Magical Misinformation

So here’s the rundown. Trimline Painting Inc. had our videos featured on a website called housepaintinginfo.com (thank you for featuring our videos by the way) and on this website after every video posted, there is an area at the bottom where you can comment on them. Now negative comments are fine, and I will be the first to admit if someone has a valid point against something I say, and or has a different way of doing something. After all, there is more than one way to do most jobs. With that said however, one guy went though and commented on most of my videos with negative reviews and comments of what I did “wrong.” Since it looks like he (Magic Dave… seriously that’s the name he put) took some time to point out my “errors,” I thought I should respond to the misinformation.
Now at first I thought his criticism where going to be for things like the music I chose for some of my videos, or something of that nature but what I found instead was truly delightful. Mr. Magic instead gave me a treasure trove of cannon fodder to mock him with. So please, enjoy!


To view the following criticisms in their original form click here.

Magic Myth #1: Removing Door Hardware is too Hard for Most People.

You know I think that Lows should stop selling door handles because people like Dave might hurt themselves trying to install them. If door hardware is really as hard to remove as Dave makes it sound, then by that same logic, none of you should be painting your own door to begin with. This comment should frankly insult the intelligence of every “beginner” and Dave should learn that 1/32″-1/16″ white ring around your door handle is both sloppy and lazy workmanship.

Magic Myth #2: Sanding and Washing a Door are Almost Never Required.

By Dave’s logic most doors do not need to be prepared then right? Ask yourself does this sound right to you? It shouldn’t. Not preparing surfaces is just plain lazy. Do not prepare your door if you want it to fail. I come across this all the time where guys like Dave cheat their customers and don’t do the prep. Prep your door and do the job right the first time.
Mr. Magic then goes on to say how sandpaper leaves scratches in the final product and says that sandpaper should be avoided because of this. If sanding the door really leaves scratches in the final product, then why doesn’t the door in my video show that in the final product? The answer is that there aren’t any visible scratches and there won’t be any visible scratches on your job either as long as you use the sandpaper in the proper grits described in my video.

Magic Myth #3: New Paint Doesn’t Need Straining.

Dave get’s half credit here. Most times brand new paint doesn’t need to be strained, but then again I have needed to strain brand new paint more often than you might think. Which would you rather have? Paint that you know is clean, or to paint your door and find bits of crap in the final product after it dries. I’d rather know that my paint is clean than take the chance because I was too lazy (like Dave) to strain the material to begin with.

Magic Myth #4: Angle brushes are for beginners.

Well I guess the jig is up. I must be a beginner. Based on the performance of how I moved in the video though, who would you rather believe? Magic Dave the arm chair general, who sits behind the protection of his keyboard, probably with ketchup stains on his white undershirt and not wearing any pants, or the guy that gave you visual proof that great results can be obtained with the use of an angle brush… I’d put my money on the guy with the video. Besides if you are able to put the paint on the door with a mop and get the results that I did who’s to say what a beginner tool is or isn’t. The only beginner tool here is Dave.

Magic Myth #5: The Color of the Edge of the Door is up to Interpretation.

This is simply put false. The way I described to determine which edge of the door to paint is a well established industry standard. The fact that Dave disagrees with this leads me to believe that although Dave implies that he is an industry expert it is flagrantly obvious that he is not. This should really make one cautious to trust his other criticisms as such an amateur remark is something I wouldn’t expect of an industry expert.

Magic Myth Six: Never hold your bucket while you are on a ladder.

This might be true for Dave. I mean after all, taking off door hardware is risky business for this guy. To think that we are going to get way, way up off the ground, two feet in the air and hold a bucket at the same time! He’s right, that’s just crazy talk. Dave put the bottle down and come to work sober.

Magic Myth #7: rolling a paneled door is better than brushing it.

Dave again get’s half credit here. I would roll a flat door, but since this is a paneled door I would disagree on a rolled finish in this case. I’ve seen it done, but I think a brushed finish in this particular case is the way to go. The “unsightly brush strokes” outweigh the unsightly roller stipple in my humble opinion.

Magic Myth #8: Only One Coat is Required to Paint a Door.

Really?!? Trust me, if only one coat was required do you think I would really waste my time putting that second coat on? Most people have better things to do than perform work unnecessarily and I am no different. If you are going over a similar color than yes Dave has a point, but dark blue over white?!? Additionally Dave’s idea of “satisfactory results” should give one pause as to the validity of his arguments.

To view the following criticism in it’s original form click here.

Magic Myth #9: Exterior Paint jobs will be of a higher quality if they are Brushed and Rolled Rather than Sprayed.

For the type of siding finished in my video, a sprayed finish will give as good of a finish as one that was completely done by hand, and it will do it in a fraction of the time! Dave is right that most houses will need to be back rolled (i.e. stucco buildings or a building with T1-11) but he is wrong that no house needs to be sprayed and that it is somehow the mark of an amateur as implied. In the almost 20 years I have been doing this and in the 35 years my father has been doing this, even when spraying in suburban areas where houses are built close together we have never over sprayed a neighbors car or building. If you are lonely though, have Dave come by and paint your house. He will be there for a while.

To view the following criticism in it’s original form click here.

Magic Myth #10: Pressure Washing a building should only be Done as a Last Resort and “Can Severely Damage the Surface.”

I’m not sure where Dave lives, but if I were painting the exterior of a mud hut I would probably agree that a pressure washer could damage the surface. Dave says that we should instead wash our house down with a garden hose, and continues on to say I think my favorite criticism he has to offer. Mr. Magic says that instead of pressure washing a building we should instead clean the exterior using “ a rag or brush on a stick with a bucket of hot water-cleaner.” I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I read this. I’m not sure if I could make this stuff up. No, using a rag on the end of a stick is not going to do a better job cleaning your exterior than a pressure washer will, and if you pressure wash your house correctly, you will not hurt the surface.

Believe it or not I could continue to point out more misinformation that Dave gives, but I think you get the point. If you think Dave is more correct then me, then by all means follow his advice. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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