1. When needing to touch up a very visible surface with new paint, versus old product, what can be done to maximize the blending of a new product into the older surrounding finish?
Wash and dry the surface. Try to touch up the area, using the same method as was used originally.
2. In very hot and humid climates, such as Florida, what cost-effective paint products hold up better?
Interior or exterior, it is best to use a smooth, non-porous paint. Either semi-gloss or gloss, in either latex or oil paint.
3. When more than ten guest rooms need a paint “face lift,” and budget is very limited (a major consideration), what can be done first?
Clean the surfaces first. Next, touch up with paint. Then, paint the entire room, if the budget allows. An appealing, cost-effective option: In each room or area, paint one wall in a complementary hue or shade.
4. Let’s say that the property owners can’t, or don’t, fund guest room upgrades. What cost-conscious painting and decorating touches will enhance the area’s aesthetics and please the guests?
Wood furniture can be touched up with stain or varnish, even made to look “authentically old.” Repainting the entire room, including all trim, creates a fresh look – and tells guests that they really matter. Another option: Solid wood pieces can be sanded lightly and painted. “Touches” such as these will please the guests – and detract from the non-funded upgrades.
5. How do you repaint and childproof a family suite at the same time?
While painting a room, the maintenance techs can secure all loose items. Also, they can add electrical protection to the guest room, to prevent electrical shock to those little, and very special, guests. Regarding paint: Choose acrylic latex. It dries quickly and leaves behind few/no fumes, little/no odor.
6. In choosing which public areas to prioritize painting/decorating wise, during major budget-crunching periods, which should be at the top of your list?
There is always a difference of opinion here. I, however, would make sure that the bathroom and kitchen areas are kept as neat as possible.
7. During first shift, is there any way to paint a high traffic area, and keep guests from using/crossing “wet paint” zone anyway?
Normally, an area to be painted is secured by using “CAUTION” perimeter tape, and “WET PAINT” signs. These should be quite sufficient to get the guests’ attention.
8. During second or third shift, what’s the best, and probably most available, light source to use, when you need optimal light to paint or finish very high visibility and high traffic areas?
The available interior ambient lighting is sufficient. If the work includes exterior, then a halogen work light can be used, if needed.
9. When the total square footage of guest rooms that need repainting by far exceeds your paint supply of the original paint color, what are two alternative solutions that management might authorize?
Management either will say, “Do what you can.” Or, they will say, “Hold off until we can get more paint.” If very little paint is needed, you can offset the amount by adding a small amount of water, if the paint is latex.
10. How can the “works” of our graffiti-inclined guests (usually teens and young adults) be treated without breaking the paint shop budget?
In most cases, the graffiti is done with an ink marker. This can be spray-primed, initially. When dry, touch up the area with the appropriate paint(s). It is not effective to wash only the graffiti. It will only dull the painted surface.
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