Interior Products

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Painting MDF Doors

Written by on June 24, 2012 in Primers with 5 Comments

Painting MDF Doors: Factory Primed…Primer? What Primer? Our basic rule for painting mdf doors that were primed at the factory is to pretend that they were not primed at all. Do whatever cosmetic tweaking is needed, and then start building your finish as if you were working over raw substrate. The factory primer is really […]

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Staining Oak

Written by on June 19, 2012 in Interior Stains with 9 Comments
Staining Oak

A pile of antique oak, and a wood snob with predictable products… I admit, when a room pops up on a project that is going to be entirely finished in wood, I get giddy. Sometimes I even cut to the front of the line of painters interested in stain and oil finishes. As fate and […]

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Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Latex Primer

Written by on June 10, 2012 in Interior Products, Primers, Product Reviews with 21 Comments
Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Latex Primer

Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Shows Why Primer Still Rules Many interior repaint jobs or do it yourself room makeovers can be done with no primer at all. Most pros would agree that paint manufacturers are putting out their top lines of paint with high enough quality ingredients these days to perform most functions required […]

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Kilz Max: A Prime Mover

Written by on June 3, 2012 in Interior Products, Primers, Product Reviews with 84 Comments
Kilz Max: A Prime Mover

In our Primer Roundup series, one of the finalists was KILZ MAX. Thanks to Masterchem for participating in the Roundup, and submitting the product for evaluation and inclusion. This product has held the test of time for almost for years since the Round Up was conducted. On Primer: Paint contractors who have committed to the shift from […]

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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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Fresh Powder: Waterborne Primers that Sand

Written by on March 3, 2012 in Interior Products, Primers with 24 Comments
Fresh Powder: Waterborne Primers that Sand

Waterborne Primers No, we aren’t going to start writing about snowboarding here. This is about the new generation of waterborne primers for wood. These primers are different from their oil based counterparts that most of us have used for decades. Different in process, that is, but waterborne primers can be used to accelerate through the prep/prime […]

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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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Waterborne Trim Paints and One Trick Ponies

Written by on December 23, 2011 in Interior Paints, Interior Products with 157 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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