Railings refresh using the Dulux Metalshield paint system. Photo showing treated & untreated sections.

Deck refresh project (after photo): rotten joists and deck boards replaced, deck cleaned, oiled & walls painted. Ready for the summer!

Sash renovation project (after photo). Sash cords replaced, window prepped and painted.

Latest project (after photo): fixed battens to chimney breast, then attached T&G board, shelf & skirting. Finally decorated to tie-in with existing scheme.


Whatever the job, it comes with:

  • Experience

    I'm Rob Gates. For nearly 10 years I have been providing a quality service to residential and holiday homes in Kingsbridge, Salcombe and the surrounding areas.
  • No VAT

    I mostly work on my own so I can keep the business small, standards high and prices VAT-free.
  • Free Quotes

    Just get in contact, I'll come and take a look at the job and send you a free written quotation.
  • Clean & Tidy

    I treat your home as I would my own. Before I start I carefully protect or move your furniture and furnishings. I take my shoes off when needed. I tidy up at the end of the day and when the job is finished I clean up.
  • Trade Prices

    I don't put a mark-up on materials. I pass any trade discount I can get straight on to you - with the receipts to prove it! Or if you prefer, you can provide the materials.
  • Reliability

    I'm reliable and honest. Once I start a job I'll stick at it until it's completed. If you're not around I'll keep you updated with photos and progress reports.
  • Tradesman Insurance

    £1m public liability cover

Interior Painting & Decorating

  • Any Size Project

    I provide all aspects of decorating, from ceiling to floor. From a single room to a whole property I can refresh the interior of your property. I'm a perfectionist by nature and like to do a job properly.
  • Preparation

    Preparation is key to a great finish. Surfaces are sanded, filled, washed & mould treated before painting commences. I can patch repair plaster and plasterboard.
  • Sash Windows

    I can replace broken sash cords and get your sash windows running smoothly again.
  • Finishing

    Once I've finished decorating I have a good clean including the light switches and sockets.

Exterior Painting & Decorating

  • Any Size Project

    From a single wall to a house, I have the experience to make the exterior of your property perfect again, from painting masonry to refreshing timber windows.
  • Preparation

    Fungicide is applied to all exterior surfaces and masonry jet washed to remove all traces of algae and growth prior to painting. All cracks and holes are filled and carefully blended in with the surrounding finish. Debris is removed from gutters and all uPVC washed down.
  • Access

    If the job requires scaffolding or a tower to access difficult to reach areas I can arrange that.
  • Jet Washing

    If exterior masonry paintwork is in good condition I can gently jet wash it to prolong the gap between decorating. I can jet wash UPVC guttering, facias, patios and decks too.

Bathroom Installation - VAT Free

  • A Complete Bathroom Fitting Service

    If you need a bathroom fitter I offer a complete service. I can plumb the new suite, tile throughout, fit bath panels and shower screens, install underfloor heating and decorate. By undertaking all the work myself I can guarantee a superb finish.
  • Plumbing

    I have the experience to undertake most plumbing jobs, including fitting a new bathroom suite and plumbing it in. For gas or specialist plumbing jobs I use a Gas Safe local plumber.
  • Tiling

    I have completed a number of bathroom refurbishments, tiling both walls and floors. I pay great attention to detail when tiling - it makes all the difference to the end result.
  • Underfloor Heating

    I can fit electric underfloor heating prior to tiling. I use a local registered electrician to connect and certify the installation.


  • Carpentry

    I can handle most small carpentry jobs, including hanging doors, fixing shelves, attaching skirtings etc.
  • Jet washing

    Let me rejuvenate your deck or patio.
  • Assembling flat pack furniture

    Got it ready to go, but don't fancy doing it yourself? Let me at it - I love flat pack!
  • Sheds

    I can erect your new shed for you and paint it if you require. If the felt has gone on your old shed let me replace it with rubber that can last 50 years.
  • Anything else?

    Got a job that I haven't mentioned above? Give me a call and I'll let you know if I can help.


9 months ago
Rob has done a few jobs for us at Cote Barn in Frogmore, each to a very high standard. He recently redecorated Cote Barn from top to bottom leaving it looking fresh and bright for the season ahead. If you're in and around the South Hams and need something painting and decorating, give Rob at Ocean Painting & Decorating a shout.
- CoteBarn D
9 months ago
Rob didn't a wonderful job of painting our lounge, bedrooms and hallway, would definitely recommend
- Charlie L


" I've used Rob for both internal and external decorating over the past six months and have been 100% happy with the results. Rob delivers great quality of finish and is definitely value for money. Dependable, he is great at discussing options and updating on progress. No hesitation in recommending him and he would be the first phone call I make for any work in the future."

Mr P Owen, Torcross

"Rob has done many jobs for me over the years from installing kitchens, shop fitting and decorating. He recently did an excellent job painting the inside of my house while I was away. I came back to a lovely fresh new house with no mess or inconvenience. I would highly recommend Rob's workmanship, honesty and commitment."

Tracey Jones, Lazy Sundays

"We are absolutely deighted with the work Rob carried out on our house. He was flexible with working hours and kept up fully up to date on how the job was going. We will certainly recommend him to family and friends"

Mrs E White, Kingsbridge

"We have used Robert a number of times, he is very thorough, taking care to prepare well so that the finished job looks good. He gets on with the job in a quiet and efficient manner and cleans up after he has worked which lessons any impact on the household. We highly recommend his services to all."

Peter & Helen, Salcombe

"Rob Gates has decorated several rooms for us and we have found him to be pleasant to have in the house, reliable and a tidy worker. His work is meticulous and to a high standard. We are hoping that he has time to paint the outside for us during the summer." 

Mrs C Gosling, Kingsbridge

"Ocean Painting & Decorating decorated large parts of our house at short notice. We were very pleased with the quality of his work and would have no hesitation in using him again or recommending him to others"

Mr N Lott, South Milton

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