Archive for November, 2010

TrueCoat: Watered Down ProShot?

Written by on November 30, 2010 in Handheld/Cordless, On Further Review..., Sprayers with 6 Comments

What’s the Difference Between the TrueCoat and ProShot lines? From a practical standpoint, very little. Let’s make this as simple as we can, starting with the models within the lineage of each line. The Graco ProShot lineup: ProShot I (no longer in production) ProShot II ProShot Fine Finish *All about the Graco ProShot Line The Graco […]

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Armed Work Wear Painter’s Pants

Written by on November 26, 2010 in Product Reviews, Workwear with 0 Comments
Armed Work Wear Painter’s Pants

[2016 Update: New Review of Current Line of Armed Workwear Pants] Armed Work Wear was founded in 2007 by Josh Banks, a painter from Salt Lake City, Utah. Right out of the gate, this made Armed painter’s pants unique because they were thought out and designed by someone with years of experience in our field. […]

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Graco ProShot Review (2010)

Graco ProShot Review (2010)

Graco ProShot Review in APC magazine Graco made a huge impact this year, as far as we are concerned. When it comes to convenience, and bang for the buck, the ProShot delivered above and beyond our expectations. Its another of those new technology breakthroughs that we love to get our hands on early in its […]

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Paint Craftsmanship

Written by on November 26, 2010 in Publications with 17 Comments
Paint Craftsmanship

Anywhere that hands and minds come together in the execution of a skilled trade, in our case painting, there is the potential for excellence or true craftsmanship to occur. I have told my painters for years that the only thing standing between the surfaces to be painted and a very nice job is them and the […]

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Complacency…Still at Large

Written by on November 26, 2010 in Publications with 1 Comment
Complacency…Still at Large

“Within my own paint contracting business, the focus has been much more on networking, sales and marketing, scheduling, differentiation, and retention than on which paint roller cover spatters the least. That is to say, we are really good at painting houses, but the challenge of growing during a historical recession is uncharted territory.” Read “Complacency […]

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Fein Turbo I Review (2009)

Fein Turbo I Review (2009)

If you had told me 10 years ago that I would someday purchase vacuum cleaners for the jobsite and shop that would cost hundreds of dollars each, I would have laughed. Really hard. For years, we used the Fein Turbo Series. More recently, we have replaced them with Festool extractors, in order to gain the […]

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Despermating (2009)

Written by on November 26, 2010 in Publications with 6 Comments
Despermating (2009)

When you toss enough words around in print, sooner or later you start making up some of your own. In 2009, the one that I felt needed to get right out in the open was “despermating”. This seemed to resonate with paint contractors around the country, as I received more feedback from this article than […]

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Human Resources (2009)

Written by on November 26, 2010 in Publications with 0 Comments
Human Resources (2009)

Just a little reminder that more important than all of the products, processes, tools and tricks of the trade are the people involved in all aspects of a contracting business, both internally, externally and on the supply side. It requires a tremendous amount of resources to build a paint contracting company. The human resources are […]

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Benjamin Moore Natura Review (2009)

Benjamin Moore Natura Review (2009)

Our review of Benjamin Moore’s Natura interior line in APC mid-2009 came after many months of pre-launch testing. The introduction of this waterborne product seemed to be met with some confusion from paint contractors. It quickly became one of our favorites, and, we suspect that many contractors ended up feeling the same. Since then Natura […]

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Mythic Non-Toxic Paint Review (2009)

Mythic Non-Toxic Paint Review (2009)

In 2009, we tested Mythic Paint on several projects over the course of many months in the process of compiling a review. At the time, Mythic represented a new product technology in the low voc direction that the industry was moving in.

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