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Changes and Advancements in Hotel/Facility Painting, Part 3: Supplies, Tools and Equipment

Introduction

 
The standard types of painting tools and equipment will always be in use, as long as the paint products go unchanged in how they are applied. Paint spray equipment applications are not to be replaced. They are only approved upon by making subtle changes to spray guns and paint pumping systems.

When it relates to the roller cover, its design is continually being re-examined for ways to improve its performance, primarily with new materials. Widely used tools and equipment are difficult to replace. Changes in supplies mean costly changes to a system which is already operating efficiently.

 

  1. Changes and Advancements in Supplies:

A. Abrasives, caulking, patching compounds, masking materials, and other items. Changes: meet the demands of structural components and newer surfaces, also environmental changes.

B. Sanding products produced for wet or dry use. Option: Abrasives affixed to a sponge type substrate, allowing greater flexibility.

C. Caulking produced as waterborne and siliconized. Advantages: Resist cracking, and provide waterproofing, while allowing the surface to be painted.

D. Patching compounds that dry faster and harder. Advantages: sand easier, allow painting sooner.

E. Masking tapes designed to be left on the surface longer. Advantages: Do not pull the surface loose, and make re-taping unnecessary.

 

Comments about Supplies:

Commonly used supplies have advanced little. They tend to fulfill the need, in an efficient manner, for which they have been designed.

The quality of supplies must not be overlooked. They are your aid in producing a quality painting or finishing job. They sure can make it easier. By the way, a poorly adhering masking tape is not going to do you any favors.

 

  1. Changes and Advancements in Tools:

A. More paint brushes designed for applying multiple types of coating. Brush hairs are a composite of nylon, polyester, olefin, and other synthetic fibers.

B. Roller frames designed to reduce the friction of the roller covers. Added feature: control the covers from slipping off of the roller frames.

C. Roller covers, with new developments in nap composition. Advantages: Optimal nap composition which lasts longer, and is durable with various coatings.

D. Advancements that consider the ergonomics of a tool’s use. Example: Joint knife, which must be very strong and flexible. It must provide an excellent grip and balance for effective use.

 

Comments about Tools:

Advancements in tools are needed, especially when a product or material has no way of being applied. A tool must be designed, tested, fabricated, and marketed to industry, business and public consumers.

 

  1. Changes and Advancements in Equipment:

 A. Fine finishing, hand-held and airless portable spray system. Designed for ease of use by the professional painter and finisher. Homeowner/general consumer models: easier to operate, clean, and maintain.

B. Masking machines that are easy to manipulate in taping procedures. Normally for commercial, residential and automotive painting.

C. Spray pumps designed for easier use by the homeowner/general consumer market. Features: lighter weight, easy to set up, simple to clean up. Pressure fluid: maintained electronically.

 

Comments about Equipment:

Changes in equipment occur when use and testing point to an area of design which can be improved. I consider advancements, something which really alters the marketing of a piece of equipment.
What marks a more advanced piece of equipment? Some key features: greater performance, more energy efficient, more ergonomics, and increased durability.

 

Closing Comments about Painting Supplies, Tools and Equipment:

A successful painting project requires that all intended and needed supplies, tools and equipment are available, reliable and qualitative. Consistently, they must help the painter to (1) produce above-standard workmanship, (2) achieve satisfactory-plus results, and (3) ensure cost-effective durability.

 

PAINTER’S TIPS: Wisely choose each supply, tool and piece of equipment. Then, care and maintain each one properly. Maximize its potential usefulness and effectiveness on future projects, work orders and tasks. You’ll be glad that you did.

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Even the most advanced supply, tool, or piece of equipment is only as effective as the painter using it.

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Copyright 2014, 2017. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Paintshop: Selecting Paint Colors Using Online Chip Catalogs

Shopping for the best paint color for a surface or area is only a CLICK away. Via the internet, you can search any major or specialty paint manufacturer’s website.

 

And, you can access their complete color chip catalog, including each color’s name and product number.

 

Usually, the paint chips will be organized by color family. Also, they will be categorized by certain criteria.

 

  1. Surface – interior or exterior.
  2. Substrate – e.g. wood, masonry. Metal.
  3. Paint sheen/finish – e.g. flat/matte, eggshell , satin, semi-gloss, gloss, high-gloss.
  4. Paint type – e.g. latex, oil-base, acrylic latex, primer/finish duo.
  5. Environment/climate – eg. dry, wet, humid/tropic, cold.
  6. Unique features.
  7. Paint quality – e.g. good, superior, premium, heavy duty.

