Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine (www.paintmag.com) since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you!

New: Fine Finish Low Pressure Tips by Graco

Written by on January 29, 2017 in Product Reviews with 13 Comments
New: Fine Finish Low Pressure Tips by Graco

If you have been following TCR for very long, you have probably noticed a constant focus on spraying at lower pressures. The new series of Graco RAC X Fine Finish Low Pressure tips are a compelling and EASY step in that direction. Controlling airborne mist and overspray does two things for us. First, it makes […]

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Paint Project Advice for Homeowners

Written by on January 28, 2017 in Industry News with 0 Comments
Paint Project Advice for Homeowners

Before you meet your painter, you may wander a path of research seeking paint project advice. The journey starts with Googling around for a project you had in mind, or one you’ve started, stopped or fired someone from. Maybe something you saw on Pinterest. Whatever your topic, looking for paint project advice is a long […]

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Festool Sys Duo Case Study

Written by on December 24, 2016 in Lighting, Product Reviews with 8 Comments

Job site Lighting: Festool Sys Duo ROI Case Study With interior season here, it is time once again to dust off the work lights, check the bulbs and clean the lenses. Sound familiar? If you are still in that cycle, then you probably haven’t upgraded to LED job site lighting yet, and it might be […]

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How Much Should I Charge for this Paint Job?

Written by on November 26, 2016 in Business Strategies with 4 Comments

It’s one of the toughest lessons in our business: Getting paid doesn’t mean you made money. There are a ton of land mines out there that can cause you to win the battle only to lose the war. One way to ensure that you make a profit on your job is by using production rates […]

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Armed Workwear Pants Update

Written by on October 29, 2016 in Product Reviews, Workwear with 0 Comments

The Armed Workwear Pants update is: these guys are still around! Armed Workwear first hit our radar back in 2010 when we tried their pants and reviewed them. You can read that review here. Since then, for us and many of our readers, Armed became (quite literally) a moving target. Company founder Josh Banks moved […]

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Free Festool Finish Line for Painters

Written by on October 26, 2016 in Industry News with 2 Comments
Free Festool Finish Line for Painters

Did you know that there is a Festool Finish Line magazine/catalog (or “magalog”) for painters? It is free and you should check it out. This resource has been out for a couple of years now, and is really getting to be a fun one to read. The current Festool Finish Line is at Festoolpaint.com (click to […]

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Graco GX 19 Compact Fine Finish Sprayer

Written by on October 22, 2016 in Product Reviews, Sprayers with 8 Comments

Graco GX 19: A New Fine Finish Spraying Technology One of the fun aspects about being product and tool testers is that we get to see and figure out what manufacturers are trying to accomplish with new product launches. We have tested and reviewed a few new tools this year that were introduced to fill […]

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Festool CT-SYS Dust Extractor: Change for the Different

The Festool CT-SYS dust extractor reminds us that being daily tool users is like being parents. Just when we have gained an understanding of the current age/behavior/patterns of our children, a new stage of development unfolds in front of us. Evolution in tools happens the same way…sometimes for the better, when technologies are improved. On […]

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Festool Syslite Duo LED Work Light Preview

Written by on October 2, 2016 in Lighting, Products of Interest with 0 Comments
Festool Syslite Duo LED Work Light Preview

Last month, Festool rolled out a new work light that improves their existing line of work lighting. A short list of media outlets received the Syslite Duo for an early look before its release, and TCR was fortunate to spend several weeks with the tool. Our full review will appear in an upcoming issue of American […]

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The Sound and Fury of Interior Paint Failure

Written by on April 9, 2016 in Interior Paints with 0 Comments
The Sound and Fury of Interior Paint Failure

It’s pretty easy to cause a stir about paint. Just say “paint failure” in a group of painters and watch for quickly hatching and sometimes odd theories about paint manufacturer motives. You may even hear conspiracy theories about manufacturers reserving their “good” formulation ingredients for top ($60+/gal) lines of paint product. Painters…hooked and manipulated by […]

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