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Old 06-12-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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Nice Forums.

Anyway, I originally registered to have a look at some photos, but rather than leave a less-than-full disclosure impression, let me say that I am more or less semi-retired as a pro-painter, if that's ever what I really was, which was basically a kid that worked summers and here and there in the winter through high-school and college painting whatever I was pointed at. Oh, in my day, I reckon I've painted my fair share, brush/roller/spray, paint/stain, interior and exterior, tons of prep work ranging from TSPing a wall on up through hazmat suits with respirators and pool bleach mixed to saturation and chemical strippers and blow torches basically burning stuff off. Hated that stuff, especially on 100+ degree days, but I was the cheap labor. And a lot of high ladder work (yes, I've walked them) because I wasn't afraid of (or too stupid to realize the risk of) heights. And I've painted everything from furniture to sheds to apartments (on piece rates) to model homes to sides of factories to the bosses' house. Doesn't make me an expert, and certainly things have changed since then, but I've put in some on-the-scaffold time.

But mostly, since then, not so much. Once graduated, I moved onto higher paying things, and while there are times I miss the outdoors (nothing like painting for enjoying a 70 some degree low humidity sunny day), I don't miss the hazmat stuff or the customers yelling at me for not using the color they picked (when it almost always was, but they just couldn't "see" that 1/2" paint strip on a barn-sized wall, or understand it would change color when dry). And frankly, I mostly make enough now to pay someone else to do the ugly stuff. The tough stuff, I leave to the current pros, and I know enough to stay out of there way. But I guess you could say I'm not totally retired as a painter, I made the mistake of painting the interior of a house we were moving into, did the full prep properly, took my time with the best paint I could find, and my wife says it's the best paint job she's ever seen, so doesn't want to leave me in retirement. Bit of a mistake there. And I've done the occasional help-the-friend thing, and some charity work, here and there.
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:08 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! I see you've painted a couple things.
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