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Old 03-01-2011, 11:17 AM   #1
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Hey guys my name is Eric i am a pro painter with about 3 years of experience and i am currently taking classes at Loring Job Corps in Maine. I have a strong passion for painting and love doing it. I am almost completed my vocational trade as well, and i am going back to ct as soon as i find a job. But the thing is its really quite hard finding people to paint with . I have filled out a bunch of online apps and want to join the IUPAT union because i heard there amazing to get into with very good pay and benefits as well. Does anyone have any tips or tricks of the trade at all that can help my find a job in the new England area i would prefer ct but if i have to move to get a painting job i will.
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:03 PM   #2
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Welcome .........


have you ever painted out in the real world yet?? ,...............maybe im confused by your post but it sounds like your in some type of trade school or something
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Welcome to Paint Talk. Job Corps is a great program. They should have all the info on your local area Union.
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I would be reluctant to call myself a "pro" with only 3 years experience. Not trying to be mean but just sayin.

Now Ole34 can call himself a " super master painter" but he ( I assume he) has been painting probably more than 3 years.

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I would be reluctant to call myself a "pro" with only 3 years experience. Not trying to be mean but just sayin.

Now Ole34 can call himself a " super master painter" but he ( I assume he) has been painting probably more than 3 years.

hes right, your no pro painter .....your just a ''dude'' still and ''dude'' is a long way away from ''Super Master Painter'' so if i were you i would get a move on
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on a serious note.............a lot of us guys here had to pay our dues for a while before turning ''PRO'' so watch how you use the word....i for one had to roll ceilings/closets and prep for about 2 yrs before i was even allowed to touch finish paint on EXTERORS let alone INTERIORS



Good luck to you!!..............

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Geez guys! WTF? Who really cares if the guy calls himself a pro? Ive trained guys that are def full Journeyman after 3 years. And according to the Union you are a Journeyman after 3 years if you put in your 6000 hours. Instead of welcoming someone new lets just attack them. Better yet, I say we just close up and no more new members. Yeah, we can all just hang out and shoot the chit among us. Come to think of it.....exactly WHAT is the purpose of this site again? Im starting to wonder And again, welcome to Paint Talk Eric. I gotta appologize for a few around here who did a lotta spraying lacquers and epoxies without a respirator. I suggest you wear yours
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Thanks Woodland! I started to type a reply to the "your not a painter" posts, but just shook my head in disapointment. Decided a welcome to the OP was better....
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Thanks Woodland! I started to type a reply to the "your not a painter" posts, but just shook my head in disapointment. Decided a welcome to the OP was better....
I generally try and bite my tongue. Sometimes its hard. I see a few replies that would discourage many from ever coming back. Myself? Ive spend enough years working with other painters to know better. But my main point is I have always had the understanding PT was a site for painters to help each other out. Not to come and flex egos and argue. Not for who is the best painter, has the best shop, knows the most, makes the most $$$$$, etc. Who cares? Sorry for my rant. I was just trying to figure out how anyone would know what caliber painter the guy is after 3 years? You dont so why tell him he isnt a pro? I can assure you if he was under my wing for 3 years he would be a full fledged Journeyman Painter Again, sorry for my rant. The Mods are welcome to edit or delete anything. And ERIC!!!! You better stick around now. Lol
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The Mods are welcome to edit or delete anything.
No problem at all on my end! Thanks for stepping up for the OP!
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I don't think some you guys are thinking about how many new members you may be driving off from a simple intro post, not to mention how many lurkers. A simple think before you post might apply to this situation.

Welcome to the forum Eric.

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All I gotta say now is Eric better start posting here everyday now And if the Jobcorps isnt helping you get hooked up with the Union which they should be, let me know and I will be more than glad to help you get the info. Maybe even make a call or two I never did meet Jimmy Hoffa but I know a few folks.
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Welcome to the board brotha! There's always gonna be a few that'll try and make you look foolish. They'll pick apart your words, find an easy angle to put down your work etc... just ignore it.

Learning to ignore it here at PT will be great practice for you when ya join the union!!!
just kidding.......kinda

There are also a lot of really great folks here that will help you along as well.

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Welcome,

Ole is just jealous cause his old boss kept him locked up in a closet for the first few years.

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Woodland all I can say is . I have disapeared for long periods of time from this and other painting forums because I can't stand the abuse that can go on. However I also will say that there are other very helpful painters that have given me great advice..as a poster and a lurker.
AND WELCOME Daekine!
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Woodland all I can say is . I have disapeared for long periods of time from this and other painting forums because I can't stand the abuse that can go on. However I also will say that there are other very helpful painters that have given me great advice..as a poster and a lurker.
AND WELCOME Daekine!
Paint Talk has been a very valuable resource for me and yes, there are some very helpful and good members here too.
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I generally try and bite my tongue. Sometimes its hard.
What are the chances this dude is coming back? Do you know how many do a hit and run? Don't you get tired of saying the same old stuff over and over and over? The thick skinned and the ones that are truly interested end up sticking around, learning and giving information. So bite your tongue all you want, just make sure you don't bite it off.
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