Why you need to learn to spray – increase profits and client satisfaction

As a decorator, you are likely to have had a number of years’ experience in the industry. And if you are reading this, then you clearly have a passion for your craft. You are also likely to have been trained to use the traditional methods of decorating such as cutting in and rolling using paint brushes and rollers. But times are changing and although traditional methods will always be a big part of the decorating industry, spraying is growing.

Just like electric cars, spray technology has been around for a while, but it is now far more accessible than ever before. Buying a sprayer, although a large purchase, is now far more affordable and well worth the investment. Sprayers can range from £500 to £5,000 upwards but in return you will earn more money year-on-year once you start to master the technology.

 

 

Why can you charge more?

  • You will have invested in more expensive equipment and subsequently you will have had to learn a new skill – using a sprayer. You can therefore increase your prices because your clients will be benefitting from your new skills and so your knowledge and expertise will now earn you more money – as well as the equipment.
  • The finish you provide clients will be better. The industry is changing with spray technology, because the difference in finish is noticeable. Using spray technology really does mean flawless finishes, to the point where your paint work will look like an automotive finish.
  • You will be in and out of your client’s house quicker. Therefore, for the benefit of having a quicker service, you can afford to charge more money and as you will be working quicker, you should be able to fit in more jobs!

So, where should you start?

You’ll firstly need to purchase a sprayer.

There is no one-size-fits-all sprayer. Each sprayer suits a different purpose and so you should choose your sprayer based on the kind of work you anticipate that you will be doing and how much you intend on using your sprayer.

Read online reviews, talk to a rep of your choosing and watch as many YouTube videos as possible but if you’re still at a loss then you’re best bet is to speak to your peers in the decorating industry. The best way to do this is to join a forum on Facebook specifically for decorators. There are plenty to choose from but the Decorators Forum and the Professional Sprayers Forum is a good place to start. After joining a group, you can post your question on the page and it will be answered by the members. Being part of a forum gives you a great support network, especially for if you ever get stuck at work and are not sure what to do next.

 

 

And how will I learn to use my sprayer?

 

You’ll need to book yourself on to a spray course. Watching YouTube videos are a great way to self-teach and troubleshoot issues, but they can only go a certain way in terms of helping you learn in real-time. It is far more beneficial to spend a day, practising on the spray gun and asking questions.

At The Abode Decorating Training Academy, owner Jamie Bourne (who has over 18 years’ experience in the industry) has been teaching decorators in the Wiltshire area how to spray. The courses on offer range from a beginners airless course, covering everything a decorator needs to know when first branching out into spraying; to other more specialised courses such as woodwork, furniture refurbishment and kitchen resprays.

The aim for the courses is to provide decorators with the knowledge they need for a reasonable price. All courses are structured around the students, to make sure they get as much as possible out of the training on the day and in the months to follow. The way in which the training academy achieves this is by:

  • limiting the number of students per course to 3 people max – meaning that students get plenty of time to practice on the gun, as well as one-on-one time in which they can ask questions
  • being flexible with dates – courses can be arranged for either a weekend or during the week, whichever best suits the students to fit around work and family commitments
  • continuing to support students after the training by swapping contact numbers and being readily available to answer any questions or speak over the phone, and
  • providing a full day course for a reasonable, no-nonsense price of £220 (VAT not applicable) for all courses, regardless of the topic.

If you want to know more about the courses, or you would like to speak to Jamie personally, please visit the website at https://abodedecorating.co.uk/the-training-academy.

Check out our other articles

Gyproc easifil filler netflix

Gyproc are giving 10 lucky tradespeople a FREE annual subscription to Netflix

Gyproc are giving 10 lucky tradespeople a FREE annual subscription to Netflix To celebrate the launch of the new ready-mixed EasiFiller range, we are giving away year’s subscription to Netflix EACH WEEK through July and August. To enter it’s simple, just follow these...
A CALMING NEW LOOK FOR BLACKBURN HOMELESSNESS CHARITY, Crown paints

A CALMING NEW LOOK FOR BLACKBURN HOMELESSNESS CHARITY

A CALMING NEW LOOK FOR BLACKBURN HOMELESSNESS CHARITY Crown Paints and the Blackburn Round Table have brought some colour into the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the community by repainting a local resource centre for young homeless people in the town....
CROWN PAINTS A BRIGHT FUTURE WITH BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY, crown trade

CROWN PAINTS A BRIGHT FUTURE WITH BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY

CROWN PAINTS A BRIGHT FUTURE WITH BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITYLeading paint manufacturer Crown Paints has secured a prestigious agreement with Bournemouth University which will see products from across the Crown Trade range used for future new build and refurbishment...
Brewers Decorator Centres Test Color Eye

Brewers Decorator Centres Test Color Eye

Brewers Decorator Centres are conducting a trial period to test a new colour matching technology called Color Eye, and would like to open up the trial to Decorators Forum members. Color-Eye is a small, transportable card that gives users the ability to use their...
Welcome to Andura, painting

Welcome to Andura

In a small factory in Bicester, Oxfordshire, you will find Andura’s head office. The company has been based here since 1985, predominantly specialising in exterior masonry coatings, but more recently expanding into interior paints. When the company started, they had a...
tesa launch new spray paint protection solution in Brewers stores, spray

tesa launch new spray paint protection solution in Brewers stores

tesa launch new spray-paint protection solution in Brewers stores tesa Easy Cover® Precision is a 2-in-1 masking tape and protection film for large areas, designed specifically to protect any furnishings against paint splashes and spraying, whilst enabling sharp paint...
DULUX ACADEMY EXTENDS LEEDS COLLEGE, paint

DULUX ACADEMY EXTENDS LEEDS COLLEGE

DULUX ACADEMY EXTENDS LEEDS COLLEGE OF BUILDING PARTNERSHIPDulux Academy has opened a dedicated state-of-the-art training space at Leeds College of Building to continue its support of decorating professionals in Yorkshire. Leeds College of Building is the only college...
CROWN'S BENCHMARK OF SUSTAINABILITY, crown paints

CROWN’S BENCHMARK OF SUSTAINABILITY

CROWN'S BENCHMARK OF SUSTAINABILITYOver the last year Crown Paints has donated five park benches, manufactured using recycled plastic paint cans, to five local authority care homes and housing schemes to enable residents to enjoy the great outdoors. The benches are...
hmg paint discount code

HMG Paints launch E-commerce store

HMG Paints launch E-Commerce StoreHMG Paints Ltd, The UK’s largest independent paint manufacturer, launch the company’s first ever E-Commerce store, as they reveal steps to becoming a market leading, omni-channel brand, enhancing consumer experience. Launching with...
Another Successful Day at the Abode Decorating Center, spraying makes sense

Another Successful Day at the Abode Decorating Center

Another Successful Day at the Abode Decorating CenterWe had a great time at the Training Academy this weekend. Thank you to everyone who attended, very talented bunch of guys and it was great to finally meet you all. A full weekend of spraying starting with a...