Product Reviews

Insl-x Cabinet Coat Satin Finish

Insl-x Cabinet Coat Satin Finish

Written by on December 9, 2018 in Interior Paints, Product Reviews with 0 Comments

More Robust than Standard Trim Paint Pro painters run into all sorts of cabinet finishing situations. It’s a broad category, ranging from refurbishing outdated existing cabinets to putting custom finishes on new ones. Product selection for cabinets can be challenging. Not everyone wants to get into lacquers or solvent based coatings. Insl-x Cabinet Coat is […]

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POR-15 Rust Preventative Coating…

POR-15 Rust Preventative Coating…

Written by on March 14, 2018 in Product Reviews with 0 Comments

…Because RUST never sleeps! Neil Young is a master of the obvious, making us wonder if he ever used POR-15. The sad reality of rust is especially true for those of us who live in the Northeast, also referred to by vehicle owners as the Salt Belt. In the winter, our roads are heavily salted […]

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Interior Products

Purdy Parrot

Purdy Parrot

Written by on December 5, 2018 in Applicators, Interior Products with 1 Comment

To be a painter these days, one has to be able to create many types of finishes in a variety of situations. Knowing which products and tools to use is a big part of that. Producing a trim or cabinet grade finish that looks sprayed without needing to set up a sprayer (and clean it […]

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The Best Clear Finish you may have Never Heard of: Vermont Natural Coatings

The Best Clear Finish you may have Never Heard of: Vermont Natural Coatings

Written by on February 5, 2017 in Interior Products with 6 Comments

If you haven’t heard of Vermont Natural Coatings, this will sound kind of crazy. This small company located about 40 minutes from our Topcoat shop makes water based finishes that are fortified with whey – the protein that is a by-product of cheese making. Replacing Toxic Chems with Cheese? No Way! Way. PolyWhey™. And its […]

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Exterior Products

Painting Boral TruExterior® Trim

Painting Boral TruExterior® Trim

Written by on February 10, 2017 in Exterior Products with 10 Comments

A quick and inconclusive ‘heads up’ about a recent experience we had painting Boral TruExterior® composite trim. We have been sharing in our Facebook Spray Group the progress on a large pre-finishing project, with about 6000 lf of 1×12 pine shiplap siding for a new barn build by a local custom builder. The siding stain is […]

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Elastomeric Coating for Old Pressure Treated Decks

Elastomeric Coating for Old Pressure Treated Decks

For decades, painters have wrestled with how to best refinish neglected, old pressure treated decks – without call backs. Pressure treated decks are common in the residential repaint segment, because the wood rarely rots, but often seems to take on every form of ugly just shy of rotting. Splitting and checking are typical in pressure […]

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Sanding and Dust Collection

Unplugged: New Festool Hand Sanding Abrasives

Unplugged: New Festool Hand Sanding Abrasives

Written by on February 19, 2017 in Sanding and Dust Collection with 3 Comments

Muscles not Motors: Festool Hand Sanding Line Grows in ’17 If you use soft Granat and synthetic steel wool much, check this out… Festool USA and Festool Canada will introduce a complete line of premium hand sanding products. We’ve been testing these handy new abrasives for many months now. While at first the thought seems […]

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Festool Orbital Sanders Improved for 2017

Festool Orbital Sanders Improved for 2017

Written by on February 7, 2017 in Sanding and Dust Collection with 3 Comments

2017 RTS and DTS400 Festool Orbital Sanders If you own previous versions of the Festool orbital sanders (RTS/DTS400EQ), those are still nice tools. No cause for alarm, but you may be interested in knowing… Festool has improved the functionality of these tools in the new generation for 2017. The new orbitals (RTS/DTS400REQ) sport a new […]

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Wood Snobbery

Wood Snobbery

Written by on November 24, 2015 in Uncategorized, Wood Snobbery with 0 Comments

What do we do when we aren’t finishing things or testing products and creating content to share? The answer is pretty simple, we are on the road teaching others how to do, well, all of the above really. And many times, it points back to our long held commitment to wood snobbery. Our Prep to […]

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A new resource for IPE enthusiasts

A new resource for IPE enthusiasts

Due to the overwhelming response our ipe content has enjoyed on topcoatreview.com, the topic now occupies it’s own chunk of online real estate. If you are a ipe deck owner (at any stage of ownership) in need of professional guidance, we invite you to join us there.

