Breaking Into the Paint Industry: An Interview with a Dedicated Professional Painter Reply

In our previous post, you were introduced to a young man who sought to take over his father’s paint business. Little did Jason know, the work would not be easy and success wouldn’t happen overnight. Jason agreed to answer a few questions about how he learned to be a great painter and what it means to carry on his family’s paint business.

Gardner Laboratories:  When did it ‘click’ for you that being a professional painter required more than simply showing up for the job?

Jason S.: It came from a desire to show my father, who founded the business, that I could do the work. He challenged me to actually apply myself and try to be good at something. I took for granted that he’d just give me the business eventually. He always said he had three children…my sister, me, and the business. He wasn’t going to give me anything I didn’t earn.


Mastering Techniques from Draw Down Cards to Brushes: Making a Great Professional Painter 1

Jason was about to join the business his father, Wesley, owned. For twenty five years – since before Jason was born – the company had offered interior painting services to homes and offices around the Topeka area. For the first few years, Wesley worked on all the jobs himself. But in the last two decades, he had carefully added new employees both in the field performing paint work and also in the office to make sure that everything ran smoothly. The plan was for Jason to spend time with each department, learning the ins-and-outs of the business so that one day, when Wesley retired, Jason could take over the family business.

The first job Wesley wanted Jason exposed to was the paint work itself. “Son,” he said, “the business end of things might be more interesting to you, but the core of what we do revolves around painting walls and making people happy. Get used to it, because you’re not going to do anything else around here until you prove to me that you know the paint work inside and out. Our team follows my lead and they all know that I can grab a brush and get to work if I have to.”


Stick to It! Three Methods of Paint Adhesion Testing Reply

Eloy was renovating a condo outside of Orlando. The rental market was hot and he thought the unit would be a great side-project and investment for the long term. He even had a tenant ready to rent as soon as things were ready. At the last minute, he decided the color of the entryway was far too muted and boring for the sunny community around the condo. He went to a hardware store and bought a glossy, citrus-colored paint. “It’s perfect,” Eloy thought. He went home and painted the entryway walls before walking outside for a glass of iced tea while he waited for the paint to dry.

Only it wasn’t drying. It was just sitting on the original wall paint, still wet to the touch.

Eloy called the hardware store in a panic, “I don’t understand what’s happening. It’s like the paint isn’t sticking to the walls. Is that possible?”

The paint professional on the other end of the line was quick to reply, “Of course it’s possible. In fact, I’d guess that is exactly what is happening.”


Three Simple Steps to More Referrals for Your Paint Business Reply

If you’ve been following our comprehensive guide to establishing an online presence we published over a month ago, you should be starting to see some results from your efforts. Hopefully you are on your way to establishing credibility as an expert in professional paint work and the message about your services and organization is starting to reach prospective clients. As we mentioned then, developing a positive online presence that can lead to new clients and new business is an ongoing process that takes time. If you’ve gotten started and are being diligent in managing your online profiles and reputation, then we say, “Good job!” Giving proper time and attention to the online portion of your marketing efforts will lead to new clients, more customers, and increased brand awareness.

That said, there are certainly other ways to earn new customers. And the easiest is through customer referrals.


Keeping Substrates Safe and Clean: The Power of Clear Coats in Professional Painting Reply

Professor Magnuson stood in front of the class with a bucket of soapy water and a sponge. While his “Introduction to Painting” class watched on in silence, he dipped the sponge in the water bucket and began cleaning the oil-painting in front of him. Some of the students were dumbfounded and wondered why their instructor would do something that most certainly would damage the painting.


“That’s Good Enough” Rarely Is: Drawdown Cards in Everyday Use for Better Color Accuracy 2

Last night I was watching a home improvement show on cable television. The show featured a famous former athlete renovating a farmhouse in Italy. It was part of a series, as the renovation of an entire home in another country clearly takes some time. Along the way, the show’s featured star visited street markets to find accent pieces and rustic antique shops to find the furniture pieces that would decorate his renovated home. At one point, he purchased eight dinner chairs for his dining room with the intention of sanding them down and repainting them a flat, sage green color. So far, so good.

But when he went to choose the paint color, I nearly fell over in shock.


Rise of the Machines: Coating Evaluation Technology in Paint Robotics Reply

We’ve discussed the rapid development of robotics and machine technology in the paint sector in the past. However, most of those discussions have centered on technology that impacts actual painting. From paint spray technology to factory paint robots, the impact of mechanized technology on actual paint work is undeniable. But what about technology that doesn’t actually perform any paint work, but rather directly contributes to the efficiency of the paint profession as a whole?


Building People to Build Your Business: 5 Steps to Successful Paint Team Management Reply

“You don’t build a business. You build people and the people build the business.”

A great team is essential for a business to grow and reach its full potential. The key ingredient to a thriving organization is having the right employees working with you. However, one of the understated aspects of building a great team is the owner or founder finding the comfort and confidence to relinquish control of certain aspects of the business. What good are talented and smart employees if you don’t trust them to do a great job in your absence? As a business grows and has more clients and more jobs, it becomes physically impossible for the founder to meet with every potential client, generate every estimate, complete every job, and remit every invoice. While turning over control of some or all of these activities can be a challenge, proper ongoing management can help make the process easier for everyone. Here are five things you can do to make management of a paint team a great experience for you and your painters!


To Catch a Crook: The Spectrophotometer in the Crime Lab Reply

If you’ve ever seen an episode of “Law and Order” or “CSI,” then you likely possess a basic understanding about how forensic science plays a role in helping solve a crime. From fingerprints to mud stuck in tire treads, evidence of all types can help investigators figure out what happened and who is responsible.

Would you believe that one of the tools used by forensic scientists to solve crimes is actually a tool commonly used by professional painters? It’s true: you may think that a spectrophotometer exists simply to help match colors at the paint store or confirm color at a paint manufacturing facility, but in reality, spectrophotometers have a wide range of uses, including in the crime lab as forensic scientists work to understand what happened in a criminal event.


The Psychology of Color Choices: Affecting Mood Through Paint Colors 2

If you’ve been a professional painter for very long, you have no doubt encountered a number of hideously colored rooms and offices. Sometimes, the person who chose the color simply has unique taste. More often, the person choosing the color did so without a large sample or drawdown card and chose something far too loud for a large space. Other paint color choice disasters can include colors that are incompatible with each other or glosses that are too bright or too dull. However, perhaps the most egregious error that a person can make when choosing a paint color is to choose a color that is completely and totally wrong for the purpose and feel of the room.