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Hotel/Facility Painting World: The 90-10 Relationship-Technical Skills Ratio

Hotel management coaches say a team member’s on-the-job success is 90 percent relationship skills, and 10 percent technical skills.

 

In hotel/facility painting, that is true. Until the property starts to look shabby, old, and poorly maintained.

 

Then, the painter that gets along with everyone has to get moving. Visiting less, and working more!

 

Usually, the most skilled and productive staff painter is not among the most friendly staff or team members of a hotel or facility. His or her bottom line is to get the work done. On time and right! Anything less is considered unprofessional and unacceptable.

 

Yes, every hotel staff painter – like every staff member – would like to be liked. He or she would like to fit in, and be a part of the group. He or she would like to find the time, and have the freedom, to stand around and chat on and off throughout the day.

 

That is a luxury that very few staff painters will have.

 

So, they aim for a 50-50 relationship and technical skills arrangement on the job.

 

1. They say, or wave, “hello” when they see another staff/team member.

2. They stop and visit a few minutes, a few times throughout the work day, with a few staff members.

3. They eat lunch or take their break with a coworker, who’s off at the same time.

4. Etc., etc., etc.

 

They try to fit in these brief “connections” when they can. They try to fit them in when, to do so, will add to, not interfere with, their job.

 

They try to fit in teammate visits and joking around when it also supports and strengthens their employer’s and the organization’s objective for having a painter there in the first place.

 

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Encourage one another day after day, as long as it is “TODAY!”

 

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Paint Shop I: Organizing and Storing, Part 3 and 4: Keeping Things in Place, Maintaining Inventory List

“Inventorying” your paint shop inventory is one thing. Creating – gridding out – spaces/places for everything is another challenge – and opportunity. Putting and keeping your inventory in its place is a third challenge.

Maintaining your paint shop inventory can be a major challenge. An ongoing one, in fact. Especially, if your budget is constantly in the “cutback” mode.

Take heart, fellow painters! Especially if you’re responsible for paint shop operations. Sooner or later, you will get the support you need to run your shop right. So that it can benefit the organization, and the people it’s meant to serve.

 

3. Putting and Keeping Everything in Its Place. Keep related items together.

 

A. Label each can, container, box, package before placing it on a shelf, in a cupboard, etc.

(1) Tape appropriate COLOR CHIP on the lid and front of every can of paint, stain, varnish, etc.

(2) On OPENED containers: Tape a note showing current date, approximate quantity inside; designated area where product/material is used – if any.   Example: “10/01/2014, 1/2 gallon, guest rooms 100-200/even numbered”

(3) Tape a PATTERN SWATCH on the top and front panel of every box, package, roll of wallcovering.

—-Tape a note showing current date, approximate quantity, designated area where item is used.

 B. Do the same for your custom tinted and ordered products and materials.

 

4. Maintain a Paint Shop Inventory List.

 

A. Install a MASTER LIST on your shop computer.

(1) Identify where each category of items is located: General area, cupboard, storage shed, etc.

(2) Remove specific items when you use them up or discard them.

(3) List new items when they come into the shop. Include items to be used up same day as delivery.

(4) Update your list every month. Know where you stand supply-wise.

 B. Print out at least two hard copies of the list. Do this on a quarterly basis, at least.

(1) Put one copy in very conspicuous spot in the Paint Shop.

(2) Give a folder/bound copy to your supervisor.

NOTE: An inventory list can be an immense help at budget time, departmental supplies requisitioning times, for departmental meetings, when someone takes over for you (eg. annual vacation, illness, injury).

 

SOME SPACE-SAVING TIPS:

 

TIP 1: Make use of free-standing tool and supply kiosks – for small items.

TIP 2: Clean, empty paint cans and buckets make handy storage containers – eg. small brushes, roller covers, extenders.

TIP 3: Plastic 2-to-4 drawer storage units, on rollers, make great “Good-to-Go” portables for multiple projects/work orders that require similar supplies and tools. Dollar and charity thrift stores can be great places to buy these.

TIP 4: Put “dead” space to work for you. Under shelves, between cupboards, cabinets, on walls, etc.

TIP 5: Is your storage space limited? Place often-used products and materials in their own smaller section, area, cupboard, etc. Then, organize the rest by interior and exterior.

TIP 6: Place little-used products and materials in a nearby, accessible storage area/room. Example: Engineering supply shed. Get your supervisor’s approval beforehand.

 

Take heart, fellow painters! Especially, if you are responsible for paint shop operations. Better days and better ways are ahead for you. And, your Paint Shop!

 

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Paint Shop I: Organizing and Storing, Part 1: Inventory Your Inventory

I learned young about paint shop operations. Part of my first job, as an apprentice painter, was keeping the paint shops – buildings – clean, inventory organized, and workshop spaces ready to use. (We did a tremendous volume of shop work: sandblasting, painting, finishing, etc.)

