Archive for June, 2011

Purdy Voice of the Pros

Written by on June 29, 2011 in Industry News, Publications with 2 Comments
Purdy Voice of the Pros

We like Purdy brushes and we like the Voice of the Pros series that they have been running. The topics are interesting and relevant to paint contracting. Check it out and enter the poll for a chance to win. I was happy to be the guest voice on this months topic.

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Wood Grain Profiling: By Eye

Written by on June 23, 2011 in Topcoat Finishes, Wood Snobbery with 8 Comments
Wood Grain Profiling: By Eye

Wood finishing is misunderstood. Rightly so. Every species has its own traits that affect product and process to be used on it. The best way to learn about wood is to work with it, on as large a scale as possible. The wood will teach you. Pattern Recognition I remember finishing an antique heart pine floor […]

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Fir Porch Floor Restoration

Fir Porch Floor Restoration

  Can’t say it enough…pressure washing is such a cool service to integrate into a paint contracting company. Today, we brought back to life a rather tired old tongue and groove porch floor in Burlington. We will be restoring this porch over the course of the next week. It’s beginning to feel a lot like […]

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Erecta-Rack: When not in Use

Written by on June 20, 2011 in Drying Racks, On Further Review..., Tools with 1 Comment
Erecta-Rack: When not in Use

In the spirit of the On Further Review component of this blog, here is some follow up information on the Erecta-Rack drying system, which we reviewed several months ago in APC magazine. One of the things that we liked the most about this system was its compact, modular design. After more months of use in […]

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A picture…

Written by on June 19, 2011 in Handheld/Cordless, On Further Review..., Sprayers with 0 Comments
A picture…

…is worth a thousand words. Maybe more.

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Topcoatreview.com Contractor Blog Shootout Winners

Written by on June 16, 2011 in Industry News, Publications with 21 Comments

The results are in, and a big thank you to Darren Slaughter for taking on the tough task of judging the entries. Here they are: Product Review Class Winner: Johnson Home Construction, Durham Door Refinishing with Minwax Polyurethane Prize: Earlex 5500 hvlp Spray Station Runner Up: Painting Annapolis, Stroking Wooster’s Chinex ftp Prize: FCI Radius […]

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Blog Shootout Update

Written by on June 15, 2011 in Industry News with 4 Comments
Blog Shootout Update

Big thanks to all who entered our first blog competition. Today was the deadline, so the field is set. Darren Slaughter is busy reviewing the entries, and as the person administering the event, I think the quality of entries is very high.

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ProShot Small Project Sequel

ProShot Small Project Sequel

The results are in on our ProShot kitchen cabinet spraying project. The prime coat laid down so nicely out of the ProShot that we decided to run it on the finish coats as well. The ProShot will work for this type of task, and there is definitely a gain in efficiency because you have no […]

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ProShot: Small Project Sprayer Selection

Quick tutorial by Scott Burt on sprayer selection for small shop or on site projects, with emphasis on the differences between the Graco ProShot and the ProShot Fine Finish Unit. Footage shows a batch of kitchen cabinet doors and shelving being primed with unthinned acrylic primer through the ProShot. Feedback and questions are welcome, as […]

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Business Practices: the Strangle Factor

Written by on June 12, 2011 in Business Strategies, Publications with 0 Comments
Business Practices: the Strangle Factor

True Story about Customer Service This is another archive piece, published last year but just now hitting the blog. Sometimes when focusing on bringing customers the best possible experience, I have to remind myself of the worst experiences I’ve had as a consumer. This one ranks right up there, and it is especially explosive because […]

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