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Painter’s View: How a hotel can move more “upmarket”

It can take a big chunk out of the budget to move a hotel into a higher position in the marketplace. Usually, special funds must be allocated for that purpose. And, many independent operations don’t have that kind of capital to invest.


Still, they need to do something drastic to appeal to a clientele that will pay more and spend more. And, hopefully, return more often.


Thirteen ways that a painter can help move his hotel “upmarket”

1. Demonstrate to management what a color scheme change can do, even for just exterior accenting and trim.


2. Choose, say 20, rooms to start. And, decorate each with a specific theme.

Example: Countryside – Use template to stamp rose motif on walls, to create fake “dado.”

TIP: Coordinate each theme with the hotel’s overall image.

Examples: nautical, Americana, oriental, European, southwestern.


3. A change in color scheme and application of a simple faux finish on one wall costs very little, and easy to do.

Example: Soft tones create a fresh, airy feel.


4. Apply a “frottage” effect over dado to team with wallpaper, or the plain painted surface on the lower wall.

Example: Soft green is restful and peaceful.


5. Stencil and paint special motifs in hotel’s current color scheme on the walls of children’s lofts or rooms in family suites.

TIP: Printed wallpaper borders work great, too.


6. Sand, then stain “distressed” wood furniture pieces in colors that blend with paint colors of walls.

Examples: Headboards, bedside tables, mirror/picture frames, desks, writing tables.


PROJECT NOTE: For one hotel, I sanded the heavily scratched and faded wood chairs in the family restaurant. Then I applied a slightly different color of stain on each chair. The effect: An exciting, fun look!


7.  Sand, then apply two coats of gloss paint on the tops only of older wooden tables throughout the property. Select complementary colors that, together, will brighten the day for guests and staff.

Examples: Front lobby, front offices, restaurants, foot court, guestrooms, meeting rooms.

TIP: Get very creative. Apply faux marble effect, paint checkerboard pattern.


PROJECT NOTE: For one art décor hotel, I decorated some small table tops with a wood inlay pattern.


8. Brighten up the pool/gazebo/bar area. Spray paint each table a slightly different hue or tint of the same color, from the hotel’s color scheme.


9. Or, keep the tables the same color. And spray paint one chair at each table a slightly different hue or tint of a color, used in the area already.

Example: If the area’s color scheme is “tropical” yellow, lime green, aqua, and melon, paint one chair at each table in a little lighter hue of one of these colors.


10. Do you have columns at the lobby entrance, or pool area entrance? On all columns, “wrap around” a stripe in a lighter hue of a color from the hotel’s signature color scheme. TIP: Paint the nearby entrance benches in a slightly darker tint of the same color.


11. Apply two coats of gloss paint onto the worn park benches around the property.

TIP: For great attention getters, paint each in a different color, from the hotel’s overall color scheme. The effect: Electrifying!


12. Create honor walls in public areas of buildings. Examples: “Hotel’s History,” “Staff Honors,” “Children’s PROArt Gallery.”

Example: Front lobby, corridor to a restaurant, conference center hallway.


13. Get hold of a lot of picture frames, different sizes. Paint each one in a striking color, that contrasts with the wall color where the frames will be hung. A different hue of the wall color works great, too.


Painter’s Power Point: Many of these touches can be achieved by tinting extra paint that you already have in the paintshop. When your budget is tight, or even frozen, look at what you have. Set aside what you need to keep for basic work orders and projects. And, little by little, liven up the place.


PROJECT NOTE: On one project, I actually enlisted the creative talents of two hotel staff members who loved to paint! A housekeeping supervisor and an online sales person. They helped a couple of hours, after their regular work hours, for at least five days. They had a great time, and did a great job!



Staff painters can help “upmarket” their property by treating surfaces to a change!

Stay cool and calm, everyone. Thank you for visiting “Painting with Bob.”
Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Secondary Factors to Setting Up a Spray Booth

The following factors are essential to produce high quality spray paint jobs. Ones that are not too different from the jobs done in a professional setting.


1. Air Dryer System. Consider moisture the enemy. An air dryer greatly reduces the chances of water getting on your work. The dry air produced aids in atomizing the paint supply.


2. Oil and Water Filtration. Specialized filters remove oil and water droplets and vapor. If you choose to ignore these factors, be prepared for the results. A ruined paint job for one.


