Archive for December, 2011

Kremlin Xcite Airmix

Written by on December 29, 2011 in Air Assisted Airless, Publications with 2 Comments
Kremlin Xcite Airmix

Check out our full review of the Kremlin Xcite Airmix spraygun as it appeared in the December 2011 issue of American Painting Contractor magazine. This is a gun that we spent all of 2011 with, and will continue to work with in 2012. We are also testing and will be writing about and sharing footage […]

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Cool Tool Accessory Loss Prevention Tip

Written by on December 24, 2011 in Tools, Vacuums/Dust Extractors with 6 Comments
Cool Tool Accessory Loss Prevention Tip

Five Golden Rings!! Sort of… Most of us put a decent chunk of time into job stocking, assembling kits, and accessorizing equipment. In jobsite settings with multiple trades, no matter how organized and tight you run, it can still be a free for all. When other trades need something, they may just grab it. Sometimes, […]

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Waterborne Trim Paints and One Trick Ponies

Written by on December 23, 2011 in Interior Paints, Interior Products with 163 Comments
Waterborne Trim Paints and One Trick Ponies

Paint in the Present!! Until very recently, waterborne trim paints would really not be part of the discussion for painters. Many of us in paint contracting are 30 somethings (read age 40-60), with pretty stout beliefs in how things should be done. We fall into opinion “camps” when it comes to certain questions about product […]

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Decisions, Decisions

Written by on December 18, 2011 in Business Strategies with 0 Comments
Decisions, Decisions

I love percentages. Mostly because I am a baseball fan. A successful manager plays the percentages and makes well informed decisions based on history as expressed in data. The data informs the manager on how to build his lineup for each game, when to have a runner steal a base, which outfielders to challenge on […]

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Little Big Roller Oxymoron

Written by on December 13, 2011 in Applicators, Brushes and Rollers, Tools with 3 Comments
Little Big Roller Oxymoron

A few weeks ago, we started testing the new Purdy Jumbo Mini Roller frames and covers. The biggest design improvement in this generation of applicators is that the frame is not all wire style. It has a plastic core (the spinning cylinder that roller cover slides onto) that is a beefy 3/4″ thick, and one […]

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Deck Oil Question in Connecticut

Written by on December 10, 2011 in Ask the Topcoat Team!, Decks and Porches with 30 Comments
Deck Oil Question in Connecticut

Mark from CT asks: I am going to install an Ipe porch. I live in CT, two thirds of the porch will be open and one third will be under roof but exposed to the open air. I would like your recommendation on the type of oil to use. After the initial application, what prep […]

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Teambuilding Question in Michigan

Written by on December 10, 2011 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Teambuilding Question in Michigan

JAH asks: I am looking for some words of wisdom from a painting contractor that obviously is doing something right. I also have a painting company in Michigan and I have to tell you that I have hired and fired 30 guys over the past year. Good help is so hard to find. What would […]

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Impact of Dust Extraction

Impact of Dust Extraction

If we had done a “Year in Review” article back in 2011, Festool extraction and the redefinition of HEPA vacs for painters would have been right up there on the list. I am a fan of just about anything that raises the bar for the paint industry, its manufacturers and contractors…as long as it doesn’t […]

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RO 90 on Last year’s Yule Log

Written by on December 4, 2011 in Abrasives, Power Sanders, Tools, Vacuums/Dust Extractors with 3 Comments
RO 90 on Last year’s Yule Log

Festool RO 90 and Granat Abrasive Testing When testing any kind of work related gear, my company and I put the stuff through all of its typical tasks, and then throw some curve balls in. We are always looking for situations we haven’t attempted before, in the context of testing boundaries of equipment. Today’s example […]

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Chris from Mass asks about Festool Extraction

Written by on December 4, 2011 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 0 Comments
Chris from Mass asks about Festool Extraction

Hey Scott I am a Paint Contractor down In Beverly Ma just N of Boston. I have emailed you before. Again I want to tell you I enjoy your site very much. Having been painting homes for over 20 years it is nice to see like minded tradesman who take what they do seriously. I am a big Festool […]

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