In-House Electrostatic Painting

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Posted on: 12/1/2000

Question: Help!

Question:

Help! I need an education about electrostatic refinishing. I am the branch manager of a library. We are refurbishing the branch —new carpeting, painting, etc. I would like to have the metal shelving refinished since we have at least five different colors of bookcases. Can electrostatic refinishing be done successfully on location? One contractor promises it will be done overnight, which of course, would certainly expedite getting the library up and running again. Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated! Thank you. D.F.

Answer:

Not only does it work, it works very well. When I had a real job, my company’s patent department decided to repaint the attorney’s office furniture. Over the years they had acquired a potpourri of different colored furniture that they wanted to look uniform. They asked me to investigate the alternatives. The alternatives were paint them at our paint shop, send them out to be painted or paint them electrostatically in-house. The first two alternatives required emptying filing cabinets and desks and removing the furniture from each office. This would put each patent attorney out of business for several days. I was concerned about the third alternative and the possible mess inside each office. You know how fussy attorneys can be.

I reluctantly chose the electrostatic in-house painting. The painters came into the offices after business hours, put down drop cloths, cleaned the surfaces to be painted and painted the furniture in each office. They were gone, without odor, before the start of business hours the next day. No muss, no fuss. The attorneys were happy with their “new” furniture. I kept my job, and we all lived happily ever after.


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