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What is Paint Talk?
So, you had a painting question, did a search on the internet for a possible answer, and ended up at Paint Talk.com. Is this site for you? Read on to decide.

First, paint talk is a site for professional painters to exchange ideas concerning their profession. A search of the forum headings and reading some of the posts will give you an idea of what it's about. Paint Talk is not the place for do-it-yourselfers to post questions. If that describes you then please go to our sister forum DIYChatroom.com. Many of our members also hang out there and will be happy to assist you if they can.
If you are a professional painter or contractor, please continue reading to see how you can get started.

What do I need to know before I post a question on Paint Talk?

Answer: First, before you can post or reply to existing posts, you’ll need to register here. Registering will allow you to become interactive with other members of the forum.

Going to the FAQs section will give you almost all the information you’ll need to navigate through the technical aspects of the forum.
Be sure to read the Posting Rules. This will provide you with information about things you shouldn’t post on as well as a brief idea of posting etiquette.

Do a Search to see if your question has already been asked and answered. Not all searches will result in a hit but doing so may link you to the information you need and avoid cluttering up the forum with questions that have been asked (and answered) many times before.

It's also a good idea to go to the Introductions section and post an introduction of yourself to the group before you post your first question. This helps us to get to know you and your business a little better and will allow us to better answer questions.

Another thing that you might consider doing is listing your location in your public profile. It is not necessary to completely fill out a profile at this time, in fact many users choose to never do so, but listing your general location (ex. western Ohio) will give other members an idea of what type of weather conditions you face in your area so that they may more accurately answer your questions. There are also places to add more information about yourself and your company. After you have 10 posts, you will be able to add your link to your signature line.
 

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What type of questions can I post?

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If it has to do with painting, it’s pretty wide open regarding what can be posted. Checking the sub-forums will quickly show a variety of topics that are covered and allow you to consider where your post might best fit in. Please be aware that pricing questions are generally frowned upon. There are so many variables when it comes to pricing that trying to provide accurate information through a venue such as Paint Talk is almost impossible. Questions like, "How much should I charge for this...?", almost always result in less than friendly responses, or even an outright closing of the post by a moderator, so it's best to just avoid posting them in the first place.

If you are just starting out in the profession, or are considering doing so, go to the sub forum: General Painting Discussion, and read the sticky:For new members and visitors: So you think you want to be a painting contractor?
This is located at the top of the posts and is a good place to start. It may possibly answer some questions that you might have considered posting to the group.

In reading the threads and posts, I’ve noticed that some members can be pretty rough with their replies. I thought they were here to help. What gives?

Answer: It’s true that the replies here can sometimes seem unfriendly or even downright rude. Some new members are put off by that and quickly leave, never to return. It is the wish of many members here that this would change. Any forum that doesn’t welcome in new members will eventually become stagnant and die out.

All forums have their own tone. It needs to be kept in mind that this is a forum for professional painters so it will be assumed you have a certain level of experience. Questions that indicate a complete lack of knowledge of basic application techniques, tools, and business practices, may result in replies that are less than helpful. A good way to approach the forum is as if you were the newest member on a painting crew. You have a certain degree of understanding but you wish to learn and grow in the profession. Asking intelligent, well thought out, and well phrased questions will usually result in the same types of replies. If you come across as a know it all or arrogant, you’ll likely be responded to in the same manner.

It also pays to have a sense of humor. How you respond to someone's seemingly smart aleck reply may well determine how the group forms it’s initial opinion of you. If someone appears to respond in a rude or improper manner, try and take a step back and reply like a grown up (even if they didn’t). It’s fairly certain others will quickly jump in with some helpful responses. If you react with anger or indignation, you may very well be giving the negative repliers just what they wanted. However, no one should be personally attacking you or responding with inappropriate language or remarks. If you feel that has happened, please use the Report A Post feature (the icon of the red circle with an exclamation point in it) located at the bottom of each post. This will allow you to bring a questionable post to the attention of the moderators.


Summary

We’re glad you found Paint Talk and hope you find it as informative, interesting, and enjoyable as the majority of the members have.

Everyone, regardless of where they are in the business of professional painting, has something to contribute at one time or another. If you have been lurking a while please consider jumping in with a post sometime soon. PT is a great site and new contributing members can only make it better.
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The above two posts were created by the members of Painttalk to better answer the questions that are often asked by first time posters.

For New Members

Please read the posts, it will help you to better understand the forum.

For Existing Members

Feel free to link these posts where you think they may be helpful

Please PM me if you have any questions, suggestions or comments.

Thanks!
 
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