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I am trying to stimulate my creativity, I have access to great people in our industry and many professionals. I am interested in creating learning resources for trades people in our industry that will assist them to be more professional.

Have you got a suggestion on what I could research and develop?

Some suggestions could be:
  • Paint coating technology
  • Decorative finishes
  • Industrial coatings
  • Green painting and sustainability
  • Stains and clear finishes
  • Apply paint by spray
  • Industrial coatings

If you have an idea, let me know.
 

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Great idea Michael, and my hat's off to you.

BUT, I am not clear as to what type of resources you are thinking about creating.


You title it books, but even that is a broad subject.

text books? historical books? how to books with pix/drawings? or all of the above?


In the 70's, a customer wanted me to grain a few things. This was before this present wave of faux finishing took off. He sent me into the BPL (Boston Public Library) where I found decades old books on the subject of graining. The books described how to mix, from scratch, the glaze. How to make the tools. And generally how to study different woods to simulate a type. It also had plates of some examples.

Sometimes studying the old ways of accomplishing our tasks can be helpful in perfecting them with the modern materials and tools.

You being a teacher, I wouldn't be presumptuous in suggesting to l you how to do this, but if you can find some of the old books on the any of these subjects, they could be helpful.

BTW, you have "industrial coatings" listed twice ;) :whistling2:

I like the idea of paint coatings technology. What ingredients in a bucket of paint do what. Limit of colorants in a quantity of paint and what happens when you over tint. Application of multiple coats - what paints "re-mulsify" the first layer and time limit of that second coat.

I feel if painters better understood the technology of the coatings, that knowledge would make them much better.
 

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Thanks Bill for the prompt reply. I have been developing learning guides and textbooks for the trade for some time now. I am amazed at the level of professionalism that is shown on this site, but the truth is many painters struggle to understand the technical aspect of the trade.

I am about to undertake a new project of developing educational support materials including books, more specifically ePub books. I have been thinking that instead of just developing for the apprentice I should try and look more at the industry as a whole.

The feedback you gave me on Fuax is a good idea, as well as paint technology. It will be interesting to see what other replies I get (perhaps the subliminal adding of industrial coatings twice might lead someone requesting information on that subject).

This is a type of market research I am doing I guess.
 

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What about:

-Paint application by brush
-Paint application by roller

I have been really concentrating on streamlining my brushing technique. I'm amazed how difficult of a time I am having because I am so used to what I have been doing for years. Why do I want to add 2-3 strokes when it isn't necessary? I feel my "cut-in" has been refined. I am still working on the trim, doors, casing etc. I personally think I leave a great finish. I'm just saying that I should be able to leave the same or better finish with fewer strokes. Perhaps if I had been taught properly to begin with I wouldn't have to re-train myself. This is where a guide or book would be excellent. Perhaps even a video.
 

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What about:

-Paint application by brush
-Paint application by roller
Probably should be a video. It would be interesting to demonstrate a few different techniques though. Perhaps I could video a few painters that I know are exceptionally fast.

I think a lot has to do with position and the way a brush is loaded. I will look into that. Thanks for the suggestion.
 

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Since there are so many books and other references like PDCA, and SSPC that reference the technical aspects of painting, maybe a book that describes the logistical aspects of painting could be useful. For example:

-Access difficulties and options to solve those challenges (ladders, staging, rental equipment, etc.)

-Recommended paint splatter protection procedures for exterior and interior painting (plastic and canvas drop cloths, masking techniques, clean up procedures)

-Suggested work area configuration for residential, commercial , and industrial. ( For example- In industrial applications, setting up diesel equipment and wind direction can be an issue among other considerations.)

-Break guide lines ( suggestions on painting sequence that will prevent interruptions to workers set break times. Inconsistency with break times WILL create conflict.)

Basically a reference guide on job site management for painting projects would be useful to start up contractors in my opinion.
 

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Since there are so many books and other references like PDCA, and SSPC that reference the technical aspects of painting, maybe a book that describes the logistical aspects of painting could be useful. For example:

-Access difficulties and options to solve those challenges (ladders, staging, rental equipment, etc.)

This is a great one.

So when is the book coming out?

 

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They already exist. Spider, Tractel, Sky Climber and Patent just to name some of the Rigging Company's.

The area of excellence in access is a VERY competitive field. Get a Rep from any of the above mentioned company's and have your on sight assessment done by as many that will give you a quote.
 
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