 

October and November tend to be the ideal time to CLICK on a paint manufacturer’s site for news about the new colors for the next year. Each color and each color combination will be shown in appropriate product-color-surface applications. By room or area.

 

EXAMPLE: Sherwin-Williams “Poised Taupe SW 6039.”

 

  1. Living room setting: The color may be shown on an accent wall.
  2. Dining room: Color may be used on the upper part of a dado wall, or old wooden chairs.
  3. Entertainment room: Color may be applied in alternate vertical stripes on a wall.
  4. Master bedroom suite: Color may be used on a recessed wall or alcove.
  5. House masonry exterior: Color may be used as predominant color, or trim color.

 

For real excitement, try the virtual, or 3-D visualization, capability available on most paint manufacturer’s sites.

 

  1. CLICK on the chip of color you are considering.
  2. CLICK on the type of room or area in which you want to use the color.
  3. See how the color might actually look.
  4. See how your chosen paint color might be combined with other colors for total effect.
  5. See how your color might look in rooms of different styles or with decor – eg. traditional, provincial, contemporary, eclectic.
  6. See how your color might look under different light exposures – eg. full sun, partial sun, partial shade, or full shade room or wall.

 

In my opinion: Nothing beats the visit to the paint store to find the exact color that you need.

 

Still, shopping online first can save a lot of time and money. And, when the color needs to be approved by someone else, a few strategic CLICKS and PRINTs in color can save you a lot  of grief – and repainting – later on.

 

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Chip away at correct color selection by first CLICKing on paint chips.

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Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Paintshop: What is the Best Paint?

Paints and coatings are similar. What separates them from each other is their ability to retain color and their durability of sheen.

 

The typical factors, which can affect this, are (1) surface exposure to the sun, (2) cleanliness, and (3) humidity.

 

First of all, to find the “best possible paint” for your application, consult paint store and manufacturer recommendations.

 

As a rule, you get what you pay for. Normally, the best quality paint will have the highest price. With the modern development in coatings research, the quality of paint is at its highest level. Now, there are paints which combine primer as part of their formulation.

 

Usually, I prefer to use a suitable primer, then let it dry. And I apply a top coat, especially designed for that surface and that primer-top coat combination. To each his own, however.

 

Each surface requires a paint that is specific to its requirements. You wouldn’t put latex paint on bare steel. And, you wouldn’t prime the steel with the recommended primer and then apply a latex finish paint. If you don’t know the difference, you might.

 

There are “best paints” for every class of surfaces. Here are a few of them.

 

  1. Exterior masonry. Use an elastomeric coating. It’s a high-build, water-proofing material.
  2. Steel. Use epoxy primer and finish. They provide an extremely durable, chemical resistant finish.
  3. Interior drywall. Use acrylic latex. It leaves a highly washable, color retentive finish.
  4. Non ferrous metal. Use oil galvanizing primer. It has excellent adhesive properties.
  5. Automotive. Use urethane. It has ultimate durability, high color retention, resist abrasions.
  6. All surfaces. Use oil-based paint. It provides excellent durability, color retention, resist stains.

 

Then, there are my “best brand paint picks.” Opinions may vary. Yet, there are standards of quality, cost and reputation for each manufacturer.

 

  1. Interior/Exterior house paints: #1 Glidden; #2 Sherwin Williams; #3 Behr.
  2. Wood finishes: #1 Minwax; #2 Olympia.
  3. Masonry: #1 Glidden; #2 Sherwin Williams.
  4. Fine finish metals: #1 DuPont, #2 Sherwin Williams.
  5. Industrial coatings: #1 Sherwin Williams.

 

There are many paint and coatings’ manufacturers out there. Do your research, especially when you are questioning a surface’s compatibility with a particular paint type. Paint failures or a reduced life of the sheen can occur if the wrong selection is made.

 

 

A STORY OF EXTREMES

 

As a commercial painter, I was once assigned a job to decorate the front offices and lobby of an automotive body shop. My job was to paint all of the drywall ceilings, with a flat white latex, and to apply vinyl wall coverings to all of the walls and the electrical cover plates. It sounded simple enough.

 

But as I got started, I saw several of the body shop workers carrying stack s of wood moulding into their service area. And when the doors arrived – about 12 of them, they were taken to that area as well.

