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ABOUT US. Read about who works for NPA never paint again and find out more about the company history

Welcome to our website!

“Never Paint Again UK” are the UK’s number one house painting company.

We specialise in repairing the outsides of all kinds of homes, business premises, hotels, historic properties or listed buildings, and painting them with one of our range of durable exterior wall coating systems. All of our work carries a 20 year, insurance-backed guarantee.

Our permanently LOW prices mean that our approved contractors can offer you a range of high quality exterior home improvements across England, Wales and Scotland, at a cost that won’t break the bank.

Our family run company has been at the forefront of exterior home improvements in the UK since the mid 1980’s and we are run by experts, real people, NOT salesmen!

We have offices around the UK, with main depots in Plymouth, Leeds, Leicester and London.

One of the things that make us stand out from the crowd is the fact that we can install our famous weather-beating wall coverings DURING WINTER, something that your local decorator has never been able to do.

Why choose “NPA Never Paint Again” to paint your house?

 

Since 1986, we have extensive experience in repairing and painting all types of houses, in every corner of the UK and we are confident that we can help you too. All our work comes with an insurance backed guarantee, issued direct from the contractor, so you can be assured of total peace of mind if you choose to do business with us.

All payments made to us, or one of our approved contractors, are covered by a 3rd party liability insurance policy, and that includes any deposits paid too, which means that there is NEVER any chance at all that you may lose your money.

It’s 100% covered.

Time-served, experienced, competent and professional workmen!

 

The NPA philosophy is simple:

We take as much care with your house as we would with our own home.

We provide a range of house refurbishment solutions to combat any problems that you may have with your house, and suggest value for money and effective solutions to cure the issues.

Meet the NPA Never Paint Again team!

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NPA has been featured on the TV and several radio stations, and have also had much of our work mentioned or featured on some top home décor websites around the globe. You may also have seen or heard about us in some very well known magazines over the years.

We offer home improvement services across England, Wales and Scotland.

We are still local to you, it’s just that good news travels fast and we have gained an international reputation for our work on houses and other buildings around the UK.

We started working with special exterior wall coatings way back in 1986, then we created a basic website in 1999, and then 2003 saw us moving ahead with the very website you are on now.

We have agents placed across the UK so no matter where you live, we can help you.

The 2 main house painting services we offer…

  1. Spray applied exterior wall coatings

  2. Transparent wall coatings for unpainted stone and brick

All works come with a full programme of repairs.

These would typically include curing damp, fixing render, replacing bad pebbledash, replacing UPVC pipes and fascias, minor alterations, fixing broken bricks, re-rendering houses, and so on.

 

So who is behind the NPA brand?

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“Pleased to meet you! How can I help?”

 

The creator of the UK version of Never Paint Again, Ex- University of Plymouth honours graduate Guy Alexander Bell, spent time working with painting contractors in the USA, and came back to blighty with a sack full of great ideas learnt from his American associates. Guy lives in Devon.

In January 2018, Guy was awarded the title of “Mould expert” (!) by the Trinity Mirror group of newspaper, appearing in at least 10 of their regional newspapers offering advice about damp and mould, although he say’s it makes him sound like “Stig of the dump”….!

 

Here is Guy’s story.

A long time ago, way back in 1986, as a young lad of 15, I started work with my dad, painting houses.

This wasn’t just any old painting job though, as I had embarked on a career than still keeps me busy to this day. Installing exterior wall coatings.

Little did I know as I scrambled up those ladders, masking up windows, cleaning gutters, painting on the primer and sweeping up, that in 2013, I would still be involved in the industry.

Here is my story.

This is how I got into the wall coating industry, purely by accident!

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, …..er…..ok maybe not that long ago, but it seems like it, I was a cheeky young school kid, attending Ridgeway School in Plympton, and getting up to all sorts of stuff as kids do.

My dad was working as a crew foreman, for Wallcote, or London Coating Company, based initially out of a depot in the old Fox Bros. mill in Wellington, Somerset, and then a year later, with a new depot in Taunton.

I often used to help him out on Saturdays, even when I was still at school, I was the sort of person that couldn’t keep still for 5 mins, and I liked the money too! Then I started working more and more for him, school holidays and suchlike, I really loved painting houses, I think I had found my niche in Life!

My old london coating company van
My old London coating company van. D217 PVS, a petrol 2 litre 4 speed that DRANK petrol

Embarking on a career in Exterior wall coatings

Back in the 1980’s, exterior wall coatings for houses, where quite a newfangled thing, although they had been around for a few years with the likes of Kenitex, Canadian paints, mastex and BMS.

The 80’s saw a boom time in houses, and with the governments right to buy scheme, many people were getting on the housing ladder for the first time and wanting something drastic done to their house to make it stand out from the rest, and of course to increase it’s resale value.

