Interior Products

Purdy Parrot

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

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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Priming MDF for Trim or Cabinet Grade Finishing

Written by on December 2, 2018 in Interior Products, Primers with 5 Comments
Priming MDF for Trim or Cabinet Grade Finishing

Oil-Based Primer: Still Necessary Sometimes Over the past decade, we have shifted heavily from oil based paints and primers to latex technologies. We’ve tested and used many of the current generation of latex primers, always looking for one that can meet our interior and exterior priming needs. However, there are still times when oil is […]

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

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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8 Often Disappearing Interior Painting Products Under $12

Written by on December 26, 2015 in Interior Products, Uncategorized with 11 Comments
8 Often Disappearing Interior Painting Products Under $12

We have been saying it for years – “it’s not the elephants that will kill you, it’s the mosquitoes”. This means that usually it is not the bigger issues that cause the most problems. In the world of interior painting products, it is the smaller, seemingly innocuous issues that really sting. And the cumulative effects […]

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Top 2 Production Mistakes and How to Eliminate Them

Written by on December 19, 2015 in Contractor education, Interior Products, Uncategorized with 5 Comments
Top 2 Production Mistakes and How to Eliminate Them

Here is a quick look at 2 paint production mistakes that can spread through paint companies in a subtle way, leaving owners wondering why profits were low, in spite of selling high estimates.   **Hover Over Gallery Below and Use Arrows to Navigate** Leave us a note in the comment section below!

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Pro Painters Speak: Paint Grade vs. Stain/Clear

Written by on November 25, 2015 in Interior Products, Uncategorized with 15 Comments
Pro Painters Speak: Paint Grade vs. Stain/Clear

Second Anniversary of Pro Painters Speak! BE HEARD! Its well known that along with our sister site, bloggingpainters.com, Topcoat Review is among the most recognized and reliable online resources in the paint industry. A year ago, we launched the Pro Painters Speak segment at TCR. The question was, which line of interior paint could you […]

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3M Patch Plus Primer

Written by on November 4, 2015 in Interior Products, Prep, Uncategorized with 2 Comments
3M Patch Plus Primer

The Product Streamlining Quest Continues! Over the past few years, we’ve been on a mission to simplify product inventory in our paint contracting division, with a particular emphasis on eliminating lines (of any type of product) that aren’t versatile enough. When you start eliminating products, it is a slippery slope: “This one is only good […]

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Sherwin Williams Wood Classics Satin

Sherwin Williams Wood Classics Satin

Why “Never Fails” Isn’t Good Enough In the product world, we are never the source that will scream from the rooftops when a product hits a home run once. It has to hit many home runs in many ballparks before getting star treatment from us. Sure, we might tweet it out to colleagues that we […]

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Tale of the Tape: 3M 2093 Edge Lock Test

Written by on December 14, 2014 in Interior Products, Prep, Uncategorized with 3 Comments
Tale of the Tape: 3M 2093 Edge Lock Test

On the topic of tape, we don’t rely on it to make straight cut lines with paint. That said, we do understand that thousands of homeowners/DIY-ers do. Pros expect it to stay tight, hold its edges, not rip coming off the roll or fall off what we stick it on. Sounds easy enough, but tape […]

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Kovrd Bag Creates Efficient Transitions

Kovrd Bag Creates Efficient Transitions

Transitions Those in between times start with the initial load in of the job. The goal here, for us, is to pack everything in that we know will be needed for initial stages of the project. It is usually heavy with prep and prime gear. The Kovrd bag is usually on the scene from these […]

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