Study trade skills in painting and decorating. Choose and use the best surface treatments inside or out - paints, stains, tiles, and panelling.

Course Code: VSS201
Fee Code: S3
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Learn the materials and techniques used for painting and decorating buildings.

Choose and use the best surface treatments inside or out - paints, stains, tiles, and panelling

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
    • Preparing Surfaces
    • Tools and Equipment for Preparation
    • Painting and Decorating Tools and Equipment
    • Painting Tools
    • Types of Brushes
    • Types of Rollers
    • Wallpapering Tools
    • Other Equipment
  2. Paints
    • Purpose for painting
    • Paint Components
    • Pigments
    • Solvents
    • Binders
    • Additives
    • Examples of typical paint mixes
    • How Paints Work
    • Types of Paint -oil based, water based
    • Interior versus Exterior Uses
    • What to Paint a Surface With
    • Use of Primers
    • Painting different surfaces - Brick, Concrete, Stone, Metal, Wood, etc.
    • Choosing Colours
    • Colour Matching
  3. Preparation
    • Stages of Preparation
    • Preparing to Paint
    • Using Masking Tape
    • Using Ladders, Scaffold, Platforms
    • Sanding
    • Safe Preparation of Old Lead Paints
    • Preparing Different Surfaces
  4. Painting Techniques
    • Before you Paint
    • Using Brushes
    • Loading the Brush
    • Cutting in
    • Cleaning and Storing Brushes
    • Using Rollers
    • Cleaning and Storing Rollers
    • Spray Painting - Sprayers
    • Cleaning and Storing Sprayers
    • Special Effects
    • Texture Finishes - with sand, joint compound, texture additives
    • Applying Textured Finishes
    • Faux Finishes - Scumble, Glaze
    • Rag Rolling
    • Rag Painting
    • Sponging
    • Dragging/Strie
    • Marbling
    • Tortoise Shell
    • Graining
    • Using Stencils (Introduction)
    • Other Methods
  5. Special paint effects
    • Stencilling
    • Marbling
    • Murals
    • Tromp Lóeil
    • Using Paint in the Garden
    • Garden Art
    • Wall or Fence Painting
  6. Wallpapering
    • Reasons tor Wallpapering
    • Types of Paper - printed, vinyl coated, vinyl, washable, flock, foil, anaglypta, superglypta, brown vinyl, natural fibre, lining paper.
    • How to choose Wallpaper
    • Pattern Matching
    • Planning
    • Measuring up
    • Buying the Paper
    • Choosing the Right Paste - cold water paste, multi purpose adhesive, heavy duty adhesives, paste the wall adhesives, readymade pastes
    • Preparation
    • Removing old Wallpaper
    • Wallpapering - Tool checklist
    • Deciding where to start
    • Cutting the paper
    • Applying Paste
    • Booking (folding) the Paper
    • Hanging Wallpaper
    • Cleaning up
    • Maintenance and Repairs
    • How to Repair Holes, Blisters, Stains, Fingerprints
  7. Tiling
    • Tiles - reasons to use tiles
    • Tile Materials - glass, ceramic, porcelain, terracotta, stone, concrete, terrazo, natural materials
    • Surface Treatments
    • Where to use Different Tiles
    • Preparing to Tile
    • Tiling Tools
    • Adhesives
    • Grouts
    • Preparing Floors for Tiling
    • Concrete Substrate
    • Timber substrate
    • Preparing Walls for Tiling
    • How to tile - a floor, a wall
    • Cutting Tiles
    • Grouting
    • Sealing Grout
    • Tile Maintenance -cleaning
    • Removing or Replacing a Tile
    • Painting over Tiles
  8. Panelling
    • Types and applications
    • Materials - Natural timber, MDF, hardboard, chipboard, plywood, vinyl, glass, fibreglass, stone, brick, faux stone or brick
    • Panel Designs-planks, sheets, tiles, veneers, self adhesive
    • Panel Installation
    • Installing an Interior Stone Veneer
    • Installing Interior Brick Veneer
    • Installing Timber Panels
    • Installing Self Adhesive Panelling
  9. Other Surface Treatments
    • Interior versus Exterior Finishes
    • Exterior Paints
    • Preparation of Outdoor Timber Surfaces
    • Application Tips
    • Timber Preservatives
    • Preservative Coatings
    • Applying Preservatives
    • Stains - staining timber, staining concrete
    • Whitewash - applying whitewash
    • Lime Wash Paints - making them, problems
    • Varnishes
    • Polyurethane
    • Shellac
    • French Polish
    • Polishing Concrete
    • Oils and Waxes - Linseed, Teak, Tung oil
    • Wax Finishes
    • Making Your Own Healthier Paints
    • Natural Paints
    • Tallow and Lime Based Coating

Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.


Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Gaynor Hartley

Dip.Hort.Sc., Cert.Tiss.Cult., MAIH

Kara Wight

Kara gained an HND in Animal Care and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Bioscience and Zoology. She has a wide range of experience working with animals such dogs, small pets, birds, zoo animals, British wildlife and reptiles. Kara gained this experience working within animal parks, canine rescue centres and a wildlife hospital. She also managed an animal care training facility for a college. At this training facility she instructed and lectured students within Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing from National Certificate level to Higher National Diploma levels.

Kara also gained an HND in Photography and Imaging and has 5 years’ experience within this sector. She ran a small portraiture and wedding photography business and also exhibited work in art exhibitions. Kara gained more experience photographing sporting and festival events.

Kara currently runs a pet care and training business in the UK and also has entry to undertake her MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law this academic year.

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