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Old 02-14-2010, 03:29 PM   #1
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Hi, my name is Dustin. I have a wife and twin daughters, 2 1/2 years old.

I have been painting for only 7 years, however I am mostly self taught, and take a lot of pride in my work and am continually improving myself and learning about new products.

I started out painting with a College painting company. I was originally approached to start my own business with them, but after some research and training I left due to what I thought was a bad business structure ( for the poor guys running these student painting franchises anyways ) and a worse territory offered to me.

I started to paint with one of their top returning managers that year as a summer job, and I have been painting ever since.

They taught me some very basic things, like how to not make a horrible mess of caulking and how to hold a brush, other than that I had to figure everything out through common sense and practice.

Year two my boss approached me with a ceiling he wanted me to spray, having no experience with a sprayer I was a little worried at first, but 5 minutes later I was spraying ceilings no problem. I strongly believe that stucco ceilings are one of the best places to start learning how to use a sprayer.

I taught myself how to spray out trim in my basement with a home depot Titan 330 XT sprayer. I still have this sprayer and have even put elastomeric stucco paint through it. I bought it as a disposeable machine for a large spray job I had won a bid on and have waited for it to die.

Eventually I worked for a professional firm and got to the top of the supervisor rankings fairly quickly, and eventually left to start my own business, which I ran for 2 years with a great deal of success. All my work was by referral, never spending money on marketing. I could not find good help to save my life however.

I now work for a large painting firm, since I moved cities with my family, under a subcontracting agreement. I want to eventually start my own business again but it will be much tougher to tap into this market, especially the way the economy is these days.

I was looking into sprayers ( titan vs graco, 440 vs 640, 395 vs 495 vs 695 etc etc ) and found this website. After lurking for a few days I decided to introduce myself and maybe add a little if I am able to.

Sorry if my introduction seemed like more of a life story but I'd rather give too much information rather than not enough.


PS I use the Wooster GT system, as well as Wooster brushes, the $25 firm ones that the local ICI paints carries, or the Nour as disposeable after a few uses. Purdy used to do it for me but seem to lose their shape way too fast for me now
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Old 02-14-2010, 03:40 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and great intro!
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Welcome, thanks for the great intro, glad to have you here!
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Welcome to PT, thanks for a great intro.
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How big is that area? There are at least 3 from that area as of lately.
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Kelowna has around 100,000 people in the area, however I do work all over the okanagan valley, which is many cities in close proximity to each other.
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How big is that area? There are at least 3 from that area as of lately.
About 166K people; not a huge city but not all that small either. Nice town, big on tourism.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelowna
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Welcome from Nova Scotia! Kelowna and area have some amazing world class (target) golf courses if you are ever interested in a trip to Canada!
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Hey there. Welcome to the forum! You'll find a lot of great info on here.
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Nice intro! Welcome!
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Welcome! New myself, people here are great, loads of info! Where did you move from? what company you working for here in sunny K-Town?
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Welcome! New myself, people here are great, loads of info! Where did you move from? what company you working for here in sunny K-Town?
I moved from Calgary, AB and am currently working for CertaPro Painters.

I worked with the Calgary franchise before starting my own business and still have a great relationship with the Calgary Franchise owner, so he referred me to the Kelowna franchise for the time being.
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And then there was an awkward pause.
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Because I work for CertaPro or...
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And then there was an awkward pause.
After reading this i read the long thread....

https://www.painttalk.com/f2/franchises-7702/index9/

*don't know how to hyperlink it*

made a long response in there.

Don't worry I am a professional that does damn good work and I have lucked out that the franchises that I worked for maintained decent standards, had owners that knew the business before getting their franchises, and have decent reputations in the cities I have lived in.

On that note I am still on my way to owning my own independent painting contracting business again in the near future if all goes well.

Thanks for the remark, made me find a whole lot of anti franchise information on that thread, most of which I whole heartedly agree with, but never really got to discuss much.
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Hi and Welcome! I see you have also moved out of Alberta. seems to have been an exodus out of Alberta once the recession hit and the price of oil came down..did you find the Alberta market tough for yourself right before you left??
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Hi and Welcome! I see you have also moved out of Alberta. seems to have been an exodus out of Alberta once the recession hit and the price of oil came down..did you find the Alberta market tough for yourself right before you left??
Actually it was quite the opposite, I had plenty of work and had to start turning work down as I was deciding to move.

I just decided to move to Kelowna as I thought it was a better place to bring up our family, and just a better place to live overall. I still get the odd email from old customers that want me to come do work for them in Calgary though.
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