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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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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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Minnesota Ipe Deck: Penofin Marine?

Written by on February 6, 2017 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 2 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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Graco HVLP Gravity Cup Gun

Written by on December 26, 2015 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 0 Comments

Kevin Asks: “In a YouTube video your are using a GRACO HVLP with a top feed gun with a plastic top feed cup I do a lot of high end work myself and have all GRACO equipment and I was wondering if I could get your gun info so I could purchase the same set […]

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Help Painting Stairs!

Written by on December 26, 2015 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 1 Comment
Help Painting Stairs!

Ed asks: Hi Pros! “The stair risers in my home haven’t been painted since construction in 1996. Scuffed, yellowed & highly trafficked; it’s time. Original paint unknown – do I prime first & w/ what? Then the biggie: waterborne acrylic enamel in semigloss or something else? Which brand for this non-pro working vertically w/ stained […]

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Reader Question: Exterior Concrete

Written by on December 8, 2014 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 3 Comments
Reader Question: Exterior Concrete

Question: Hi.  I often read your articles in APC magazine and enjoy your simple, down to earth explanation of things.  I often feel as confused today about which product to use as I did many years ago as a helper. My question is: I am re-painting an exterior concrete patio and am not sure how […]

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Reader Question: Popcorn and Point Up

Written by on March 30, 2014 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 2 Comments

Terry from Specified Coatings in North Carolina asks: Hi Scott! First of all, thank you for the very informative information you provide us in the painting industry. It has been most helpful to me. I took the plunge today and purchased a Festool planex ct 36 dust extractor. We are primarily a high end repaint […]

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Reader Question: Drywall Finishing

Written by on February 9, 2014 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 0 Comments
Reader Question: Drywall Finishing

Drywall Finishing Question I have a room I’m going to put up sheet rock, finish and then paint. Finishing the sheet rock is tough. I’ve done it before but are there new tools out there besides a pan and knife to help me do it better and easier? And the sanding part, always dust anywhere, […]

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Reader Question About Wood Prep

Written by on February 8, 2014 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 7 Comments
Reader Question About Wood Prep

Dave from Canada asks: Scott, I’ve been searching for someone like yourself to help me out for quite some time. Thanks for the information and time you spend on educating people in this extremely complex coatings industry. I’ve been dealing with this issue over quite some time now. A few years actually. And it’s been […]

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Reader Question: Priming Crown Molding

Written by on January 11, 2014 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 2 Comments
Reader Question: Priming Crown Molding

Scott, I have newly installed, 3-piece crown molding system installed (poplar wood). I anticipate movement in the joints as time passes. I’m looking for the best primer to tolerate the movement as well as to cover any poplar issues. The SW Premium Wall and Wood Primer you recommended looks very interesting but I couldn’t find […]

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