Thursday, March 5, 2015


  1. Set a fan in the window to blow dust out-of-doors
  2. Vacuum everything with a shop vac that has a fine dust bag in the collector.
  3. Sweep / whisk down the walls and ledges
  4. Vacuum again
  5. Maybe one more time just for good measure
  6. Wipe everything with a barely damp cloth that gets rinsed and wrung often.
  7. Damp mop the tile
  8. Change the AC filter
  9. Enjoy a beverage of your choice and use the social platform of your choice to brag on how accomplished / exhausted you feel.

I am a high end finisher in vancouver doing anywhere between $5-$6 per square foot. Nobody has told you how to actually do your job to a high end finish. For starters if you have to ask you can't come close to doing the job. Here is a list of proper ways to do a high end home for everyone out there. Honestly my dad was a painter and i realized he was horrible. I have figured it out.
- After finisher completed caulk everything one time. Then caulk all edges ( top of baseboards, side of door and window casings, top and bottom of crown) a second time. CAULKING SHRINKS YOU MUST DO THIS TO GET AN ABSOLUTELY PERFECT LINE. IF YOU DO NOT YOUR JOB WILL BE ****.
- Fill all holes 2 times. I use glazing putty on both fills. You can use shur patch or lightweight spackle on first fill if your lazy but the glazing putty will give you an automotive smooth finish. PERFECTION !
- Vaccuum all dust from house. THIS IS A MUST
- Mask all windows tiles and thresholds. Use only 3m blue or yellow tape for edges. ( green tape will bleed)
- Prime all trim with a fast drying latex primer. Kilz 2 is the product im using now.
- Take a light to all trim holes and repatch where neccessary.
- Reprime patches with kilz 2.
- Sand down all trim.
- Vaccuum all dust from house.
- Wipe down all trim with Tack Cloth. This will remove any fine dust particles that
will seperate you from the other 98% of painters.
- Spray a fast drying waterbourne semi-gloss.
- Re sand all trim re vaccuum re tack cloth.
- Spray finish coat on all trim.
- Pole sand all walls and cielings.
- Drop plastic from crown moulding with blue tape use wizz roller around edges and roll out cielings with 18" rollers one man wizz one man throwing paint one man backrolling.
- Mask all remaining trim with blue tape.
- Cut and roll 2 coats using a hi-hide eggshell.
- I take a 1000 watt spotlight to walls for repairs prior to finish coat.
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 For a high quality finish, it is ESSENTIAL to sand the primer coat well. If you apply finish to unsanded primer, it will never be as good. I fill nail holes before primer as well, since sanding can burn through primer.

I fill, sand, prime, sand, caulk, finish, sand, finish.

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When I do a three tone I shoot the ceilings,then trim, then the walls. Then go back and run tape/plastic with the masker to cover the walls. Then go back and spray ceiling where I came up doing wall. I found spraying the bulk of the ceiling first is easier, don't have to fight the plastic. I know it may seem like more work, but it works for me.

 I don't backroll, with 2 coats primer, 2 coats finish with good paint it does the trick.
It is actually a third coat when I "touch up" ceiling only where wall color comes up.
When I spray I do one coat up and down, one coat side to side.

es! you get it!
The tape is from Sherwin Williams, I think the blue is 3M, the white has a SW label, I buy it by the case, have to look closer next time if you need more info.
I use the blue with the masker below. Once you get the hang of it you can run a tight perfect line all around a door or a full wall of base without a break. I can then use a masker with paper and white tape to run over the blue and do not have to be so accurate, just keep it off the trim. I use the 12" paper on the jambs and 6" paper on the floor.
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i ve a trac home painter for 10 years this is the most efficient way to do colored walls

1. caulk and putty holes
2. tape hinges and any thresholds
3 prime walls in wall color
4 shoot ceilings and prime jams and doors in same paint if white not too heavy or u cannot sand the same day
5 take lunch smoke break
6 cut in ceilings 7 sand trim
8spray and backroll finish coat
9 spray door jams just the pocket as to not get alot of overspray on walls and spray doors at same time leave the doors hanging do not take down
10 brush door casing and base
11 pull tape and put 1st coat on baseboard next coat on pre carpet

two bad ass painters and a helper in one day been doing for years at 1.45 a ft if you spend more than 1200 in labor for the start u arent going to make much money

400 to 1800 floor.
Try to go in before trim to vacuum before base.
Day 1 12 man hours
Caulk and putty and thoroughly vacuum.
Put hinge mags on doors. Mask windows and garage floor.
Day 2 3 man hours
Spray primer two coats.
Day 3 5 man hours
Second Prep, sand , patch, check all areas.
Spray two coats finish on all trim.
Day 4 10 man hours
Pop pin and move doors to garage and mask trim and base.
Spray walls 2 coats
Take paper down, doors back on.

ey to we do it...(and i would like feedback on this )
3 color-full custom with way too much ornate trim, rosets, etc, etc....brush=death
-broom down walls and ceilings
-mask windows, etc
-Spray primer and all surfaces (hopefully trim/base is installed).
-fill, sand, caulk wood and prime it all again...
-sand and spray 2 coats on wood, semi or whatever trim is
-mask off trim/doors, spray walls two coats no backroll, peel tape from trim.
-tape off walls with 48" plastic...spray ceilings with two coats.

-come back and touch up for other trades, charging as needed ( i allow 6% of total job, after that the GC pays)

Most of our walls are a Santa Fe finish, so backroll isnt really called for

most our ceilings are 14-18 feet, so fall out isnt an issue.

we also spray the ceilings "slow and low" keeping the paint misting down

tips are normally 411 for trim 515 or 617 for the rest.

these are always big homes and it never seems like we get the house all to us as needed.
sometimes the trim isnt up/done yet, sometimes we layup one color coat first..etc etc.

We usually two houses at a time.
Most homes have vinyl windows and simple base. We do closet shelves also.