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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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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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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 87 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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Products of Interest: Fine Paints of Europe “Eco” Series

Written by on August 6, 2011 in Interior Products, Primers, Products of Interest with 3 Comments
Products of Interest: Fine Paints of Europe “Eco” Series

New! Products of Interestcategory on www.topcoatreview.com! Would you believe me if I told you it was possible to have ultra high quality oil modified waterborne primers and paints that were rated for both interior and exterior applications? I’m not kidding. Read on! Friends, colleagues and readers of my writing know pretty well at this point […]

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Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Latex Primer on Poplar

Written by on July 5, 2011 in Interior Products, Primers, Products of Interest with 7 Comments
Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Latex Primer on Poplar

Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Primer Poplar is a challenging wood species for interior trim priming and painting because it has a rather pronounced grain pattern, both in visual and tactile ways, as well as having odd color variations in the grain patterns at times. For paint contractors who work in new construction, it is […]

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