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  1. Painting & Finish Work
    Hey folks. Remodeling the half bath in an older home and planning for an all white look. Should I just keep the stained wood trim since I don’t have an ETA when I’m painting the rest of the house’s trim? My DIY home reno doesn’t have a timeline...figured I should just paint it white now since...
  2. Painting & Finish Work
    How often do paint contractors use epoxy floor coatings or floor paint systems?
  3. Painting & Finish Work
    We are union commercial painters. Any union guys on this site? Yes, I know that there are a lot of attitudes concerning unions on this site. So, shoot away. Anyway, things are slow to say the least in the Midwest. How are things in other areas? I am seeing some public school work, and a...
  4. Business
    Opinions requested from GCs and subs. We have reached our substantial completion for a recent union, commercial, project at least 4 weeks ago. Sequencing has been an issue from the start. A job bid as a single phase turned into two-plus phases. Parts that we had to paint came in piecemeal. Crew...
  5. Painting & Finish Work
    I am doing some research for a possible business venture and would love to hear from you guys. 1. What price do you typically pay for a decent quality flat latex. I am not looking for brand names but price? 2. Do you usually buy from a Home depot type store or a local paint store?
  6. Painting & Finish Work
    Good Afternoon, I am looking for ways to reduce my overhead on this huge 75 unit mid rise building. There is ALOT of molding in these units; crown, neck, base, and chair. Because these units are not sold yet, I have to maintain these units, and at least twice a year recaulk them. I am looking...
  7. Painting & Finish Work
    We currently are renovating a 75 year old house. Some trim is new and the rest of the trim (crown, baseboards, doors, etc) are all being stripped and re-painted. We've run into the issue of ALL the joints cracking already. Even along the top of the baseboards against the wall are cracking...
  8. Painting & Finish Work
    Hello everybody. I am painting a drywall ceiling and cannot get it to look right (free of lap marks), and was hoping for some advice. I'm using Behr PP eggshell (customer's preference), with a few ounces of flotrol stirred in, and Purdy Rollers. I've painted the ceiling several times now to...
  9. Painting & Finish Work
    Hi. I own a duplex (up and down, 2 bedrooms each unit with sunroom, living room, dining, kitchen, bath and central hall, hardwood throughout). It is currently empty and i am in the process of remodeling each unit. I've decided to paint all the trim since it's so beat up (tons of trim). I have...
  10. Painting & Finish Work
    I do faux so exterior is a whole 'nother ball game! House faces West and gets a lot of direct sun. Live in wooded area so moisture is an issue. Had acrylic stain on the rough sawn cedar siding on front of house. My best guess is that it was last stained 10 years ago. The stain had faded but...
  11. New Member Introductions
    Hello, I'm new to this forum. My background has been quite varied, but currently I am working as a medical interpreter (Spanish - English) and Instructor of the EPA Renovation Repair and Painting Rule (Certified Renovators). I have some minimal experience in construction labor (paint surface...
  12. Painting & Finish Work
    Hello, I have a customer who has asked me to build some custom skateboard ramps for their children. I'm pretty handy with woodworking on the side so I decided to take on the job. My biggest problem though is what to finish the ramps with. I have seen companies selling really expensive paint...
  13. New Member Introductions
    hi everyone: we're new to these forums, and look forward to participating and contributing we have many years of painting experience, particularly spray-painting of large commercial buildings and industrial facilities like factories, warehouses, manufacturing plants, etc... metal deck ceilings...
  14. Painting & Finish Work
    This house has not been painted since the depression era. It was built from old growth cedar in 1895. Some people think it is in "ill repair," but it is actually solid as a rock. What is the best approach to make the exterior look as good as it is structurally solid. This is two blocks from the...
  15. Painting & Finish Work
    Hello my name is Josh and I had recieved a phone call about painting a house. I have done several inside jobs but have never done a entire house outside. My question was about how much to bid on the job for labor only. House does need scraped and cleaned before paint. trim needs painted. House...
  16. Specialty Coatings
    Can I apply An acrylic based sealer over a water based sealer. I think the sealer may have wax on it. Any suggestions? I need to make the top coating have more durability.
  17. General Discussion
    Hello fellow contractors, I need assistance from contractors who have lots of experience in balustrade systems. I am building a home for some clients and I would like to have some wisdom, gleaned from the experience of some of you, that will lead me to making the right decision for these...
  18. Painting & Finish Work
    I found this site as I was looking for information on starting up. Here's my story and questions: I don't have very much experience in painting, but am fairly good in the business sense. My Dad, who has no business sense, is a great painter. Here's my business idea. And my questions are...
  19. Remodeling Picture Post
    Hey, just did a bathroom for a new client while his wife and he went on vacation. Here's a short back story. His wife is pregnant and their communal bathroom looks like everything came from a reuse-it store or even a landfill, so Hubby wants to remodel it cheap. Cheap and remodel just...
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