Back when I started decorating in the early 80's you had 2 choices in your preparation tool kit - glass paper or wet and dry. Glass paper was the day-to-day choice of most decorators, and for extra special work, you may have used wet and dry. As things evolved glass paper moved on to Aluminium oxide paper on a roll. Lots of elbow grease and lots of dust as well as sore fingers!
Today's modern decorator has all the above options ? but the industry has moved on again ? we now also have hand and/or mechanical sanders fitted with dust extraction units to include in our array of tools.
So why invest in a dust extraction unit and a sander or 2? Here are my top 5 reasons?
- Clean up time reduced: You won't have dust across all the surfaces.
- Improved level of finish: The level of finish that you can achieve on your preparation will be on a comparison to a wet and dry finish done dry AND without the mess and effort.
- Less elbow grease: Old fat edges and heavy brush marks can be rubbed down with ease.
- A breath of fresh air: The problem of inhaling dust is a thing of the past.
- Fantastic Customer Service: It shows you care about your customer's health and home as well as your own health and working environment. They won't be left cleaning up dust days after you depart.
So consider taking your preparation to the next level! Most trade stores have equipment they can talk you through if you want to get hands on experience and understand the options and costs available to you.
By Neil Purrett ? Professional Decorator