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 Post subject: Re: What or who is
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I think i'm a bit of both to be honest. Taught the old school way but use modern methods as well.There is a lot of new products out there that which does make our job easier to do although i do question the ones that only use these products & then get stuck when they can't use them.which is where the old school methods work.
I was taught to always turn up on time & be polite to the customers.I still do this now & i've been self -employed for over 15 years now.On the quality side of things i can do both high class or a simple freshen up.It all depends on money.You maybe lucky & only work for clients who are well off & won't quibble about a price whereas others will. I don't know everything & don't pretend i do.I'm still learning.
Dynamod..I still use my fingers to fill woodwork sometimes.


Same here...

A few years ago I was called old school..pissed me right off, I was only 54!

I remember some of the older decorators, normally the foremen wear a coller and tie to work, the bowler hat thing had long gone though.

I dont think its a bad thing to be honest..or at least a shirt, nothing fancy, but a work shirt..its about being different and standing out.

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The use of the term "old school" varies so much.

Having only been a full time decorator for ten years, I wouldn't class my work as old school as I didn't do an apprenticeship and I am happy to use some new techniques and products, such as paste-the-wall paper, yet reluctant to use others, such as water-based trim paint.

Quite a few of my customers have called me old school, but I wonder if that relates to me as a person, rather than my work. For example, some of the comments about me being old school are followed by "he turns up on time.", "he is very polite.", and so on. I always call customers Mr or Mrs, unless they say "Call me Doris", and I always say please and thank you.

Regarding the use of profanity, I never use it in a customer's house or in the paint supplier, despite the majority of other tradesmen seeming to use it in every sentence, and I am always conscious of driving around town with courtesy, and lots of letting the other drive go first, because I never know if one of my customers, or potential customers, is driving the car that just cut me up.

Maybe "old school" is more of an attitude to the job rather than a way of doing the job.



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dynamod wrote:
It's funny you should mention hand tinting shades, as that was something I initially resisted and missed doing when the shops really ramped up their colour mixing services. It took a conscious shift to get on board with the new way of doing things.

The profanity is something I entirely agree with. :thumbright: I hear so many guys in the dec center and on jobs effing and jeffing in their normal speech, that I wonder if they can't express themselves any other way. The constant use of this sort of language is something I truly detest hearing from trades and is utterly unnecessary, given the complexity of the spoken word. :sad:


When I first started work the film had quite a few decorators , this would be in the 80's , but as they left they just weren't replaced. By the early 2000's there were just two older guys and one who while not an actual decorator worked with them. They were what I would call old school . I always remember the older one telling me of his national service days. When it was learnt that he was a deccy he was asked to paint the regimental flashes on the lorries ,a two colour square type off thing. He made up a template and did all the lorries in no time at all which surprised the officers who were used to such jobs taking ages.
He retired first and the one left was a very good decorator , we called him Mr Perfect . He could tint and mix make new paint look like old or make plywood look like a 500 year old piece of stone. He too eventually retired and left only the young guy who soon left to go into catering.
Swearing does seem to be part and parcel of some people's life. There are those that don't seem to realise they are doing it and in a way I can understand that more than those that can turn it on and off. The sort that f and blind on site surrrounded by blokes but who are able to talk normally when women or kids are around. They can speak without profanity but choose not to in some instances :dunno:



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Tom d'Angler wrote:

Maybe "old school" is more of an attitude to the job rather than a way of doing the job.


I think that about sums it up. :salute:

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