Interior Products

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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Cabinet Finishing

Cabinet Finishing

Cabinet finishing is one of the most fun types of project that we do at Topcoat because everything involved in the prep, product and material delivery system has to come together in harmony. And, the hands being laid on all of the above have to be, well, having a good day – every day. Cabinet […]

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Waterborne Trim Paints: The Future is Certain

Waterborne Trim Paints: The Future is Certain

I’ve been asked by alot of builders, on my day job and through online communities, about the new waterborne trim paint technologies. There is a lingering misperception that oil is the only good trim paint. This was fed for many years, in fact up until about the past five years, by the reality that latex […]

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Sherwin Williams ArmorSeal Epoxy Coating

Sherwin Williams ArmorSeal Epoxy Coating

Just over a year ago, my paint contracting company prepped and finished a 4500 sf concrete floor in a warehouse for a bread distribution company. Recently, at the one year mark, I went back to inspect the floor to see how it was holding up to fork lift, hand trucks, foot traffic and the hundreds […]

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Benjamin Moore Natura Review (2009)

Benjamin Moore Natura Review (2009)

Our review of Benjamin Moore’s Natura interior line in APC mid-2009 came after many months of pre-launch testing. The introduction of this waterborne product seemed to be met with some confusion from paint contractors. It quickly became one of our favorites, and, we suspect that many contractors ended up feeling the same. Since then Natura […]

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Mythic Non-Toxic Paint Review (2009)

Mythic Non-Toxic Paint Review (2009)

In 2009, we tested Mythic Paint on several projects over the course of many months in the process of compiling a review. At the time, Mythic represented a new product technology in the low voc direction that the industry was moving in.

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Zar UltraMax Urethane

Hybrid Coatings? The auto industry isn’t the only one that has been experimenting with hybrid technologies in recent years. It’s been a transitional time in the paint world as well. Many of the changes taking place are driven by tighter regulations that government is placing on paint manufacturers to create products that are lower in […]

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Green Products (2008)

The TPD folks were, and still are, really into making sure that their dealer readership was as educated as possible about contractor product needs as the whole voc movement coincided with economic hardship in 2008. This article discusses some of the products which would get full on  reviewed over the next year or two.

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Shades of Green (2008)

In 2008, The Paint Dealer magazine brought in a series of guest contributors for their “Greenpiece” column. Jerry and company at TPD were really cool to work with. This piece discusses some common sense practices that are eco friendly and help contractors control costs.

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Benjamin Moore Aura review (2007)

Our maiden voyage into product review for print publication took place back in ’07, timed with the much ballyhooed launch of Benjamin Moore’s Aura interior line. This was the first generation of Gennex and color lock, and a whole new experience for painters. We tested Aura on a small residential interior repaint, and it was […]

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