Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our FAQ page! Undertaking many different kinds of jobs within residential painting, industrial and commercial painting, we come across many different questions.

The world of painting and decorating can seem confusing with so many different sorts of paint, surfaces requiring different treatments and many factors to look out for when painting and decorating. Luckily our team of painters and decorators has many years of experience and we know what the best solution is in any situation of painting and decorating. Your painting and decorating project will be in good hands with us, but before we get started you might have a few questions prior to making your mind up what exactly it is you are after.

Whether you are wondering about colours, finishes, surfaces or factors impacting such as weather conditions – we are ready to advise and will complete the job to meet and exceed your expectations.

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Do you spray kitchens?

We specialise in hand-painting and spraying kitchens and furniture. There is often no need to replace your kitchen units or buy new furniture. Many people decide to get a whole new kitchen fitted, only because they are fed up with the colours or finish of it. However, this is very costly – and really, your kitchen and furniture can look brand new if you decide to spray it or have it hand-painted instead.

Spraying your furniture or kitchen cabinets and drawers gives you the freedom to choose exactly the colour you want, as well as the finish. Also, it will cost you a lot less. Why get rid of furniture that works perfectly fine just because you don’t like the colour anymore? Your existing kitchen cabinets might do just fine for another 5 or 10 years if you decide to spray them instead.

Get in touch with us to discuss further details or to book an appointment for a free quotation.

Can you paint my floor?

Our experienced painters and decorators have painted and sprayed many surfaces over the years! Painting of floors is no exception. Customers often ask us if we can paint their floors, and it really can make a huge difference to a room. Imagine a grey old garage – not interested in spending a fortune on a new floor? No problem. Painting your garage floor is a low-cost solution, but it is a big improvement and can give a totally different and better impression of a room. You can choose between an extensive range of colours, and our local paint suppliers offer incredibly hard-wearing floor paints. Expect a long-lasting result and a completely transformed room!

If your floor has cracks in it, we can fill the cracks before painting. This will give you a nice and smooth finish before applying your favourite colour. Get in touch with us for more information, and book an appointment with us if you are interested in a quotation.

I’ve got some rotten woodwork on my house, what do I do?

We can take care of all minor woodwork repairs. If you have some rotten woodwork on your house, we can help save the wood and prolong its life with the right materials. You will be amazed how much better it can look once we have treated it and filled it. Once it has had fresh paint applied you might barely recognise your own house! Have a look here at a few examples of previously repaired woodwork and other decorating projects.

Our painting and decorating supervisors will be able to inspect and determine whether your particular case requires minor or major repair. We will be able to advise on the best way to deal with it. Should your woodwork require major repair before decorating, don’t worry… We work with some of the best local joiners in the North West, who we are proud to recommend.

Once the minor or major woodwork repairs are out of the way, you will get to the fun part of choosing colours and finish. As always, our experts are ready to advise should you require any help with deciding on this.

How long will it take to paint my house/bathroom/kitchen/livingroom/bedroom?

“How long will it take to paint my house?” is a question we come across a lot. The duration of the job will depend on the condition of the surface. M&R Painting Contractors will sand, fill and caulk the walls, ceiling and any woodwork in your home, we prep the surfaces to a high standard and finish with your favourite colour. For more detail, please get in touch for a free quotation to give us an idea of what you are after.

How long does it take for paint to dry?

Both the temperature and the humidity are factors which affect paint’s drying time. We have professional equipment which we can use in certain circumstances to help the paint dry faster.

Our painters and decorators are experienced and will be able to plan the project accordingly in order to make the job run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.


What paint is best to use?

Depending on which surface you are painting, we can provide expert advice and supply the best paint on the market for the job. Our painters and decorators have many years of experience with all sorts of paint and surfaces, for jobs both indoor and outdoor and with large surfaces as well as small areas requiring very high attention to detail. Whether you are after a glossy or matte finish, we are here to help you.

Can I use water-based paint on oil-based paint?

To use water-based paint on oil-based paint, it is very important to prep the surface correctly, using the right grade of sandpaper. Once sanded sufficiently, the area must be dust-free before applying the water-based paint. Depending on the room or location of the surface, if it is indoor or outdoor, as well as other factors, our painter will know the best way to proceed.