Professional Tips and Tricks
In my 45 years as a house painter and contractor, I've gathered many tips and practices that are now part of my every day routine. Some of these tips simply make my work faster or more efficient. Other tips help produce higher quality results.
I'm certain that homeowners painting their own dwellings will benefit from these suggestions. Less-experienced contractors may also find my suggestions helpful, so over the coming days and weeks I hope to provide this information freely via my Twitter feed.
Why am I sharing this hard-earned experience? It's my belief that generosity of knowledge and practice brings benefits to the giver and the recipient. I hope you'll call on me the next time you require a professional house painter.
You can access previous tips and keep up-to-date by "following" me on Twitter.
Whether you are a homeowner or a contractor, the first step in painting is always to lay down a paint resistant tarp or floor covering in a safe area. This is where you'll set all your paint and equipment when you're not actually using it. I call this area my "shop." Never set down any tools, equipment or paint cans on any surface other than your shop or another paint resistant tarp.
* I use a 5 x 5 cloth tarp with a vinyl backing, which I fold double. Nothing is going to leak to the floor through this tarp.
A contractor carried all his supplies into a home and set them on the carpet in the front room. Neither the floor nor the furniture were covered. As he proceeded to prepare for his first day of painting, he opened a can of paint and removed the lid. He then began to prepare a roller, but it slipped from his hands and landed in the open bucket of paint, splashing green paint onto the white carpet and two white sofas. The cost for his carelessness was more than $5,000, as both couches needed to be reupholstered, and the carpet had to be replaced.
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