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Reader Question: Paint Prices

Written by on January 4, 2014 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 8 Comments
Reader Question: Paint Prices

Scott, I was at my local paint store today pricing some paint, and I simply can’t justify any chemical mixture in a can that costs $50 a gallon. But I did notice that Super Spec is half the price. Is it really half the paint? Thanks,  Elliot Scott’s Response: Elliot, That’s a really good question. Paint […]

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Ask the Pros!

Written by on January 3, 2014 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 7 Comments
Ask the Pros!

Have a question about a product? Want to know more about a tool? Want to share a project or problem you have tackled? We love to hear from our readers! You can fill out the form here or leave a comment below and add a photo. We will respond as soon as possible in our […]

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Reader Question: Festool Toolboxes for Painters

Written by on January 3, 2014 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 2 Comments
Reader Question: Festool Toolboxes for Painters

Chris from Massachusetts asks: Scott Does festool sell organization carriers like I saw on one of your posts? I hope all is well Chris O Scott’s Response: Hi Chris Good eye spy. For 2014, there is indeed a new generation of Festool toolboxes for painters. You can see in the photo that the one on […]

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Reader Question: Norman Patton’s Formulas

Written by on January 3, 2014 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 4 Comments
Reader Question: Norman Patton’s Formulas

In response to Scott’s December 2013 APC “From the Field” Column: Reflecting Back and Looking Forward Mike from Iowa asks: Hi Scott I just read you’re APC column “Reflecting Back and Looking Forward”. After the letter by Norman Patton you mentioned he had attached a formula for blacking and how to rub off a varnish […]

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Mailbag: HVLP Questions

Written by on January 21, 2012 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 0 Comments
Mailbag: HVLP Questions

Scott, I thoroughly enjoy all your articles in APC. I finally decided to see if you would be willing to provide some advice and came to this site to contact you. Lo and behold another treasure trove for information which is now favorite placed. My question. Does HVLP do a good job spraying our interior semi gloss? Ben Moore […]

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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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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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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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