Archive for July, 2011

July 2011 American Painting Contractor magazine

Written by on July 31, 2011 in Ladders, Publications, Tools with 2 Comments
July 2011 American Painting Contractor magazine

The July issue of American Painting Contractor magazine is now out. On pages 8-9, check out my review of a handy new telescoping extension ladder system that fits in the extra cab of my truck. Also, APC has been in the process of upgrading the magazine’s website, and it is looking great.

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Weekend Project: Pressure Washing my Deck

Weekend Project: Pressure Washing my Deck

Ok, actually, stripping my deck. I am a paint contractor, but I am also a homeowner. With a never ending “honey do” list. This one has been on the list for…well, a while. What better time to tackle it than when the truck is already loaded up from wood restoration projects all over Chittenden County […]

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Do Manufacturers Listen to Paint Contractors?

Do Manufacturers Listen to Paint Contractors?

Topcoat Review can’t really speak for anyone else, but we sure do hear plenty of scuttle butt around the internet about how manufacturers in the paint industry don’t care what contractors think about their products. You can’t hardly throw a dart in a paint forum these days without bullseyeing on yet another down on his […]

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Wood Restoration: How to Strip a Log Cabin Exterior

Written by on July 29, 2011 in Exterior Products, Home Improvement, Log Homes with 6 Comments
Wood Restoration: How to Strip a Log Cabin Exterior

I have to say right up front that wood restoration using chemical strip methods is a project best hired out to qualified professionals. The pressure washing equipment, chemicals, safety equipment and best practices for all of the above are not common knowledge. Also, knowledge and experience in working wood through various stages of chemical ph […]

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Arborcoat Test on a Wood Restoration in Northern Vermont

Arborcoat Test on a Wood Restoration in Northern Vermont

While we don’t do many whole house strip projects anymore, we have a great customer who was willing to wait over a year for Topcoat to be the wood loving restoration team on their heavenly home in the mountains. The home is a log cabin with a pretty brutal sun and wind exposure. The existing […]

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Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Latex Primer on Poplar

Written by on July 5, 2011 in Interior Products, Primers, Products of Interest with 7 Comments
Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Latex Primer on Poplar

Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Primer Poplar is a challenging wood species for interior trim priming and painting because it has a rather pronounced grain pattern, both in visual and tactile ways, as well as having odd color variations in the grain patterns at times. For paint contractors who work in new construction, it is […]

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