 

I was busy doing my own work. Until one day, I went back and discovered a couple of body shop employees working on the doors and woodwork. They were painting them.

 

I thought:  Well, that’s just fine. Then, I realized that the paint they were using was not the run of the mill latex or oil I would have used. I was shocked, yet totally amazed at what they were doing.

 

The owner had chosen to finish his woodwork with automotive paint. I never heard of such a thing. On his own, the owner decided to experiment.

 

The product he chose to use was a two-part urethane with a clear coat final finish.  The finish was known for its unsurpassed durability and extremely high gloss.

 

Okay! I waited and continued with my duties. In the last days of my work, I got to see the carpenters putting everything up. Room by room, they installed the doors and the trim. Then the body shop guys sprayed the last coat of clear coat.

 

We had a party upon completion of the project. And we got to witness the end result. It was beyond words.

 

THE DOORS! I’m not kidding. You could see yourself. When you walked along the casing or baseboard, you could see your reflection as you walked by. Not only that: This interior finishing had the most durable finish I had ever seen.

 

When I talked to the owner, he said: “I want my shop to be the only one of its kind. I want it to be perfect. I don’t care how long it takes. And money is no object.”

 

By the way, he invited shop owners from all over the area to the party. So they could admire the work done on his body shop. And, I even got to take a bow.

 

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Creative results are often the harmonious blend of the norm with the impossible.

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Thank you for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Painting It: The Art of Using Paint and Varnish Remover

Removing paint from a surface can be done in several ways. Power tooling and abrasive cleaning are just two. Sand dry media blasting can be used to remove a large amount of paint effectively. But, it’s a rather involved process equipment-wise.

 

The removal of paint using a chemical method in that it lifts the paint from the surface in a far less labor intensive manner. Basically, you have to put up with the smell.

 

Below is a list of items you will need:

 

  1. Chemical stripper, paste or liquid. (I recommend Air Craft Stripper or Bix brand.)
  2. Lacquer thinner – for residue removal and as an aid to drying.
  3. Assorted brushes – stainless steel and nylon.
  4. Steel wool – # 1-3.
  5. Scotch pads – coarse.
  6. Rubber gloves -Neoprene.

 

The effectiveness of a remover depends on several things. They center on time, saturation of said surface, and type of film to be removed.

 

Below are some parameters to  go by:

 

  1. Determine basic film thickness or number of layers. In part, this will determine what type of remover to use: mild, medium, industrial strength or mastic barrier stripper. For qualified persons only.

 

  1. If you can, determine what type of material it is that you need to remove. This too will help you determine the remover type.

 

  1. Determine the surface’s level of saturation, test the material by using a small sample of stripper or nail polish remover. This will tell you how easily the material softens. Note: If, after applying the test, nothing bubbles or wrinkles, then the chances are that the material in question will require the strongest stripper you can find.

 

  1. As a general rule, when the remover test is applied, determine the time it takes for the surface material to alligator or wrinkle.

 

Rule of thumb: After applying remover:

 

  1. Surface wrinkles appear in 30 seconds or less: very easy to remove; use nylon brush.
  2. Surface wrinkles appear in 3 minutes or less: Scrape surface, reapply remover.
  3. Surface wrinkles appear in 5-10 minutes or longer: Use stronger stripper.

 

Methodology for using paint and varnish remover:

 

  1. Wear appropriate protective gear and clothing – eg. long pants, long sleeved shirt, gloves, and eye protection. I consider the eyes safety and gloves the priority.

 

  1. Work in well ventilated area. Set up fan to move fresh air in. If possible, work outside.

 

  1. Remove all hardware from object, as required: handles, knobs and so forth.

 

  1. Liberally apply stripper, covering surface with an even thickness.

 

  1. When paint or clear finish film starts to craze (slightly crack), the chemical is beginning to soften the underlying material. When surface has thoroughly wrinkled, use plastic or metal scrapper to remove top layers.

 

  1. If more material remains, apply additional remover. And wait the designated time for re-activation. When further wrinkling appears, scrape surface until there is little sight of the paint material.

 

  1. When you are refinishing stained wood, additional remover must be applied to draw out stain color.

 

  1. Once that is completed and the wood is dry, a bleach and or lacquer thinner can be used to remove more color and to dry the surface.

 

  1. After stripping application is completed, wash the surface completely with lacquer thinner. Let dry. Once dry, you can initiate the sanding process.

