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    Tips From The Idaho Painter

    How to paint cabinets like a pro!

    Improve Your Cabinet Refinishing

    More and more homeowners are deciding to have their kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities refinished or painted instead of completely replacing them. Or, they may like their existing cabinets and simply want to change the color or finish. The good news for painting contractors is that either reason means that there are more jobs to bid on and win. 

    While this is great news for painting contractors, it can also be challenging to figure out how you can competitively quote these jobs while increasing your profitability. Highly variable elements in the cabinet painting and refinishing process include the tools and techniques you use, especially in the painting and drying process. It’s in precisely this area of your “painting process” that you can greatly improve job profits.

    If you can make a few tweaks to your process, you will find that you can save lots of time and increase profitability.

    If your current process consists of painting only one side of your cabinet parts at a time in a horizontal position [cabinet doors and drawer fronts are lying flat on sawhorses or something else], then there is ample opportunity to improve your process and increase profits on cabinet painting and refinishing jobs.

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    5 Interior painting hacks with The Idaho Painter

    5 Interior Painting Hacks

    When people think of hiring a painter, what kind of project are they most likely to do so for? Exteriors, and those specialty projects that need a professional touch, right? The truth is that a lot of homeowners don’t think painting is that hard of a job, and often will try to tackle interior projects on their own to “save money”. This is just one reason why it is so important to produce a product far beyond what they expect. To show them that there is skill required in providing a high quality paint job, and that it can be done quickly and with ease. This will prove that there is great value in hiring you again. That is what this booklet is going to provide. 5 interior painting hacks to make your customers keep coming back for more.

    1. Painting Straight Lines with FrogTape and Caulking

    To begin, let’s talk cut ins. I know there are a lot of painters out there who refuse to use tape. I get it. There is a time and place for it. And every painter should be well versed in not only how to cut in with just a brush, but how to do so well and efficiently. That being said, why not utilize tape where  it makes the job go by quicker, and gives you a sharper line? Because let’s face it, you cannot beat the kind of straight line that a little tape can achieve. The technique, specifically, that I am referring to is painting straight lines with FrogTape and caulking. Practice what I am about to tell you, and soon enough you will be able to do this in the same amount of time that it would take you using just a brush. And I guarantee it’ll be a superior product, as well.

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    What is the Tip Saver for airless spray tips?

    The Tip Saver

    For decades, painters have been cleaning and storing airless spray gun components in many different ways. The process has always been messy and time consuming – sorting, finding the right part among others, hoping it will be clean and ready for use when located. Tipsaver, is an innovative and easy-to-use tool that relieves the frustration with sprayer tips and reduces the loss of time spent caring for your money-making equipment.

    Along with increased efficiency, you’ll be protecting your investment in tips, guards and filters by keeping your components organized and clean while you’re out working and making money.

    The Tipsaver holds 13 tips, two housing guards and four gun filters. Storing favorite tips on the top plate and less frequently used tips on the bottom plate will help inform when to replace your sprayer accessories. Equipment housed in this organized way will also allow tracking of each component’s time life. With Tipsaver, you could realize an approximate saving of 25% by extending the useful life of your equipment. 

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    The Art of Cutting In with The Idaho Painter

    The Art of Cutting In

    The art of cutting in ceiling lines is a skill that takes years to master but with a little guidance you will master this in a shorter period of time. Now you might ask if you truly can cut in like a pro, and I am here to tell you can. Time and repetition is the key to mastering cut ins and I have a few tricks to share with you.

    There is no short cut to mastering this skill however, ones speed and accuracy can increase if these few pro tips that I am going to share are applied. It is similar to an NFL quarterback who went to training camps when he was a child and was coached along the way to the pros. Those tips and tricks gathered, aided in the process of the journey to the top. With that I am going to share my experience of cutting in and what helped  me achieve excellent quality, speed, and results.

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    Painting While Pregnant

    Painting While Pregnant

    Pregnant and still trying to paint? I have some professional advice and concerns you should read before doing so. The saying better safe then sorry really applies here.  We need to protect and take care of the unborn, this is our inherent responsibility. “There are basically three categories of paint which pregnant women could be exposed to latex, oil, and enamel.  The degree of toxicity during pregnancy is challenging to predict because there are currently no methods of measuring actual exposure. The likelihood of paint toxicity depends on the chemicals and solvents found in the paint along with the amount of exposure.” (American Pregnancy Association).  With the constant changing of paint formulations due to EPA regulations how do we know?

    According to the CDC, latex or water based paints pose no reproductive risks. Additionally, the short term exposure to paint fumes during pregnancy is generally considered safe.  The key here is short term exposure. The greatest risk of any harm to your growing baby seems to be in the first trimester. Beyond that, most experts don’t see a problem with pregnant women painting.  What concerns me here is the statement “generally considered safe”.  So if your baby is born with any health issues do to paint fumes and someone said “it was generally considered safe”?  How would you feel?

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    Writing paperless estimates with The Idaho Painter

    Writing Paperless Bids & Estimates

    Even if you think it is unnecessary or you already have enough work, creating and having a webpage and a quality bid package is part of an overall branding package that portions yourself as a legitimate business. For the majority of my business career, my webpage was the leader in prospective leads. Times have changed and other methods took the webs top spot but it still ranks in the tops three.

    There are some basic things you need to do like SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to get a webpage to generate leads and this is something you can do or hire someone to do for you at a reasonable cost. If you are not familiar with SEO, this is what gets your webpage placed on the front page of Google when someone does a search for painters in your area. Now a days you do not need to have web development skills or pay $10,000 to have a web-page built. Fiverr offers webpages at less then $200 to start.

    Having a webpage is not enough. You need to present your bids professionally to every client. About 6 years ago I started writing paperless bids and doing bids using Google Earth and Zillow. You can read my "Writing Paperless Bids" article HERE. Now is a great time to understand this process as COVID-19 has changed so much of the way we do business. If you want to win bids or simply win more bids then the you need to have a personalized BID PACKAGE.

    Hand writing or giving office store carbon copy estimates will never win the potential bids a personalized bid package that incorporate your brand and the customers name into it will. My bid package of a single bed room is approximately 17 pages long. My bid package is what sells my company after I have left the clients house or got off the phone gathering the necessary information. What can you possibly put in a bid package for one bedroom you may ask?

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