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Old 12-01-2018, 07:03 AM   #1
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I just joined this forum as the few threads I read indicated it offers a community with a lot of knowledge and experience...yet also affords one that encourages open dialogue, even when opinions are diverse.

Me? I am no professional painter. However, I have a great deal of experience painting, going back forty years to my first Summer job at the age of 15, during which I spent three months painting a large portion of various parts of a huge linen plant in Atlanta. I was given a bucket, a brush and a ladder and told to get to it. I had no idea what I was doing and got no training or assistance whatsoever...other than one useful piece of advice from a cranky old maintenance guy who shouted at me, “Put some f-in paint on your brush!” as he walked by me one day. Forty years later, I still load my brush to ensure I’m applying an even and adequate coat of paint that will brush smooth and lady for years.

While still a kid, I painted my uncle’s beach house in return for spending vacation time there. He was an extremely picky man...so, I was already showing talent.

As an adult, I have I painted my own houses, inside and out and tend to strive for excellence if not perfectionism. For me...one of the biggest keys to a quality paint job is ATD (attention to detail)...particularly during prep. The other key to a successful hub is using quality paint and related products and taking care of that equipment.

During the past year, I have been painting interior/exterior portions of a beautiful 60-year-old custom built rancher that is in excellent condition. As always, I am constantly figuring out or otherwise learning new tricks and improved techniques.

Already quite adept at rolling and brushing, I have just recently moved into the foray of the airless sprayer. It’s definity a horse of a different color and a bit intimidating when starting out. But, when you need it a thing, you need it...and I needed definitely needed it (to cover a lot of purple trim and built-ins.) After a week of educating myself and ‘diving into my first project,’ I can say I am adapting well to this new princess for painting.

Perhaps I can share some of the things I’ve learned and techniques I use in this forum.. Good or bad, they may at least stimulate dialog or, then again, may actually help out someone. I also look forward to learning a great deal from such an experienced and professional community.

Thanks for having me!

All the Best,

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Old 12-01-2018, 09:21 AM   #2
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I just joined this forum as the few threads I read indicated it offers a community with a lot of knowledge and experience...yet also affords one that encourages open dialogue, even when opinions are diverse.

Me? I am no professional painter. However, I have a great deal of experience painting, going back forty years to my first Summer job at the age of 15, during which I spent three months painting a large portion of various parts of a huge linen plant in Atlanta. I was given a bucket, a brush and a ladder and told to get to it. I had no idea what I was doing and got no training or assistance whatsoever...other than one useful piece of advice from a cranky old maintenance guy who shouted at me, “Put some f-in paint on your brush!” as he walked by me one day. Forty years later, I still load my brush to ensure I’m applying an even and adequate coat of paint that will brush smooth and lady for years.

While still a kid, I painted my uncle’s beach house in return for spending vacation time there. He was an extremely picky man...so, I was already showing talent.

As an adult, I have I painted my own houses, inside and out and tend to strive for excellence if not perfectionism. For me...one of the biggest keys to a quality paint job is ATD (attention to detail)...particularly during prep. The other key to a successful hub is using quality paint and related products and taking care of that equipment.

During the past year, I have been painting interior/exterior portions of a beautiful 60-year-old custom built rancher that is in excellent condition. As always, I am constantly figuring out or otherwise learning new tricks and improved techniques.

Already quite adept at rolling and brushing, I have just recently moved into the foray of the airless sprayer. It’s definity a horse of a different color and a bit intimidating when starting out. But, when you need it a thing, you need it...and I needed definitely needed it (to cover a lot of purple trim and built-ins.) After a week of educating myself and ‘diving into my first project,’ I can say I am adapting well to this new princess for painting.

Perhaps I can share some of the things I’ve learned and techniques I use in this forum.. Good or bad, they may at least stimulate dialog or, then again, may actually help out someone. I also look forward to learning a great deal from such an experienced and professional community.

Thanks for having me!

All the Best,

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Good introduction - but since this IS a site for professional painters I am going to close this thread to avoid the posting of any snarky responses that this type of thread will often elicit from a few members.

I do strongly recommend you repost your intro over at our sister site; www.DIYChatroom.com. Many people going there will welcome and appreciate the advice of an advanced DIYer such as yourself.



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