This month we meet the Painters of the 2020 All-Pro Team. First up is Alex Marchuck, also know to the team as Brushworks417.
Alex is a third-generation painter from Springfield, Missouri, who operates a high-end residential repaint company. He is married to his beautiful wife, Brooke, and they have a two-year-old son, Ean.
Read more of our Q&A with Alex to learn how he got his start, the key to the perfect paint job, and why his superhero choice would be The Flash.
How did you get into painting as a profession?
My Grandfather and dad have both been painters all their lives and my dad started me with painting on summer breaks. I used to hate painting when I was in high school and told myself I would never do it, but here I am. I love the trade and am very proud of what I do now. I always try to achieve high-quality paint jobs by using the best paint, materials, and tools.
What is your favorite thing about your career?
I love bringing walls, trim, or cabinets back to life. I like that I can make them the way they are supposed to look versus just slapping some paint on.
How long have you been using OLFA?
I have been an OLFA fan for about 13-14 years now. My old boss had a big case of OLFA knives in his shop (paint/wallpaper company). The first time I used an LA-X I was in love with the knife. I had the same knife for about four years until it walked off the job (someone else must have loved it too!). Since then I have always had an OLFA on the job site.
What is the best part of being on the OLFA ALL-PRO Team?
I could not be happier to be part of the OLFA All-Pro Team – you can’t beat being a part of the best blade on the market. Being a painter, making precision cuts is always key. Your interior small detail cuts will set you apart from the rest and having an OLFA sharp blade is the answer.
What is your favorite OLFA tool(s) and why?
This one is tough. I normally have two knives on me, the LA-X for opening paint cans and taking light switch plates off. I also carry the XA-1. It is the right size for cutting tape, paper, and plastic. I also love the clip on the knife. You know you are not going to lose it bending down while masking.
I also love the PA-2. Anytime you can have five blades in a knife, that is simply awesome. You don’t have to stop to get a new blade, it is all right there when you need a new sharp edge.
When you are a painter you need multiple tools to get the job done right. I also have to include the SK-15 for cutting plastic and floor paper. And the GSR-2 is a must for scraping windows, old caulking, or overspray when it happens… hey, we’re not all perfect. 😊
What is the craziest thing you have ever done with an OLFA?
I try to always be safe but love to pry staples with the almighty LA-X! I also scrape any paint off windows and of course open paint cans. I like that it is tough enough that I can seal the paint can using it as a hammer without it falling apart on me.
What is the secret to a perfect paint job?
Prep, prep, prep! Most of us painters are spraying trim which requires perfect masking and prep. With my sharp OLFA, I know all my cuts are 100% straight. The shark fin (multi-pick) on the LA-X can be used as a putty knife to press the tape down to get a good seal.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Definitely the north. I am not a fan of the heat, so anywhere that has mountains and snow.
What is your favorite game or sport to watch and/or play?
I am not the biggest sports fan but if I must pick, it would be football. I also love kicking the soccer ball around with my kid.
On a scale of 1-10, how funny would you say you are?
I don’t think I’m that funny, so I would say a 5 or 6.
What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
I love getting together on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?
Definitely Gabriel Iglesias (aka Fluffy)!
Who knows you best?
My wife, for sure.
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
The Flash. Think about how much faster I could use the SpeedBlade?!?!