Last week I had a couple of Quick Paint Rate Users ask if Quick Paint Rate could calculate painting rates for Keim specifications, where the coverage of the paint is given in kg/m2?


Answer:  YES

For example:

Let’s say you are to apply Keim Soldalit to external walls.

Keim state that the consumption rate for Soldalit is 0.45kg/m2 (for two coats)

This means that the Soldalit consumption for ONE coat is

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When pricing painting projects, painting contractors fall into two schools:

1. Those who use m2 and Lm painting rates against a measure of the items of decoration works.

2. Those that 'guesstimate' based on an estimate of the number of days to complete plus materials.

Nothing 'wrong' with either method.  However, the larger, more complex the project, the greater the risk of making a mistake when using the 'guesstimate' method.

If you are pricin

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Why have painting contractors suddenly become responsible for snagging plastering/taping and jointing works?

Increasingly, Principals Contractors (PCs) are trying to get painting S/Cs to sign up to snag plastering/taping and jointing works before they proceed with their decorations.

Even worse.  Once the painter has signed to say that the plastering/taping and jointing is OK, suddenly, he becomes fully responsible for the quality of finish.

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YES and here's why!

Painting rates are based on THREE factors:
1. Painter Labour Outputs: E.g. How many square meters of block can a painter mist coat in a day?
2.  Your Daily Painter Charge:  What you need to charge per day to cover YOUR labour costs (what you pay subbies), travel costs to a project and your company overheads and profit.
3. Your Material Prices

Labour outputs will not vary whether the painter is in the UK or any other country.&n

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I have often wondered why painting contractors regularly seem to be 'shafted' by project quantity surveyors.


Most painters start their working lives learning all about the practical aspects of their trade.

They continue, gathering more practical experience. Eventually, they start to do larger commercial projects and here is where all their problems start.

Up to now, they have not had to deal with pricing projects from drawings, painting

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