Archive for January, 2011


Production Killer – Sanding

Preparing a surface for paint often makes up for the majority of time spent producing fine painted surfaces but there are a few things we can do to speed up the process. Matching the correct sandpaper for the surface type will produce smoother surfaces faster. Using the wrong sand paper for a particular surface, primer, sealer, varnish or paint can cost many unnecessary wasted hours and fatigue.


HOW TO: Load Balancing Example

The Anatomy Of A Cut

Here is one example of load balancing. The cut is made quick in the video below so I broke it down so you can see the efficiency difference between load balancing vs other methods. A common method of cutting-in is to go straight to the edge with the load. You can watch countless videos on YouTube demonstrating that type of cut. The video below demonstrates an alternative cut using load balancing.


Production Killer – Bare Poplar Wood

This week we look at what kills production when painting bare poplar wood. Bare poplar is without question one of the more difficult new construction and renovation type woods to achieve fine finishes on because poplar can absorb much of what you put on it. There are three things to help minimize labor hours and maximize efficiency while producing outstanding results. Let’s take a look at finishing poplar while we apply over 60 gallons of oil-base primer to poplar and finish to a beautiful solid sheen, grainless finish.


HOW TO: Masking Ceilings Crownmold

This HOWTO covers in brief masking-off smooth flat ceilings to spray crownmold. This is an area many guys tend to struggle with, largely in part because its over head and awkward. This HOWTO uses continuous runs of masking paper performed on 8’ ceilings.


HOW TO: Maximize Efficiency Cutting-in

Last week we talked about four components required to be productive cutting-in ceiling lines. This week we take a look at Field of Vision, Length of Run and Load Balancing to achieve maximum efficiency.