Painters & Decorators in Edinburgh

Our family business has been painting and decorating period properties across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife since 1975. 

How we can help

We know the painting trade like the back of our hands and no project’s too big or too small.

The hallmarks of superior painting projects are careful preparation, attention to detail and excellent finish. That’s why we dedicate our utmost attention to every interior and exterior decorating project we take on.

Our team of fully qualified painters decorate interiors and exteriors, from ceilings and walls to woodwork and metalwork.

We are also specialists in wallpaper hanging and hand-painted and sprayed kitchens.

Specialist Exterior Painters

Our top-grade, exterior paint system takes on the harsh Scottish climate and outlasts conventional gloss paint treatments by up to 3 years.

The high-gloss protection has excellent resistance to blistering, cracking and peeling that has more than 8 years weathering durability.

Edinburgh Edwardian Houses
new wooden double glazed windows

Why Should You Hire a Professional Painter?

Either paint yourself or hire a real professional painting company. A true professional paint company will do a very high quality paint job.
Their service will cost you more but your painting project will be completed to a much higher standard and it will save you a lot of time. You are paying for their:

  • Painting expertise.
  • Thorough preparation, filling holes and cleaning walls.
  • Taping areas and covering your furniture.
  • Using high quality paints.
  • Managing the job and cleaning up afterwards.
  • Ensuring a beautiful finish.
  • We always take great care to create meticulous painting jobs.

At Waverley Construction, we ensure that our painters:

  • Don’t skip on preparation. Old, heritage homes may need a considerable time spent on filling, sanding and cleaning before painting can start. The finish always looks much better if the surface was properly prepared
  • Don’t underestimate the amount of paint needed You don’t want to run out of paint before your project is completed, and sometimes you can tell when it’s a new batch of paint
  • Don’t forget to protect your floors. It’s hard to remove dry paint without damaging the surface, so ensure your floor is covered with dust sheets
  • Give careful attention to taping. This ensures you get clean lines and edges, and avoid paint smattering. Even the most experienced painters can’t always paint in straight lines!
  • Don’t assume your walls are clean. Paint looks much better when it has a good, clean surface to adhere to
  • Don’t use a brush when you should be using a roller. On large sections, it’s always more efficient to roll. Brushing larger areas tends to leave brush-strokes that show up after the paint dries
  • Don’t use a poor quality brush. Ensure your brush is in good condition and is decent quality. A good brush holds more paint and apply paint better than cheap brushes
  • Don’t paint without applying a primer or undercoat, where these are needed. When you don’t use primer, the paint doesn’t adhere as well and colours are less vibrant
  • Don’t paint with lots of furniture in the room. The more furniture in a room, the more likely you will be to accidentally get paint on something, even if it’s covered

Painter FAQs

Oil-based paints should be dry to touch in 6–8 hours but shouldn’t be recoated for 24 hours. Latex paints are dry to the touch in about 1 hour, and you can safely recoat in about 4 hours.

Acrylic paints, which are water-based, are designed to dry fast. The paint dries as the water evaporates.

Yes, our high quality, exterior paint lasts more than 3 years longer than standard gloss paints – perhaps for as long as 8 years.

Your sash or casement windows would be painted with our 3-part exterior gloss system, then pointed with traditional sand mastic. All our paints and mastic are exterior rated.

For advice on your painting project and a free, no-obligation estimate,