Archive for May, 2011

Eco-Friendly Paints: The Green Elephant in the Room

Written by on May 31, 2011 in Interior Paints, Interior Products, Publications with 0 Comments
Eco-Friendly Paints: The Green Elephant in the Room

The Green Elephant (2009) I wrote this article in June of 2009 for The Paint Dealer magazine in their Green Voices series, where experts from different aspects of the paint trade weighed in on the impact of eco friendly paint technologies. My piece called a spade pretty much a spade. Its refreshing to note that […]

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Paint Contractors and Marketing: Eggs and Baskets

Written by on May 29, 2011 in Business Strategies, Publications with 4 Comments
Paint Contractors and Marketing: Eggs and Baskets

**Click: Paint Contractors and Marketing (2010) The above linked article is a time capsule piece that I wrote 18 months ago and was published in APC magazine, discussing marketing strategies for paint contractors. It’s been funny that way, the last few years. I frequently go back into the archives in times of reflection and read. […]

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Larry’s Painting: A Case Study in Negative Contractor Growth

Written by on May 29, 2011 in Business Strategies with 4 Comments
Larry’s Painting: A Case Study in Negative Contractor Growth

We talk enough about product and tool failures, and we all cringe at the concept of “operator error”. But in reality, many contractors actually fail in business. Some contracting companies circle the drain for years before realizing – only too late – that it didn’t work. Often, problems result from negative contractor growth: doing worse […]

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Radius 360 and Trigon 180 sander Review (2011)

Radius 360 and Trigon 180 sander Review (2011)

Our review of the Full Circle International sanding system appears on pages 8 and 9 of the May 2011 issue of American Painting Contractor magazine in the column “From the Field”, by Scott Burt. FCI is one of the sponsors of our Contractor Blog Post Contest, generously contributing their products to go to one contest […]

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Contractor Blog Shootout!

Written by on May 15, 2011 in Industry News with 4 Comments
Contractor Blog Shootout!

Announcement: Topcoat Review is pleased to formally launch our Contractor Blog Shootout, which will run until June 15. The Shootout is an opportunity for us to recognize, appreciate and honor the wealth of contractor blogs that are out there, some of which we probably havent even seen yet. We are very fortunate to have great […]

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Topcoat Finishes, Inc.

Written by on May 5, 2011 in Topcoat Finishes with 3 Comments
Topcoat Finishes, Inc.

Here’s a recent story about my paint company. We are full time, year round painters who use the best available equipment, products and processes to deliver to our customers a high level of service with aesthetically pleasing, high performance finishes. We believe in sharing information with other professionals to try to help raise standards among […]

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