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118 THE SHOP NOVEMBER 2018 I walked into the smaller of my paint booths the other day and noticed that two bulbs in the overhead lights and two side lights weren't working. But I painted anyway, using a handheld sun lamp as I sprayed. It had been apparent for over a month that the lights in the spray booth needed attention, as the overhead lights had been giving me problems. But there was always the excuse of "I'll fix it later; I have to get these parts into paint now!" And, as always, I would take the fin- ished parts out of the booth, shut the door and move on to the next painting task. The idea of fixing the booth lights would be out of my head—until the next time I turned them on. Then the side lights went out. I'd been planning on upgrading those lights anyway, so I finally bought new lights and took care of it. No professional painter wants to con- fess their sins—especially not me. But we all tend to rush through our days, trying to fit 20 hours of work into a 12-hour day. As a result, body and paint short- cuts are taken and maintenance tasks are often overlooked. Most of the time we get away with it, coasting through a tight spot and then giving thanks when it turns out fine. But then come the times when it's not fine. That's when something that should have been only a minor inconvenience turns into a seemingly never-ending, time-sucking nightmare. You walk into the shop and see that dang car still sitting there like it's never going to leave—all because one little shortcut was taken. From the biggest, most professional shops to the small one-person opera- tions, all of us are guilty of committing bodywork or paint sins. Many of these sins are time-related—that is, trying to expedite the job as quickly as possible. Those types of shortcuts can eventually lead to real headaches. After consulting with other painters, here are the top seven painting sins, starting with mine. Sin # 1 POOR BOOTH LIGHTING It's especially ironic that I found myself in a bad paint booth lighting situation, as one of my pet peeves about painting is improper booth light. I paint offsite quite a bit and there have been times when I have been stunned at the incredibly bad lighting I've encountered in other shops' paint booths. There are shops whose paint work is simply beautiful. Then I'll go to their shop to paint some flames on one of their projects, walk into their booth and it is so dark that I'm amazed they can even see what they are spraying! As a result, whenever I paint offsite, I bring portable lighting and extension cords. And most of the time, I use them. Yet, here I was in my own paint booth, guilty of this sin. Normally my booth is bright, but the lighting is outdated. I've known for some time I've needed to upgrade to LEDs, but kept putting it off. It ultimately took me three hours to upgrade the lighting in the small booth and I wish I had done it a long time ago. It has already made it much easier to see the surface as I'm painting. Sin # 2 NOT VERIFYING COLOR Ron Payton is a trainer at PPG's training facility in Kissimmee, Florida. When I asked him the most common painting sin, he immediately answered, "not verifying color!" Payton spends his days working with all kinds of painters, but primarily collision painters. He sees and hears it all. And most of the issues he addresses with painters concern color-matching. He says it's crazy how many painters do True (Paint) Confessions 118 THE SHOP NOVEMBER 2018 The seven deadliest sins of spraying. By JoAnn Bortles What's wrong with this picture? Yes, there are lights on the side wall of the paint booth, but notice how dark the top of the car is. Half of the lights on the ceiling were not working. In fact, the front top light was miss- ing. Good thing I brought my own lighting. Note the portable lights in the front of the booth.

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