Scott Burt is a freelance writer who has written the monthly column “From the Field”, in American Painting Contractor magazine since 2008. Scott is a full time painting contractor/business owner of Topcoat Finishes, Inc., located in Jericho, VT and online at

Holding a Master’s Degree in Education, a B.A. in English and over 20 years in the paint industry, it is only natural for Scott to be running a successful paint contracting business, and writing about it in order to help educate others in the industry. The purpose of the Topcoat Review is to capture the neurotic, symbiotic relationship between paint contractor and paint columnist. This blog archives and expands upon the paint and product reviews that we complete for publication, as well as exploring paint industry issues and resources.

In addition to APC, the work of Scott Burt and Topcoat Finishes have been featured in: Journal of Light Construction, Better Homes and Gardens, Tools of the Trade, Architectural Digest, Fine Homebuilding, New England Home, The Paint Dealer, Cleaner Times, Profiles, Homestyle and other regional and national publications.

Scott is also the co-founder (along with Todd Pudvar) of the paint industry training program Prep to Finish.

Manufacturers inquiring about product test and review opportunities, can contact scott using this contact form.