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Old 02-23-2010, 02:50 AM   #1
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I've lurked on and off for a while, figured I'd start contributing (and learning more) now that I've got a bit more free time.

I've been painting for 10 years now. Started with a large company doing commercial/residential/industrial/institutional, and was lucky to be taken under the wing of the owner and the top foreman, which gave me a great learning experience. Stayed with them for 6 years and then went off on my own doing small scale residential. With the downturn in the economy I decided to go back to being an employee. I never got to the point of losing money, but it was heading that way unless I started paying my guys minimum wage or giving a quality of job that I couldn't live with.

Not to be spiteful, but hopefully before things turn around it will thin out the ranks of the charlatans and pretenders. But for now it's kind of nice to be an employee for a while, take it a bit easy. It's a lot more fun to come home and relax rather than have to do payroll
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Old 02-23-2010, 03:14 AM   #2
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The Canadians are taking over!

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I've lurked on and off for a while, figured I'd start contributing (and learning more) now that I've got a bit more free time.

I've been painting for 10 years now. Started with a large company doing commercial/residential/industrial/institutional, and was lucky to be taken under the wing of the owner and the top foreman, which gave me a great learning experience. Stayed with them for 6 years and then went off on my own doing small scale residential. With the downturn in the economy I decided to go back to being an employee. I never got to the point of losing money, but it was heading that way unless I started paying my guys minimum wage or giving a quality of job that I couldn't live with.

Not to be spiteful, but hopefully before things turn around it will thin out the ranks of the charlatans and pretenders. But for now it's kind of nice to be an employee for a while, take it a bit easy. It's a lot more fun to come home and relax rather than have to do payroll
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Welcome friend.
We own this place, it seems.
Canadian Paint talk, Nathan?
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I'm kind of glad to see you all on here. Welcome man. Feel free to add your two cents.
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Yeah It seems like I've seen more painters from Canada than before.... I'm one of those...
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Greetings, I have been in the painting trade and drywall 46 years. traved the western USA including Hawaii most of my career. Home schooled to do this. Never had met a canadian tradesman. Be glad to do so..Worked out of the union in Hawaii and met painters from all over the world. I have a great time hanging out among the trades. John. www.johnnygo.bravehost.com...
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The Canadians are taking over!

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We will see tonight who's the loser. LOL GO TEAM USA
Welcome my fellow comrade
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Hello People... Canadians are actually Taking Over.....
I am new to this forum... I am planning to start a new thread to find out whats new in Painting Industry in terms of New Designs, New types of Colours, New Textures and New Techniques...
Will Paste the Link for the same within this thread...
C you Guys Around...

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I've been painting for 10 years now. Started with a large company doing commercial/residential/industrial/institutional, and was lucky to be taken under the wing of the owner and the top foreman, which gave me a great learning experience. Stayed with them for 6 years and then went off on my own doing small scale residential.
Welcome, that is some real on the job experience. You will have plenty to contribute.

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Not to be spiteful, but hopefully before things turn around it will thin out the ranks of the charlatans and pretenders.
Actually, the current economy is helping those charlatans worm their way into the industry.

And they are asking us to help them go right from their 2 or 3 months of painting "experience" by giving them full lessons on how to do and know all the things we spent time and money learning how to do.

They want us to tell them how to do it so that they can succeed and we can fail.

Like a giant boa constrictor who tells you to relax and not worry every time it tightens it's grasp around your midsection.

Sweet dreams everyone!



Antonio, seriously welcome though, that rant probably didn't belong in your introduction but something you said brought up a key point pertinent to the topic.
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Hello People... Canadians are actually Taking Over.....
I am new to this forum... I am planning to start a new thread to find out whats new in Painting Industry in terms of New Designs, New types of Colours, New Textures and New Techniques...
Will Paste the Link for the same within this thread...
C you Guys Around...

Peace!!
Here is the Link for the thread I was talking about!
https://www.painttalk.com/f2/whats-ne...89/#post119088

Check It out and Share what according to you is New in Painting Industry....
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Seems all the Canadians are out west....am I the only prairie boy?

It's lonely cold existence.....


WELCOME Antonio, I'm new here also, some good reads!

Cheers.
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