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Old 04-25-2019, 09:35 PM   #1
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Hey there how's it going. I'm relativly new to painting and I've never joined a forum before either for that matter. I'm a young up-and-coming painter and have been shadowing a old hat painter for the last 2 & 1/2 years. I love the work and i fit the lifestyle. I would sure love to get some advice. I'm 23 living in Mississippi. We recently got in with THE head honcho over nearly ALL of the new constructions going on in our area. It really is a blessing. We have year around work and that is fantastic. Something click in my head so now im hungry for more. I want to be able to gain as much info on anything that will make me a better painter. My boss got his start on watertanks has been painting the last 30+ most of it as his own boss and has done well for himself. I want that, but I'm not at a point I would be able to take over if something suddenly happened to him. So i need to jam pack my noodle with EVERYTHING paint related
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Welcome to the group.

You might try to list a few areas that you’d like more information on or that you feel you are weak in and you could use help/feedback.
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Uhhhh I'm really not sure where to begin even asking questions. I guess some ease of life tips would be a good start? Something to speed up my process? I'm not sure how a legit ball-to-the-wall PRO paint crew does things. Not sure how the forum works maybe this would be better posted somewhere else? 😅
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Welcome!
You will learn the most by asking questions from your boss. Ask a lot of questions. Then, as you gain skills and speed you can question your boss’ practices as well and then maybe ask those questions here for others opinions and practices. Painting imho comes with many different acceptable ways of getting the job done. However, one thing I have noticed between better painters and not so great painters is that decent learning painters are thinking about the job when they are on the job i.e. how long did this take me? what’s my next ladder move? What comes next? What do I like about this brush? Would a bigger brush be better here?
Fundamentals matter and painting is constantly evolving. You should probably have at least five years before you go it alone. Pay attention to everything. Hopefully, you are working for someone reputable, knowledgeable, and open-minded. If not, keep your eyes open for other opportunities, be dependable, reliable, punctual and open-minded yourself.
Don’t mean to sound preachy ; )
Best of luck to you!

Oh yeah and always prime bare wood and never paint wet wood and don’t use fast dry caulk if you want it to last and paint with primer in it is not the same as primer
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I would suggest you go to the Business, Marketing, and Sales sub forum and access the stickies located at the top of the list of posts. There are some good items there that cover a variety of subjects regarding the painting business. Although not all might be relevant to you at this particular time, reading them may generate questions on your part which you can then pose to the group. It’s a place to start.
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