Festool makes your paint prep work faster, and more profitable!
How does your workday look? You load up your truck in the morning, drive to the
jobsite, unload and set-up, then the tedious part starts: Prepping the surface.
Once prep work is done, the real fun begins: You start to paint. And at the end
of the day you clean-up, make sure your customers are not annoyed by a big mess,
you load your truck, and drive home.
Let's look at all this step by step and see, how Festool can save you valuable time
and put more money in your pocket with their step reducing system:
Step 1: Loading your truck.
You know the routine: You pack different boxes with tools, abrasives, brushes, tape
in your truck and hope you have everything you need for the day. The last thing
you can afford is a trip to the store or back to the shop, because it will cost
you time and money. The multiple boxes you use for storage are not made to work
with each other, so you carry them one by one to the truck. How long does it take
you? 15 minutes? 30 minutes? We think, it takes too long.
The Festool solution: We offer a container system called
Systainers. These are boxes of different sizes that latch to each other
and help you to organize everything you need to take to the jobsite. They also latch
on top of the Festool vacuums, making the vacuum a portable dolly which results
in one trip for set up.
Utilizing the Festool system will reduce wasteful hours in the morning, allowing
you to get to work faster.
Step 2: Setup.
Our research has shown, that the average painter needs between 30 minutes and 45
minutes in the morning to set-up the jobsite. This includes everything from transporting
the tools and supplies to the jobsite, placing drop-cloths and tarps, and setting
everything up. And you still have not put a brush in your hand.
The Festool solution: Painting contractors that use Festool products are ready to
start prepping the surface (sanding) within 15 minutes. Why? First the Systainer
system allows you to reduce the number of trips from the truck to the job. Utilizing
Systainers makes for less trips, saving time. Secondly, the Festool system
extracts the dust from sanding operation so well, that there is less need
for covering furniture with plastic, taping doors shut, etc. Using the Festool system,
the need for hand sanding can be reduced significantly. The Festool sander/vacuum
combination takes care of dust, you can start prepping the surface within minutes
after showing up on the jobsite, saving 15 to 30 minutes every day, 1 hour 15 minutes
to 2 hours 30 minutes a week, 65 to 130 hours a year just in set-up time. At an
hourly rate of $40, this is up to $5,200 in savings every year.
Step 3: Paint prep.
As a professional painting contractor you know, that a properly prepped surface
is very crucial for a job you can be proud of, and a job your customers are happy
with. You invest countless hours in sanding, and since you cannot use your standard
5" random orbital sander on all surfaces, it leaves you with a lot of hand sanding and that's
no way to increase profits. Hand sanding is no one's friend. It is time
consuming, causes dust flying around, and produces a linear scratch pattern that
is harder to cover than the fine scratch pattern of a power sander. When it comes
to removing stubborn old paint, you have to use chemicals (what does your customer
say about that?), a grinder (blowing a mind-boggling amount of dust all over the
place), or a scraper (and a ton of elbow grease). There is a better way!
The Festool solution:
Festool has a sander for every sanding application:
Do you need all these sanders? Maybe not. But you know that Festool has a sander
to increase your productivity in any sanding situation.
Festool takes care of the dust
All sanders hook up to the Festool CT vacuums. Festool offers everything from small
vacuums that are easy to carry around, including up-stairs and up scaffolding, to
vacuums for bigger jobs or for working with two sanders at the same time. The sander/vacuum
combination is so efficient, you can sand and paint in the same room, which will
cut down on your waiting time for prep to be done before you can start painting,
and reduces the need to coordinate different workers so they don't mess up each
Festool has abrasives specific to paint applications
Festool Granat was specifically developed for sanding of paint. No matter if you
are working with Latex paint, VOC paints, multiple layers of paint, or delicate
surfaces, Granat is the go-to abrasive for painting contractors. It lasts significantly
longer than the abrasives you are used to, because it clogs less, even with problematic
paints and lacquers, and in combination with the appropriate Festool sander, it
cuts faster than other abrasives.
All this means you can save a significant amount of time during the prepping stage.
But don't take our word for it, here is a concrete example:
Sanding of facade
Random orbital sander and abrasives from big box store
1 minute 49 seconds for a small area
Rotex dual-mode sander with Granat abrasives
20 seconds for small area of the same size
The painting contractor in this example quoted this job with 40 hours of labor.
With the use of the Festool Rotex sander, Festool CT vacuum, and Festool Granat abrasives
he will finish the job in less than half the time, which will make this a highly
Step 4: Clean up.
At the end of the day, you want to leave your customer's home as clean as possible.
Customers judge your work not just by how the paint job looks, but also how much
mess you left and how much you inconvenienced them.
After you have sanded by hand, or with a sander without dust extraction, you have
a big mess to clean up. This can take up to 1 hour at the end of the day.
The Festool solution: Since all Festool sanders hook up to a highly efficient HEPA
vacuum, the dust is contained in the vacuum and not spread on the floor and the
furniture. At the end of the day, clean-up is a breeze and you are out the door
faster. Painting contractors report that they save 30 to 45 minutes in clean-up
every day. That is 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours 45 minutes a week, or 130 to 195
hours a year you are saving in clean-up time. At an hourly rate of $40, this is
up to $7,800 in savings every year! And, probably even more important: Your customer
will be happier and will more likely give your referrals and repeat business. Festool
will give you the ability to stand alone when it comes to the bidding process.
Step 5: Break-down.
All done with your work? Ready to go home to the family and some well-deserved leisure
time? How long does it take to pack everything up? How many trips do you have to
do to the truck and back? As with setting-up in the morning, we think it takes longer
than it should. Who is paying you for carrying single boxes to your truck? Nobody!
The Festool solution: The Systainers don't just shine when setting-up in the morning,
but also when breaking-down in the evening. Cut down on the number of trips to your
truck and on the time needed to pack everything up. Stack your Festool Systainers
on top of your Festool vacuum, wheel everything to your truck, load it up, and go
home. Time savings? We believe 15 to 30 minutes every workday. That is 1 hour 15
minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes a week, 65 to 130 hours a year just in set-up time.
At an hourly rate of $40, this is up to $5,200 in savings every year.
Saving time means saving money, resulting in completing more jobs in less time.
You will be able to get more business, because your bids are going to be more competitive
when you are able of doing your work in less time. Simply put, your business will
be more profitable and you will have more money in your pocket.
But that is not all. Working with Festool sanders and vacuums will make your work
not just faster, but also easier (who likes tedious hand sanding?), and smarter
(who likes to inhale dust and clean-up?)
Something else? Yes, your customers will be happier if they see you taking care
of the dust with a HEPA certified vacuum, and don't leave a mess.
Not convinced yet? Try for yourself. Festool offers their Time Savings Guarantee.
Pick up a Festool sander/vac combo, use it for 30 days in a real work environment.
If you don't see the savings, we'll take the sander and vacuum back for a full refund.
What are you waiting for?