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Friday, January 23, 2009

Commerical Painting requires excellent time management

Complete Custom Painting and Restoration offers commercial painting for new construction, tenant improvement and commercial remodel. One thing that is consistent with commercial painting is the need to fully understand and meet scheduling requirements. While you may think some questions are a minor issue, the more facts you know about the job site and the job schedule, the more likely you are to have success and impress the contractor. I always cover schedule requirements prior to starting work and even go as far as asking detailed questions within the schedule. It is not enough to know that a contractor wants a project done in 7 days, you must know as many details as possible within that 7 days to have success.
If I don't ask the detailed questions then I would probably end up scrambling to make sure the job is done up to the highest standard, or end up bringing on more painters to finish on time. This can cost money so it needs to be avoided.

Some questions that I always ask are:
1. How many phases is the job going to be done in
2. How many days do I have within each phase to finish the painting and decorating work
3. Is the grid going to be in prior to our first coat
4. Is the floor going to be in prior to our first coat
5. Will the floor be covered by the drywall contractor
6. Will the drywall contractor vacuum after their final sweep
7. Do you like us to start at a certain time in the morning
8. Do you like us to finish by a certain time at night
9. Can we work weekends
10. Can we work nights
11. What are the security requirements
12. What are the safety requirements
13. What other contractors will be on site during our working time

The list could continue but at a minimum I like to know at least this much. The more I know prior to work starting, the better the outcome.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Painter Twin Cities Metro Area offers cash back

Complete Custom Painting is offering a 3% referral cash back reward for any referrals that turn into a completed and paid paint job. Our program goes like this.
Goal 1: Prior to the job starting we offer our sign off sheet that measures our performance and lets our customers know it will be our job to meet and exceed all of the job requirements.
Goal 2: As always we stick to our goal of quality work with quality products and finish on time in a professional manor.
Goal 3: We do a final walk-through with the customer and they fill out the final sign off sheet. At the bottom of the sign off sheet is a request for a referral. The referral is not required but any referral that turns into a signed job that pays in full would earn the customer who referred us cash back of 3%.
OVERALL GOAL: Do a great job for each customer so every customer wants to refer us.

Question: Why 3 % Cash Back for any customer?

Answer: Because advertising is expensive and I'd rather pay it to my customers. It costs lots of money for print advertising, yard signs, trips to contractors offices for blue-prints, on-line lead services, price cutting for contractors for additional work etc, etc, etc.


Monday, January 5, 2009

Fine Finishing

The only standard for sprayed enamel or sprayed clear coat is a perfect standard. For this reason I don't recommend a process involving less than 3 coats.
If you are enameling trim, doors etc it will take a full 3 coats to get the results you want. The first coat will be a primer. You will follow that up with sanding putty and caulk. The 2nd coat will be a quality enamel with an extender added. I recommend a oil based enamel for a new construction setting and a waterbased enamel in a re-paint scenario. I thin the 2nd coat roughly 20 percent with Penetrol. I follow up the 2nd coat with more sanding, putty and caulk. The final coat is only thinned down about 5 to 10 percent. The thinner for enamel work should only be a product made for extending the life of your enamel as well making it "lay down." Do not use paint thinner to thin enamel.
For sprayed varnish or lacquer I recommend using only products that are meant to be sprayed. Using a polyurethane in a sprayer can give you varried results. Laquer and 1 hour varnish work well in a HVLP or Airless sprayer but using a product that dries slowly in either can be asking for trouble. Oil based polyurethane dries slowly and is far more touchy than Varnish or Lacquer. Water based Polyurethane works well in sprayer but will require a minimum of 3 coats if not 4 to get the desired finish. It is important to understand the correct product given the setting to make sure that your new millwork has the perfect finish.