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Old 10-03-2012, 07:32 PM   #1
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Hello fellow paint slingers..

I've referenced back to this site several times when searching google for random paint related things. I figured I should join the community and try to help others out when I have solutions for problems they are trying to conquer.

Painting and I go way back, back to my stupid teen years where I worked a summer for a guy on a promise of a big check come fall. Fall came, and he left the state. I made no money that summer, but I learned some valuable lessons the hard way. After that venture I hooked up with a reputable company doing new construction homes, everything from entry level starter homes to mini mansions where the paint bill is more than some of those starter homes sold for.

Several years with them and I felt like I was at a stand still. I decided to try it on my own, doing the tedious deck here, room there, exterior repaint from time to time, but nothing steady. I struggled along for a year or two just paying bills and building a name for myself. Finally those years of struggle paid off. The economy tanked and my business was booming. I met a guy that was a vendor for Fannie Mae, he had more work than I could handle. I hired on a few guys, a little later a few more guys. We had the system down, flipping a house a day, walls and ceilings.. Damn we are good.. Spending all that time in the paint store and networking with fellow contractors and tradesman helped get my name across even more.

Now a days I have expanded into new construction, in fact, that reputable company I worked for 10 years back is now one of my main contractors. Over all the struggles and success I have had, I have indeed came across a large range of jobs, everything from production painting where deadlines have no room for movement and speed is everything, to jobs where anything less than perfect is a failure and unacceptable. Learning where that happy median lies is like finding the fountain of youth, not sure it really exists.

Moral of this extended introduction- All of us have reached our dream of becoming Professional Protective Coating Engineers! It was your dream too right? And in all our journeys we have devised different tools and methods to our madness. I hope I am able to put some of the knowledge I have accumulated in my journey to use helping fellow painters.


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Old 10-03-2012, 07:35 PM   #2
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Welcome from Pa! Nice intro.
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ahhhhhh yeah, ok, did you have a question for any of the Pro Painters here ? Welcome to PT by the way ! Look forward to basking in your greatness !
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Question for a pro.. Hmm.

Actually was browsing through some topics on the AirCoat sprayers. I have the gun that came with the unit, I think its a g10 or something along those lines, haven't sprung for an upgrade yet. Anyhow, was looking to see what size tips guys are using to spray on stains and top coat.

As of now I have been using either the 09.20 or the 09.40 flat tips with good results. Anyone else have some input?

I use Valspar Graintone Plus for my stains and Valgaurd Conversion Varnish for my clears.
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Question for a pro.. Hmm.

Actually was browsing through some topics on the AirCoat sprayers. I have the gun that came with the unit, I think its a g10 or something along those lines, haven't sprung for an upgrade yet. Anyhow, was looking to see what size tips guys are using to spray on stains and top coat.

As of now I have been using either the 09.20 or the 09.40 flat tips with good results. Anyone else have some input?

I use Valspar Graintone Plus for my stains and Valgaurd Conversion Varnish for my clears.
Thought you wanted a pro? Why ya' asking SD?

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Welcome, and congratulations on your success. It appears your good timing and good connections, along with a niche, namely flipping foreclosures I take it, allowed for rapid growth in a down economy. Nice job.
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