Product Reviews

Every Day Carries: Top Painting Tools Under $20

Written by on December 22, 2019 in Product Reviews, Tools with 0 Comments
Every Day Carries: Top Painting Tools Under $20

I’d bet that all of our toolboxes are loaded with disposable sundries and essential hand tools. The sundries include everything from sanding sponges to rags, tapes and caulk tubes. And the tools themselves are the first and most common daily essentials that we reach for in preparation for working our artistry. Often it is the […]

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OLFA Knives

Written by on November 22, 2019 in Product Reviews with 0 Comments
OLFA Knives

I wrote about OLFA knives in my “From the Field” column about “Tools Under $20” in American Painting Contractor magazine (2019). I am fascinated by the concept of tools we can’t live without, that don’t break the bank. By “can’t live without”, I mean tools that are likely to find their way into my work […]

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Benjamin Moore Waterborne Satin Impervo (314)

Written by on December 16, 2018 in Interior Paints, Product Reviews with 1 Comment
Benjamin Moore Waterborne Satin Impervo (314)

While we grew up with the oil based formulation, Benjamin Moore Waterborne Satin Impervo has become like a favorite old comfortable pair of sneakers to us. We use many trim paints for different situations, but when a customer specifies Ben Moore paints for their project, 314 is the trim paint we use. User Friendly It […]

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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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Festool Sys Duo Case Study

Written by on December 24, 2016 in Lighting, Product Reviews, Uncategorized with 9 Comments

Job site Lighting: Festool Sys Duo ROI Case Study With interior season here, it is time once again to dust off the work lights, check the bulbs and clean the lenses. Sound familiar? If you are still in that cycle, then you probably haven’t upgraded to LED job site lighting yet, and it might be […]

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Armed Workwear Pants Update

Written by on October 29, 2016 in Product Reviews, Uncategorized, Workwear with 1 Comment

The Armed Workwear Pants update is: these guys are still around! Armed Workwear first hit our radar back in 2010 when we tried their pants and reviewed them. You can read that review here. Since then, for us and many of our readers, Armed became (quite literally) a moving target. Company founder Josh Banks moved […]

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Graco GX 19 Compact Fine Finish Sprayer

Written by on October 22, 2016 in Airless, Product Reviews, Sprayers, Uncategorized with 8 Comments

Graco GX 19: A New Fine Finish Spraying Technology One of the fun aspects about being product and tool testers is that we get to see and figure out what manufacturers are trying to accomplish with new product launches. We have tested and reviewed a few new tools this year that were introduced to fill […]

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