CTE 2 Day Workshop a Success

| April 13, 2013 | 5 Comments

Prep to Finish

Prep to Finish Student Workshop Series Rolls On

The students of Center for Technology at Essex, led by instructor Jim Gilmartin, completed a two day Prep to Finish Student Workshop featuring a component on air assisted spraying in vertical orientations and professional tips on trim prep aesthetics.

With a particular emphasis on the transition from raw carpentry assembly/installation to finished product, the theme of this workshop focused on how to make connections between the new construction project transitions between carpentry and painting.

This Workshop featured classroom time for discussion about painting and the paint industry, followed by considerable hands on experience in the finish stage of the home that the students have built in their program. Students were trained on safe and effective use of the Graco 395 Finish Pro air assisted airless and G40 gun to create fine finishes with waterborne paint.

Using that level of finish as a standard, PtF trainers then backtracked the students through their interior trim package to teach them proper surface prep to make sure that their casings will match the level of finish applied to their doors. The prep sequence curriculum included demonstration and discussion of proper filling, skimming, caulking and finish sanding with Festool orbital sanders and dust extraction.


Category: Center for Technology, Essex

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Scott Burt is a paint contractor, writer and paint trainer from Vermont. He writes for American Painting Contractor magazine, topcoatreview.com, bloggingpainters.com and is a featured blogger at JLCOnline.

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  1. Sedge says:

    Keep up the great work !!!!!!!!

  2. Chris Haught says:

    Love the fact that you incorporate seat time as well, there is so much more to to learn than just how to apply finishes, what a great resource for the students!

    • Scott Burt says:

      It is really cool to integrate the classroom technology within these programs whenever possible, to make paint industry resources that much more real.

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