Chooseday”

Here at Pat McDonnell Paints we know that decorating your home or business can become overwhelming at times and with so many choices in colours, brands and finishes, it can be daunting! That’s why our colour consultants are here to help.

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How to Rejuvenate Your Kitchen Cabinets

How to Rejuvenate Your Kitchen Cabinets

The quality of these paints is like nothing we have ever seen before.

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How do I paint my PVC windows a different colour?

How do I paint my PVC windows a different colour?

We recently bought a house and we don’t like the exterior dark brown PVC windows, is it possible to paint them white?

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How do I paint my deck?

How do I paint my deck?

With the nice weather upon us, what's the best way to prepare and paint my garden decking?

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Ray’s Shellac-Base Primer

Ray’s Shellac-Base Primer

An elite product made from highest grade of dewaxed shellac. A primer, sealer, stain killer. Ideal for interior use and as a spot priming exterior substrate.

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Something exciting has arrived!

Something exciting has arrived!

We are delighted to announce the exciting arrival of the superior paints from Dutch company Ralston Colour & Coatings exclusive to Pat McDonnell Paints.

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Ralston leads the way in Sustainable Paint for Irish Consumers

Ralston leads the way in Sustainable Paint for Irish Consumers

Van Wijhe Verf the Dutch producer of Ralston Paint & Coatings, which is exclusively available in Ireland through Pat McDonnell Paints stores, has been awarded the prestigious title “Best for The World” for the third year in a row by “B Lab”, for its high environmental standards and commitment to sustainability.

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