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Old 11-22-2014, 04:58 AM   #1
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Hey there. This has been such a great place to find. Being able to get questions answered and problems solved has been a huge benefit. Thank you to you all.

I have been painting now for 30 years. Followed in my fathers footsteps who had followed in his fathers footsteps. My 3 brothers also became painters. As you can see it is a FAMILY CURSE. I have tried many different jobs over the years to try to break free from the shackles to no avail. Something in my psyche has always brought me home to the family trade

I feel I know a great deal about the industry, but I also know I have so much more to learn. There are so many changes that have happened over my time in the industry. Paint and brushes have come a long way. It took me years before I would use a synthetic brush, but now I wont go back Still not sure about the modern paint, but hey I'm adaptable. I am also wanting to try to be a greener painter to absolve sins of the past. I have pretty much undertaken all aspects within the industry and can turn my hand to most things. Not sure if I am a good teacher but will try to impart my knowledge as best I can.

In New Zealand it is pretty easy to start up as a painter. Brush and a ladder and away you go. In 2011, my hometown of Christchurch had a major earthquake. There were a number of fatalities and almost all of our historical buildings along with many new buildings were destroyed. Along with this almost every house in Christchurch needs redecoration. Around 100,000 homes give or take.

So after trying my hand at property investment, and getting shafted in the Global Financial Crisis, what can I do. Painting and Decorating beckons once again I struggled away in the tough times until this major event. As devastating as it was it has been a godsend to me.

So with the quake, Painters have been in the best position ever. The workload is enormous and the money is from the insurance companies so top dollar and not to many concerns about payment. BUT, guess what, the work is given to builders who then pass it on to painters to do the work. Sure there is some building work to do but most of it is Decorating. So the builders clip the ticket and we get the rest. Still great money, but after 30 freaking years you'd think I should be the one making the top dollar.

So over the last 3 years it has been one heck of a ride. I have been shafted by builders. Ripped off by subbies. Unpaid numerous times. Promised work and grew a team and then told no work, after spending all my cashflow. I have had 10 staff and I have been on my own. And finally I have worked it out, I think.

I am a pretty good Paperhanger. I currently have a few interior designers who are sending me work. It is quite a good earner so I have put my name out to a number of interior designers. I have just secured a great job for a well known personality around town. He is spending around $500 per roll for the paper (the going rate for stock standard paper is around $40-$60 in NZ). This is why I am here on this site. I am able to discuss and discover new techniques as well as hopefully confirm some of my old school ways.

So after all the stress and worry I have had over the last 10 years I have worked out what to do. As a paperhanger working for mainly Interior Designers doing highly specialised papers and designer work I am able to earn a good income on my own without stress. I have never earnt the money I am currently earning in this industry and I have had some good jobs and contracts over the years. Of course they are right next to the **** jobs and contracts I have had.

So that's me. Hope I can help you as some of you have helped me.

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Old 11-22-2014, 12:55 PM   #2
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Welcome to the group, great intro!
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Welcome to the forum.Based on the title i thought this was another thread on that over priced ladder tool.
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Old 11-23-2014, 01:47 AM   #6
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Thanks for the welcome. It is great to find that there are people out there who are actually passionate enough about the trade to share their knowledge. There are so many freaking idiots in the trade (in NZ anyway) that it is hard to find good information.

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