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Old 01-15-2008, 10:29 PM   #1
 
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Default Drop cloths - yes or no?

Hi Again,

I am kind of new at this and I am trying to establish some policies and procedures for my workers. I have been doing some reading and have heard of some guys not using drop cloths when they paint. Am I being too fanatical? We do a lot of high end work and I want to make sure we leave the place as we found it. For example, getting paint on outlets and switches. I just went to pick up a check at a customer's house and she pointed out paint on an outlet and a few drops on the floor. I know she was being picky but none the less it was embarassing. I layed off one of my workers for the day b/c of this.

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Drop cloths, Absolutely, from the front door to the work area.
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I always just use the customers old newspapers or old bed sheets.
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No, never use drop cloths. If you really feel the need to protect the floor use the bottom side of your customer's table cloth or maybe drapes (assuming they do not look into that window from the outside of the house). Bottom of floor rugs and mats also make good drop cloths, just make sure the paint is dry before you put them back.



I cover everything possible with drop cloths.
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absolutley drop cloths. A drop goes on the floor, a tarp covers things.

Plastic drops or blue plastic tarps used as drops is a no go. Paint drop don't stick to plastic and get everywhere when you pick them up. Not to mention being slippery.
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To me, it just like an insurance. You may not need it but it is nice to have it.

I also like to show that i care even though some of my clients houses were so messy.
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To me, it just like an insurance. You may not need it but it is nice to have it.

I also like to show that i care even though some of my clients houses were so messy.
Exactly, 1st time you don't use em, you'll wish you had.
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Why are we having this talk? This is like asking if painters use brushes. New post please.

Oh, by the way, a customer showing you drops of paint is not them being picky...you are a guest in their house and you'd do the same if the roles we're reversed
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Why are we having this talk? This is like asking if painters use brushes. New post please.

Oh, by the way, a customer showing you drops of paint is not them being picky...you are a guest in their house and you'd do the same if the roles we're reversed
here here, i concur
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The only time I wouldn't use drop cloths is in new construction before the finish floor or anything else is there.
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I use my plastic kiddy pool and move it around as I go.

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Butyl backed drops with blue tape on all outlets. ( with switch plates and receptacle covers removed)
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I use my plactic kiddy pool and move it around as I go.

Hmm, now there's an idea
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I use my plastic kiddy pool and move it around as I go.
this is how we know you aren't a pro. A pro would have a trail of pools instead of moving just one around, possibly scratching the floor.

why don't you just use cardboard. Maybe a cardboard box with kitty litter.
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I always just use the customers old newspapers or old bed sheets.
Ok, now this is getting pretty contradictory ********. You haul around a swimming pool in the interest of spill containment and then throw down newspapers for drops? Are they pretty absorbant? If you set a halogen light on them do they smolder?



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Why are we having this talk? This is like asking if painters use brushes. New post please.
It does beg the question doesnt it, Rich? I think its time for ******** to come clean and confess that he is not a professional painter. There's got to be a more appropriate venue for the information that he shares. The dude cracks me up, but wow, the kiddy pool is pushing it. And the painting a whole house with a hot dog roller. And the investing advice. And...24 hours from the nearest paint store. Lets get a Painttalk radio show on Sirius and get this dude out there to a larger more diverse audience.



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Ok, now this is getting pretty contradictory ********. You haul around a swimming pool in the interest of spill containment and then throw down newspapers for drops? Are they pretty absorbant? If you set a halogen light on them do they smolder?
The newspaper and bed sheets were sarcasm.

I am serious about the kiddy pool. After I spread the drop clothes around the room I place the kiddy pool somewhere strategic in the room.

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The newspaper and bed sheets were sarcasm in response to the ridiculous original post.

I am serious about the kiddy pool. After I spread the drop clothes around the room I place the kiddy pool somewhere strategic in the room.
Kettle, pot, pot, kettle...Have you seen many ridiculous posts on here?
Can you elaborate on the strategy of kiddy pool placement? This innovative technique could really catch on. You should design your own version that is specifically for painters. It could have compartments for brush cleaning and storage, OSHA approved hazardous spill compliance package on board, non-marking ball bearing caster style wheels for easy maneuverability. Instead of pulling our legs on painttalk you could be laughing all the way to the bank.



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