Scottish Painting and Decorating Show Review

Updated Apr 16, 2024 | Posted Mar 26, 2022 | Product Review, Life of a Decorator, Miscellaneous | 6 comments

I only heard about the Scottish Painting and Decorating Show from one of the exhibitors who was to attend, and they phoned me to ask me whether I knew anything about it?! It’s hosted by the Scottish Decorators Federation, who seem to be incompetent when it comes to marketing, because I couldn’t find anything on the show either.

There is very little information on their Facebook page and nothing on their website, which is very dated. I couldn’t even find out which manufacturers were going to be there!! So, I emailed them and sent a message through Facebook to enquire. All my messages were ignored.

I didn’t really understand their approach, but then a friend suggested the show might be “more for Scottish Decorators Federation members”, which may be why they keep the show a secret to everyone else. Although, at least three of the exhibitors I spoke to were dumbfounded from the lack of support given by the show hosts in terms of marketing.

Timbabuild resin repair
toupret at the decorating show
Scottish Painting and Decorating Show Review

The actual show was good. It was held at the Marriot Hotel in Edinburgh. There were probably only fifteen or twenty exhibitors, but it was very easy to talk to all of them and the rooms were laid out well. It was a friendly, inviting atmosphere and you even had free coffee.

The stars of the show were probably PaintTech and The Paint Shed, who put on more of a display. Toupret were there, showing off their new fillers, which I found interesting. I learned a little bit about Timbabuild, and how they’re different from their competitors. I had a great conversation with the rep from Hilton Banks about their products.


The best bit was the social aspect for me. I spend a lot of time talking to decorators online, then running into them at events. Same with manufacturers; I interact with a lot of them on the Decorators Forum UK, then get to put faces to names at events like this.

I’ll probably make the trip again next year. The Scottish Decorators Federation could easily push the show and rival the National event in Coventry if they wanted, but I get the feeling they don’t want to. Theirs is a smaller, more intimate event, which is largely attended by their own members. Fair play to them.

Ciret at the painting and decorating show
PaintTech at the painting and decorating show
decrative effects

Updated Apr 16, 2024 | Posted Mar 26, 2022 | 6 comments


  1. Michelle Hilton

    It was great to meet you Mike. You may need a little more practice on the putting green though.

    • Mike Cupit

      Yeah….. I’m not a very good loser either. Hopefully I managed to hide that well. Great to meet you too. If you ever need anything from this end, please do let me know

  2. Robert Wilson

    I agree with your comments it’s been that way for years unfortunately

  3. Gary

    Hi Mike yes it was a great talk we had about HB42 products.

    I do honestly think the SDF are changing which is a breath of fresh air. I hope to meet with you again


  4. Ian McAslan

    Couldn’t agree more Mike, first we heard of it, and we’re one of the few paint manufacturers left in Scotland. was through a customer’s instagram post the day of the show!
    It would be nice to get some more support from SDF.

    • Mike Cupit

      A show that nobody knows about and you can’t even request information. It’s strange really. Worth checking out though. I’ll go next year


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