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Paintshop: Managing Minor Frustrations and Snags

We’ve all had them. Those annoying, little glitches in our regular schedules that can mess up everything.

 

Take the new compressor hose that kinks, and causes the paint spray to sputter and spurt out of the nozzle. Or the day-late shipment of a big order of industrial coating for pipes. Or when you’re short two crew members, because they called in sick on the same day. Or the blown tire on the equipment-loaded truck out on the freeway.

 

What do you do? How do you deal with this minor stuff, so that you can move on to the real jobs?

 

Speedy Solutions for Minor Snags

 

1. Kinking compressor hose

 

Cut the hose where kinked area exists. Fit a hose connector – brass or galvanized pipe, as available. Then clasp each side of the connection with the proper size of stainless steel pipe clamp. This will hold well, until you are able to change out a new hose.

 

2. Delayed shipment of paint

A. Put out an emergency call to the manufacturer’s rep for a small supply of product. Enough to get at least one day of spraying completed.

B. Call the manager of the paint manufacturer’s closest paint store. Explain the situation. Have them get on the horn and get some of the shipment to you pronto.

 

3. Manpower shortage on a rush job

A. Call your company superintendent. Ask him to switch two guys to your job site for two days – whatever length of time you need the extra help.

B. Shorthanded anyway? Call for two men through the local painter’s union.

C. Non-union shop? Call the nearest construction trades’ labor pool.

D. Switch tasks on the schedule, if possible.

 

4. Big flat tire on loaded equipment truck

A. Call the shop for someone to bring out a replacement tire. TIP: Before you call, make sure that you have the jack system on the truck.

B. Call the shop for someone to bring out another truck, and then help you transfer the load. TIPS: Don’t think about transferring equipment that requires more men than you have around. And, never try to transfer equipment that requires OTHER equipment to move, lift, and/or lower it.

C. Call a truck towing service.

D. Call a truck rental outfit for emergency delivery.

 

5. Running out of paint thinner on a remote industrial job site.

A. Call your shop foreman. Have someone grab a supply, and deliver it to you.

B. Call the nearest paint store for an emergency delivery.

C. Call the closest Home Depot, Lowes, etc. – wherever your company has an account. Purchase a day’s supply of thinner over the phone. If possible, send a worker to pick it up.

D. Hand some cash to your site crew’s “go-for” person – apprentice. And, send him or her to the nearest hardware store. TIP: Price will be higher than a trade-construction source.

 

NOTE: Once, we called the business agent at the union hall, and asked him to pick up eight gallons of thinner from the nearest Sherwin-Williams, on the way for his scheduled visit to our site. Our company president ordered the supply. S-W had the containers waiting at their back door.

 

6. Two spray guns malfunction at the same time.

 

SPRAYER’S TIP: In your truck, carry a replacement rebuild kit for each type of spray gun you use frequently. Also, keep a supply of replacement rebuild kits for each type in the paintshop.

A. Call the shop foreman for quick delivery of a replacement rebuild kit for each spray gun you are using on-site. Also ask for a box of extra repair parts.

B. Call the nearest paint tool and equipment outlet that you deal with. Ask for a rush delivery.

C. Call your company boss, and ask him or her to buy a new spray gun and deliver it.

D. Do a rush clean-out of one spray gun, to get it back on the job. At least for that day.

E. At day’s end, tear down both spray guns. And do a complete overhaul.

 

By the way, sometimes you don’t have the time or resources to deal with a minor snag in the usual, standard, or acceptable way. When that’s the case, just do what you need to do to get the job moving forward.

 

BOTTOM LINE: Whatever comes along and stands in you and your crew’s way of getting the job done, do the best you can do at the time – and with what you have. And sweat about any repercussion later.

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It can take more skill and savvy to deal with the minor snags than the major job or project.

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Paint Shop 2: Policies and Guidelines That Will Work

There’s one way to operate a hotel or facility paint shop. That is with a set of easy-to-follow policies and guidelines (vs. rules) that fit the engineering department – and the organization.

The shop size can total one wall with a few shelves, a large room with a separate workshop area, or an entire small building, or shed. The rules will be the same, basically.

 

Some PAINT SHOP basics: JUST DO IT!

 

JUST DO IT: Keep shop neat. Picked up. Swept up.

JUST DO IT: Keep shop floor clean, and clear of parts, tools; spills, piles of anything, garbage.

JUST DO IT: Keep workshop clean, swept up and ready for next project.

JUST DO IT: Put things away – and in their proper places – when you’re finished with them.

DON’T DO IT: No “borrowing” of paint shop/engineering/company property for personal use.

DON’T DO IT: No “loaning” or “giving” of paint shop/engineering property to other departments – unless your supervisor authorizes. TIP: Get a written authorization.

 

1. Set up a Sign-out and Sign-in system for all paint shop property.

 

2. Put up a Paint Shop bulletin board. Post inventory list, requisition list, FYIs, cartoons, etc. TIP: And, keep those lists updated!

