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Old 12-30-2010, 12:39 AM   #1
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Hello Paint Talk,

29 yrsold, I've been painting for 10 years...mostly in retail stores for other contractors. Kinda of slam bam painter upbringing with Circut City being our main account. We did allot of other buliding maintence/construction as well. They went outta buisness and things got real slow. Been laid off for a couple years now.

I started painting homes by myself and have been learning alot. Work isn't steady but I'm charging a good amount and my limited clients have been very pleased. (even though I always wasn't)

I'm pretty much self taught on alot of stuff... I've been using alot of stuff from Home depot and just havn't been geting the results I want. I'm pretty tidy and am pretty good with a brush. Co- workers (roller guys) always liked the way I cut in. I just feel like I need to know more about quality paints and products. When and when not to use them.

I did a room with deep red/burgundy this week..and it came out kinda funky lookin. Even after 2 coats. It was Behr paintprimer in one. And I used the purple tinted primer underneath...HO were happy and I've done other rooms for them. He always likes to buy the paint. So while I'm working he's runnin back and forth from paint store. I'm sure he thinks I'll mark up the price on em...(whatever)

So I would like to have a better knowledge of what nap to use and what cieling paints hide the best and how to paint a room red and have it pefrect looking cover wise. As a nuetral color would look. Things like that are whats holding me back from the quality looking finishes I'm looking for.

THese naps from home depot were shedding fibers into the red paint today and I was about to frickin lose it. I just feel like I'm using a bunch of junk and it's holding me back. And the stuff just would not cover. Even thought he HO were thrilled and laughing and very happy....(you know the room still had the WOW factor) But I left feeling like I didn't do my best.

Wow sorry guys ....I guess I'm just here to vent tonight, Anyways Glad to be here And I hope to learn a ton from this place and start conducting my painting like a proffesional and not some Home Depot Hack.
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Old 12-30-2010, 12:47 AM   #2
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Welcome, and thanks for the intro! Your in the right place. There are a lot of good people here that are more than willing to help....
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Wow we sure have gotten a rush of Michigan people lately. Thanks for the intro, see you in the threads.
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Great intro, (well except for the Behr part)!
Welcome to the forum, I think if you found a local paint store like Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore or other, you'd find a better level of service and products.
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Hey Nigel,

Welcome aboard.
To combat the roller fuzz try wrapping your new rollers with painters tape and pull it off slow. Or if you have a 5 gallon pale and a brush spinner, dampen the roller, put it down in the bucket spin out the water.

I agree with RCP. Find a paint store that caters to the needs of professionals.
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Welcome Nigel. If the HO is doing your running he's probably buying the rollers as well,Right? Like anything else,you get what you pay for!
If you want to move up in the ranks start utilizing "paint stores" SW,Ben More,ICI,Porter, etc. and buy your own stuff.
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Welcome Nigel,
I am also fairly new to this site and have found great information. Good Luck to you in the upcoming year
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I agree with RCP. Find a paint store that caters to the needs of professionals.
Welcome from another Michigander We have 2 stores in SE Michigan, Commerce and White Lake. If I can ever help you out just let me know There are quite a few good stores in the area, where abouts are you?
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Greetings from Texas. As per your paint choices, you and a guy named Jack Pauhl (on this site) are gonna get along just fine....
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WOW ....Thanks for the warm welcome....Lots of funny responses. Happy New Year ! I Look forward to seeing and chatting with you guys on the boards.
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Welcome. Do yourself a favor and spend an hour a day using the "search" engine on this site. You will learn tons. Stop letting the homeowner buy your materials and good luck in the coming year.
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Welcome to the boards!

One piece of advice I can give you is to be firm with HOs that you only use and warranty materials that you've purchased yourself; say it's a company policy and stick with it. Explain to them that on a typical job, materials are about 10-15% of the total cost; tell them that they are paying mostly for your labor, not the materials.

Like others have said, try to get away from the big box store stuff. Get stuff from Sherwin-Williams or stores carrying BM. Open a charge account with them. As you grow and purchase a lot of materials from the same place, you can negotiate good deals on a per/gallon basis.

For better quality rollers try lambswool, wooster. Wooster 50/50 is also good for general everyday use. Many people love the purdy colossus line found in SW. Don't let your covers soak overnight - they will shed more.
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