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Old 08-29-2010, 03:57 PM   #1
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My name is Thomas Rodgers and I own my own business. I've been painting roughly 10 years and am always looking for insight from seasoned pros. I have been watching the discussions for some time and felt it would be only right and polite to introduce myself. I occasionally have some advice (or need to ask some advice) but I know that just throwing out my 10 cents without a "hello" is poor form.
My company name is A Brush Above and I primarily do repaint but have spent the last year doing large new res stain grade homes. I have done new res, remodel, commercial (no industrial) and I own 6 rigs from Titan 440's to Graco gmax 7900, to Titan air assisted and HVLPs. I love painting and my wife thinks I'm a painting nerd. Heck I read books like Jewitt's "Finishing" for recreation. Maybe I am a nerd. So be it.

I have done some work for some cool customers and ultimately want to see my business grow on my terms. I don't need help advertising (I actually do not try to advertise at all, straight word of mouth at this point) but I do need solid advice about better techniques as the situation arises.

I wish I had the luxury of being an apprentice in a union (at least for the regimented teaching and OJT by protocols), but have spent the last few years in trial by fire and have done alright for myself. I have worked under an amazing painter out of Ft. Collins, Colorado (Loveland to be precise) and wished I paid better attention in the time I was there. I am glad for the lessons I have learned along the way but would appreciate good, sound advice as the need arises. I am NOT an apartment painter, nor am I knocking apartment painters. I am not production, but I am not "custom" either. I believe my work is solid, but I know it can be better, faster, cleaner, more ordered etc. I have 4 employees trimmed down from 8 currently, and am trying to find the best long term fit for me and my business.

In general, I want to be the best at what I do, and will (and do) appreciate any insight those out there may have and want to do my best at offering advice to those who could learn from the mistakes I have made along the way.

Thanks for letting me jump into your guys world.....


Thomas
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Old 08-29-2010, 04:29 PM   #2
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Great intro! Glad to have you here, look forward to your posts!
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:24 PM   #5
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Welcome, you will learn a lot here. On a side note, I used to teach at Brayton Fire Field, I love College Station.
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