 

3. Tightly close all cans, bottles, tubes, boxes, bags, containers, etc.

 

4. Thoroughly clean all tools before storing back on the shelf, in the cupboard, in kiosk, etc.

 

5. Clean equipment; and make a note of any repairs needed, before returning to its proper storage area(s).

 

A. Flush out spray gun spray lines. Clean nozzles, tips, hoses, product containers, etc.

B. Soak and clean spray guns to prevent sticking, clogging, damage to mechanisms.

C. Empty out any unused product from container; place in storage container for recycling – eg. paint, polyurethane, chemical treatment.

D. Wash out each container with appropriate cleaning agent. Let dry.

 

6. Do basic repairs and maintenance on tools and equipment before storing.

 

7. Store products and materials appropriately and safely. Follow MSDS, UBC, HAZMAT, EPA codes.

 

A. All cans, spray cans, bottles, boxes, tubs: Upright.

B. Wallcovering rolls, boxes: Upright.All tubes – eg. paint, tinting.

 

8. Store all tools and equipment in a safe manner.

 

A. Brushes: Bristles up (no cover); bristles upright (sturdy cover); bristles down (in “wet-storage” brush container).

B. Roller covers: on end, to maintain nap integrity.

C. Electrical tools: Turn to “OFF” position before re-shelving, re-storing.

D. Mechanical tools: Close/fold up handles and levers before re-shelving or re-storing.

E. Saw blades, sharp edges: Remove, retract, or cover. Store in visible spot of toolbox/cabinet.

F. Sharp objects, scissors: Close up; place with handles up, or facing YOU.

G. Razor blades: Retract into holders/handles; or store individually in closed, marked box.

 

9. Store nuts, bolts, washers, screws, etc. in plastic organizer boxes – or small plastic/metal containers.

 

10. Store small tools in divided tool chest, toolbox, small carry-all, unbreakable containers.

 

11. Store like products together, like materials together, like tools together, etc.

 

12. Store all products, materials, supplies, tools, and equipment in dry, safe places.

 

13. Keep records of inventory use, loss, breakage, disrepair, “retirement,” etc.

 

14. Regularly, post a list of items that (a) are running low, (b) need to be requisitioned – and when, (c) need to be RUSH ordered, (d) are no longer used or kept in stock.

 

15. Post in visible spot a running list of your requisitioned items. Keep track of requisition and order status. Display date of order.

 

16. Requisition basic supplies before you get low. Keep checking with supervisor and/or purchasing manager about their order and delivery status.

 

17. Be cost-conscious and budget-time aware in selecting and ordering products, materials, supplies, new tools, etc.

 

18. Know which products, materials, supplies, etc. cannot be compromised – quality and durability versus cost.

 

19. Keep accurate records. Neat, complete, easy-to-understand, easy-to-use.

 

20. Discard products and materials that are no longer usable – dried up, discolored, faded, damaged (mold, mildew, water, sun); frayed, bug-infested.

 

** TIP: Fill partially full containers of paint, stain, varnish, etc. with sand, or other absorbent.

 

21. Discard products, materials, supplies, etc. that do not meet product standards and safety codes. WHY: Regulators and inspectors are watching. Too, people can get very ill.

 

22. Promptly discard damaged or broken tools and equipment that cannot be repaired – and are too dangerous to use in present condition. WHY: FIRE and SAFETY hazards.

 

23. Discard used rags, paper towels, etc. – especially those with strong odors, fumes, residue.

** TIP: Soak rags in soapy water to neutralize combustibility or flammability.

 

24. Report problems promptly to your supervisor, and to teammates. Keep everyone informed!

 

25. Promptly report losses, damages, and thefts of products, materials, supplies, tools, equipment.

WHY: It’s company policy! Also, some items may need to be replaced a.s.a.p.

 

Comply with the safety rules on an ongoing basis. It’s the best way to prevent accidents in your paint shop.

Establish policies and guidelines that are DO-ABLE.  Establishing that policy and practice helps all of your teammates – especially engineering/facility – keep the paint shop looking good, and working great! For everyone!

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Every Hotel’s/Facility’s Team Member Can Learn Something from Its Painter: Part 2

Painting and decorating is a very multi-faceted job. It requires an extensive knowledge of and experience with both trade and construction industry methods, products, materials, supplies, tools, and equipment. Also, it requires the ability to deal with a variety of factors: weather and climate, property (age, condition, use, size), budget, schedule, etc.

Any hotel or facility team member – teammate of the property’s painter – is in an enviable position. He or she has access to this skilled craftsperson. All kinds (of helpful information is in his or her head. And, at his or her fingertips.

Tap into this valuable resource. Your friendly team painter – and teammate – could be your best painting and decorating advisor ever!

Continuing from Part 1, here are some other things that you can learn from the painter with your hotel or facility.

