Product Reviews

Paint Brush Selection and Cleaning

Written by on March 29, 2015 in Brushes and Rollers, Tools with 0 Comments

Tips for Paint Brush Selection and Cleaning We’ve done a couple of written and visual projects recently with the Journal of Light Construction, to help users better understand paint brush selection and cleaning. First was a feature article in the March 2015 issue of the magazine, which you can read in its entirety here: paint […]

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Precision Demo Tasks with the Festool Vecturo OS400

Precision Demo Tasks with the Festool Vecturo OS400

Written by on December 13, 2014 in Products of Interest, Tools with 0 Comments

Festool plunged into the oscillating multi-tool market in December 2014 with the launch of the Vecturo OS400. In the weeks prior to the release of the tool, Topcoat test drove a manufacturer supplied unit through a series of interior and exterior material removal tasks. This is by no means a comprehensive review of the tool, […]

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Interior products

Tale of the Tape: 3M 2093 Edge Lock Test

Tale of the Tape: 3M 2093 Edge Lock Test

Written by on December 14, 2014 in Interior Products, Prep with 3 Comments

On the topic of tape, we don’t rely on it to make straight cut lines with paint. That said, we do understand that thousands of homeowners/DIY-ers do. Pros expect it to stay tight, hold its edges, not rip coming off the roll or fall off what we stick it on. Sounds easy enough, but tape […]

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Kovrd Bag Creates Efficient Transitions

Kovrd Bag Creates Efficient Transitions

Transitions Those in between times start with the initial load in of the job. The goal here, for us, is to pack everything in that we know will be needed for initial stages of the project. It is usually heavy with prep and prime gear. The Kovrd bag is usually on the scene from these […]

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Exterior Products

A new resource for IPE enthusiasts

A new resource for IPE enthusiasts

Written by on February 8, 2015 in Decks and Porches, Industry News, Wood Snobbery with 1 Comment

Due to the overwhelming response our ipe content has enjoyed on topcoatreview.com, we have decided that it is time for the topic to occupy it’s own chunk of online real estate. As the 400-ish comments on our legendary 5 Things Not to Do article reflect, it has become a challenge for our readers to interact […]

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Hall of Famer or Has Been?

Hall of Famer or Has Been?

Written by on September 2, 2013 in Exterior Paints, Exterior Products with 11 Comments

SW Duration Exterior Trim Paint As a product category, exterior trim paint is a fortunate beneficiary of paint manufacturers pouring R&D dollars into waterborne/latex technologies in the past several years. While oil stains were historically effective on exterior siding applications, they were not an enduring standard for exterior trim. Latex exterior trim paints have always […]

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All about Sprayers

Tips for Painting Furniture

Written by on September 7, 2013 in Handheld/Cordless, Industry News with 6 Comments

New Instructional Painting Video Series In this video, Todd shares some small project finishing basics for painting furniture or other types of small projects. This is the second in an instructional video series that we are working on with Graco, in partnership with our own Prep to Finish paint industry education program. Recently, the first […]

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An Easy Airless Spraying Rig

An Easy Airless Spraying Rig

Written by on July 7, 2013 in Airless, Sprayers with 9 Comments

Every Painter needs a good “Rock Rig” While high volume pumps are still all the rage in airless spraying, the middle weight .5 gpm class of skid style pumps will always have a place in the painter arsenal. In fact, .5-ers, whether blue or red in color, may well be the most commonly hauled out […]

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Wood Snobbery

When Paint Problems Happen

When Paint Problems Happen

Written by on September 13, 2014 in Wood Snobbery with 8 Comments

I spend a lot of my time as a professional painter fixing paint problems that were caused by people. Sometimes their choice of paint was a problem. More often, the way they painted was the bigger problem. If you paint at any kind of level, you likely understand that the proof is in the pudding […]

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Wood Finishing Tips from the Topcoat Woodsnobs

Wood Finishing Tips from the Topcoat Woodsnobs

Written by on November 28, 2013 in Wood Snobbery with 1 Comment

“Fear of Clear” Todd and I frequently team up on wood restoration projects of all flavors – interior and exterior. Sometimes we are presented with antique quality pieces to work with. If clear finish is involved, the project always falls into the category of “fine finishing”, a rather misunderstood term these days. So, we are […]

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Sanding and Dust Collection

About Extraction

About Extraction

If we had done a “Year in Review” article back in 2011, Festool extraction and the redefinition of HEPA vacs for painters would have been right up there on the list. I am a fan of just about anything that raises the bar for the paint industry, its manufacturers and contractors…as long as it doesn’t […]

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Hand Sanding: Necessary Evil made Tolerable

Hand Sanding: Necessary Evil made Tolerable

Written by on November 25, 2011 in Manual Sanders, Sanding and Dust Collection, Tools with 5 Comments

Sometimes We do some Hand Sanding… …and the Festool Hand Sanding Kit (HSK) provides solutions. Eliminating hand sanding is generally a surface prep efficiency goal for painters and wood/drywall finishers. Especially for us, for instance, on a friday when we are trying to bust out a final skim coat and head for the mountains. At […]

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Reader Questions

Reader Question: Exterior Concrete

Reader Question: Exterior Concrete

Written by on December 8, 2014 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 3 Comments

Question: Hi.  I often read your articles in APC magazine and enjoy your simple, down to earth explanation of things.  I often feel as confused today about which product to use as I did many years ago as a helper. My question is: I am re-painting an exterior concrete patio and am not sure how […]

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Reader Question: Popcorn and Point Up

Reader Question: Popcorn and Point Up

Written by on March 30, 2014 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 2 Comments

Terry from Specified Coatings in North Carolina asks: Hi Scott! First of all, thank you for the very informative information you provide us in the painting industry. It has been most helpful to me. I took the plunge today and purchased a Festool planex ct 36 dust extractor. We are primarily a high end repaint […]

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On Further Review

Top Tools for Fine Finishing

Top Tools for Fine Finishing

Written by on October 26, 2014 in On Further Review..., Tools with 0 Comments

There are so many choices in products and tools for fine finishing, and of course, the products and tools define the process to a large extent. We are frequently asked which tools continue to rise to the top in our shop and in the field. Here is a compilation pulled from a recent cherry table […]

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RTS 400: Sporty Orbital

RTS 400: Sporty Orbital

Written by on April 15, 2012 in On Further Review... with 2 Comments

Festool RTS 400 Dust Extraction Demo Short video demo with Scott Burt showing the absence of airborne dust with a RTS 400 inside a cabinet enclosure during finish sanding tasks in preparation for primer and paint. Festool sanding is noted for capturing dust at the source (the surface), so that it cannot become airborne – […]

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Ask the Pros!

Ask the Pros!

Written by on January 3, 2014 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 7 Comments

Have a question about a product? Want to know more about a tool? Want to share a project or problem you have tackled? We love to hear from our readers! You can fill out the form here or leave a comment below and add a photo. We will respond as soon as possible in our […]

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Despermating: Still a thing

Despermating on the Rise? Back in July of 2009, I wrote an article about estimating in which I coined the term “despermating,” defined as the act of desperate estimating. The article was a tale of a competitive bidding situation in which my company’s price was twice as high as the next bidder on the project. […]

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A Few Who Moved and Shook in 2014!

A Few Who Moved and Shook in 2014!

Written by on December 20, 2014 in Industry News with 8 Comments

In 2014, some paint contractors moved. Others shook. Many did both. Here’s a six-pack of paint movers and shakers from 2014, in no particular order. ****Hover on the box below to activate slideshow controls, then arrow through… Which paint contractors did you enjoy following in 2014?

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