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Spring 2017 Festool Paint Magazine: Good Read

Written by on April 4, 2017 in Industry News with 0 Comments
Spring 2017 Festool Paint Magazine: Good Read

If you are looking for a good read that is a solid balance of interesting paint stories and straight up cool paint tool resources, the Festool paint magazine is worth flipping through. Read it here!    

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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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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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9 FREE Online Resources for Paint Contractors

Written by on December 20, 2015 in Contractor education, Industry News with 0 Comments
9 FREE Online Resources for Paint Contractors

What do WE Read? As much as we write articles/reviews and produce video content here at TCR and Prep to Finish, we also invest time in seeking out and reading (and even contributing to) other online resources for paint contractors. Whether it is over morning coffee or on long flights, we are always on the […]

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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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A Few Who Moved and Shook in 2014!

Written by on December 20, 2014 in Industry News with 8 Comments
A Few Who Moved and Shook in 2014!

In 2014, some paint contractors moved. Others shook. Many did both. Here’s a six-pack of paint movers and shakers from 2014, in no particular order. ****Hover on the box below to activate slideshow controls, then arrow through… Which paint contractors did you enjoy following in 2014?

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Pro Painters Speak: Top “Triple Threat” Interior Paint

Written by on November 20, 2014 in Industry News with 216 Comments
Pro Painters Speak: Top “Triple Threat” Interior Paint

We’ll keep this one short and sweet. If you’re just getting here, check out the discussion going on in the Comment section below, thanks to the gracious input of contractors around the world. Here’s What it’s About: If you could only use one LINE of interior paint (Duration, Aura, etc.) for all of the ceilings, […]

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New Festool Finish Line Magalog is Out

Written by on May 31, 2014 in Industry News with 0 Comments
New Festool Finish Line Magalog is Out

For those who can’t get enough good reading about paint tools and strategies, here is a solid source, courtesy of the Paint Division at FestoolUSA. The Festool Finish Line Magalog is in it’s second year of production. In the previous edition, last fall, Topcoat’s Todd Pudvar wrote an article about decks. In the current Spring 2014 […]

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Topcoat Review On JLC Online.

Written by on January 2, 2014 in Industry News, Publications with 2 Comments
Topcoat Review On JLC Online.

In case you missed it, our sister site, Blogging Painters, announced recently that paint junkies can now get their fix of Topcoat Review on JLC Online. Here is the formal announcement from BP: JLC adds a Blogging Painter to Lineup. This is a direct link to our little apartment over at JLC: Scott Burt’s Blog. […]

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Pricey Stops from 2013: Hand Tools that Broke

Pricey Stops from 2013: Hand Tools that Broke

Tools that stop working are the most costly tools to have around. In 2013, for us, it wasn’t the expensive tools that stopped working. It was tools in the under $20 price range that bit us. Here is a run down on some of the disappointments of 2013. We suspect that you will see a […]

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