Welcome to the striping world. First, avoid the Titan 850 like the plaque it is. Look for a used machine for under $2000. You can get a used Graco 3400 for about the same price. The only thing you will have is your reputation and using a Titan 850 will not help it at all. You will also need some basic stencils which you can make out of wood to start with, go to a parking lot at night with large sheets of tracing paper and make you own. Its goinf to cost you 2-$3000 to start up but quickly make that back.
One big thing is be realistic about your thoughts. Striping my appear like easy money, but that’s often an illusion. Not to discourage you at all, just be realistic. You’re going to need start up capital, that will cover your machine, tools, paint, plus overhead such as insurance, cell phone, advertising and so on. Realistically 5k is prob a minimum, but your looking closer to 10 to have a real business. Of course you can start cheaper, but those that do are often working for beer money. To do it right requires investment. I would research some costs of used machines like jpanz suggested, some insurance, business licenses, marketing etc, then draw up a business plan. From there you’ll be able to see if you have what it takes to make it work, or if you would be in the weekend warrior beer money category. Keep in mind that the jobs you will start with are usually minimal profit, so you’ll need several to cover that overhead plus put some in your pocket. I’m by no means trying to talk you out of it, in fact, I encourage entrepreneurialism, but I have learned the hard way on a few times, and for sure have fallen for the illusion of money in this business. As long as you have a decent plan and are realistic about your expectations, you can do it. Take it easy start slow and you’ll have a better shot. Keep us posted, we are here to help.
For getting started out, what makes the T850 plague like? Inconsistent spray?
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