PDA Award winning painter ‘inundated‘ with work


An award-winning painter and decorator has secured more work since being crowned with a national title.

Neil Bailey, of Oxfordshire-based Neil Bailey Decorating, won the Small Contractor Award at the Painting and Decorating Association’s Premier Trophy Awards last year.

Using Crown Trade products to transform a living room in a Grade 2 listed farm house, Neil Bailey impressed the judges with his top-quality approach.

Neil Bailey said: “I’ve been entering the Small Contractor category for seven years but never won the competition. I felt that Milton Farm was a special project and stood a good chance of winning.

“I was absolutely delighted, after seven years of trying, to come out with a top award.

“On the back of this award I’ve been inundated with work and I hope to employ some more people.”

Neil Bailey worked closely with the Crown Paints’ Trade Team to come up with a bespoke solution that would allow the lime plaster in the living room to breathe.

Crown Trade Grip Extreme Fast Drying Primer was used first to seal and bond distemper residue on the bare walls and, because of its rapid drying time, it was recoatable in just one hour.

Specially formulated to allow surfaces to breathe, Crown Trade Covermatt Emulsion was chosen for the walls and ceilings.

A rag-rolled finish was required in the living room – working in pairs, Neil Bailey and his team, first layered Crown Trade Covermatt Emulsion on to the walls and rolled it off quickly to achieve the dramatic look.

Virtually odour-free and offering fast drying times, Crown Trade Acrylic Eggshell was applied to the woodwork in the room.

Richard Gregory, who bought Milton Farm nearly three years ago, said: “The products went on really well and we’re very happy with the finish.

“The living room feels very authentic and fits in well with the character and listed status of the house.”

There was also exterior decoration to the property, with work to the external railings using the Crown Trade Protective Coatings System.

Two coats of Crown Trade Protective Coatings High Build Rust Inhibiting Primer Undercoat were applied to the bare metal, with two coats of the Micaceous Iron Oxide applied after.

To finish, Crown Trade Protective Coatings High Performance Gloss for Metal was applied in a dark blue colour.

External work also included decoration of the front door and exterior windows, which were coated with Sandtex Trade Flexible Primer Undercoat.

Now standing in a bold mustard colour, the front door was finished with Sandtex Trade Eggshell X-tra, whilst the windows were coated with Sandtex Trade Flexigloss X-tra in white.

This year’s Painting and Decorating Association’s Premier Trophy Awards will be held at Plaisterers Hall, London on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 and Crown Paints will be the main sponsor of the event, which will be celebrating its 30th birthday.

PDA Award winning painter ‘inundated‘ with work
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