Exterior Products

Test and review information on the exterior coatings.

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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Elastomeric Coating for Old Pressure Treated Decks

Written by on June 9, 2015 in Decks and Porches, Exterior Products with 72 Comments
Elastomeric Coating for Old Pressure Treated Decks

For decades, painters have wrestled with how to best refinish neglected, old pressure treated decks – without call backs. Pressure treated decks are common in the residential repaint segment, because the wood rarely rots, but often seems to take on every form of ugly just shy of rotting. Splitting and checking are typical in pressure […]

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A new resource for IPE enthusiasts

Written by on February 8, 2015 in Decks and Porches, Industry News, Wood Snobbery with 15 Comments

Due to the overwhelming response our ipe content has enjoyed on topcoatreview.com, the topic now occupies it’s own chunk of online real estate. If you are a ipe deck owner (at any stage of ownership) in need of professional guidance, we invite you to join us there.

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Hall of Famer or Has Been?

Written by on September 2, 2013 in Exterior Paints, Exterior Products with 14 Comments
Hall of Famer or Has Been?

SW Duration Exterior Trim Paint As a product category, exterior trim paint is a fortunate beneficiary of paint manufacturers pouring R&D dollars into waterborne/latex technologies in the past several years. While oil stains were historically effective on exterior siding applications, they were not an enduring standard for exterior trim. Latex exterior trim paints have always […]

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Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Stain Review

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Stain Review Is finally out…our Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Stain Review – in the July 2012 issue of American Painting Contractor magazine. Please check it out. We put almost a year of observation into this product prior to submitting the review for publication, and since the review was published, we have continued to […]

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Arborcoat on Weathered Wood and Other Thoughts

Not included in our review, here’s why: Ever put exterior stain on gray weathered wood and watch it turn to black cloudy ugliness? That’s what oil stain always did. Here’s what Benjamin Moore Arborcoat waterborne alkyd/acrylic transparent stain did on some tired outdoor furniture. If you look carefully, there are three boards that comprise the […]

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Prime Time for Latex Primers

Written by on January 27, 2012 in Exterior Products, Interior Products, Primers with 13 Comments
Prime Time for Latex Primers

Will the Contenders Please Step Forward… I know I am not the only one who likes oil primer performance on new trim but has lost that lovin’ feeling about using them. The odor, the dry time, the silica dust, and the thinner cleanup for starters, make me want to see more latex primers. There are, […]

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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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Better Than New with Ipe Deck Oil

Written by on November 4, 2011 in Decks and Porches, Wood Snobbery with 53 Comments
Better Than New with Ipe Deck Oil

For a few years now, we have been sharing our tips on ipe deck oil finishing. Rule number 4 discusses the importance of maintaining the ipe deck annually. This picture show’s one of our annual ipe deck oil finish masterpieces, which Todd insists on personally servicing. This one gets inspected and worked as needed in the […]

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Todd’s Exotica.

Written by on November 1, 2011 in Decks and Porches, Wood Snobbery with 5 Comments

Exterior Paint Prep with Festool Sanders Today, Todd was gracious enough to let me tag along as the oil finisher on a mahogany deck that he has been carefully cleaning up for a pre-winter maintenance coat in a harsh, lakeside exposure. We chose to use Festool sanders with extraction on this deck, rather than pressure […]

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