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3 Tips for Switching Paint Lines

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For Jeremy Winters, this isn’t just a day job—it’s a lifestyle.

On top of being a painter since his childhood, Winters (whose Instagram handle is @that_painter_fella) attends all the major collision repair and paint industry trade shows, started a Facebook group for the refinish community called “Ask the Painter,” and hosts a paint-centric podcast titled “Booth Talk.”

“I enjoy giving back and helping spread knowledge to everyone and that’s how we all learn and move forward,” he says.

Safe to say, Winters welcomes any and all challenges in the paint world. So when he made the shift from independent body shops to dealerships with Butler Auto Group in Georgia, he didn’t bat an eye at becoming acquainted with a brand new paint line. He took it as a challenge, consulted other industry professionals for advice, and came away with these three tips for any painter confronted with a new paint company.

 

Be open to change.

More than anything, Winters says to be open to learning how the new product actually works and adapting to its unique qualities.

“Everything in your head when spraying (a new paint line) goes, ‘no, no, no’ because it’s not like other systems on the market,” Winters says. “Every system is different, and everyone needs to take the time and realize it.”

 

Take advantage of color tools.

Whether it be updated color decks or spectrophotometers for color matching, Winters says you should take the time to learn all the different tools and systems offered by your new paint company to best prepare yourself.

“If you don’t have the tools you need, contact a jobber to find out why,” Winters says.

 

Attend any available training.

Don’t just rely on jobbers, Winters says—if your new paint line offers any training, you should request to attend it.

 If possible, he says, get inside the paint manufacturer’s facility for a class, as that’s where you’ll become best acquainted with the line.

“Whenever you're at the facility, you're with the people that designed and made the stuff,” Winters says. “If you have any questions, that’s the place you get an answer.”

Winters says that’s where where you can correct any of your painting techniques. Whether it’s applying paint, blending it, issues you have with solvent—that’s where you’ll find solutions.

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