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Professional Tips and Tricks

In my 40 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.


Hire a qualified painter if you want a good paint job... don't settle for a "handyman."

Last month I was driving to work when another painting contractor stopped at an intersection next to me. On the side of his van I read:

Mike's Painting
Specializing in...
          Hardwood Floors
          Crown Mouldings

Apparently my understanding of the word, "specializing," is mistaken! If a contractor is willing to take on almost any kind of work offered, it's highly unlikely that he is qualified in any specialty at all. And it's doubtful that he has a commitment to excellence in any particular field.

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