Archive for August, 2011

Spraying BM Arborcoat with a ProShot Fine Finish

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat stain is getting lots of application time with our crew on the log home restoration project we have been working on, and in this episode we run it through a Graco ProShot Fine Finish. In the spirit of two birds, one stone, I have been wanting to check Arborcoat through a sprayer […]

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Xtend & Climb 785P Telescoping Ladder Review

Written by on August 30, 2011 in Ladders, Product Reviews, Tools with 8 Comments
Xtend & Climb 785P Telescoping Ladder Review

Our review of the Xtend & Climb 785P telescoping ladder appeared in the July 2011 issue of American Painting Contractor magazine. While this tool is kind of diy-ish, it is most definitely worth the space it will occupy when not in use in order to capitalize on the space it doesn’t take up when being […]

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Abrasive Selection: Experience to Extremes

Written by on August 28, 2011 in Abrasives, Industry News, Sanding and Dust Collection with 1 Comment

The most effective measure of an abrasive technology is how the wood takes finish. On paint grade, it’s more about adhesion, while on stain grade its that but with a deeper visual aesthetic. The abrasive can’t take all of the credit. The dust extraction system is exerting significant influence in the rich, crisp look of […]

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Rotex Sander: Festool RO150

Rotex Comfort Zones In working with different types of tools, I have a constant interest in exploring comfort zones. Mine, and the tool’s. A 6″ RO150 Rotex sander with a 5mm (3/16″) stroke is a bit of a step up in size and potential aggressive tendencies compared to the standard 5″ orbitals that we have […]

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Can your sandpaper do this?

Festool Granat Abrasives Can. No kidding. In mid 2011, we began testing Festool Granat abrasives, which are designed for paint removal and finish sanding. In one of our early tests of Granat, I started with a piece of 1×8 sapele that was primed solid with exterior oil primer. Using an RO150 sander, I stripped the […]

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Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Siding and Deck Stain

Update: Arborcoat Review Published in APC How We Tested Benjamin Moore Arborcoat August 2011: The initial application of Arborcoat on our log cabin restoration project is nearly complete. Meticulous preparation of all wood surfaces set the perfect palette on which to apply the stain system. We are filing away our stain application process notes and […]

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Festool ETS 125 Sander

Festool ETS 125 Random Orbital Sander Orbital sanding…post chemical strip and pre stain application. Holy ergonomics. I don’t know about you, but when I am in defurring mode after a chem strip, doing final cleanup just before stain, I need an orbital that is light and fast. One handed operation all day long, left and […]

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Tool of the Week: Festool DX93E Detail Sander

Tool of the Week: Festool DX93E Detail Sander

The devil is in the details… Or used to be, anyways. Our colleagues over at Maximum Painting have referred to sanding as a production killer, in the context of hand sanding on interior work. We could not agree more, and we see the problem as a global one across interior and exterior painting. This week, […]

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Tools of the Trade Magazine: 2011 Graco ProShot Review

Tools of the Trade Magazine: 2011 Graco ProShot Review

On Further Review: ProShot, a year later… Here’s a Graco ProShot review that was featured in the fall 2011 issue of Tools of the Trade magazine in the “Tools up Close” category. This article includes information on: typical applications for the tool; cost of ownership analysis; accessories; bottom line recommendation; and tool specifications,┬áincluding pricing. This […]

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Take that, “to do” list!

Take that, “to do” list!

Festool Systems for Organization One of the most stressful aspects of managing multiple paint projects simultaneously is that empty feeling when you arrive on a job and realize that you have forgotten something. There is always something. But we are gaining on it. Giving every system a little scrubdown, or in some cases a major […]

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