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My employee can't paint!!!

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I'm still small with only 2 guys...(one being a helper) And my painter just isn't a good painter. He's a hard worker..doesn't even take a break. But just
learned the basics and felt that was enough. He can't cut for crap. And he doesn't listen..... Yesterday I said 3 times.."utilize the hot dog roller to face off the trim again"'s a apartment repaint...and he just brushed everything waisting valuable time (& my $$)...I mean he brushed 5 doors..and when I checked them they all had runs!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish I could just find one guy who can paint as well as I'd like. Maybe I'm not paying enough....but I haven't found one in years that I feel can paint as well as I do.Now I'm not saying I'm god...just a painter you don't have to check on all the time. How the hell could I ever get out of the bucket if no one working for me has any talent?

I actually toyed with putting this on craigslist...but I'm not sure...
What do you guys think?

Is anyone a real painter?I own a small paint company, and have yet to find anyone who can cut a straight line...paint a door the proper way..or even show up every day without an excuse.
Is there any real painters out there?

I'm looking for someone who has been painting for years & prides himself on the quality of work he produces. Someone who can eventually go to my customers houses by themselves to complete work. Someone who can listen and is not afraid of learning. Someone who can run a crew, eventually maybe run my business.

I'm looking for someone who likes to paint.
You must have a vehicle (that runs in any weather)
You must not show up dressed like a scumbag. (please tie your shoes)
Someone who doesn't think they too have a paint company, just because they printed a card on the computer.

If this even comes close to describing you, please send me an email
and tell me about yourself. Thank you.
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Dont waiste anytime in firing these guys imo, trust your gut, the sooner you fire one the sooner you will find a good one.thanks
dave mac
I find one b 4 firing one, i don't waist any time looking for another when one is on the way out. I,ve been through many guys looking for that good one. As a matter of fact, found a guy last year, 7 years experence....OD"d on a job. Found a good guy back in april of 07,best of the best, couldn't ask for a better guy...end up in jail. Found a good guy back in July, wanted to fight me cause i caulked where he missed asking me "what is the white stuff all over my paint job". Found a good guy back in sept. best guy, hard worker...problem is, he doesn't show up for work once a week. Found a good guy in Dec., he is now in jail.The history continues to go in circles back to 7 years ago.:wallbash:The list goes on and on.
There's old chips curve ball.
Ya, think I'm going to put an add out. My expectations are high. They are as high as the quality of work I give my customers. If you can't paint a door, then you cant paint for me....and when the boss tells you to do it his way,
you should. His quality is just not at interior high end level. I need to find someone who is willing to learn how to paint properly. (or already does)

thanks for all the advice guys....will keep you posted.
Good Luck my Brother, just keep on keeping on.
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