Monday, 14 December 2009

Flat and Strap

Originally, I was called into this project to repair "Lincrusta" panels to a staircase, however the substrate was in such a poor condition that it was necessary to remove the "Flat and Strap" Cameoid and replace with new Lincrusta Edwardian Dado panels.

The challenge in the job was to attempt to "save" six double height panels in order to retro fit them to an area on the landing wall that once had a doorway but had since been bricked up, plywood board "hid" the fact that there was no covering on the wall.

Once the boarding was removed, the process to reinstate the Cameoid was;

Seal plasterers brown with PVA solution
repair the area with Toupret 110 Expert filler
Reseal fillered areas
Line with Wallrock 55 fibre lining paper
Remove plaster skim from the back of the Cameoid
Treat for mould spors
Apply Cameoid with LG100 Lincrusta glue (pin into place)
Fill with 2 pack wood fillers
Sand with varying grades of sandpaper and wet & dry paper
Prime with oil based primer
Undercoat with oil based undercoat

The restored area is from the window and count along six panels. All that is left now is for the dried undercoat to receive a light sand and then two further coats of oil based eggshell paint.

Lincrusta repair, Lincrusta restore, Lincrusta renovate, cameoid


Thursday, 10 December 2009

Template, template, template

Thought it might be a good idea to mention something that I have found to be vital when hanging Lincrusta - the template.

As you can see from the image above, whenever you come across an area where you do not have a straight cut, it is always necessary to make a template. Here we find a skirting at the top of the stairs that feeds into another (I'm sure there must be a technical name for it). I created a template from the box that the product was supplied in - it's the correct size! measuring and then remeasuring... as the old saying goes; measure twice cut once, with Lincrusta it is sometimes necessary to measure thrice!

Also, I installed the dado rail supplied with the Edwardian Dado panels, to the skirting top edge. This was to increase the height of the product for the staircase drops - unconventional, but it worked, and looked great.

Lincrusta, Lincrusta staircase, template, edwardian dado

Friday, 31 July 2009

More Cleopatra

I had a Lincrusta quotation to perform in a 15th Century manor house, near Hatfield yesterday. I met up with Lincrusta's Business Development Manager.

He asked me if I had seen the new pattern "Cleopatra" yet, and was kind enough to leave a sample for with me to inspect.

The quick photograph on my dining room table (above) does not do it justice... could this be a serious contender for "Italian Renaissance's" mantel?

Wednesday, 15 July 2009


I was first told that Lincrusta was intending to create more new patterns almost a year ago now - then was lucky enough to be shown the foils of four "possibles" whilst demostrating for Lincrusta at the Dubai Index show in December 2008.

Well the great news is that patterns have been selected and are now getting ready for production in 2010. One of the new pattern is to be called "Cleopatra" and is not unakin to the existing and much loved "Italian Renaissance" design.

Lincrusta say; "We're planning two new designs for launch in Spring 10... Cleopatra - a large scale classical ogee, with plenty of interesting detail - ideal as a feature design in its own right or as a canvas for opulent decorative effects".

The new design will be given an airing at the NP&D Show being held on 10th & 11th November 2009 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.


Welcome to the Lincrusta blog... a dedicated resource for those amongst us that appreciate the timeless elegance that is Lincrusta.

As a Master Decorator and approved installer of Lincrusta, I currently run two other websites; and my painting and decorating blog, both of which have a good deal of information about client's projects. However, this blog is intended to be more of a library for patterns, history and general information that I stumble across in my day-to-day life with Lincrusta.

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