 

Using a paint stripper is a process which requires good judgment. The job is a whole lot easier if you can determine the rate at which the material is coming off.

 

Otherwise, like I have seen, a person can take all day trying to strip the varnish off of a door. They don’t know the proper signs to look for. Soon they become frustrated, even impatient, possibly upset.

 

FINAL TIP: Start with a small project or surface. Take your time. Work carefully. Respect both the characteristics of the surface, and the components of the remover. And, you’ll do fine.

 

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Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Painting It: How to Achieve a Superior High Gloss Finish

First of all, starting out with a smooth surface is essential. With a rough surface, you will have to add exceedingly more hours of labor to even reach a starting point.

 

Metal, fiberglass or hardwoods are the substrates of choice when considering an ultra smooth surface.

 

In this instance, I will use metal as the example. No matter what the situation, the proper procedure in achieving a gloss finish includes:

 

  1. Initial metal preparation – Acid etch surface, orbital sand with #80 grit sandpaper.

 

  1. Dry and wipe surface clean with lacquer thinner, then use tack cloth.

 

  1. Using an HVLP spray system, apply multiple thin coats of high solids epoxy primer or acrylic lacquer. Let dry thoroughly. Orbital sand between coats with #400 sandpaper; then, wet sand with #600 sandpaper.

 

  1. Apply urethane sealer using two thin coats. When dry, wet sand using #600 sandpaper.

 

  1. Apply urethane basecoat using three thin coats with a 60% overlap in spray pattern.

 

  1. After two to four hours of drying, color sand using #600, then, #800 sandpaper. Wash surface with soap and water. Rinse with warm water, and let dry.

 

  1. Reapply urethane basecoat using three thin coats.

 

  1. After drying time, wet sand with #800 grit sandpaper. Wash and rinse surface. Dry and tack cloth.

 

  1. Apply multiple thin coats of urethane clear coat. Let dry.

 

  1. Wet sand with #1000 or #1200 grit sandpaper. Rinse with warm water. Let dry.

 

  1. Apply final clear coat. Let dry.

 

After all that time and preparation, you should be able to see your face in all that shine. What is paramount in order to reach such a high level of finish is a person’s skill at spray painting. No beginner can ever hope to achieve such a finish.

 

Typically, there are five elements involved which you must have:

 

  1. A well seasoned professional with comprehensive knowledge of all the modern finishes.
  2. A well equipped spray booth with positive flow ventilation.
  3. A client who is willing to pay for the best, and has patience.
  4. A preparation team who is dedicated to producing the finest finish imaginable.
  5. All those involved should have a basic knowledge of OEM and aftermarket paint material and solvent compatabilities.

 

Producing a fine finish at a hotel, on a client site, or in your home can be accomplished. You do not have to follow all of the rules above. Just keep the following ideas in mind:

 

First, wet sand or dry sand in decreasing grits #220-#320-#400.

Next, make sure that, after sanding, the surface is tack clothed. If you do not, you will have debris in the finished paint job.

Third, always apply thin multiple coats. With heavy coats, you may have runs, sags, and cracking. You absolutely want to avoid this.

Final step, set up a spray booth.

 

Also, provide adequate ventilation by (a) using fans, and (b) wet the floor to keep dust at a minimum.

 

And, if you are interested in wood finishing, some of the same methods can be used. Just keep the surface dry and dust free until completed.

 

A superior finish is all about knowledge and talent. It is about looking at such a finish and wondering, “Who could have done this? It’s magnificent!”

 

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A superior high gloss finish starts with a super skilled finisher.

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Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Painter PR: Getting people to “like” your hotel may be easier than you think.

IDEA 1: Capitalize on two of your strengths in a unique way.

Example: Periodically, offer painting shortcuts mini-workshops for guests.

Example: Offer painting workshops for children.

 

IDEA 2: Identify an amenity that few or no hotels/facilities in your area offers.

Example: Convert a large guest room into a “Guest Library.”

Example: Convert a corner of the restaurant into a ‘Tea Room.”

 

IDEA 3: Identify an amenity that other hotels/facilities do offer. But you have a new spin on it.

Example: Create a kids health club next to the adult health club.

 

IDEA 4: Offer a short “Paintshop Tour” for guests.

Example: Hand out a colorful guide of self-painting and paintshop dos and don’ts.

