Archive for October, 2011

Make the Holes go Away…

Written by on October 30, 2011 in Wood Snobbery with 2 Comments
Make the Holes go Away…

It’s not about just filling a hole, it’s about blending color tones to match the exact grain pattern that the hole is in. This is one of those “icing on the cake”, attention to detail steps in the finishing process on stain and clear grade projects that really shows the skill level and craft of […]

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Blaklader Tough Guy Painter Pants Review

Written by on October 28, 2011 in Product Reviews, Publications, Tools, Workwear with 3 Comments
Blaklader Tough Guy Painter Pants Review

Those of you who know me know that I am historically not a huge fan of painters whites. That all changed last year when I tested and reviewed Armed Workwear painters pants in APC. That was my first experience using pants with insertable kneepads. I quickly became an advocate of this concept and am now […]

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Dust Never Sleeps

Dust Never Sleeps

Providing a clean workspace is a matter of procedure at Topcoat Finishes, and as a homeowner, husband and father, I try hard to hold myself to the same habits and standards at home when we are in project mode, which has been often over the years. So, I have come to think of protecting noses, […]

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A Revolution in Work Lighting for Painters…

Written by on October 26, 2011 in Lighting with 4 Comments
A Revolution in Work Lighting for Painters…

…Is BADLY needed…Hello Festool Syslite!!! [Update Jan ’13: Festool Syslite Review Published] We have switched the majority of our jobsite and shop lighting needs to the Festool Syslite. Previously, fluorescent and halogen was about as good as we could get. It wasn’t good enough. Call it the three year itch in the relationship with the […]

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Product of Interest: Titan Multi finish 440 Air Assisted Sprayer

Written by on October 24, 2011 in Air Assisted Airless, Products of Interest, Sprayers with 19 Comments

We have been reviewing air assisted pumps and guns pretty extensively in 2011 and look forward to integrating this rig into the test fleet for shop as well as field tasks

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Graco Air Assisted Spray Guns

Written by on October 4, 2011 in Cutting Room Floor with 0 Comments
Graco Air Assisted Spray Guns

We have been running our Graco 395 Finish Pro in a variety of applications and products for over a year. The stock G40 gun has been on our 395 up until now. Stay tuned as we explore the G15 option. Anyone using this?

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Accessorizing your Festool CT26 hepa Extractor

Written by on October 1, 2011 in Sanding and Dust Collection with 12 Comments

In the spirit of Festool’s announcement that their complete CT line has been independently tested and certified to be “full unit hepa” dust extractors, we took our CT26 to the next level in functionality with some styling. Changed the whole attitude of it, without losing the workhorse essence. There are many intuitive possibilities to customize […]

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