Just joined Paint Talk to get an answer on a question about 25 gallon hoppers. Pop into the equipment section if you want to read it and offer an opinion.
My name is Bart. I'm the owner of Deschutes Painting in Bend Oregon. I'm a 3rd generation painter. My dad started our company in 1978. I've been the boss since 1998. We run 25 to 30 employees per year. Our focus is primarily commercial and government work.
My favorite construction joke:
How can you tell when a scaffold is level?
When a drywaller is standing on it, drool comes out both corners of his mouth.
My biggest concern for our industry is PPG's decision to go into competition with all of us. If you haven't heard of Paintzen yet, you need to learn about it. The CEO of PPG said he wanted to be the "Uber of painting". I can't imagine anything worse for our industry than joining the 'gig economy'. Having a supplier setting wage prices is a recipe for disaster.
Oh, and I LOVE low VOC paints! Growing up with solvents and heavy respirators, I feel liberated with the latest breed of water clean up paints. From epoxies to lacquers and even automotive finishes, I'm glad to leave the days of hot solvents behind us. Sure, the first couple generations of these products had some serious road bumps, but the newest versions of these products are as good, or better than their stinky predecessors.
Anyways, thanks for reading.
Deschutes Painting, Inc.
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