3. Particulate Absorption Pads and/or an Air Circulation System. In this set-up, the paint booth is designed with a positive flow air evacuation system. Its “vacuum” removes dust particles, lint and other particulates from the air. Note: It is the most costly and most effective system available in association with using a electrostatic spray system.


4. Direct Lighting Source. The idea is to eliminate all shadows cast on the object that you are painting. Overhead and horizontal lighting needs must be met to have an equally lighted space. A few tips:


TIP: Wide field halogen lights do well at a distance.

TIP: Assembling one or more fluorescent light support racks on wheels is your best bet.

TIP: Remember: The more angles there are in/with the objects you are painting, the more light you need focused in each and every direction.


When building a spray booth, it is important to know the volume of work you intend to use it for. Invest in a spray booth in proportion to use, proper sizes, budget, and profit margin. Also, the availability of a skilled “spray system” painter and finisher.


If it’s for a one-time use, use a temporary spray booth system, or set-up. You do not want your spray booth to cost more than the profit you figure that you will make by using it.


More important: You do not want your spray booth to cost more than the profit you need to make from completing the job right.



A suitable spray booth on the job can ensure the success and profitability of the job.


Thanks, everyone, for visiting “Painting with Bob.”


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

Painting: The Basic Technique of Spray Painting

When you want a paint finish to be as fine as possible, spray painting is the most diverse way of achieving that. And it doesn’t mater what type of surface you have.


The versatility involved in spraying a paint, coating or specialized finish product depends on three things: (1) specific kind of surface that you have, (2) specific material you wish to use, and (3) method of spray that you intend on using.


Most of us haven’t thought of spray painting as having many options. Specifically, there are three types, or systems:


1. Conventional system. Air pressure is supplied to a paint tank or container. In turn, it applies a pressure to the paint fluid. It becomes atomized by using a specially designed paint metering gun. The spray gun is highly adjustable. It allows for changes to paint volume and pattern of the paint spray.

* Uses include: all fields of painting, especially in the finishing of wood and metals.


2. Airless system. An electric or gasoline powered hydraulic pump is used to apply a pressure to the paint or coating. Pressure can vary, anywhere from 3000 to 5000 psi. The material then passes through ahigh-pressure supply line. And, the material flows to a spray gun, with a varied selection in spray tip sizes.

Next, the paint is atomized in a flattened pattern, that delivers a high volume of paint to the surface.

* Uses include: commercial, industrial and residential painting.



3. Electrostatic system. Paint finishes are applied through an electrolytic charging process. The paint and surface are charged with electrons, creating a magnetic streaming effect. It incorporates an electronic controller unit, and a specialized spray gun, designed for applying thin coatings as fine as possible.

* Uses include: automotive and parts painting industries.


Several variables that allow paint spray finishing system to perform at most optimal level.

1. Make sure all equipment is clean. This includes the inside of the paint hoses, moving hydraulic parts, paint pressure tank, and internal and external surfaces of the spray gun.

TIP: Proper spray gun maintenance is critical. Please: Learn to do it right. Don’t try to wing it.

2. Thin and strain paint to the recommended viscosity, to promote a steady, even flow.

3. Regulate an accurately adjusted spray pattern, to promote evenness of the paint film.



There are various techniques available to use, when painting irregular surfaces or objects. When painting a flat wall, airless spraying is the method of choice. With the system ready, and the spray line under pressure, you are ready to begin.


To apply the material, maintain a position which is perpendicular to the wall. Try to hold this general stance as you move from side-to-side, or vertically.


Firmly hold the spray gun. Allow for flexibility in the entire forearm, wrist and fingers. As you press the trigger of the gun, the material will flow into a set fan, aimed toward the surface.


For optimal control of the paint pattern, hold the spray gun perpendicular to the wall. And, maintain your stance. At all times, try to develop a spray fan overlap of between 50 and 70 percent. Keep an 8-to-12 inch distance between the gun tip and surface – eg. ceiling, or wall.


The passes of the spray gun should be no wider than you can maintain the correct hold on the spray gun. The width of your shoulders, or length of your arms, is considered to be the standard spray distance.




1. Conventional System
Equipment: Spray guns, paint pressure pots; gravity cups, remote paint cups and containers; fluid and air hose, hose fittings; fluid nozzles and needle configurations for various finish types and HVLP paint systems; viscosity testing cup for measuring paint viscosities.

