Interior Products

Field based feedback on interior finish products.

The Best Clear Finish you may have Never Heard of: Vermont Natural Coatings

Written by on February 5, 2017 in Interior Products with 4 Comments
The Best Clear Finish you may have Never Heard of: Vermont Natural Coatings

If you haven’t heard of Vermont Natural Coatings, this will sound kind of crazy. This small company located about 40 minutes from our Topcoat shop makes water based finishes that are fortified with whey – the protein that is a by-product of cheese making. Replacing Toxic Chems with Cheese? No Way! Way. PolyWhey™. And its […]

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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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8 Often Disappearing Interior Painting Products Under $12

Written by on December 26, 2015 in Interior Products with 11 Comments
8 Often Disappearing Interior Painting Products Under $12

We have been saying it for years – “it’s not the elephants that will kill you, it’s the mosquitoes”. This means that usually it is not the bigger issues that cause the most problems. In the world of interior painting products, it is the smaller, seemingly innocuous issues that really sting. And the cumulative effects […]

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Top 2 Production Mistakes and How to Eliminate Them

Written by on December 19, 2015 in Contractor education, Interior Products with 5 Comments
Top 2 Production Mistakes and How to Eliminate Them

Here is a quick look at 2 paint production mistakes that can spread through paint companies in a subtle way, leaving owners wondering why profits were low, in spite of selling high estimates.   **Hover Over Gallery Below and Use Arrows to Navigate** Leave us a note in the comment section below!

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Pro Painters Speak: Paint Grade vs. Stain/Clear

Written by on November 25, 2015 in Interior Products with 15 Comments
Pro Painters Speak: Paint Grade vs. Stain/Clear

Second Anniversary of Pro Painters Speak! BE HEARD! Its well known that along with our sister site, bloggingpainters.com, Topcoat Review is among the most recognized and reliable online resources in the paint industry. A year ago, we launched the Pro Painters Speak segment at TCR. The question was, which line of interior paint could you […]

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3M Patch Plus Primer

Written by on November 4, 2015 in Interior Products, Prep with 2 Comments
3M Patch Plus Primer

The Product Streamlining Quest Continues! Over the past few years, we’ve been on a mission to simplify product inventory in our paint contracting division, with a particular emphasis on eliminating lines (of any type of product) that aren’t versatile enough. When you start eliminating products, it is a slippery slope: “This one is only good […]

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Sherwin Williams Wood Classics Satin

Written by on September 19, 2015 in Clear Finishes, Interior Products, Product Reviews with 3 Comments
Sherwin Williams Wood Classics Satin

Why “Never Fails” Isn’t Good Enough In the product world, we are never the source that will scream from the rooftops when a product hits a home run once. It has to hit many home runs in many ballparks before getting star treatment from us. Sure, we might tweet it out to colleagues that we […]

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Tale of the Tape: 3M 2093 Edge Lock Test

Written by on December 14, 2014 in Interior Products, Prep with 3 Comments
Tale of the Tape: 3M 2093 Edge Lock Test

On the topic of tape, we don’t rely on it to make straight cut lines with paint. That said, we do understand that thousands of homeowners/DIY-ers do. Pros expect it to stay tight, hold its edges, not rip coming off the roll or fall off what we stick it on. Sounds easy enough, but tape […]

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Kovrd Bag Creates Efficient Transitions

Kovrd Bag Creates Efficient Transitions

Transitions Those in between times start with the initial load in of the job. The goal here, for us, is to pack everything in that we know will be needed for initial stages of the project. It is usually heavy with prep and prime gear. The Kovrd bag is usually on the scene from these […]

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The not so Complex Truth about Paint Adhesion

Written by on July 7, 2013 in Interior Products, Primers with 6 Comments
The not so Complex Truth about Paint Adhesion

Don’t Mistake Cutting Corners for Cutting Edge In this day and age of wonder products at all different price points, paint adhesion has come to be misunderstood. On the one hand, the “old school” approach to using a 3 coat system on new surfaces, which involved primer and two coats of finish, regardless of substrate […]

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