For a small painting contractor business, that may have been an easy job. For a major, and still growing, commercial and industrial contractor business, it meant a lot of steady work!

Every paint shop is organized differently. How well it works depends on the painter responsible for its operations. Also, it depends on how well it works for the rest of the team. Team members in the engineering or facility services department; also team members in the other departments within the organization.

When the painter responsible for the paint shop is not around, do enough people in the department know how to handle things? Painting-wise? Is everything being taken care of?

What follows is a two-section tutorial on Paint Shop Operations. Paint Shop I, starting here, covers organizing and storing. It’s divided into four parts: (1) inventory your inventory; (2) creating a place for everything; (3) putting and keeping everything in its place; and, (4) maintaining inventory lists.

 

1: Inventory your shop’s inventory – by category and subcategory.

—What do you have – types, colors, quantities, general condition?

 

A. Products/Materials:

(1) Paint – Latexes, epoxies, oils – Total no. of gallons, according to paint type, color.

(2) Finishes – Stains, varnishes, urethanes, shellac

(3) Coatings – Rust/corrosion prevention, anti-fouling, elastomeric, chemical-resistant, UV protective, waterproofing, heat-resistant

(4) Wallcoverings – Papers, vinyls, foils, flocks, textures, patterns, grasscloths; borders, murals

 

B. Preparation/Supplies:

(1) Sandpapers – What grades; total number of sheets in each grade

(2) Caulking tubes – Types (eg. for kitchen/bath, exterior); total number of each type

(3) Solvents – 1 gal. each of most used products: mineral spirits, lacquer thinners, denatured alcohol

(4) Paint tint kit – Universal tints

 

C. Work area supplies:

(1) Dropcloths – At least 3 – 4 ft. by 15 ft. for clean interior use; 2 – 4 ft. by 15 ft. for

exterior use; 2 – 16 ft. by 20 ft. for wide covering.

(2) Sheeting – 1 roll 20 ft. by 100 ft. plastic; 3+ smaller rolls

(3) Buckets, sponges – 1/2 gal., 1 gal., 2 gal., 5 gal; natural sea sponges (assorted sizes, thicknesses)

(4) Masking paper, masking tapes – 1 dozen each ¾-to 1 ½ inch masking tape.

 

D. Tools:

(1) Brushes – Assortment nylon or China bristle: 1-in., 2-in., 2 ½-in., 3-in., 4-in

(2) Rollers, roller covers – Assortment 3-in. to 12-in. rollers; ¼-in. to 1/1/2-in. naps.

(3) Paint tray, paint screen

(4) Broad knives, level, straight-edge

(5) Basic tool kit: Hammer, screwdrivers, wrench, pliers, clamps, etc.

 

E. Equipment:

(1) Spray guns, hose – Airless sprayer greater than ½ gal. perminate capacity

(2) Compressor – Greater than 6 OFM for spray painting

(3) Ladders – 1+ 24-ft. extension, 16-ft. stepladder, 5-ft. platform aluminum ladder

(4) Pressure washer – Greater than 2000 psi

(5) Garden sprayer system

 

F. Protective gear and Safety items:

(1) Boxes/ packages of disposable gloves, breathing masks

(2) Organic vapor respirator, also spare cartridges; dust mask supply, safety glasses

(3) Disposable plastic suits, hats, shoe coverings, vinyl/rubber gloves

(4) Signs: WET PAINT, CAUTION, KEEP OFF, Caution Tape

 

G. Cleaning/Clean-up Supplies:

(1) Sponges, bags of rags, buckets (2-qt. plastic), floor mops

(2) Glass/mirror cleaner, spot remover

(3) Standard trash bags, heavy duty trash bags; re-sealable plastic bags (eg. for storing hardware, switch plates)

(4) Small portable vacuum cleaner, shop vacuum; push brooms, large dustpans; dusting brushes, deck brush w/extension.

 

H. Vehicle/Golf Cart Maintenance:

(1) Car wax, upholstery cleaner

(2) Oil, tire gauge, tire pump

(3) Battery charger

(4) Small portable vacuum, combo mini-broom/dustpan

 

I. Recordkeeping, Writing, Presentations:

(1) Software programs – Excel, Outlook/Express, Word, PowerPoint, Quickbooks

(2) Printable forms and worksheets on internet

(3) Journals, ledgers, and other systems available from office supply –in-store, on-line.

 

Your Paint Shop inventory pertains to much more than a few cans of paint in your standard, frequently-used colors. It pertains to everything that you and every person in your department may need to perform painting-related tasks, work orders, projects, etc.

 

PAINT SHOP MANAGER TIP: You need to know what you have on-hand. You need to know what you’re supposed to keep on-hand. You need to know what you need to get on-hand. To be ready to go! Or, as close to that point as possible. At all times.

 

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Organize your Paint Shop. It saves lots of time. It minimizes mistakes, frustration and accidents. It cuts costs like you wouldn’t believe!

 

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