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Old 03-17-2017, 10:55 AM   #1
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Hello everyone! My name is Otto and I'm a 20 year old painter here in Sweden and I'm soon to graduate my high school education after spending three years studying all the required theoretical subjects as well as the necessary subjects in the building and construction sector with focus on 'byggnadsmåleri' or as you say in English 'house painting'.

I have also spent these three years out on different workplaces learning the trade with experienced and older painters as an apprentice 3-4 times a week which I have thought have been mostly fun and very giving. My time here at school ends in June so then I will go out into the real world as a fresh painter.

In Sweden we have something called 'gesällbrev' which translates to apprentice diploma for professions like painting which means that you're required to have worked 6800 hours as an apprentice before you can call yourself a fully educated painter. By doing the high school education with focus on painting you cut that number by 3800 hours if you have done all the work required so there will be roughly 1/2 years before I am fully done.

As of now I'm finishing some subjects like Math and Religion so right now I have no internship but very soon I will most likely(hopefully!) have a spot waiting for me at a painting business that I really like that I also hope for will hire me after school if all goes well. I'm very happy that I found this forum and I'm looking forward to learning as much as possible from you more experienced painters out there. Any advice for a starting out painter like myself is very much appreciated! Best regards, Otto. Thank you.
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My grandfather was a house painter from Sweden. He taught me the trade many years ago. welcome!
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One time my buddy was consulting a client on some refinishing of her baseboards and some casing. He told her that some Swedish oil would do the trick. After we left I was like "Did you mean Danish oil or what?"

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Welcome to the group!
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I think Pete just found a new name for his company...
"Pete's Byggnadsmåleri".
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Welcome to the group!
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BTW,
I think Pete just found a new name for his company...
"Pete's Byggnadsmåleri".
I just have to find a way to slip this word in somewhere, somehow. I don't have a clue how to pronounce it, but I like it anyway! Perhaps it's the Swedish in me from my mother's side.

Oh, and welcome Swedish Painter!
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Congratz Otto for your painting career advancement.

My oldest Son started painting with me when he was about 10yrs old. He is home schooled and age 17 now, he also works for my former employer. Makes $14 an hour and still finishing up his schooling.
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Welcome to PT....

Why don't we have some programs like this in the states? As we all bitch about not having qualified people to hire. Must be too busy thinking about priming hardie board or what references to give people...
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Thanks so much for the warm welcome guys! I'm looking forward to getting to know you all as well as learn from your wisdom and experience! Any suggestions where I should start reading? =)
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Anywhere but the "How to roll a wall" thread. or the one about Door knobs.
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Welcome Otto!

It's rare to read that someone is actually pursuing a painting career with the guidance of a legitimate vocational curriculum at such a young age. In the US, many painters like myself basically stumble into painting as a means of survival rather than a career choice. It is encouraging to be reminded that painting is a respectable trade, where in some places around the globe, the education systems place a value on it. Good luck to you!

As far as any tips starting out, take the knowledge you've learned, grab a brush, and start developing your skills.
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