 

12. How to inspect a wallcovering shipment before using it.

 

A. Carefully! Completely! Every roll! From beginning-to-end of roll!

B. Multiple rolls: Make sure the numbers are from the same run or batch. If not pattern or color may be different.

C. Check if pattern aligns properly from roll to roll.

D. Reversed vinyls: Check for color matching, especially for darker colors.

 

13. How to cut wallcovering sheets to match the room’s layout.

 

A. Full sheets: Cut all of the full sheets first.

B. Cut pieces above and below windows or doors, measured to match.

C. In-sequence sheets: Mark them, if necessary.

D. Tops of sheets: Label, if needed.

E. Corners of sheets: Mark for commercial vinyls, or for solid color non-patterned papers.

 

14. How to prep a surface or area for applying wallcovering.

 

A. Sand surface smooth.

B. Patch surface where necessary, using a chemical-cured, or powdered joint compound.

C. Apply sizing or oil-based primer to the walls.

D. Sand primed surfaces when fully dry.

E. Mark vertical lines at corners of walls so sheets are plumb.

 

15. How to set up a work area for applying wallcovering.

 

A. Protect floor with dropcloths, particularly where cutting and paste table(s) will set.

B. Set up pasting and cutting area: tables, blades/knives, level, sponges.

C. Place necessary materials and supplies in area: paste materials, rolls/boxes of wallcovering (inspected previously), tools (measuring tape and ruler, cutting/trimming knives, pasting brushes, smoothing knife, seamer, etc.)

D. Put bucket of warm, clean water at paste table, for cleaning it as needed.

E. TIP: Keep a second bucket of warm water nearby, for cleaning tools – as necessary.

F. TIP: Have a small bucket of very clean, cotton rags nearby, too.

G. Place sizeable, lined garbage container nearby for scrap wallcovering.

 

16. How a painter/paperhanger actually applies wallcovering.

 

A. Apply adhesive to wallcovering sheets, if product is not self-adhesive.

B. Unfold top section of sheet, aligning in proper place; then smooth down using a brush, or plastic edge smoothing tool.

C. Hold onto sheet with one hand, and smooth rest of sheet into place.

D. Seam sheets either by butting or overlapping seams. “Seamless seams.”

E. Fit and trim wallcovering around moldings and fixtures on wall or ceiling.

 

17. How to clean up after finishing wallcovering job.

 

A. Remove paint, filler, polyurethane from rim of can, also spray can nozzles

B. Reseal/re-closing and storing paint cans, caulking tubes, filler/putty tubs.

C. Soak tools used to apply wallpaper paste

(1) Wheat/cellulose/clay water-based paste: Soak brushes in bucket/can of clean, warm water.

D. Clean tools:

(1) Soak in warm, soapy water; then rinse.

(2) Residual paste can be removed with warm water and carbonated water for hard-to-clean vinyls.

E. Read blogs: “Paint Shop 1: Organizing…” ”Paint Shop 2: “Policies and Guidelines.”

 

18. How to protect and store your tools.

 

A. Brushes: Stand upright, bristles down. Read blog: “Paint Shop 1: Organizing.”

*** TIP: In a rush? Wrap brush or roller in newspaper, or wax paper. Secure with sturdy rubber band till you can clean brush thoroughly.

B. Roller covers/naps: Air, till nap dry. Store upright in tool box, or clean 1-gal. paint can.

C. Artist brushes: Air, till bristles dry. Store, bristles up or flat in brush case. Never down, unless you’ve wrapped brush.

D. Spray equipment: Flush properly with compatible solvent (water, mineral spirits). Clean spray tips. Remove any dried paint.

E. Central storage container: Store all hand tools together creates immediate availability. Also it reduces time looking for tools in different locations.

 

SPECIAL THINGS TO LOOK FOR…

 

1. Darker wallcoverings: Wash with baking or carbonated soda-based water wash. Remove paste thoroughly.

2. Pasting: Apply adhesive evenly and very smoothly to back of wallcovering.

3. Pasting option: Apply adhesive to the wall.

4. Watch carefully: Do not UNDERCUT wallcovering when trimming around something.

5. Hanging multiple sheets vinyl on new drywall: Cut seams before you go too far.

—- CAUTION: Drywall paper may pull loose if you wait too long.

 

A FEW QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR PAINTER WHEN IT’S CONVENIENT

 

1. Which paint is better: flat wall paint, semi-gloss, or gloss?

2. How can I get something painted when I have a low budget?

3. Would you consider bartering? Eg. Painting our house for design help with website?

4. I have a friend that needs some painting done. Can I give him your cell phone number?

 

QUESTIONS NOT TO ASK YOUR PAINTER IF YOU WANT TO KEEP AS A FRIEND

 

1. Can you recommend a painter? I need some work done in my home.

2. Can you paint my house for free? TIP: Ask about “bartering.” See last section.

3. Is it all right if I don’t recommend you, or act as a reference?

4. Can you fix my week-end wallpapering mess – as a favor?

5. If you have a stain-finished door, what can I do to prepare it for finish painting?

 

A Painter’s Point to Ponder:

 

Being asked by co-workers, at whatever levels, to share tips from one’s trade is an honor. Especially, when done with genuine respect and interest.

It gives added meaning to the “team”-anything connection. And, it deepens the mutual, and individual, sense of worth and belonging.

 

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