Interior Products

Kilz Max: A Prime Mover

Kilz Max: A Prime Mover

In our Primer Roundup series, one of the finalists was KILZ MAX. Thanks to Masterchem for participating in the Roundup, and submitting the product for evaluation and inclusion. This product has held the test of time for almost for years since the Round Up was conducted. On Primer: Paint contractors who have committed to the shift from […]

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Onsite with Waterborne Cabinet Finishes – Brushed

Onsite with Waterborne Cabinet Finishes – Brushed

Some Realities of Onsite Waterborne Cabinet Finishes When the onsite elements conspire against, it is the craft of the finisher to use all weapons in the product arsenal to overcome – and waterborne cabinet finishes are a great solution. Here are some situational obstacles and product solutions gleaned from our field notes on recent custom […]

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Fresh Powder: Waterborne Primers that Sand

Written by on March 3, 2012 in Interior Products, Primers, Uncategorized with 24 Comments
Fresh Powder: Waterborne Primers that Sand

Waterborne Primers No, we aren’t going to start writing about snowboarding here. This is about the new generation of waterborne primers for wood. These primers are different from their oil based counterparts that most of us have used for decades. Different in process, that is, but waterborne primers can be used to accelerate through the prep/prime […]

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Prime Time for Latex Primers

Prime Time for Latex Primers

Will the Contenders Please Step Forward… I know I am not the only one who likes oil primer performance on new trim but has lost that lovin’ feeling about using them. The odor, the dry time, the silica dust, and the thinner cleanup for starters, make me want to see more latex primers. There are, […]

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Waterborne Trim Paints and One Trick Ponies

Written by on December 23, 2011 in Interior Paints, Interior Products, Uncategorized with 156 Comments
Waterborne Trim Paints and One Trick Ponies

Paint in the Present!! Until very recently, waterborne trim paints would really not be part of the discussion for painters. Many of us in paint contracting are 30 somethings (read age 40-60), with pretty stout beliefs in how things should be done. We fall into opinion “camps” when it comes to certain questions about product […]

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Benjamin Moore Ben Interior Paint

Written by on November 10, 2011 in Interior Paints, Interior Products, Uncategorized with 17 Comments
Benjamin Moore Ben Interior Paint

Benjamin Moore Ben Interior Paint This one goes out to all the BM loyalists. If you are having a hard time building the ultra-premium lines like Aura or Natura into your project pricing, I can tell you from first hand experience that the new low voc Benjamin Moore Ben line is actually impressive. We have […]

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Oil Finish on Cherry

Oil Finish on Cherry

How Oil Finish Looks on Cherry wood. This stair finishing project is from a new construction project we did a few years ago. I had the pleasure of applying clear oil finish to the very curvacious cherry rail system. Cherry continues to be my favorite interior wood species to work with, and there really is nothing […]

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Products of Interest: Fine Paints of Europe “Eco” Series

Products of Interest: Fine Paints of Europe “Eco” Series

New! Products of Interestcategory on www.topcoatreview.com! Would you believe me if I told you it was possible to have ultra high quality oil modified waterborne primers and paints that were rated for both interior and exterior applications? I’m not kidding. Read on! Friends, colleagues and readers of my writing know pretty well at this point […]

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Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Latex Primer on Poplar

Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Latex Primer on Poplar

Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Primer Poplar is a challenging wood species for interior trim priming and painting because it has a rather pronounced grain pattern, both in visual and tactile ways, as well as having odd color variations in the grain patterns at times. For paint contractors who work in new construction, it is […]

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Eco-Friendly Paints: The Green Elephant in the Room

Eco-Friendly Paints: The Green Elephant in the Room

The Green Elephant (2009) I wrote this article in June of 2009 for The Paint Dealer magazine in their Green Voices series, where experts from different aspects of the paint trade weighed in on the impact of eco friendly paint technologies. My piece called a spade pretty much a spade. Its refreshing to note that […]

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