Products of Interest

Things we have our eye (and hands) on.

Can your sandpaper do this?

Festool Granat Abrasives Can. No kidding. In mid 2011, we began testing Festool Granat abrasives, which are designed for paint removal and finish sanding. In one of our early tests of Granat, I started with a piece of 1×8 sapele that was primed solid with exterior oil primer. Using an RO150 sander, I stripped the […]

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Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Siding and Deck Stain

Update: Arborcoat Review Published in APC How We Tested Benjamin Moore Arborcoat August 2011: The initial application of Arborcoat on our log cabin restoration project is nearly complete. Meticulous preparation of all wood surfaces set the perfect palette on which to apply the stain system. We are filing away our stain application process notes and […]

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Festool ETS 125 Sander

Festool ETS 125 Random Orbital Sander Orbital sanding…post chemical strip and pre stain application. Holy ergonomics. I don’t know about you, but when I am in defurring mode after a chem strip, doing final cleanup just before stain, I need an orbital that is light and fast. One handed operation all day long, left and […]

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Tool of the Week: Festool DX93E Detail Sander

Tool of the Week: Festool DX93E Detail Sander

The devil is in the details… Or used to be, anyways. Our colleagues over at Maximum Painting have referred to sanding as a production killer, in the context of hand sanding on interior work. We could not agree more, and we see the problem as a global one across interior and exterior painting. This week, […]

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Product of Interest: Kremlin Xcite AIRMIX System Review

Written by on August 14, 2011 in Air Assisted Airless, Products of Interest, Sprayers with 7 Comments
Product of Interest: Kremlin Xcite AIRMIX System Review

Read our Kremlin system review! This is a system we spent a l0t of time getting to know, and the Kremlin has stuck around in our cabinet finishing shop since we reviewed it. In the spirit of raising the bar, and wanting dedicated equipment for different product types (solvents, waterbornes, etc.), we’ve been exploring this exciting […]

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Festool Sanders and Dust Collection for Paint Contractors?

  Update: Read our Festool System Review from APC January ’12 issue. In mid 2011, we began initial setup and testing of Festool sanders and dust collection tools. Our intentions in researching upgrades for these critical systems: Improve jobsite conditions for ourselves and our customers Improve efficiency of our labor intensive prep processes Improve quality of finished […]

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Paint Contractor Tools: Sanders and Dust Collection

Paint Contractor Tools: Sanders and Dust Collection

Not About Tools, but How Work is Done… So, what do you do with sanders and vacuums that are disappointing you in the field? Well, tools are to be assessed on performance. I’ve been somewhat vocal about the fact that our current sanders and vacuums are showing signs of not

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ProShot Fine Finish or 9.5 Turboforce HVLP?

Written by on August 10, 2011 in Handheld/Cordless, HVLP, Products of Interest, Sprayers with 23 Comments

Depends on the situation. Often, it is the typical late afternoon dash from the jobsite to the shop to bang out a small project, such as spraying about a dozen shelves (with attached wooden brackets) with oil paint. Usually, the decision making process involves running through the set up and finishing process in my head. […]

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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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Turbinaire 1235 GTX hvlp Sprayer Testing

Written by on August 4, 2011 in HVLP, Products of Interest, Sprayers with 0 Comments
Turbinaire 1235 GTX hvlp Sprayer Testing

The Turbinaire has jumped through the final hoop of our testing phase: spraying marine brushing varnish unthinned. Check. We have been using this unit since January. With the testing phase complete, my review will be compiled for an upcoming issue of American Painting Contractor magazine, at which point more of the testing footage, in both […]

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