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Preventing a roof leak with Raptor

One thing Paintman Paint like to do is use any product we stock, just to find out what can possibly go wrong and, also having a play, to see how good it is in real life!

Today a golden opportunity arose as our trusty Land Rover was displaying signs of a leaky roof on the rear body.  I’ve tried for a year to seal it and it has almost ended up in the skip out of frustration of not being able to find the leaks.

Raptor has a brilliant reputation and, as we only stock brilliant things now was the time to prove it.


Preparation is always key, our efforts are attached on the YouTube video link.

Overall the roof and edges were in apparently excellent condition (a bit unusual on a ex-military machine!), with the exception of the front corner where the paint had gone back to the aluminium.  The whole roof was gone over with the orbital sander using 320 grit paper, just enough to give the Raptor a key to stick to.  It was all masked off and wiped over with Prepclean, to remove contamination.  It was then wiped over with a Tack Rag to remove dust or other loose bits.  Any bare metal areas were locally sprayed with Etch Primer, whilst all joints showing signs of cracking were resealed with seam sealer.


Now onto the Raptor.  We used a 4 bottle Tintable kit which comes with a measuring jug.  Although the instructions are quite explicit, the measure is marked with a line for the amount of hardener per bottle, making it quite fool proof.  We added 200ml of binder free colour into the bottle as well which filled it almost to the top, again, using the measure.  The 130 Land Rover is going to be repainted in Anthracite Grey – RAL 7016 eventually, so this is the colour we added. Following on, we then gave it the stipulated vigorous 2 minutes shake… 1 minute per arm as each arm started to fail after a minute! 

The instructions state the air pressure should be 40-60 psi (2.75-4.10 bar).  We complied, however what the instructions don’t tell you is that this pressure is at the gun end and not when you initially set the pressure at the gauge!  TOP TIP.  In our case, to get the pressure at the gun to be 50 psi the pressure at the gauge was much higher, so get a friend to set it to 50psi whilst you are operating the gun TOP TIP NO 2.

After suiting a respirator and other protection, spraying it was a pleasure, using a smooth even sweeping motion and holding the gun around .3 metre away or so. (Very therapeutic)

We used the Raptor Vari spray gun which was set to around halfway up the threads to give us a medium coating.

The roof was given 3 coats with an hour in between each coat.

Great job… it doesn’t leak any more, that’s saved me having to re-skin the entire roof!

Read more on the application process on the Raptor website.

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North Notts Business Awards 2019 Winners!

Paintman Paint are delighted to of won the Micro Business of the Year Award at the North Notts Business Awards 2019! This is the third year running to of received this award!

We came as runners up in the Employee of the Year and Employer of the Year Awards and received two lovely bottles of prosecco supplied by Alexander Calder Financial of Worksop.

It was an amazing evening full of entertainment! Check out what happened HERE!

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North Notts Business Awards 2019

Paintman are thrilled to announce that we are finalists in Three categories at the North Notts Business Awards 2019: Micro Business of the Year, Employee of the Year and Employer of the Year.

We are over the moon that Jane has made it to the final for the Employee of the Year Award. Jane is an extremely valued member of staff who has worked at Paintman Paint since the new premises opened in 2016, showing dedication since day one. She is a key contributor at Paintman Paint who makes a difference daily.

This is also the Third Year running for Paintman to be nominated for the Micro Business of the Year Award. In 2016 we won the award and 2017 we were highly commended, so we are amazed to reach the final again!

The North Notts Business Awards is held in Worksop on Friday the 15th March 2019.

You can view the full list of finalists HERE.

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5 common mistakes made when applying coach enamel

common mistakes
  1. Skipping the prep and primer…

Cutting corners at this stage and not applying the primer, or even worse, applying the wrong type of primer can have serious consequences in the future. A hole in the pocket just from missing out a simple stage. We advise different primers for different metals, etch primer for aluminium and filler primer for use on generally any other surface. Do not skip this stage. It will be a big regret in the future.

  1. Not practicing!

If you are new to painting, especially with coach enamel, you NEED to practice… again no practice could equal another hole in that pocket of yours. Coach enamel is very different to applying any other paint, especially when you’re applying it to your pride and joy. You don’t want to start painting and realise you have done it wrong. You will have to complete that whole, long, tiring process again. Don’t tell us we didn’t tell you!

  1. Painting in poor weather conditions.

Wet/damp weather is a definite no go when painting with coach enamel. If your vehicle has any water particles on the surface, applying the coach enamel on top of this could cause micro blistering. This means again, the process will take you even longer to complete. Make sure you check your vehicle is 100% dry all over. You never know, you could miss those little water particles creeping under the paint!

  1. Working in the wrong conditions…

When working indoors, wet the floors before starting to paint. Many people forget this step and face the risk of dust settling on their brand-new painted surface. Make sure it is wet whilst you are applying the paint and whilst it is drying. You wouldn’t want it ruining that nice glossy finish. Also, keep the temperature as even as possible when painting and when it is drying.

  1. The final mistake is definitely a Poor Quality Brush!

Make sure you use a good quality brush if you are brushing your coach enamel on. A poor-quality brush can leave bristles throughout your paintwork, which you definitely wouldn’t want to see every day on your beloved vehicle! To also minimise this from happening with a good quality brush, make sure you work the brush through your fingers. This will reduce any loose bristles from it being in the package.

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Paintman Are Finalists For The Innovation Award In The North Notts Business Awards 2018

Mr & Mrs Paintman (Dave & Chris Pickles) are humbled to have been selected as finalists in the Innovation Award category in the 2018 North Notts Business Awards.


The awards comprise of both judged and public voting categories. They ensure that every eligible firm from any sector can enter and be given the opportunity to shine.

A full list of all of this years finalists can be found HERE


The Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, 16th March 2018.

Full details of the awards ceremony can be found HERE

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Our First Anniversary In The New Unit

It’s our first year anniversary in the unit!! It is incredible how a year has passed since we moved into our new premises the year. Such a lot has happened over such as taking on an extra staff member. Also, being Highly Commended in the North Notts Business Awards are just a couple.

We are now wanting an apprentice to help with the marketing and manufacturing.

An excellent 2017. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and helped us on our way and to all our past and prospective customers. Dave Pickles.

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The Varied Uses Of Paintman Paint

Paintman loves to know what it’s customers are using their paint for! It is brilliant to see the entrepreneurial way that people use our paint to help them create innovative businesses using Land Rovers, horse trailers etc (we have no photos of etc’s yet!)

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Environmental Awareness At Paintman

Environmental awareness at Paintman has been a concern ever since it began. We have tried to be as environmentally friendly as possible. We have just got hold of a new recycling toy. This means we can use recycled cardboard waste all the time instead of slinging it in the re-cycle bin!!!

This is a really satisfying way of getting rid of a mountain of useless boxes. So, Paintman are helping North Notts by being more environmentally responsible and efficient. This shredded cardboard is used to pack all of our parcels sent out to customers, carrying on the recycling chain!

Many of the business’ in the Trinity Park Industrial Estate help out our recycling campaign by bringing their waste cardboard to us! This not only helps the environment, but also helps us immensely with our packing.

P.s. anyone want to buy a box of recycled cardboard packing material??? 🙂