Contractor Blog Shootout Winners

Written by on June 16, 2011 in Industry News, Publications, Uncategorized 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 360 & Trigon 180 sanders plus discs

Project Feature Class
Winner: Fauxology, Embossed all over Designs
Prize: Erecta-Rack Drying System
Runner Up: Southern Utah Painters, The Perfect Storm
Prize: Armed Workwear Pants

Bonus Winner of 1 hour consultation with Darren Slaughter: Dale Thomas, Annapolis Painters

Thanks again to Darren Slaughter for assessing all entries, the manufacturers who sponsored this month long event, and mostly all the bloggers who participated – all of whom deserve a very honorable mention for having such good content on their blogs.

Stay tuned for post-Shootout coverage at, which will feature an upcoming series showcasing each of the four winning bloggers and their blogs.

Note to Winners: Please send your mailing addresses to so that the prizes can be sent out.

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  1. I have plans to do just that Scott. Found out Earlex is about 100 miles away in my home state. I think this will be nice for small projects like site finishing a vanity or built in. Maybe a door or two.

  2. Shipping addresses of all 4 winners have been forwarded to all the participating manufacturers. I’d guess that you should see the products within about 2 weeks. Thanks again to all, and I hope to see you all blog about the products you won in the future.

  3. I am honored and so happy to be a part of a wonderful group of contractors online. I am looking forward to growing and sharing for many years to come.

    Thanks again Scott for doing this, thanks to all the great sponsors and all the participants.

  4. familyprofessionalpainting Dale Thomas says:

    A great contest and a humbling experience. What a great group of entries.

  5. ed mattingly says:

    I am glad to hear that the Faux Impressions products worked out for your needs. I look forwsard to hearing and seeing more great stuff from your installations. Congrats

  6. Winners – please be sure to email me your shipping addresses so I can coordinate with the manufacturers to get those prizes out to you! Again, thanks to ALL for participating, its fun to see the best of the finishing community.

  7. Regina Garay says:

    I’m over the moon to be a winner – Thank You! I also appreciate the effort it took to coordinate and finalize this contest so a big thanks comes to you as a reader as well. Can’t wait for my Erecta-Rack Drying System and I’ll be blogging about it, definitely! It’ll be such a help during our cabinetry and door commissions.

  8. Dan Ewing says:

    Nice job fellas!

  9. Chris Haught says:

    Thank you Darren for what must have been a difficult job!

    • It was challenging because ALL the blog pieces that were submitted were well done. So, Darren had to assess the quality of the piece itself, but also measure it against how well it fit the criteria for the Shootout Class it was entered in. Most of the blog pieces were pre-existing content that people had previously written and submitted, so there were varying degrees of “fit”. All in all, just very encouraging to see such strong CONTENT across the board. I learned alot, and if/when we do another one, it will be even better!

  10. The Blogging Painters says:

    Hats off to Darren and Scott! Thanks for putting it on!

  11. Congratulations to all the winners, it was tough going for sure!

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