Ask A Painter

Ask A Painter

7 Seasons

A collection of Nick Slavik's most popular Ask A Painter episodes by season.

Ask A Painter
  • State of The Business

    Episode 24

    In this episode of Ask a Painter Live, Nick opens up about
    -Current state of the company
    -Yearly goal progress
    -All of your questions and topic suggestions

  • Craftsperson vs Entrepreneur

    Episode 23

    In this episode, Nick Slavik discusses Building systems and learning from the entrepreneur. Even if the craftsman doesn't want to stop creating, he can nevertheless include routine into his daily schedule to maximize his creative production - essentially establishing a system around himself. Reco...

  • Exterior Painting SOP

    Episode 22

    Painting your home's exterior is a major undertaking. However, the benefits outweigh the risks. You'll save thousands of dollars, extend the life of your siding and trim, and raise the value of your home with a small investment in equipment and materials. To paint crisp, straight lines, you'll ne...

  • Staining and Varnishing Wood

    Episode 21

    In this episode, Nick Slavik talks about staining and varnishing wood. The purpose of wood stain is to modify the color of the wood by soaking it. It does not provide any form of protection. On the other hand, the Wood varnish is a protective covering that lays on top of the wood and works as a w...

  • Interior Brush and Roller Basics

    Episode 20

    In this episode, Nick Slavik discusses A paint roller is a quick and easy way to change the look of your home's interior and exterior walls. While paintbrushes may appear to be the more convenient option, using a paint roller Instead, will save you a lot of time. Paint rollers cover more surface ...

  • Driving Through Pennsylvania

    Episode 19

    In this Episode, of Ask A Painter live, Nick Slavik drives through Pennsylvania with Jason Paris and discusses the perks and benefits of becoming a PCA member. Open up insights about what PCA members versus non-members get. Furthermore, Nick and Jason address how PCA has added value to their prof...

  • Go-To Exterior Brushes

    Episode 18

    In this episode, Nick showcases his favorite brushes from Purdy and demonstrates why they are foundational to his exterior painting processes.

  • Trimaco Product Review

    Episode 17

    Nick Slavik reviews Trimaco's Pull Over Painters Pants and takes questions from viewers.

  • All About Decks

    Episode 16

    In this episode, Nick gives an in-depth insight about prep, chemicals, tools, equipment, coatings, and setting proper expectations for decks, fences, and other outdoor wood projects.

  • Create an Abundance Mindset

    Episode 15

    In this episode, Nick Slavik Live from the wilderness. He discusses the best leadership and business lessons learned: Above the Line / Below the Line and more!

  • A Guide to Wood Finishing

    Episode 14

    In honor of National Woodworking Month, Nick Slavik discusses the process of wood staining, techniques, insights for wood finishing, and more in this episode!

  • History of Paint Brushes

    Episode 13

    In this episode, Nick discusses with Peter Samuel from Pioneer Brush, A specialist manufacturer, and supplier of professional-grade decorating products. The history of paintbrushes, brush making, science, and technology.

  • Mastering the Basics of Wall Painting

    Episode 12

    In this episode, Nick demonstrates the basics of wall painting and shows the exact ways he trains his apprentices to paint like a pro.

  • Putting Effort Into the "Bad" Leads

    Episode 11

    Eric Fasnacht from Pathfinder Marketing joins Nick Slavik on this episode of Ask A Painter to discuss "bad leads."

    Just because a lead may be considered bad, doesn't mean it's a waste of time. It's important during a sales call to remind your lead why they became a lead in the first place, and ...

  • Professionalization Redux

    Episode 10

    Nick Slavik rounds out his discussion of mastering the basics by giving updated steps to professionalization.

  • Being Intentional To Receive Reviews

    Episode 9

    Even if a painter does an excellent job for a client, getting positive feedback is tough, especially once the project is completed.

    Tanner Mullen of Dripjobs demonstrates how going above and beyond the value, you promised your client by 1% and thinking outside the box is the quickest way to obta...

  • Professional Winter Retreat

    Episode 8

    In this episode, Nick Slavik hosts a special show from Minnesota at the Ask a Painter Live Winter Retreat. The Ask A Painter Live Winter Retreat brings together the industry's most influential thought leaders to perform some thought leadership and participate in thought leadership processes and e...

  • Websites for Service Pros

    Episode 7

    In this episode, Nick Slavik welcomes two special guests, Rachel, a professional painter, and Nick, co-founder of ProPhone, to talk about the benefits of having a business website in order to create more leads and develop your company. They discuss how websites can be the most effective instrumen...

  • Marketing Leads

    Episode 6

    Lead generation is the process of increasing your target audience's awareness, credibility, trust, and interest. In this episode, Nick Slavik answers the eternal question of "how do I get more projects?" He also outlines how to identify if your marketing is effective and shares his favorite strat...

  • The Basics of Estimating

    Episode 5

    Estimating is the act of examining data to predict the amount of time, money, and resources required to complete a project. In this episode, Nick Slavik explains to us his favorite methods for determining price, as well as the best ways to determine if that price is correct. Don't miss this episo...

  • Business Standards and Deliverables

    Episode 4

    Business standards and deliverables not only help your company succeed but also contribute to the development of your business plan and strategy by offering defined production goals to work toward.

    In this episode, Nick Slavik shares his exclusive Apprentice to Craftsperson pay scale, including ...

  • Effective Standard Operating Procedures

    Episode 3

    The first thing each firm should learn is how to create a tried-and-true method. It is critical in the painting industry to understand what coating goes on what substrate with what equipment. Our processes must not fail since we all want satisfied customers. SOPs are the written documentation of ...

  • Essential Job Costing Tips

    Episode 2

    Job costing is the most basic thing you can do to improve your business, reduce stress, and provide better service to your customers, apprentices, and craftspeople. So, what specifically is job costing? And how can you do it effectively? In this episode, Nick Slavik gives us the most important jo...

  • Don't Underprice Your Work!

    Episode 1

    There's no point in selling yourself short. Underpricing your work can destroy your business by sending the wrong message to your customers.

    In this episode, Nick Slavik discusses how to efficiently price your job depending on a variety of elements such as your market rate, production rates, an...