Other equipment: Air compressor which supplies recommended psi and cfm for spray gun applications and specific type of paint that will be used.

Parts: Keep on hand replacement gaskets for cups, tanks, etc.; spray gun filters in at least two main sizes.

SYSTEM BRANDS: Sharpe, Binks, Devilbiss, Sata.


2. Airless System
Equipment: Electric/gas/air compressed operating spray pumps; high pressure hoses, heavy duty spray guns, extensions, seal replacement kits, siphon filters; wide selection of spray tips.

* TIP: With air compressed operating pump, choose one with a 30 cfm rating. This depends on hose length and viscosity of material to be used.

Parts: Keep on hand hydraulic shaft seals, multiple spray tips used consistently, and several spray gun filters in at least two main sizes.

SYSTEM BRANDS: Graco, Titan.


3. Electrostatic System
Equipment: Electrostatic spray gun with adjustable current and voltage settings; electrostatic charge controller, with ground-loss indicator; twin hose sets. Also, check the lists above for conventional and airless systems.

Parts: Fluid nozzles, air caps.

SYSTEM BRANDS: Graco Pro XP, Lemmar Spray Systems, Ransburg.



You will want to use one or more of the following systems:

1. breathing apparatus,

2. ether facial respirator,

3. self-contained breathing system.


Spray painting offers a nearly endless list of creative opportunities. I’ve used a spray gun system on many, many professional/work projects – interior and exterior. Some have cried for the ultimate in creative touches.


On private projects, I’ve used special systems to paint/decorate autos, boats, furniture, fixtures, sculpture pieces, garden areas, lake cottages,  graphic murals, nautical scenes, etc.


Each spray painting/finishing project has been taken on with “creative opportunity” in mind, and at heart! And, with the mission of producing the very finest finish possible.

Leaving behind a fine, precision spray finish – on every surface and with every project – is a great accomplishment for every professional painter.


Many thanks for checking in with “Painting with Bob.”


Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.


A door is one of those things most people are uncomfortable doing. It is the end result people are not sure of. That is why a professional painter is hired: so that quality and expedience is maintained.

Painting or finishing a door requires several steps. And the steps are based on the specific type of door you want to finish.

Generally, there are two kinds of doors. Each has subtypes with a variation in the finishing methods.

Wood Doors: Flat, recessed panel, and louvered.

Finishing Methods:

1. Natural finish application done by staining, sealing and clear coating using a brush/roller combination, sponge and rag stain application or by spray finishing.

* Typical finish choice: Oil base stain, sealer and an acrylic or oil based varnish or polyurethane.

2. Paint finish application done by applying the appropriate primer/finish system using either a brush/roller combination or by spray finishing.

        * Typical finish choice: An enamel or a similar oil based product.

Metal Doors: Flat, louvered and rolling.

Finishing Methods:

1. Paint finish application done by applying appropriate primer if necessary and a finish paint recommended for type of metal door. The application may be done either with a brush/roller combination or by spray finishing.

        * Typical finish choice: An enamel, a similar oil base product or a urethane.

The painting process involves a set pattern which provides for a uniform finished surface upon completion.


Step 1: First use a brush to paint the edges of the door.

Step 2: Use a roller with a short nap, say ¼” or 3/8,” to evenly apply the paint from the bottom to the top of the door. Make sure the entire surface is covered.

Step 3: Use a dried roller to “lay off” paint to eliminate any roller track marks and to reduce the number of brush marks.


1. Test out your pattern on a bare wall or flat piece of wood.

2. Adjust spray gun settings to your liking.

3. Apply paint or finish evenly.

4. Allow for enough overlap between spray passes.


1. I recommend applying an initial thin tack coat.

2: Then, apply the final thickness. The resulting paint finish will be finer because of it.

Spray finishing achieves the highest quality finish available. Also, it is a superb time saver.


1. Cleaned and spray painted multiple overhead doors for large truck/trailer service center.

2. Sanded and painted over 800 paneled doors in hotel renovation project.

3. Brushed and roll-painted 65 sand finished metal doors requiring no pre-sanding.

4. Faux painted 13 wood doors to simulate gray rusted metal riveted doors.

5. Spray finished 27 wood louvered doors, upper half white, lower half black.

Wherever you are – and you’re a painter and decorator, a door is waiting nearby for your creative touch.

Look for: “Painting It: Door Projects” blog post.

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