The Master Painter Australia - April 2016 Vol. 1 - Page 30

THE MASTER PAINTER AUSTRALIA 030 Why Use Drywall Power Sanders? Faster, Smarter, Safer, Cleaner... that’s why! The introduction of the Drywall Power Sander has been proven to greatly increase productivity, enhance user safety and provide a solution for consistent, optimal quality results. Now having long dominated the plasterboard trade, popularity is rapidly increasing in the paint trade, with industry professionals around the globe seeing the huge benefits of incorporating this powered system in their operations. Today over 60% of the international market for the Intex Giraffe® Sanders is to the Painting trade! Sanding is required throughout the installation of plasterboard, and is the final critical process of the board before painting or any coatings are applied. Although the sanding process is usually the most time consuming, dusty and a tedious task, it’s really the most important part of the process, because the slightest flaw or inconsistency can show through many layers paint or coating materials. However, after the drywallers have finished and left the site, there is still a lot of sanding yet to be done before the painters have finished. Typically for the professional painter this could include sanding large surface areas such as walls, ceilings and even floors, more than once. Sanding will be required for the likes of re-sanding initial inconsistencies, sanding of non-plasterboard surfaces such as concrete, timber panelling and floors,  sanding after the application of sealer coat and sanding in-between coats. In the life of a building, be it commercial or residential, it is the painter who will work on the walls and ceilings of a building most. Every time a building is renovated, up-graded, redecorated or given a ‘new look’, the painters and redecorators will be there finishing the project. Whether it is for stripping back old surfaces or preparing new surfaces, sanding has a very important part to play in the process and is a major part of a painter’s life! Sometimes evolution can be slow. In the past, the use of the traditional hand sanding methods, sanding blocks and sheets has been the accepted solution. In more recent years the introduction of the innovative Power Sander has largely put hand methods to rest for drywallers and painters. When introduced to the Plasterboard trade, the huge benefits of the Intex Giraffe® Sander were quickly recognised and proven; they have now completely revolutionised sanding methods for the trade, reducing labour costs and unhealthy conditions involved in traditional techniques, whilst maximizing productivity and yielding consistent, quality results. What we’re seeing now is rapidly increasing demand from the Paint trade as awareness of this concept grows, especially with the Intex Giraffe® Sanders ability for use on many surfaces including plasterboard, cement sheet, concrete and timber. Faster & Smarter! When re-sanding is required for paint preparation, i.e. where inconsistencies are found from the initial drywallers, sanding is a task which painters are not paid to do; they are paid to paint so the faster and cleaner the process can be achieved, the more profitable the job will be. This ‘profitable’ fact [