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Paint Shop I: Organizing and Storing, Part 2: Creating a Place

Creating a place for everything in your paint shop is a challenge. Especially, if your wall and floor spaces are limited.

Other factors enter into the process: number of people that use paint shop, location of shop in proximity to main department, and other departments; volume of traffic; who’s in charge of paint shop operations (YOU?); who manages entire area.

If you are responsible for paint shop operations, take charge. Create a plan that will work for you – and those around you. And, GRID your inventory into spaces that help you do your job like the professional that you are!


2. Create A Place for Everything: Gridding your space into sections by category, and use.


A. Interior products/materials:


(1) Paints. Sort in order of priority, or frequency of use. Store according to areas/uses.

a. General/base products: Standard colors, general use

b. Designated areas: Guest rooms/suites, offices, front offices, lobby, front desk, corridors, public restrooms, game rooms, food courts, restaurants, computer room, health club, theatre, conference center, etc.


(2)  Stains/varnishes/ special finishes.  Store in safety cabinet, designed for flammable or combustible products.

a. General/base products: Standard colors, general use

b. Designated areas: Rooms/suites, offices, lobby, front desk, corridors, restaurants, theatre, conference center, etc.


(3) Wallcoverings, borders, murals. Store according to areas used in – and in dry area.

a. General use

b. Designated: Rooms/suites, offices, lobby, front desk, corridors, restaurants, clubs, food court, health club, spa, public restrooms, conference center, etc.

* For each, specify location, room numbers, building numbers/names, etc.

c. Tools: Roller (9-in., 3/8-in. cover); level, broad knives, seam rollers, smoothing brush, plastic smoothing tool; Paper Tiger, paper scraper, 10-in-1 tool; shower cap; dust masks, vinyl gloves.


(4) Prep products/supplies. Group similar items together.

a. Sandpapers, caulking tubes/guns, fillers, sanding blocks.

b. Scrapers, putty knives, steel wool, Patch sticks.

c. Solvents, thinners, removers, paint strippers.

d. Cleaning chemicals: TSP (alkaline, grease, de-glosses); denatured alcohol (cleans metal); Calgon, Downy; white vinegar (mild acid rinse);  Goof-off 2;

e. Masking paper, tapes, plastic sheeting, masking film.


(5) Cleaning/Clean-up Supplies. Conserve space.  TIP: Store  smaller items inside larger ones.

a. Sponges, bags of rags, buckets.

b. Trash bags – different sizes, strengths


(6) Protective gear/Safety items. Store gear together, in same section.


TIP: Keep related items together.


B. Exterior products/materials/supplies/tools/equipment:  Include special sections like the above in “A.”


(1) Paints

 a. General use:

 b. Designated: Pools, gazebos, courts, playgrounds, parks, seating, fencing, front entrance, parking, canopy, asphalt, etc.

 c. Compliance/Safety/Zoning


(2) Special coatings – for metal, concrete, asphalt, plastic, tile, etc.


(3) Exterior stains, polyurethanes, urethanes


(4) Prep and cleaning supplies


(5) Tools and equipment


(6) Protective gear and safety items


PAINT WORKSHOP STORY: My father was a superb journey painter and decorator. One of the best in the trade. And, one of the busiest! When he died suddenly in 1993, he left a major mess in his private workshop on the family’s country property. Chaos is a polite word for the disorganized piles, stacks, buckets, etc. of everything everywhere.

The job of making sense of it all – unearthing the inventory, sorting it, discarding what couldn’t be used, inventorying, labeling, organizing, then assigning a price/value to every item – fell on the grieving shoulders, hands and hearts of my mother and myself. (It didn’t help the grieving process.)

JOURNEY PAINTER’s SHOP TIP: Get your paint shop in shape. And, keep it that way. Whether it amounts to a few shelves, a mid-sized room with an adjacent workroom, or a free-standing building/shed. You’ll be glad that you did. So will everyone around you when they need to step into your shoes. Even for a day, or only an hour.

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Staying organized is much easier than you might think. Once you get used to it! Thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

More Painting and Decorating Quick Tips!

1. Regarding color selection and matching to palette: From a paint store, get three duplicate color card strips for each color in your palette. For each color, cut apart two of the color card strips. Next, tape on the areas that you want to cover. Place them closely together. View in the daylight, also in the dark, and under artificial light.

2. Use better quality preparation products, supplies and tools – ones in good condition. And, protect the bare space the best that you can.

3. Use the best quality paint and finish products, bristle brushes and roller covers that you can afford.

4.  Use proper, quality finish-producing supplies, tools and methods.

5. Paint in mild weather, whenever possible. For professional/trade painters, that’s often impossible. So, we opt, if possible, for the better time of the day to apply certain products and finishes.

6. Always read and follow manufacturer product labels for guidelines to achieve the best results. Look for information about temperature, weather conditions, climate, drying time, surface prepping, application, etc.

7. All reputable manufacturers do improve even their most popular products from time to time. One little instruction can change enough to require you to change your procedure, too!

8. Look beyond the obvious surfaces to be painted, when selecting your color scheme. Examples: soffits, trims, turrets, fretwork, set-ins/built-ins,  chair railings, wainscoting, half-walls.

9. Short on time? Self-priming painting may be a good option. It can hide hard-to-conceal colors. Note: Generally it costs more.

10. Do you have a high traffic/high use area to finish? High-sheen, high-quality acrylic latex paint tends to give a tough finish and exceptional stain resistance. Also, it keeps clean and fresh-looking longer.

Painting and Decorating Quick Tips

1. Use higher quality 100 percent acrylic latex, versus oil-based, paint to simplify a multi-surface project – and to save money. Acrylic latex is a 21st Century environmental product of choice. * Benefits: Adheres to nearly every surface, including vinyl and metal; high durability; more chip/peel resistant; longer color retention; useable as both primer and finish coat.

2. Regularly, check exposed surfaces for exposed/bare wood, metal, etc. Exterior areas, for example, can be damaged by mowers, trimmers, etc. Promptly repair damaged surfaces, then spot-prime and re-paint and refinish them.

3. Periodically, do a walk-around inspection of surfaces and areas – interior and exterior. Look for fading, bleeding, peeling, flaking, chipping, blistering paint or finish.

4. To fix exposed areas, seal from moisture by caulking or flashing. Then, scrape, sand, spot-prime, and re-paint or re-finish the surface.

5. Discourage exterior fungi growth (eg. mold/mildew) by cutting back foliage to let the sun’s rays in.

6. Always protect yourself, from head-to-toe, when using any toxic product, including bleach. If you use a toxic chemical product regularly, invest in a free-standing breathing apparatus.

7. When choosing the predominant color/hue for painting a room that you will be using frequently, choose the color as if you will be painting the entire room with that color. Ask yourself, “Will I be able to live with this indefinitely?”

8. Use the predominant color/hue to create the color scheme/palette for the entire room, or area.

9. Be savvy. Use the color palette created by professional colorists that work with the manufacturer of the paint you plan to use.

10. Use the “color visualizer” on the paint/product manufacturer’s website. It enables you to move your colors around to see where you want them – and how they might look when the room is completed.

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