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Topcoatreview.com Contractor Blog Shootout Winners

Written by on June 16, 2011 in Industry News, Publications with 21 Comments

The results are in, and a big thank you to Darren Slaughter for taking on the tough task of judging the entries. Here they are: Product Review Class Winner: Johnson Home Construction, Durham Door Refinishing with Minwax Polyurethane Prize: Earlex 5500 hvlp Spray Station Runner Up: Painting Annapolis, Stroking Wooster’s Chinex ftp Prize: FCI Radius […]

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Business Practices: the Strangle Factor

Written by on June 12, 2011 in Business Strategies, Publications with 0 Comments
Business Practices: the Strangle Factor

True Story about Customer Service This is another archive piece, published last year but just now hitting the blog. Sometimes when focusing on bringing customers the best possible experience, I have to remind myself of the worst experiences I’ve had as a consumer. This one ranks right up there, and it is especially explosive because […]

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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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Paint Contractors and Marketing: Eggs and Baskets

Written by on May 29, 2011 in Business Strategies, Publications with 4 Comments
Paint Contractors and Marketing: Eggs and Baskets

**Click: Paint Contractors and Marketing (2010) The above linked article is a time capsule piece that I wrote 18 months ago and was published in APC magazine, discussing marketing strategies for paint contractors. It’s been funny that way, the last few years. I frequently go back into the archives in times of reflection and read. […]

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Radius 360 and Trigon 180 sander Review (2011)

Radius 360 and Trigon 180 sander Review (2011)

Our review of the Full Circle International sanding system appears on pages 8 and 9 of the May 2011 issue of American Painting Contractor magazine in the column “From the Field”, by Scott Burt. FCI is one of the sponsors of our Contractor Blog Post Contest, generously contributing their products to go to one contest […]

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Titan ProTouch Handheld Cordless Airless Sprayer Review (2011)

Titan ProTouch Handheld Cordless Airless Sprayer Review (2011)

Titan ProTouch Cordless Airless Sprayer Review (2011) I love the Titan family of sprayers. This review covers the ProTouch handheld cordless airless unit. Our experience with this sprayer leads us to the conclusion that this particular technology is one that Titan needs to improve upon in order to compete in the cordless handheld category. I […]

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Graco ProShot Fine Finish Cordless Sprayer Review (2011)

Graco ProShot Fine Finish Cordless Sprayer Review (2011)

Graco ProShot Fine Finish Read our ProShot Fine Finish Review as it appeared in print publication in 2011 in APC magazine. We have worked extensively with the Graco handheld cordless sprayers for several years in their developmental and testing phases, resulting in several print publication full reviews of these tools. The link at the top […]

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American Painting Contractor – March 2011

Written by on March 23, 2011 in Industry News, Publications with 0 Comments
American Painting Contractor – March 2011

Graco ProShot Fine Finish Review The March issue is out, and it is spring. My review of the new Graco ProShot Fine Finish appears on pages 8 and 9. If you have questions on this or any aspect of the ProShot line, or if you have had the chance to use the new Fine Finish, […]

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January/February 2011 American Painting Contractor

Written by on February 25, 2011 in Industry News, Publications with 5 Comments

The January 2011 issue of American Painting Contractor magazine is now out in digital form. Lots of fresh new content, and in the From the Field column on page 8, there is my review of the Erecta-Rack drying rack system: Erecta-Rack: Rediscovering Legos

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Family Room Makeover with Natura Paint

Written by on January 31, 2011 in Finishing, Home Improvement, Publications, Topcoat Finishes with 4 Comments
Family Room Makeover with Natura Paint

A very cool blast from the past. In 2009, we did a series of makeover projects with designer Stephen Saint Onge for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I just stumbled across this on Youtube. This project was cool because it was one of many test projects for our Benjamin Moore Natura Review. The BHG projects […]

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