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Old 06-29-2010, 03:57 PM   #1
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Hi all, First post here. I have done a bit of DIY painting but have been asked by a friend if I could do a job for him. If this works out, I'd like to consider moving into the painting world gently. I've read the Lurkers post and that is not where I'm going for sure. I'd just like some honest advice from you guys please. He wants me to paint his iron garden railings. I'm happy that I can successfully prep them and do a reasonable job, but I'm not confident in the time it will take me. I know that without seeing them yourselves you can't give any accurate idea, but I'd like some guidelines please. They are mounted into a wall so are fairly short in height (18 inch), spaced at 6 inch and don't have intricate curls etc. A rough guide per metre for rubbing down and two coats please in terms of time per metre.
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:12 PM   #2
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Frankly I do not see why the time matters. You must have an idea on how long it will take you. The best thing to do is to do the job and keep records of how long it took you so you will know if this comes up in the future. I see you are across the pond so even a price question would not match up at all.

With that said this forum is for professionals in the painting field. Yes it is true we do have a varying skill level but our common bond is that this a full time occupation for us and this is how we turn out a living.

No doubt you are looking to try this out on the side and see how it goes, which would be the smartest thing to do IMO. Yet you do not meet the criteria to be here so the DIY forums like would be a much better place to seek advice on what us pros might consider basic or entery level questions.

There are a lot of knowledgeable members there. Although they are primarily from the USA as well so maybe if you looked for a Europe based forum it would be an even better fit. I do know of some pro sites but they are advocates in proper training even more so than we are.

Please do not take it personal and please come back to us if you make the jump into full time painting. Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused but this thread is closed.
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