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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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Onsite with Waterborne Cabinet Finishes – Brushed

Onsite with Waterborne Cabinet Finishes – Brushed

Some Realities of Onsite Waterborne Cabinet Finishes When the onsite elements conspire against, it is the craft of the finisher to use all weapons in the product arsenal to overcome – and waterborne cabinet finishes are a great solution. Here are some situational obstacles and product solutions gleaned from our field notes on recent custom […]

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Waterborne Trim Paints and One Trick Ponies

Written by on December 23, 2011 in Interior Paints, Interior Products with 164 Comments
Waterborne Trim Paints and One Trick Ponies

Paint in the Present!! Until very recently, waterborne trim paints would really not be part of the discussion for painters. Many of us in paint contracting are 30 somethings (read age 40-60), with pretty stout beliefs in how things should be done. We fall into opinion “camps” when it comes to certain questions about product […]

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Benjamin Moore Ben Interior Paint

Written by on November 10, 2011 in Interior Paints, Interior Products with 17 Comments
Benjamin Moore Ben Interior Paint

Benjamin Moore Ben Interior Paint This one goes out to all the BM loyalists. If you are having a hard time building the ultra-premium lines like Aura or Natura into your project pricing, I can tell you from first hand experience that the new low voc Benjamin Moore Ben line is actually impressive. We have […]

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Oil Finish on Cherry

Oil Finish on Cherry

How Oil Finish Looks on Cherry wood. This stair finishing project is from a new construction project we did a few years ago. I had the pleasure of applying clear oil finish to the very curvacious cherry rail system. Cherry continues to be my favorite interior wood species to work with, and there really is nothing […]

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Eco-Friendly Paints: The Green Elephant in the Room

Written by on May 31, 2011 in Interior Paints, Interior Products, Publications with 0 Comments
Eco-Friendly Paints: The Green Elephant in the Room

The Green Elephant (2009) I wrote this article in June of 2009 for The Paint Dealer magazine in their Green Voices series, where experts from different aspects of the paint trade weighed in on the impact of eco friendly paint technologies. My piece called a spade pretty much a spade. Its refreshing to note that […]

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Cabinet Finishing

Cabinet Finishing

Cabinet finishing is one of the most fun types of project that we do at Topcoat because everything involved in the prep, product and material delivery system has to come together in harmony. And, the hands being laid on all of the above have to be, well, having a good day – every day. Cabinet […]

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Waterborne Trim Paints: The Future is Certain

Written by on January 23, 2011 in Finishing, Interior Paints, Interior Products with 18 Comments
Waterborne Trim Paints: The Future is Certain

I’ve been asked by alot of builders, on my day job and through online communities, about the new waterborne trim paint technologies. There is a lingering misperception that oil is the only good trim paint. This was fed for many years, in fact up until about the past five years, by the reality that latex […]

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Benjamin Moore Natura Review (2009)

Benjamin Moore Natura Review (2009)

Our review of Benjamin Moore’s Natura interior line in APC mid-2009 came after many months of pre-launch testing. The introduction of this waterborne product seemed to be met with some confusion from paint contractors. It quickly became one of our favorites, and, we suspect that many contractors ended up feeling the same. Since then Natura […]

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Mythic Non-Toxic Paint Review (2009)

Mythic Non-Toxic Paint Review (2009)

In 2009, we tested Mythic Paint on several projects over the course of many months in the process of compiling a review. At the time, Mythic represented a new product technology in the low voc direction that the industry was moving in.

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