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Old 02-08-2014, 12:07 AM   #1
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Just wanted to say Hello from Everett Washington. I have been involved in Painting and Finishing here in the Pacific Northwest for 20+ years. My background is fairly diverse as I have worked in many aspects of painting and finishing. From owner occupied repaints int/ext, new residential and commercial painting both int/ext, to pressure washing, media blasting, rust prevention, restoration and fine wood finishing. I have a serious problem with the way most people, especially other trades in construction, view painters as craftsmen and professionals. Unfortunately, I've had more than one occasion where a few hacks in our trade help foster that misconception. I was taught, from the beginning, that quality is something that can't be skimped on. My mentor and long time friend once told me, "You don't have to be good at something to tell when somebody else is not." I found that quite useful as I went through my apprenticeship. Hopefully, here I can be with "like minded" professionals who think the same way I do. Thanks for reading my rant and keep a wet edge.
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Welcome to PT Ryan. Read, relax and hang out, this is a great place to be.
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Just wanted to say Hello from Everett Washington. I have been involved in Painting and Finishing here in the Pacific Northwest for 20+ years. My background is fairly diverse as I have worked in many aspects of painting and finishing. From owner occupied repaints int/ext, new residential and commercial painting both int/ext, to pressure washing, media blasting, rust prevention, restoration and fine wood finishing. I have a serious problem with the way most people, especially other trades in construction, view painters as craftsmen and professionals. Unfortunately, I've had more than one occasion where a few hacks in our trade help foster that misconception. I was taught, from the beginning, that quality is something that can't be skimped on. My mentor and long time friend once told me, "You don't have to be good at something to tell when somebody else is not." I found that quite useful as I went through my apprenticeship. Hopefully, here I can be with "like minded" professionals who think the same way I do. Thanks for reading my rant and keep a wet edge.
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Just wanted to say Hello from Everett Washington. I have been involved in Painting and Finishing here in the Pacific Northwest for 20+ years. My background is fairly diverse as I have worked in many aspects of painting and finishing. From owner occupied repaints int/ext, new residential and commercial painting both int/ext, to pressure washing, media blasting, rust prevention, restoration and fine wood finishing. I have a serious problem with the way most people, especially other trades in construction, view painters as craftsmen and professionals. Unfortunately, I've had more than one occasion where a few hacks in our trade help foster that misconception. I was taught, from the beginning, that quality is something that can't be skimped on. My mentor and long time friend once told me, "You don't have to be good at something to tell when somebody else is not." I found that quite useful as I went through my apprenticeship. Hopefully, here I can be with "like minded" professionals who think the same way I do. Thanks for reading my rant and keep a wet edge.
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Welcome Ryan! You didn't mention if you were a painting contractor, painter, or both. So, I'm assuming you're a painter.

It appears you have a lot of experience in the twenty years of painting. I've always liked that aspect of this trade. There's always a good variety of thing yet to be learned. Besides the technical side, that involves chemistry, physics, and logistics, there's the business side that is really interesting in terms of what translates to practical paint contracting. At the end of the day, it really is a trade one can be proud of.

I do share your concerns with the image and the criticality that the painting trade projects in the building and construction industry. This is why I'm also grateful that Paint Talk has provided a platform for these discussions. Unfortunately, many PT participants have been offended when their less then reputable, or standardized practices have been exposed, or when common knowledge is presented as an original idea that is received without the reverence a poster had desired.

But regardless, discussions among us are taking place as never before. Subsequently, a culture of knowledge, information, expression, and original ideas have contributed to the growing number of painters who blog, and those who visit sites like Paint Talk.
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welcome Ryan,

your core values will be a good fit here.



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