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Old 07-11-2013, 08:50 PM   #1
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Hey just got a job as a prepper* the other day. Looking for tips/pictures of masking. Thanks yall.

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You throw that term around pretty loosly don't cha? Prepper is the correct term on what you are hired to do, not a painter. I am sure your foreman will instruct a newbie like yourself on how to do your job. GL.

PS: If anyone hands you a rag to put in your pocket don't do it.
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Hey just got a job as a painter the other day. Looking for tips/pictures of masking. Thanks yall.
Search the forum, there is a lot of information buried around here. GL.
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PS: If anyone hands you a rag to put in your pocket don't do it.
What could POSSIBLY go wrong with that Mike?
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What could POSSIBLY go wrong with that Mike?
surely it is worth a sniff unless it has dark muddy stains on it.
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Ahh....the good old days of caulking til my fingers hurt, sanding til I had no fingerprints left, puttying millions of power nailer holes and going home at the end of the day without a worry in the world.
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surely it is worth a sniff unless it has dark muddy stains on it.
The old "thinner rag" in the pocket trick. Leaves a nice burn mark on your azz and you won't ever repeat THAT mistake ever again.
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The old "thinner rag" in the pocket trick. Leaves a nice burn mark on your azz and you won't ever repeat THAT mistake ever again.
Lacquer is worse but I got the idea.
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Hey just got a job as a painter the other day. Looking for tips/pictures of masking. Thanks yall.

You mean this? Don't know what good it'll do ya.
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Welcome to the group.

Good luck in your new job. And everyone's correct, you're not a painter yet.
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Thanks for all the tips and flaming. It's all good stuff I need to know.

I will edit the painter to prepper.
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[QUOTE=cdaniels;420373]Ahh....the good old days of caulking til my fingers hurt, sanding til I had no fingerprints left, puttying millions of power nailer holes and going home at the end of the day without a worry in the world.[/QUOTE]


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Welcome, be sure to ask questions while you can still get away with it and observe as much as you can.
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Thanks for all the tips and flaming. It's all good stuff I need to know.

I will edit the painter to prepper.
Sorry I didn't welcome you, it's nice you have a good sense of humor.
I'm a paperhanger not a painter but I recently learned something about prep that I didn't know for decades.
You can pull the carpet down around the baseboards and slide the tape so far back and secure that it makes the future work soooo much easier.
Especially if the floor protection is going to be down for a good while.

Again, welcome and have fun here and learn lots.
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Welcome Laborer. I give you a lot of credit for wanting to learn & caring enough to ask questions. That shows me that your're not just "putting in your time" & you want to do well. Pride is everything is cracked up to be at all levels.

The best tips I can give you is to ALWAYS be on time and preferably early. Never go into or out of the jobsite empty handed and never lean against the wall or put your hands in your pockets. Don't be the first one to sit down at lunch time....this nonsense will earn you respect. The most important tool in your tool bag is your mouth...use it wisely.

That being said...what we say on here about specific tasks at this point really doesn't matter. Do it the way your boss shows and tells you.

Best of luck...let us know how it's going
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Yeah what Chris said. good luck and let us know how you are doing
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Hey thanks for all the tips. I now understand that every painter/crew masks slightly differently. I was just scared I was going to be at a job alone and not know what to do.

Luckily my boss set me up with a mentor and I've been learning a lot the last few days.The first day I sanded for 8 Hours. My second day I caulked/sanded for 8 hours, and I got pretty good by the end of the day (thought I was a pro before this job but last job had different standard). My third day I started masking windows and the floors. I kept messing up and bring the paper too far and having to cut it with a blade. I guess it just takes practice. Monday morning we start masking off the cabinets/trim to paint the walls and ceilings.

So far I really enjoy working for a professional painting company. It was rough doing general home/apartment turnovers and yard maintenance, because you don't really specialize in any 1 thing. You kind of just do everything to the lowest standard to get it back on the market as quickly as possible.

I'll update this monday.
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...The first day I sanded for 8 Hours...
Hope you wear a mask as you sand. Hard to be bothered but if you stick with it that dust adds up.

Also you don't realize that sanding is hard on your ears. I can't stress enough that ear protection prevents Tinnitus. It's an annoying condition.
You have to decide which is more annoying, masks and earplugs or long term damage.

Also, don't take up smoking.

Drink in moderation.

Don't tease dogs on the job... learned that the hard way.
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