A Career with CAM Painters in Toronto!

A Career with CAM Painters in Toronto!

Are you looking for a career in the trades with room to grow?  At CAM Painters we are always looking to grow our team by hiring the best and the brightest!

In this post we’ll tell you what we’re expecting of our new hires along with the benefits of working at CAM Painters.

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We are looking for payroll employees, not subcontractors. That means that we cover liability insurance and WSIB, wheras subcontractors have to provide their own.

Full time year round employees. When we find great team members we like to keep them busy year round!

We offer health benefits after 90 days of employment. It’s important that our employees stay healthy, so a portion of massages, chiropractic visits and others are covered.

Your opinion is valued at CAM Painters. We have regular team meetings where suggestions from our painters regarding processes, equipment and customer service can be discussed and implemented.

What we expect of our painters

Honesty

If you don’t know how to do something, or if you don’t know what’s expected of you, please ask.  Different painting companies have different ways of doing things. So even if you’ve been painting for a long time, please ask about how we’d like things done.  There’s no shame in asking questions.

Clean up after yourself

Cleaning up after yourself is essential when working in residential painting.  In fact, it’s a non-negotiable, so leaving a messy job site is completely unacceptable.  We provide the best customer experience in the painting business and clean up is one of those key areas that we differentiate ourselves.

Keep it above the line

Ownership

Accountability

Responsibility

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Blame

Excuses

Denial

As we work together, it’s most productive to keep it above the line.  If there is a problem, what can you do to own the problem and what solutions can you offer to fix it?  Can you be accountable to your coworkers and complete the tasks you have promised you would? Can you be responsible to show up when required?

Blame, excuses and denial are not productive at all.  They halt creativity and give the customer a bad experience, which has ruined many businesses.

Some tips for the interview

career, Toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installationShow up on time – this really goes without saying.

Be neat in your appearance.  There is no need to wear a suit and tie, of course, but making sure your clothes are neat and you are well-groomed will go a long way in making a good first impression.

Print out your resume and bring it with you.  It’s handy for us to have a printed copy of your resume to refer to, and take notes on.

Be honest with your answers – We’re not looking for a know-it-all, but we are looking for people humble enough to take advice and be willing to grow.

On your first day

If we decide that there is a good fit and we’d like to invite you to a training session and/or a jobsite there are a few things to keep in mind:

Ask questions – you are starting a new position, with a new company.  Even if you’ve painted before, every company operates differently and has different systems and ways of producing work.  There will be a transition period and asking questions will help accelerate your learning curve.

Come with a good work ethic – this gives us something to work with.  If you are energetic and willing to get things done then we merely have to point you in the right direction.  Without a good work ethic the old adage “you can’t steer a parked car” definitely applies!

In conclusion

We’re always looking for all-star painters and you can either be an all-star painter or have the potential to be an all-star painter.  If you’re looking for a career as a painter, why don’t you apply? Together we can Transform Homes With Lasting Beauty!

Chalkboard Calendar installation in Toronto!

Chalkboard Calendar installation in Toronto!

Have you ever thought about having a chalkboard calendar in your Toronto home?  How about a magnetic chalkboard calendar?

We did just that for a cooking studio in the west end of Toronto.

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Here are the steps that we did…

Products

  • Tape – We used Frog Tape for the border and ¼” tape for the grid lines
  • Activewall magnetic primer – It’s the primer that gives the wall it’s ability to hold on to magnets.  Be sure to purchase enough as 1 gallon will only cover 100 sq. ft.
  • Activewall chalkboard paint
  • Drop sheets
  • Rollers and roller trays
  • Laser level
  • Measuring tape
  • Patience, lot’s of patience!

Chalkboard Calendar Layout

Our calendar ended up being 133” wide by 100” tall, each square ended up being 19” wide by 15” tall.

In order to get straight lines we used a laser level to line up the border, which we tchalkboard calendar, toronto house painteraped off first.  We made sure that we pressed down on the entire length of the tape, so that the paint wouldn’t bleed underneath.

Then we marked off the location of the grid lines, which we then taped off with the ¼” tape.  We decided to tape the horizontal lines first and then the verticals.

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Priming

The primer has to be coated thick to ensure that magnets will stick to it.  In order to get the recommended coverage we needed to do 3 coats of the primer.

chalkboard calendar, chalkboard paint, toronto house painterThe manufacturer recommends that the primer dries for 12 hours before applying the finish coat.  We decided to take the tape off as soon as we were finished priming, and then re-tape the following day.  Why did we do this? Because the primer goes on so thick, once it dries there will be a lot of surface tension.  So if we pulled the tape after the primer was fully dry, there would be a risk of peeling some of the paint off with the primer.

