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John Smith

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#1 posted 02-22-2019 04:52 PM

Planeman – I learned painting and brush care from my parents in the early ‘60s.
I joined the Navy in ‘67, I reported aboard my Destroyer as an able bodied Seaman 1/c
and was assigned to the deck force. when the Bosun’ saw that I had some painting skills,
I was appointed leader of the paint team right away.
and if anyone knows anything about Navy ships, they are ALWAYS
being either chipped or painted constantly. and during a hull inspection, the C.O.
will take out his pocket knife and scrape a spot down to bare metal to check for the
proper metal treatment, application of the correct primer and number of layers of topcoat.
my learning curve came from another Seaman not cleaning his brush and it hardened
up like a rock. the Chief Bosun’ made him wear it around his neck on a rope for a
full week – 24hrs a day. so that sort of drove home the importance of taking care of your tools.
to some people, painting is just another chore to get done and be done with it.
for me, it is an artform and I fully enjoy it as well as learning as much as I can about
the chemistry makeup and what is compatible with what.

Keep your bristles firm !!



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