Mechanical repairs for a Maintenance Tech are no less important than the appearance of the room or space that you seek to improve. Surface repairs and painting can be learned to a point where you are as confident in doing it, as you are in performing your normal duties.
Building skills as a painter/tech requires the ability to respond to a wide variety of conditions. You want to be ready to use appropriate methods of painting to improve the appearance of a commercial business. You want everyone to be satisfied with the work: guests, visitors, customers, supervisors, management, and yourself.
1. What every tech needs to know about the painting trade.
A. Standard methods and techniques continue to work, when they match the criteria for which they were developed: surface/substrate, product/material, tools, equipment, environment.
B. Paint store managers, manufacturer’s reps, and interior designers tend to be excellent resources.
C. Many standard methods and techniques can be adapted – when used skillfully and carefully.
D. Surfaces should be touched-up, when you know the exact paint used before – or you are very skilled at mixing, matching and blending products, colors and textures.
E. For best results, the existing area should be blended with the touch-up or newly painted area.F. Before painting, the area should be prepared, so the new application matches the surface.
F. To preserve brushes, roller covers, work container, etc., clean them at the end of each day.
G. When finished, the work areas must be kept tidy and clean – guest room, walkway, paint shop
2. What every tech needs to know about painting and finishing products, in general.
A. Three main categories of products include waterborne (water-based), solvent borne(oil/petroleum-based), and catalyst activated (eg. epoxy, urethane).
B. Generally, these products are composed of latexes, oils, urethanes, epoxies, and polyurethanes.
C. Many more types of products are available.
D. Products are designed for interior, exterior, and both interior/exterior applications.
3. What every tech needs to know about hotel/facility painting.
A. Touch-up paint color/tint that you use must match the paint on adjacent surfaces.
B. Some work orders can’t wait until you complete your current project or task.
C. Your chief engineer is your supervisor – not any other department manager.
D. When you stand in for the painter, both he and your supervisor are counting on you to do a good job – and to follow the rules and procedures.
E. Advance notice of the designated work areas, and “WET PAINT” use must be given to others.
F. Making note if more paint, supplies, etc. are needed helps you get job done on schedule.
4. What every tech needs to know to handle priority painting work orders.
A. Clearly understand what’s needed, also any limits – eg. time, budget, non-budgeted needs.
B. Select products/materials, tools, etc. based on need, inventory, budget/cost, time, traffic, etc.
C. Select method or technique based on surface/substrate and condition, location, time limit, etc.
D. Always give notice of painting to supervisor and/or other department managers (housekeeping, front desk) that room is to be put “OUT OF ORDER.”
E. Any work area – guest room, public restroom, restaurant, pool area, etc. – must be unoccupied, or “OUT OF ORDER” to complete the work safely and satisfactorily.
5. TIPS: Training techs to perform basic painting tasks professionally.
A. Respect each tech’s unique set of skills and abilities, and known limitations.
B. Ask where, when and how they got painting their experience. (Basic information)
C. Find out the type(s) of painting projects they have worked on. What did they do? How often? For how long? Which were under no…little …a lot of supervision?
D. Assume they know the basic brush and roller techniques for materials to be used.
E. SHOW THEM the proper paints for specific areas.
F. Ensure that all techs, who will do paint-shop work, can repair areas that need to be painted.
6. TIPS: Training techs basic painting – the journey-apprentice way.
A. Work side-by-side with each trainee to ensure continuity in his or her workmanship.
B. Help each tech to find his or her comfort level using required methods, products, tools, etc.
C. Provide techs with tools of quality equal to those used by a journey instructor, or painter.
D. SHOW techs the basic methods of repairing wall damages on different surfaces and areas.
E. SHOW techs the proper way to spray paint a large surface. Include safety requirements.
An engineering/maintenance tech’s painting savvy will be only as sharp as the quality of his or her training; access to needed products, materials, supplies, and tools; and on-going support (departmentally and interdepartmentally).
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