Archive for February, 2017

Unplugged: New Festool Hand Sanding Abrasives

Written by on February 19, 2017 in Sanding and Dust Collection with 3 Comments
Unplugged: New Festool Hand Sanding Abrasives

Muscles not Motors: Festool Hand Sanding Line Grows in ’17 If you use soft Granat and synthetic steel wool much, check this out… Festool USA and Festool Canada will introduce a complete line of premium hand sanding products. We’ve been testing these handy new abrasives for many months now. While at first the thought seems […]

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What About Getting a Perfect Finish by Sanding?

Written by on February 13, 2017 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 0 Comments
What About Getting a Perfect Finish by Sanding?

Thanks for all the great info on your website. My question: can I sand latex painted wood (trim, shelves etc.) with 1000 – 1500 grit after the final coat? I’ll be using the ETS 150/5. Is getting a perfect finish by sanding possible without using a sprayer? Thanks, Greg Hi Greg Getting a perfect finish […]

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Painting Boral TruExterior® Trim

Written by on February 10, 2017 in Exterior Products with 5 Comments
Painting Boral TruExterior® Trim

A quick and inconclusive ‘heads up’ about a recent experience we had painting Boral TruExterior® composite trim. We have been sharing in our Facebook Spray Group the progress on a large pre-finishing project, with about 6000 lf of 1×12 pine shiplap siding for a new barn build by a local custom builder. The siding stain is […]

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Graco Jet Roller Inquiry from New York

Written by on February 9, 2017 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 0 Comments
Graco Jet Roller Inquiry from New York

Eli from New York asks: I was wondering if you have used the Graco Jet Roller system? Scott answers: Hi Eli, Great question. We do use the Jet Roller, most commonly in our paint training program – Prep to Finish. It is a great system to teach students how to spray and back roll sheetrock […]

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Festool Orbital Sanders Improved for 2017

Written by on February 7, 2017 in Sanding and Dust Collection with 2 Comments
Festool Orbital Sanders Improved for 2017

2017 RTS and DTS400 Festool Orbital Sanders If you own previous versions of the Festool orbital sanders (RTS/DTS400EQ), those are still nice tools. No cause for alarm, but you may be interested in knowing… Festool has improved the functionality of these tools in the new generation for 2017. The new orbitals (RTS/DTS400REQ) sport a new […]

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Minnesota Ipe Deck: Penofin Marine?

Written by on February 6, 2017 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 0 Comments
Minnesota Ipe Deck: Penofin Marine?

Question from Minnesota Hi Scott It’s Eric up in Minnesota. You helped answer a lot of questions for me when I was building my IPE deck a couple years back. Well, it turned out great and thanks again for all your advice! I’ve been applying the Penofin Marine annually and it looks great but after […]

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The Best Clear Finish you may have Never Heard of: Vermont Natural Coatings

Written by on February 5, 2017 in Interior Products with 4 Comments
The Best Clear Finish you may have Never Heard of: Vermont Natural Coatings

If you haven’t heard of Vermont Natural Coatings, this will sound kind of crazy. This small company located about 40 minutes from our Topcoat shop makes water based finishes that are fortified with whey – the protein that is a by-product of cheese making. Replacing Toxic Chems with Cheese? No Way! Way. PolyWhey™. And its […]

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Preview: Graco Ultra Handheld Sprayers

Written by on February 4, 2017 in Handheld/Cordless, Sprayers with 3 Comments
Preview: Graco Ultra Handheld Sprayers

[Publisher Update: Graco Ultra Handheld Full Review now available] Graco’s 2017 lineup includes a total remodel of the handheld sprayer, now to be referred to as Graco Ultra (or Ultimate) Handheld Sprayers. We all recall the ProShots and TrueCoats from over the years. They’ve had their ups and downs. We’ve been working with handhelds for […]

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