This is a question we don’t believe is asked enough, more often than not the question is, How much will it cost to paint my horsebox? Well the honest answer is it’s going to cost more from a professional commercial painter than someone operating out of a barn.
We regularly share pictures of our work on Facebook and our website, we always encourage perspective customers to come and see the quality of work we produce and nothing goes back to the customer that doesn’t meet our exacting standards.
This post isn’t just about convincing someone to pay the extra to come to us, it’s about looking at why our work is better, and why if you want the best sadly that does cost more.
Size of workshop
Any painter worth his salt has a separate area for vehicle preparation and painting. This is vital to ensure no dust or debris lands in the wet paintwork, worse still is painting outside where you have no control over flying birds and falling leaves.
Preparing a vehicle to paint takes just as long, sometimes longer than the actual painting. Assuming of course the vehicle is fully prepared and yes, that does mean removing the wheels. (You know who you are!)
Make sure anyone you visit has two separate areas for these very different tasks
The first thing is our spraybooth. Whilst we boast the largest spraybooth in Lincolnshire it isn’t just about size, although fitting your specific vehicle in is important.
A spraybooth is a legal requirement and many people who try and set up as competitors overlook this element, they are expensive to buy, set up and run. The chemicals within paint are bad for the environment so a controlled space where these fumes can be extracted safely is important. Before we could use our spraybooth it was fully tested to ensure that it extracted the fumes within a set time and that there was no leaking outside, if we didn’t have this, we wouldn’t be able to paint. You will find people operating without, you wont find them there if they are discovered by the environment agency which gives you very little security about any warranty or defects that may appear in the work they do.
The spraybooth as well as being important for both staff and the environment also has features to help the paint set and dry as they are heated – not every paint needs heating to set and only an experienced painter will understand the reactions between paint and heat but this experience is the difference between a smooth glossy finish and orange peel.
Make sure they have a fully ventilated approved spraybooth
Personal protective equipment for staff. A little part of me dies inside each time I see people uploading pictures of their staff working, spray painting something with a flimsy paper mask over their face. If your painting a little something at home, outside then fine, a mask like this may do. If you are painting day in, day out and in a spraybooth (because painting outside is bad) then a paper mask will do nothing to protect your staff from the chemicals within paint. I believe looking after my staff means they will look after the customer.
Any staff member with experience within the trade will know what health and safety requirements are needed to keep them safe whilst working, if they don’t, are they really experienced enough to be painting your horsebox?
Think, would you be happy working in similar conditions?
The true cost
Ultimately we understand our prices may be a couple of hundred more, and we are only talking £200 more than the guys working out a barn but it’s the difference between a professional job, where both the environment and staff are cared for and whom you know will still be here if you need us again.
If you are looking for a commercial painter, don’t just look at the price. If it’s too cheap, they are cutting corners somewhere.