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All about Sprayers

Graco Ultra Handheld Airless Sprayer

Written by on May 3, 2017 in Product Reviews, Sprayers with 6 Comments

2017: Year of the Comeback for Handheld Sprayers? There is a new line of Graco Ultra handheld airless sprayers for 2017. If you have used handheld sprayers in the past, keep reading because the technology has changed considerably. The new offerings from Graco are no longer called “ProShots”. And they have very little in common […]

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Preview: Graco Ultra Handheld Sprayers

Preview: Graco Ultra Handheld Sprayers

Written by on February 4, 2017 in Handheld/Cordless, Sprayers with 10 Comments

[Publisher Update: Graco Ultra Handheld Full Review now available] Graco’s 2017 lineup includes a total remodel of the handheld sprayer, now to be referred to as Graco Ultra (or Ultimate) Handheld Sprayers. We all recall the ProShots and TrueCoats from over the years. They’ve had their ups and downs. We’ve been working with handhelds for […]

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Reader Questions

What About Getting a Perfect Finish by Sanding?

What About Getting a Perfect Finish by Sanding?

Written by on February 13, 2017 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 0 Comments

Thanks for all the great info on your website. My question: can I sand latex painted wood (trim, shelves etc.) with 1000 – 1500 grit after the final coat? I’ll be using the ETS 150/5. Is getting a perfect finish by sanding possible without using a sprayer? Thanks, Greg Hi Greg Getting a perfect finish […]

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Graco Jet Roller Inquiry from New York

Graco Jet Roller Inquiry from New York

Written by on February 9, 2017 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 0 Comments

Eli from New York asks: I was wondering if you have used the Graco Jet Roller system? Scott answers: Hi Eli, Great question. We do use the Jet Roller, most commonly in our paint training program – Prep to Finish. It is a great system to teach students how to spray and back roll sheetrock […]

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On Further Review

Pivit Tool for Ladders

Pivit Tool for Ladders

Written by on January 30, 2017 in On Further Review..., Uncategorized with 7 Comments

Pivit Tool Could be the Best Under $100 Investment You Make If your work involves much use of extension ladders, then you’ve likely encountered awkward set up locations. The Pivit tool from ProVision is a safe, convenient and cost effective solution. A stout, wedge-shaped implement made of durable polypropylene, the Pivit weighs in at 14 […]

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Top Tools for Fine Finishing

Top Tools for Fine Finishing

Written by on October 26, 2014 in On Further Review..., Tools, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

There are so many choices in products and tools for fine finishing, and of course, the products and tools define the process to a large extent. We are frequently asked which tools continue to rise to the top in our shop and in the field. Here is a compilation pulled from a recent cherry table […]

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Earlier this year we partnered with Journal of Light Construction magazine to create a feature article on proper prep and finishing steps for paint grade trim.  Folks in the trades argue in jest all the time about which trade is the most important. We, of course, argue that it’s the painters because we get the […]

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Painters Speak: Wooster v. Purdy Paint Brushes

Selection of paint brushes is one of the most debated topics in the whole wide paint world. You don’t have to sit in an online or real time paint group for very long before this comes up. That is good news, we always love to hear about painters valuing brushes. Sure, spraying is popular, but […]

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3-in-One® Garage Door Lubricant: Overhead Door Maintenance Tips

How to Use 3-in-One® Garage Door Lubricant If you have a paint shop, it likely has overhead doors on it. As they age, overheads collect dust and debris in the tracks, chain, hinges, springs and other moving parts. Throw in a little corrosion, and doors get loud, squeaky and downright clunky. Personally, I have 5 […]

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Do You Believe in Miracles?

Miracle Wipes: Go Home Clean I re-encountered one of my least favorite pet peeves this year on an interior painting project – a custom new construction that was very trim heavy. After days of sanding factory primed trim, caulking carpentry that was less than tight, and filling way too many nail holes, I started noticing […]

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