Finish coat

The day following we checked over our primer and made sure it was nice and smooth for the chalkboard paint.  Any little flecks of debris were sanded off.

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Then the chalkboard paint was rolled on, one coat being sufficient.  The thicker the finish coat, the less magnetic the surface will be, so it’s important to coat the surface as thin as possible.

The tape was then peeled to reveal our wonderful chalkboard calendar!

Finishing touches

Our client purchased some wood letters for the days of the week, which we painted with gloss red paint.  These were mounted using construction adhesive.

One thing to keep in mind is that 24 hours dry time is needed before the chalkboard can be used and a full week is needed before the chalkboard can be wiped down.  This is very common for paint, most needs a couple of weeks before it can be washed.

In conclusion

If this is something that you’d like done for your home or place of business, why don’t you book a quote online?  We’d love to Transform Your Home (or business) With Lasting Beauty!

Can Existing Wallpaper be Wallpapered over instead of removed?

Can Existing Wallpaper be Wallpapered over instead of removed?

Wallpaper can be difficult to remove sometimes.  Sometimes it does damage to the walls when it’s removed.  In these cases can we wallpaper over the existing wallpaper in your Toronto home?

In most cases the answer is yes, if certain steps are followed so that the new wallpaper adheres properly to the surface.

wallpaper removal, toronto wallpaper installationFirst, Let’s see if the existing paper will come off…

It’s best if the existing wallpaper can be removed.  If not, there are 2 layers of paper that have to be stripped the next time that the walls are either painted or papered.

At CAM Painters we have various tips and tricks to remove wallpaper, so that it can be done in the most efficient manner.  So it’s worth at least exploring removal.

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Is the existing paper smooth?

If the existing wallpaper has a texture, that texture can show through the new wallpaper.  A heavier wallpaper can hide the texture of the previous wallpaper, so it’s helpful to choose something that’s a little thicker.

If the texture is very pronounced, it’s better not to take any chances and to strip the current wallpaper.

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If the existing wallpaper is starting to lift at the seams or is bubbling, this could cause problems with a subsequent layer of wallpaper.  Therefore, it’s best to remove the existing wallpaper if possible.

Here are the steps we take to install new wallpaper over existing wallpaper

  1. Any lifting or bubbling sections of wallpaper are cut out; We want to make sure that we have a firm base to work from.
  2. The existing wallpaper is coated with a high quality wallpaper primer.
  3. A visual inspection is done to the walls.  Once the primer dries, bubbles can appear and seams can lift which were not apparent before.  We want to make sure that we have a sound base to work from.
  4. If any lifting wallpaper was removed, these areas need to be spot primed.
  5. Any areas of wallpaper that have been removed need a thin layer of drywall patch to make the wall smooth and even.
  6. Once dry, the drywall patch needs to be spot primed.

Once these steps have been done, we’re ready to hang wallpaper, just like a normal wallpaper installation!

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wallpaper removal, toronto wallpaper installationSo, if you have existing wallpaper on your walls and would like something new, there are a couple of different processes that we can use.  These options are discussed with our clients and we can move forward based on what is both most durable and most cost effective.

So if you’d like to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty why don’t you book a quote?

Do painters get a “kickback” for buying paint?

Do painters get a “kickback” for buying paint?

I was in a paint store in the east end of Toronto and I overheard a conversation between the associate and a homeowner.  The basic gist of the conversation was this “I had a quote from so and so

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painter and he’s supplying X brand paint. I think the reason that he’s using X brand paint is that he’s getting a big kickback from them.”  

The homeowner seemed to be implying that his painter was using inferior paint, and getting a big kickback from the manufacturer for doing so.  His solution was to supply the paint himself, and just have the painter price out his labour.

Is supplying your own paint the best approach?  Are painters getting kickbacks from the paint store?  Well let’s find out….

It’s true, painting contractors get volume discounts on paint

Just like any other business, if you buy a lot of product you get a volume discount.  A typical homeowner might buy a few hundred dollars of paint every few years. A painting contractor typically buys thousands of dollars worth of paint each year.  This amount of business is very valuable to a paint store, so volume discounts are offered typically between 15-30% depending on the product.

kickback, toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installationWhat should a painting contractor do with those “kickbacks”?

Some painting contractors mark up the paint, so that the end client is paying more for the paint than if they supplied it themselves.  This is quite common, and in the free market system, a business should be able to quote whatever price they deem fair.

