AN INTERVIEW WITH TIM HAINES. WHY IS EXPERIENCE IMPORTANT?
The Experienced Painter knows that their work defines the "end effect" of every job. Despite intricate tile, exquisite carpentry, lush carpet, rare fixtures - it's the paint job that shows them all off. The right paint product and application declares the finished project either a modest attempt at good taste, or spectacular.
The painter is responsible for the overall look of the project - the final impression. Tim explains that an Experienced Painter makes the other Subcontractors look good. Most homeowners need to be educated about the painting process and it’s interaction with the other Subcontractors involved before they can see the value in terms of dollars and quality outcome.
WHAT SEPARATES THE EXPERIENCED PAINTER FROM OTHER PAINTERS?
Paint selection and samples are very important. Color is not just a color. Color creates the whole atmosphere; a substantial amount must be applied before the right decision can be made. Swatches and page-sized samples are not enough. An Experienced Painter will apply one quart of paint to two walls in a room knowing it’s important for the customer to experience the color changes made by different lighting during the day. The Experienced Painter can tell when a customer has made the choice they are happy to live with.
PAINTING IS NOT A ONE - TIME EVENT.
The painter is involved from start to finish, coming in and out of the job at different times. Tim outlines the process as: priming walls, special items for the carpenters, and trim packages. Then comes finishing the woodwork and touch up. Depending on the materials chosen this can take many days of sanding, staining, spraying or brushing. All this time other Sub Contractors are working on site, too.
The Experienced Painter has seen a multitude of scenarios regarding the sequence of how a job is done which really depends on the combination of trades on a job site at any one time. T B Haines Painting says, “We are not locked in to any one system of procedures. We are flexible and work with the homeowner and the Job Superintendent to devise whatever is most appropriate.” The Experienced Painter works with the builder and other trades to establish a smooth progression through the various time and space constraints of the evolving job.
THE EXPERIENCED PAINTER AND PREPARATION.
Often a homeowner is not educated about the process required to achieve the look they want and an Experienced Painter can outline the details of the work involved. This gives the homeowner options as to what level they choose. Certain materials take longer handling at various stages and this can be discussed pertinent to their budget, design choices and materials.
Depending on the level of final quality of the house, the whole trim package may need to be prepped and sanded prior to any finish being applied. An Experienced Painter can tell what level of effect a homeowner is going for and is willing to pay for. You cannot buy a diamond for the price of a zircon. In many production houses the stain and lacquer is applied to the material as it is delivered. On higher quality homes the whole trim package needs to be sanded to remove chatter, handling marks and dents.
An Experienced Painter applies diplomacy to the stressful reality that other skilled craftsmen experience while creating their one of a kind masterpieces in a less than optimum working environment. Experienced Painters must have an eye out for scheduling conflicts and disasters to avert most of them before they occur. Tim thinks of Experienced Painters as the Radar O’Reilly’s of the job sites.
Too many people in one place at one time; commonly known, as “trade stacking” is a common condition. Experienced Painters can work with seemingly impossible scheduling dilemmas. Remaining calm and being productive in and around other trades as their work progresses from prep to finish requires diplomatic skills acquired only through years of on the job training.
TOUCH UP IS TANTAMOUNT.
Experienced Painter ’s know that Touch Up works out perfectly only 60% of the time. The Experienced Painter is willing to repaint whole walls rather than explain why every spot that needs Touch Up happened. Having tested many products over the years the Experienced Painter knows the problems that occur in unfinished houses as trades move materials past painted finishes.
The Experienced Painter is thinking about how to Touch Up at the end of the job the entire time he is working, how to apply, what products to use and the number of coats to make it work. Many factors are involved to prevent every brush stroke from sticking out like a silver dollar. Precautions must be taken: one being that all the paint must be purchased at the same store. There are many others. There is always the chance that walls with high light exposure will require being re-rolled. Experienced Painter ’s knows which products are Touch Up unfriendly. “Even though all precautions are taken, occasionally a wall still needs to be re-rolled.”