This is James’ Story
I started in the painting industry in 2003, I began my four year apprentiship in Painting and Decorating Certificate III with Biga Pty Ltd. My first jobs Included brushing wood primer onto weatherboards, sweeping floors and basically helping out the tradesman. I was soon moved onto a new Painter, he was the owner of a small painting business & it was just him and I.
The Owner specialised in domestic repaints. I learned a lot with him as he had a lot of time for one-on-one training which was such an advantage for me. By the end of the 2 years the owner trusted me to be left alone on the site while he quoted work and organised our next jobs. I was confident in all aspects of repaints by this stage – I could safely set up and pack up jobs, I knew how to clean brushes and rollers, and I had an understanding of all paints and materials and the purpose they served. I had become confident with cutting and rolling ceilings and walls, undercoating and glossing doors, architraves and skirtings, staining timber decks and treads, sanding back weatherboards and the process of repainting the exterior of a house from start to finish. Soon After I was nominated for apprentice of the Year – An award for which I received runner up for.
As id only had exposure to repaint work, I decided to move on and try new work this meant I needed to change host employer. My Next Host was impressed at my stage in skills and knowledge for a 2nd year. I found that learning new work was a lot different to repaints. I learnt the process of how and when the different trades operated on the stages and completion of a house.
I learnt how to tape up the house ready for spray-out, putty nail holes, no-more-gap all the new timber joinery. I learnt how to spray out homes from start to finish. I also had the chance to work on scaffold on 3-4 story buildings, painting the exterior, I learnt a range of texture coatings. Later on I finished my apprenticeship & I stayed on board with my boss for several more years. He taught me the importance of quality of work and customer service, and this is something I will always now apply in my own business.
Eye For Detail
Quality Colour Matching
After the Tropical Cyclone Yasi, I was fortunate enough to sub-contract my services to a Building company that was dedicated to repairing the damage-stricken businesses and houses. I looked after all the painting for the company and ran every job from start to finish with a 2nd year apprentice to coach and develop. I worked out the paint quantities and colours with the owners. I was responsible for colour matching to the customer’s satisfaction.
Multi Skilled Tradesman
I was able to really utilise all of my painting skills while in North QLD including 2-pack floors and a lot of the plastering aspects. I also resprayed 2 complete roofs from scratch. Since returning from North Queensland, I have been dedicated to my business’ establishment and continuing to produce quality work to ensure that my customers are happy and satisfied with all of the jobs I complete.
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Give James a call today for a competitive quote on your next painting and decorating project