At CAM Painters we pass on some of the discount to our clients and keep some of it.  Why don’t we pass on the entire discount? Our clients don’t have to go to the paint store to pick up their own paint, using their own gas and time.  They don’t have to research all the products to select which one is the best for their particular application.

Keep in mind that this time and effort on the part of the homeowner is on top of paying full retail for their paint.

Because it’s our time going to the paint store, it’s our gas that we use to pick up the paint, and it’s our time spent researching products, we feel that keeping a portion of the discount compensates us for this.  

So why don’t we let customers supply the paint?  Are we simply doing that to get a discount or kickback?  Actually, when we supply the paint we can offer the best customer experience, let me explain…

We use the best quality paint so we can offer an excellent kickback, Toronto home painterwarrantee

Even if a homeowner was to supplies us with top-line paint from a reputable manufacturer that we’d typically use there can still be potential issues.  We can’t be sure how long it’s been sitting around, or if it was stored at below freezing temperatures, or anything else that could affect its integrity.  

When we supply the paint, we can confidently stand behind our warranties, which is 3 full years for exterior work and 5 full years for interior work.  This also includes 1 hour of free touch ups each year, to keep your home looking its best!

It makes sense for us to supply the most durable product so that it will hold up for the duration of our warrantee.

It allows the work to flow efficiently

When we supply the paint, we can accurately calculate out how much paint we need.  This saves a homeowner purchasing extra gallons which aren’t used.

On the reverse side, if we don’t have enough, we can go out and get more, and the price to our client doesn’t change.  Consider this, if a homeowner purchases the paint and doesn’t purchase enough they have to go out and get more. What if the painter runs out of paint in the middle of the day, either the homeowner has to leave work to go get more paint, or the painter has to wait until the following day to get more paint.  How inefficient is that?!?!

We know what products work

Painting is what we do.  We know which products work better than others because we are the end users.  We also have strong relationships with paint stores, so we can get the best advice.  So our clients get their homes transformed with products that have been selected collaboratively by both the applier and the manufacturer, which is the best of both worlds.

In conclusion

In order for us to provide the best painting experience for our wonderful clients, it’s essential that we supply the paint for our painting projects.  So if you’d like us to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty why don’t you book a quote?

Choosing wallpaper for your Toronto home?

Choosing wallpaper for your Toronto home?

So you’ve heard a lot about wallpaper these days.  Why should you consider it fo your Toronto home?

There are many advantages to choosing wallpaper for some walls in your home, especially if you have the work done by a good installer.

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“I’ve heard that wallpaper is difficult to remove, so although I’d like to wallpaper, I’m just not sure…”

This is a common concern that I hear about wallpaper.  I fact, I’ve had my fair share of wallpaper removals that have been extremely time consuming.  Why is this? In all likelihood the walls were not properly primed. The walls need to be primed either with an oil primer or a specific wallpaper primer in order for the walls to be protected when the wallpaper is eventually stripped.  If the incorrect primer is used chunks of paint and plaster will come off when the wallpaper is removed, resulting in a lot of patchwork to make the walls smooth again.

Therefore, when selecting a wallpaper installer it is critical to make sure that they will prime the walls with the appropriate primer.  If this step is done, when it comes time to remove the wallpaper and redo the walls, damage will be very minimal.

toronto wallpaper installation, CAM Painters, choosing wallpaperWhat are the advantages of choosing wallpaper over paint?

Design

There are far more design possibilities with wallpaper than with paint.  If you can think of a design that you want on your walls, chances are that you can find a wallpaper that will fit the bill.  Even if you can’t find a wallpaper that you like, there are places that will print a custom mural, making the design possibilities limitless.

Pattern

There are painters that can do striped walls, stencilled walls and other decorative techniques.  However, for intricate patterns it’s hard to beat wallpaper. The choosing wallpaper, toronto wallpaper installationpatterns can be extremely intricate, far more so than a decorative painter can achieve.

Texture

This is where wallpaper really shines.  Different levels of gloss in the design, different textures, rich velvets, woven materials such as grasscloth and silk, beads and glitter.  It’s amazing what can be done! Pictures don’t tell the story here, textures really shine at different angles and in different lights.

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How about doing an accent wall in a bedroom, maybe a powder room?  These are areas where you can have a touch of pattern, with wallpaper a little goes a long way!

So, if you’d like to liven up your walls with some wallpaper, why don’t you book a quote?  We’d love to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!