 

IDEA 5: Create several how-to painting videos for YouTube.

Example: Help publicize them to guests and visitors, via kiosks, closed-circuit tvs around the property.

 

IDEA 6: Help set up a small, indoor activity room for younger children.

Example: Use colors to create separate areas for board games, Lego and building blocks, play kitchen/playhouse, racetracks, etc.

 

IDEA 7: Design, paint and erect signs to identify the species of flora and fauna located around the property.

Example: Show the horticultural and common name for each one. Florida Butterfly Orchid, Encyclia tampensis.

Example: Make signs and posts from treated exterior woods.

Example: Use a hobby/craft woodburning tool to letter the signs, instead of painting them.

 

IDEA 8: On “rained out” days, offer “Splatter Painting” workshop for the kids.

Example: Make each child’s canvas board small enough – eg. 8 inch by 8 inch – to fit in a suitcase.

 

IDEA 9: Offer mini-workshops such as the following:

Example: “Picking best paint for your project.”

Example: “Mixing and matching colors, textures and patterns the low-cost way.”

Example: “Decorative finishing with acrylics.”

Example: “Camouflaging flaws, cracks, burn marks, and nicks in wood.

 

IDEA 10: Twice a month, offer “Teammate painting and decorating” mini-workshops.

Example: Regularly, ask for suggestions from teammates about topics.

Example: Cover one specific top during each workshop, and always provide a take-home guide.

 

IDEA 11: With management’s approval, regularly post a “Paintshop Tip” sheet on staff bulletin boards, also on company’s employees only website.

 

IDEA 12: With management’s approval, co-sponsor a painting competition for the staff.

Example: Make it multi-media.

Example: Award winners certificates and food court or gift shop discount coupons.

Example: Exhibit entries around the hotel. Adjacent to each work, affix place card with title of work, medium, artist’s name, and hotel position (optional).

 

IDEA 13: Help create and set up a “Staff Artworks Gallery” along a corridor located in a public area on the property.

Example: Feature multi-media: paintings, sketches, portraits, graphics, photography.

 

SPECIAL NOTE: Whatever amenity, event or activity that you help create or offer, include the hotel’s marketing/promotions/publicity people. Assuming they know their jobs, they will know how to get a lot of mileage out of each effort.

 

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Painters offer a unique way to generate publicity and patronage for the hotel.

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Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Hotel Painting with Bob: 2016 and Beyond

Out with the old,  and in with the new!

 

Welcome, everyone, to a new year of painting projects.
 

 

YEAR 2016 can be viewed in all sorts of new and fascinating ways.

 

If you haven’t done so in the past, let your creativity flow. Generate new ideas for decorating your living spaces and your businesses.

 

WHY? And, is it within our budget?

 

You can “THINK BIG,” yet start small, if you wish. Or, you can treat it – any new or upgrading project – as an investment for the future.

 

Painting and decorating has been around for a long time. Even the Egyptians adorned their buildings with vivid colors and figurative designs. They expressed themselves to demonstrate the value they placed on their way of life.

 

You, too, can “express the best” that your hotel or resort stands for! 

 

Repaint the walls of your lobby, public restrooms, guest rooms/suites or villas, etc. in colors which express your hotel or resort’s inner spirit – and attitude toward life. And, your guests!

 

Refinish pieces of furniture to renew their value. To give them a big lift!

 

Texture and/or Faux Finish a ceiling to create depth and variety in the surface appeal.

 

Spray finish exterior furniture to create a fresh, inviting, and durable look. You can even apply a decorative finish for a traditional or classic appeal.

 

What you can keep in mind is this:

 

Whatever “environment” you are thinking about painting or refinishing, let your creativity be your guide. Just go for it!

 

Don’t hold back.

 

And, if you are in doubt as to the right procedure to follow? Seek a certified, journey-level painter and decorator to help you out. Someone more experienced than you. Someone with a more extensive background in an area that you want to tackle.

 

Or, just go for it! And, paint it for yourself.

 

Either way, the outcome will revive your property. And, rejuvenate you, too.
Let the use of paint, color, and texture inspire you. Excite you. Lift you. Challenge you. Renew you.

 

HAVE A FRUITFUL NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

 

And, remember:

 

No painting project is too small, if you see it will add joy to the lives of teammates and managers, guests and visitors. No painting project is too small, if you see it will add joy to your life. Both on and off the job!

 

Robert “Bob” Hajtovik

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