The dreaded task of brushing polyurethane. If you are a professional painter and are reading this thinking that there is nothing to it except brushing it out smooth with an ox hair brush, I'm going to ask you to get rid of your presuppositions for a moment and read on. Ninety nine point nine … Continue reading How To Make Brushed On Polyurethane, Or Any Clear Coat, Look Like It Was Sprayed Professionally
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Ask someone what first comes to mind when they hear the word, "painter," and you will get a flurry of responses. Beer drinker, is generally at the apex of the list, but here are some other hats that paint contractors wear as well. Meteorologist: I'm in the midwest where the phrase, "don't like the weather, … Continue reading The Many Hats of a Paint Contractor
A Typical Conversation With Customers Me to the customer, "What type of sheen would you like on your walls?" Customer, "I'm not sure, What are my options, and what do you mean by sheen?" Me again, "How 'shiny' your walls will be with your new paint. You have the options of flat, matte, eggshell, satin, … Continue reading What Type of Paint Should I Use For My…
You've got a total of 30 friends coming over for Thanksgiving Dinner, and you were drinking one night and offered to cook the whole meal, nobody is to bring anything but a good attitude. Would it be okay, as you prepare the food, to include all of the steps and ingredients, but, do them in … Continue reading DIY: Steps To Repainting An Entire Room
Congratulations! Your homework and diligence has paid off; you have gone through the bidding process and have found the perfect paint contractor for your project. Here are some final steps to take before the work begins. Inform the Contractor Let them know that you have chosen them, make sure their schedule is still open to … Continue reading 5 Things I Want Customers To Know As They Choose Their Painting Contractor #5: Awarding the Contract
Price is obviously a major player in the decision making process. You could have a rental property, strapped for cash, or getting ready to sell, and just want the absolute cheapest price period, no sales pitch, no upgrades in paint, just the absolute least expensive bid, that's that. But for the sake of reason, let's … Continue reading 5 Things I Want Customers To Know As They Choose Their Painting Contractor #4: Price and Payment Schedule
You've taken time to meet with a few contractors, they are aware of the scope of work, they have submitted their proposals, now, it's decision making time. Here is your next step to awarding the project. Insurance: Do they have it? Sure, it states on their card that they are insured, but do they really … Continue reading 5 Things I Want Customers To Know As They Choose Their Painting Contractor #3: Insurance
You've done your research, gone through the business cards from your local paint store, looked at websites and Face Book pages, checked with neighbors, and have scheduled times for three paint contractors to come look at your project. Here are some helpful hints, and some things to take note of, to make the estimate be … Continue reading 5 Things I Want Customers To Know As They Choose Their Painting Contractor #2: The Meet and Greet
You and your spouse have come to the agreement that your home needs painted. Now what? Where do you go to find the perfect painter? Let me start by saying where NOT to go...Craigslist. Sorry Craigslist, you’re good for a lot of things, finding painters isn’t one of them. I won’t get too … Continue reading 5 Things I Want Customers To Know As They Choose Their Painting Contractor #1: Where To Find Candidates
A short time ago I would have rolled my proverbial eyes if a fellow painter had said that they blogged for their painting business. Thoughts that would enter the ol' noggin would be, "shouldn't you spend more time behind the brush", or, "who in their right mind, besides a painter, is so bored that … Continue reading Why Would A Painter Blog?