Painting and Decorating Made Easier!

You may not have much time to get the paintshop back in shape, after a hurricane, or another type of disaster, passes or weakens. In fact, you may need to work that job around the recovery property tasks that you must help others get done throughout the property.

Here are tips on what you might need to get ready right away, or as soon as possible.

ESSENTIAL MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

1. Throw-away sponges, non-porous buckets, long rubber gloves, face masks.
2. Disposable plastic sheeting, 2-4 ML, duct tape, tarp clasps.
3. Scented bleach – to minimize lingering odors.
4. Non-toxic commercial fungal mold remediation solution, hydrogen peroxide.
5. Fillers, caulking, masonry patch, polyester filler.
6. Sandpaper – assorted counts, steel wool.
7. Interior latex paint – main base colors used on property, exterior latex or oil-base paints.
8. Glues, carpet tile adhesive and tape, mortar mix.
9. Paper towels, clean throw-away rags.
10. Other: Hygienic hand wipes, dust masks; texture for repairs.

ESSENTIAL TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT

1. Scrapers, putty knives, wire brushes.
2. Paintbrushes: 1 ½, 2, 3, and 4-inches; cutting in brush. China bristles and nylon/polyester.
3. Paint rollers and covers: 9-inch x ¼-inch, 3/8-inch, ½-inch, 1 ½-inch.
4. Pressure washer, rubber boots, water exposure gear.
5. Organic vapor respirator
6. Gas compressor..


ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND SERVICES

1. Environmental contaminants and chemical clean-up.
2. Drywall and plaster repair.
3. Carpet and flooring repair.
4. Tile repair.
5. Ceiling tile replacement and re-gridding.
6. Broken glass pane replacement.
7. Damaged signage repair and replacement.

As you’re able to start resuming your normal duties, your needs will switch. Gradually, you will have to get access to all of the paintshop’s inventory.

Also, you will want to offer all of the paintshop’s, and your own, capabilities to engineering teammates, other departments, and management. That includes those special skills that make you very useful in a crisis management situation.


YOUR PAINTSHOP’S STANDARD and SPECIAL MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

1. Spackling, putty knives..
2. Mineral spirits.
3. Lacquer thinner.
4. Epoxy solvents.
5. Tack rags..
6. Chemical-activated joint compound.

YOUR PAINTSHOP’S STANDARD and SPECIAL TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT

1. Assorted artist brushes, chisel brushes, decorative painting brushes.
2. Air compressor, 2-3 gallon portable water spray tank system.
3. Spray gun systems, texture spray machine.
4. Electric drill, paint paddle, paint mixer..
5. GFI circuit breaker, portable.
6. Heat gun.
7. Garden sprayer for chemical treatment.

YOUR PAINTSHOP’S STANDARD and SPECIAL SERVICES

1. Repair walls where tile exists.
2. Repair walkways where tile exists.
3. Remove mold and mildew from surfaces, then refinish areas.
4. Repair damaged furniture and fixtures, then refinish or recoat.
5. Repair other areas as needed, then repaint or refinish.

At this point: We will assume that things for the paintshop, and you, are getting back to normal. And, your lists of work orders and projects lean more toward your regular schedule of activities.

CAUTIONARY TIP: Recovery is never completed 100 percent, when a major natural disaster has wreaked havoc with your workplace. Especially for anyone in the Engineering Department. Be prepared, and willing, to step up and help resolve whatever problems, repairs, or changes that crop up. Even many months or years after the crisis.

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Thanks to all painters that are helping in the hurricane and tornado recovery process.
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Copyright 2017. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

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