Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine (www.paintmag.com) since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you!

Spotlight on Trim: A Paint Grade Refresher

Written by on November 25, 2018 in Publications with 0 Comments
Spotlight on Trim: A Paint Grade Refresher

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

Written by on March 18, 2018 in Brushes and Rollers, Industry News with 0 Comments
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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POR-15 Rust Preventative Coating…

Written by on March 14, 2018 in Product Reviews with 0 Comments
POR-15 Rust Preventative Coating…

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

Written by on December 23, 2017 in Product Reviews with 0 Comments
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?

Written by on November 26, 2017 in Product Reviews, Products of Interest with 0 Comments
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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Graco Ultra Handheld Airless Sprayer

Written by on May 3, 2017 in Product Reviews, Sprayers with 7 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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Spring 2017 Festool Paint Magazine: Good Read

Written by on April 4, 2017 in Industry News with 0 Comments
Spring 2017 Festool Paint Magazine: Good Read

If you are looking for a good read that is a solid balance of interesting paint stories and straight up cool paint tool resources, the Festool paint magazine is worth flipping through.      

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Which Festool Sander?

Written by on March 5, 2017 in Power Sanders with 10 Comments
Which Festool Sander?

Choosing the best tools for tasks is one way great craftspeople break away from the pack. Festool is well known for being the unmatched surface prep solution for efficiency and the most convenient customer experience. No one wants 80 labor hours of dirty prep in the kitchen when it could be done clean in 12. […]

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Unplugged: New Festool Hand Sanding Abrasives

Written by on February 19, 2017 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments
Unplugged: New Festool Hand Sanding Abrasives

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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What About Getting a Perfect Finish by Sanding?

Written by on February 13, 2017 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 0 Comments
What About Getting a Perfect Finish by Sanding?

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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