Archive for November, 2011

Jim the woodworker wants to know…

Written by on November 27, 2011 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 0 Comments
Jim the woodworker wants to know…

Jim asks: I’m a mostly woodworker that is moving into spraying finishes from the brushing/wiping world. Enjoy your reviews, but I’m confused about
 what, as a non-contractor, types of sprayers I need. I wouldn’t mind 
being able to spray latex or oil, and other family members could 
borrow the sprayer when they needed to paint. But […]

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JGroepl asks about BM Super Spec Concrete….

Written by on November 27, 2011 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 0 Comments
JGroepl asks about BM Super Spec Concrete….

JG asks: Have you heard how the Benjamin Moore super spec concrete pre treatment and etch (BJMP85001) performs? And how if the recommended Oil/Grease Emulsifier (BJMP83001)- recommended by BM to use after performs? Any tips in applying the stuff? Thanks. Scott says: We have not used these specific products for concrete prep. For application, I […]

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Hand Sanding: Necessary Evil made Tolerable

Written by on November 25, 2011 in Manual Sanders, Sanding and Dust Collection, Tools with 5 Comments
Hand Sanding: Necessary Evil made Tolerable

Sometimes We do some Hand Sanding… …and the Festool Hand Sanding Kit (HSK) provides solutions. Eliminating hand sanding is generally a surface prep efficiency goal for painters and wood/drywall finishers. Especially for us, for instance, on a friday when we are trying to bust out a final skim coat and head for the mountains. At […]

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Don’t Measure the Job…

Written by on November 17, 2011 in Business Strategies with 0 Comments
Don’t Measure the Job…

…Measure your business. Many paint contractors, especially in the early years of their business, struggle with the metrics of how to measure the performance of their business, their employees and themselves as owners. Even with accurate financial statements, sometimes the business data isn’t enough to wrap our minds around the whole picture. Here, Scott explores […]

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New: Purdy Jumbo Mini Rollers

Written by on November 17, 2011 in Applicators, Brushes and Rollers, Tools with 4 Comments
New: Purdy Jumbo Mini Rollers

For those tasks where every inch counts, and 9 inches would be too much, the jumbo mini roller frames and covers from Purdy offer potential solutions, if used properly. These are beefier than the wire frames we have used in the past, and ergonomically improved. Also, this one frame size can accommodate both 4 1/2 […]

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5+ Ways to Please your Graco 395/G40

Written by on November 16, 2011 in Air Assisted Airless, Sprayers with 16 Comments
5+ Ways to Please your Graco 395/G40

**Updated 2/13 to include Graco 395 pump/compressor use recommendations** Graco 395 Finish Pro and G40 aaa Gun Update: The G40 gun on our Graco 395 Finish Pro keeps soldiering on, entering it’s fourth year of service with just one repack, after consistent use in both production and fine finish tasks in the shop and in […]

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Benjamin Moore Ben Interior Paint

Written by on November 10, 2011 in Interior Paints, Interior Products with 17 Comments
Benjamin Moore Ben Interior Paint

Benjamin Moore Ben Interior Paint This one goes out to all the BM loyalists. If you are having a hard time building the ultra-premium lines like Aura or Natura into your project pricing, I can tell you from first hand experience that the new low voc Benjamin Moore Ben line is actually impressive. We have […]

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Tool of the Week: Festool Syslite

Written by on November 8, 2011 in Lighting, Tool of the Week, Tools with 3 Comments

Festool Syslite [Update Jan ’13: Syslite Review Published] If you follow this site at all, you will already know that a current pet peeve, and it is related to the season and recent time change, is task lighting on projects. Enter, Festool Syslite. It’s a seasonal disorder, but its a thing. The Festool Syslite is […]

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Better Than New with Ipe Deck Oil

Written by on November 4, 2011 in Decks and Porches, Wood Snobbery with 54 Comments
Better Than New with Ipe Deck Oil

For a few years now, we have been sharing our tips on ipe deck oil finishing. Rule number 4 discusses the importance of maintaining the ipe deck annually. This picture show’s one of our annual ipe deck oil finish masterpieces, which Todd insists on personally servicing. This one gets inspected and worked as needed in the […]

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Todd’s Exotica.

Written by on November 1, 2011 in Decks and Porches, Wood Snobbery with 5 Comments

Exterior Paint Prep with Festool Sanders Today, Todd was gracious enough to let me tag along as the oil finisher on a mahogany deck that he has been carefully cleaning up for a pre-winter maintenance coat in a harsh, lakeside exposure. We chose to use Festool sanders with extraction on this deck, rather than pressure […]

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