Summer’s on its way, the sun’s out as I’m typing this, and many of us are well into our list of exterior jobs for the year. Time to get the shorts on! OK, I know a lot of decorators wear shorts all year round like posties, but personally I don’t. Frankly the world needs a few months to recover every time my knees come out on display!
Anyway, as I was saying, the sun’s out so time to get the shorts on. The state of my old shorts was actually worse than the state of my old knees, so I thought I’d treat myself to a new pair, and let you know how I got on with them.
ProDec Painters Shorts are widely available; most decorators merchants will have some ProDec products, so you can get them at a whole host of online stockists.
ProDec Painters Shorts Review – Why They’re Good
These shorts are made from a polyester-cotton blend with a stain-resistant coating, which I must admit gets a big thumbs up from me; the second time I wore them I was parked up in the van having a cuppa and managed to spill tea down the front of them, and it just wiped off with a damp cloth. Fantastic – it means the shorts stay looking clean and professional for longer.
They also have a couple of little elasticated sections in the waistband, for after those weekends of over-indulgence (or for when we can’t quite bring ourselves to admit that we’re not actually the size that we were 20 years ago!). Talking of sizes, they’re available in sizes from 28” up to 46” waist which should cover most of us. Sadly though, although ProDec do make very good Women’s Painters Trousers, they don’t yet make shorts for our female decs.
The shorts feel really well made, and although I’ve only worn them half a dozen times, I don’t get the impression that they’re going to fall apart any time soon; the seams are triple-stitched for extra strength and the fabric feels really durable.
They have six pockets (yes, six – think of how long it will take you to find your keys after you’ve been in the pub all afternoon!); two at the back, two regular ones at the front, and an additional two on the right leg, plus an extra one for scissors etc.
And if all those pockets aren’t enough, the ProDec Painters shorts also come with buttons for attaching their Wipe-Mate and Pouch-Mate products. These being my first time of using ProDec workwear, I wasn’t familiar with Wipe-Mate or Pouch-Mate, and their website doesn’t provide a lot of information, but I’m guessing Wipe-Mate is a cloth for wiping dirty tools/hands on, which comes with conveniently located holes to fit over the buttons on the shorts (the modern equivalent of the old rag in the back pocket). And I guess Pouch-Mate is obviously a pouch for holding tools or whatever in, that again fits over the same buttons.
ProDec Painters Shorts In Use
This is purely my personal opinion, and I’m very aware that we’re all different shapes and sizes; what might be comfortable for me might not suit or fit someone else, and vice versa. But having worn them in a variety of situations recently (up and down ladders painting first floor window frames, kneeling down to paint skirting boards, etc), I personally found them very comfortable, hard-wearing and ideal for the job. Even the zip feel chunky and well-made! The ProDec Painters Shorts feel well-made, well-designed and like they will last a long time, so (with apologies to my unsuspecting customers) I will definitely be wearing them again next time the sun comes out!
Robin Gofton – Wokingham Decorating Services
ProDec Painters Shorts Review for The Decorators Forum UK