Field based feedback on interior finish products.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]