Introduction to Painting. A Free Training Program – August 2015

Ecopainting is once again sharing our knowledge with the community.
This is a three day, hands on program.

Class 1 – August 17. Half day (9 am – 12.30 pm)

An introduction to paints and materials: different primers, paints, compounds, and tools.

Class 2 – August 18. Half day (9 am – 12.30 pm)

Basic preparation work, with some hands on experience for prep.

Class 3 – August 19. Full day (9 am – 4.30 pm)

This will be a full day of hands on painting. Bring clothes you won’t mind getting paint on!

Training material is based on Ecopainting material and other resources from the painting community.

You don’t need to worry about bringing any supplies with you, we will provide the supplies needed for the classes.
We will be providing free t-shirts and a free paint brush to each trainee.
By the end of the training classes you’ll have knowledge on which primer to use to cover stains, how to caulk, remove wall plugs, patch, repair cracks in walls, and how to sand properly.  You’ll know the different tools painters use and what they are for. You’ll also be taught how to cut in with a paint brush (without using masking tape), how to properly roll a wall as well as a bunch of tricks of the trade.

If you’re interested in attending the class, apply online here and we’ll let you know if you’ve been selected to attend!

Here are a few notes taken directly from “This is how we do it here at Ecopainting”

General Painting Terms and Techniques
Picture Framing: visible paint brush marks left behind at the junction of the brushed and rolled areas.
Cutting-in: Painting the corners of a room, the perimeter of walls, ceiling and adjoining trim components with a brush prior to the roller application of paint to the walls and ceiling.
Dry Rolling: Incomplete application of paint, when the roller sleeve does not have sufficient paint on it.
Wet Edge: The edge or end of a wet, coated area that is still workable and will blend easily.”

Surface Preparation/ Patching

There should be no ridges, skips, bubbles or voids from patching compounds that would be visible after the final coat.
The area should be free of visible sanding marks.
Substrate should be stable so as to prevent further cracking.
After the priming is complete, the repaired area should not be obvious.
No gaps should be visible between paint trim elements an adjacent walls and ceiling.”

Meet Erin Stillaway, the trainer for the program.

She started as a painter for Ecopainting three years ago while getting her BA at York University. We could tell right from the start she had a great eye for detail.  She has helped train a few of our own employees and has coached gymnastics in the past, so she’s not afraid to teach people how to do things.  She showed interest in estimating and now she is our estimator for the west side of the GTA.

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