Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. mostly online research. I'd suggest customers do it too as protection against contractors who don't know what they're talking about or throw the bull, as in priming when it isn't necessary.
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. I wanted to work for myself and I knew i could do it. What I didn't know is what you think you know you don't. I took years to be able to do it like I do it now.
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. Many of my clients have just purchased their place, so it's empty and the walls are clean, requiring no prep work at all. In jobs such as these, ceilings are seldom done. Often the customer want a few accent walls or some light colors in the living room and bedroom, leaving the bath alone.
I do get jobs where the client is already living in the apartment. In such cases, all the furniture is gathered to the center of the room and covered with a plastic drop cloth 1mil thick.
On occasion, I get jobs where there is water damage. Bathrooms are prone to this as they are to mold. In such cases, the area is scraped, primed with a stain-killer, plastered, sanded, then repainted.
Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A. I did a whole Brownstone, 4 floors, in Brooklyn. There was a great amount of detail and all of it came excellent.
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. Look for reviews of their work. If there are many of them, that's even better. Length of time painting as a profession is also a good idea. You get better with experience. I did.