Sandpaper Overview

John Talk from John Q. Shearer on Vimeo.


My name is John Shearer; we’re doing a training today about abrasives and sandpaper. As an owner, I expect every apprentice painter, once they’ve gone through all their training, to be able to recognize why we use sandpaper, the different types of sandpaper, when it’s appropriate to use aggressive techniques and when it’s appropriate to use techniques that are very soft touch, final finishes before paint finishes—we’ll train all these things in house. Here’s a collection of some of our abrasives, they are different colors, white, black, green, some of them are on sponges, some of the sandpaper is purple—bow down to Washington. We have our job kits where we have it all organized; we always have plenty of material. We hand-sand, we use power tools, random Orbit, non-random Orbit, grinders, we use specialized Festool extractors, random Orbit prepping and scraping, all that sort of thing. It’s an important part of the painting process that I think is overlooked, it’s a surface profiling, when is the surface ready to paint. We paint wood, soft wood, hard wood, we paint concrete, we paint drywall, we paint stone, steel, you name it we paint it. We use sandpaper in different grits to prepare all those different surfaces. It’s something we take very seriously, it’s something we expect to train in-house and again, our apprentice painters don’t need to know anything when we onboard them, we begin the training process, we train all the time. Our crew leads, we expect them to know all of it, we expect them to train it, coach it, and lead it because we can cause lots of damage by using the wrong technique and the wrong sandpaper and we don’t want to do that. We want to create a perfect finish, that’s why our customers hire us, it’s why we’ve been in business for 22 years and most of our business is repeat business, it’s because our customers can rely that we’re doing the right thing for the finish they expect. Thank you.