The very first house I ever worked on was in the area of Lower Ham in Plymouth, an ex council house with a very kind lady who brought us tea out at what seemed to be 15 minute intervals!

I learned a lot whilst working for my old man, and I started at the very bottom, yes, me, the fella who is sat here writing this just now! So what does that mean for you, the person browsing this site and the person who maybe needs their house painted?

This website stands apart form all the others because it is written with AUTHORITY AND EXPERIENCE, right from the start, not by analysing what keywords you are likely to type in.

Even if I say so myself, LOL

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My Dad’s London coating company van in Plymouth 1986

Later…

I digress. At the age of 16, I left school and went to work full time for my dad. We did quite a bit of work in the south west, including our home town of Plymouth.

Not only that, we often did jobs in the lovely county of Cornwall too, in such places as Mevagissy, Newquay, Truro, Falmouth and St. Ives to name but a few.

We even were working in Padstow, long before Rick Stein had probably ever heard of the place!

When I was 18, I had completed my apprenticeship and was awarded my own van and took on a couple of labourers and went out spraying wall coatings myself.

This took me all around the country (including Ireland) working for London wall coatings, and then I went freelance, often doing jobs for new Andura dealers, plus I trained them too. It was a hard life in some ways, OK it got me to see the whole UK, a nice bit of the outdoors life and this green and pleasant land, plus I was the youngest person ever to have held the position!

My dad often also did building work during quiet periods, for many of the presenters on our local TV station, TSW, and also Plymouth sound and radio Devon.

I only wish I had taken photos of the some of the houses we painted back then as it would be quite some portfolio!

I also ran my own textured coatings company and did a lot of the sales, the marketing, running PR campaigns and basically every aspect of our profession.

I took a break, and went part time, to do my degree at the University of Plymouth, From 1994 to 1998 and came out with a “gentleman’s degree” of 2:2 !

How we got to where we are today

It’s been a long time in the exterior wall coatings business and of course I don’t climb up ladders or get my hands dirty any more, I have already earned my stripes, however we do have a great team of fellas who do that sort of thing on my behalf!

In 2001, we started up a basic sales website and the work started rolling in and we couldn’t work out why!

After a while, we saw the potential of online marketing and worked with my good friend Mark, to create a brand new website, on the domain you are on now (neverpaintagain.co.uk) and we went from strength to strength, getting work from across the UK and taking on more and more staff, in fact we were featured in several magazines and in newspapers too.

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Me in the Plymouth evening herald back in 2003

 

At that time, no one in our industry was doing anything at all online, in fact they mocked us and said it would never work. Well, it did work, and now we are in a sea of exterior wall coatings websites, most of which are rubbish adverts, very few contain any meaningful information at all.

2001 was a landmark year for us, in good and bad ways. Personally speaking, I gained a new daughter, but sadly my dad, the cornerstone of my business partnership, died at the age of 55 from a brain tumour. The months after that were “foggy” to say the least but nevertheless we had to carry on. I never did thank enough the people from Andura, and some of their dealers too, for being so kind to us back then.

Fast forward

We still have a base in Plymouth, but just for administration and accounts as we do all our work of course, at the customers home, so due to the fact that we don’t have huge offices, we do not have charge a fortune for our work.

For those who know me, I also owned a house in Valencia, Spain, and spent quite a bit of time there engaging in my hobby of Travel writing for magazines and tourism websites but trips back to the UK are of course frequent, after all, I have a business to run, and I don’t want to be away from my home city of Plymouth for too long!

House painting now across the entire UK.

Times change, as do people’s circumstances (I’m a granddad now) and now we offer a house painting, rendering and wall coating service across the whole of the UK. We teamed up with another company, located in Yorkshire and we were able to cover a much wider area, plus we have more people, a dedicated call centre, admin staff and so on.

All this contributes to, hopefully, giving you some confidence when you look for someone to paint your house, you know we are not a one man band, but we are not a huge expensive organisation either.

We are big enough to cope but small enough to care too, and the attention to detail is what has brought us from those early days in Plymouth, to what you see now.

We recently got featured by no less than 8 major regional newspapers for our work curing damp and mould!

I hope this has inspired you, a little bit anyway, and remember if you want your home painted this year, give us a call on 0800 970 4928

 Experience and skills gained in the USA

Guy’s time working with some major paint brands in many countries overseas gave him a wealth of first hand knowledge of what clients really want and he quickly learnt how to be a successful house painting contractor!

And in an uncertain world, you can be assured that everyone who works with us is experienced and qualified to do work of the highest quality and it is why we are still here!

Our customers love us!

Our success is not only due to the highest customer service that we offer, and also our in-depth technical expertise and know-how in the textured wall coatings and specialist masonry coating industry.

It is arguably also down to the high level of satisfaction our customers enjoy, and the support and encouragement they give us.

If a jobs worth doing, its worth doing right!

So that’s exactly what we do.