What Color Experts Want Painting Experts To Know About Color Theory
By Megan Headley
Originally published by APC (American Painting Contractor). Click here to view the original article.
How many times a week do you have a customer ask for your opinion on a color? Lots?
How many times a week do you offer your opinion on a customer’s color? Zero?
For many painting contractors, their job is strictly about applying the color—not selecting it.
“There was a painting contractor who I’ve worked with for years and when the homeowner asked him about color he would always say ‘I don’t choose the colors, I just apply the paint’,” shares Mary McMurray, owner of color consultancy Art First Colors for Architecture in Portland, Ore., and a licensed painting contractor herself for more than 30 years.
Painting contractors who take this hard line on color have every reason in the world to be defensive.
“I find that painters hesitate to voice their...
There's a vicious cycle happening these days in the Painting Industry that I want to address before it gets out of hands.
Here's the thing...
Paint is not a simple product... far from that.
In fact, some products require years of research and development from highly advanced chemists (often very large teams of chemists) to make it possible for Paint to perform at high levels while being compliant with today's strict environmental regulations.
And depending on the clients needs... and who is going to be applying the paint (a "DIY" or Professional Painter as an example), the "right" paint for the project might be two completely different products.
So where am I going with this?
Well this is such a touchy subject to tackle since "fixing" this vicious cycle will require all parties involved to work together.
Be sure to watch this weeks video in full for a better understanding of the situation and how I propose we can start changing things around.
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This was a training exercise that our team never forgot…
One of the things that I’m known for is my punctuality. It’s not uncommon for clients to tell me “My gosh, when you say 1:30pm you really mean 1:30pm!”
TIME is a commodity I put a high value on both for others and myself.
So when I told my team “today’s meeting is particularly important so please make sure to be here by 3pm and don’t be late”… NO ONE was late… except for me!
You see, back in the summer of 2009 we had started to meet every Monday afternoons at 3:30pm for some coaching, bonding & to basically give everyone a chance to voice their concern or offer solutions to existing problems...
To be able to give an ACCURATE Painting Estimate, you'll need to uncover the following 2 things:
When I say NUMBERS, this mostly means the square footage of the area to be painted. Since once you have this number, you can then figure out how much paint and labor hours will be needed.
The VARIABLES will also need to be factored in since those could make a BIG DIFFERENCE in both the labor hours and the paint that will be required to complete the project.
Let's say you have 2 identical houses. Both have the exact same square footage. The first house has 1 color for all of the walls... and the second one has 10 different colors with multiple rooms having 2 different colors in them.
The variable in this example is the number of colors. And this will have a BIG impact on both the number of gallons of paint AND the number of labor hours that will be needed to complete this project
Let's say you have the same 2 houses....
If a homeowner were to offer you some coffee or tea while you're there painting their home, what would be your instinctual answer?
Now, I want to be clear, there's no RIGHT or WRONG answer.
In this weeks video, I'll share with you the reason why I would encourage you to always say YES!
Are you currently carrying a Brush Extender in your Painting Kit?
Most Painters will tend to answer yes to this questions. (And if you're currently not carrying one, I'd strongly recommend that you look into it.)
But are you taking FULL ADVANTAGE of it's power?
Be sure to watch this weeks Tips & Tricks video where we'll show you how we used this simple tool to: