Product Reviews

Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Latex Primer

Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Latex Primer

Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Shows Why Primer Still Rules Many interior repaint jobs or do it yourself room makeovers can be done with no primer at all. Most pros would agree that paint manufacturers are putting out their top lines of paint with high enough quality ingredients these days to perform most functions required […]

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Surfix Review

  This write up is intended to allow readers to see the Festool Surfix oil kit through the eyes of professional finishers who have used it in some depth. The written aspect of this review serves as an overview of the Surfix system as a whole, while the two accompanying videos specifically feature the application […]

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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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Blaklader Tough Guy Painter Pants Review

Written by on October 28, 2011 in Product Reviews, Publications, Tools, Uncategorized, Workwear with 3 Comments
Blaklader Tough Guy Painter Pants Review

Those of you who know me know that I am historically not a huge fan of painters whites. That all changed last year when I tested and reviewed Armed Workwear painters pants in APC. That was my first experience using pants with insertable kneepads. I quickly became an advocate of this concept and am now […]

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Turbinaire 1235gtx Review in August/September 2011 APC

Written by on September 30, 2011 in HVLP, Product Reviews, Publications, Sprayers, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Turbinaire 1235gtx Review in August/September 2011 APC

The August/September issue of American Painting Contractor magazine is now out. Check out our review of the Turbinaire 1235gtx hvlp system on pages 10-11. I hope everyone is having a great Fall season!

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Blaklader Tough Guy Painters Pants

Written by on September 23, 2011 in Product Reviews, Uncategorized, Workwear with 6 Comments
Blaklader Tough Guy Painters Pants

We have been trying all summer to kill these and stop wearing them. No luck on either end. Find out how and why in an upcoming issue of American Painting Contractor.   Editor’s note, see review here, Blaklader Pants Review.

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Xtend & Climb 785P Telescoping Ladder Review

Written by on August 30, 2011 in Ladders, Product Reviews, Tools, Uncategorized with 9 Comments
Xtend & Climb 785P Telescoping Ladder Review

Our review of the Xtend & Climb 785P telescoping ladder appeared in the July 2011 issue of American Painting Contractor magazine. While this tool is kind of diy-ish, it is most definitely worth the space it will occupy when not in use in order to capitalize on the space it doesn’t take up when being […]

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Tools of the Trade Magazine: 2011 Graco ProShot Review

Tools of the Trade Magazine: 2011 Graco ProShot Review

On Further Review: ProShot, a year later… Here’s a Graco ProShot review that was featured in the fall 2011 issue of Tools of the Trade magazine in the “Tools up Close” category. This article includes information on: typical applications for the tool; cost of ownership analysis; accessories; bottom line recommendation; and tool specifications, including pricing. This […]

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Graco 9.5 HVLP

Graco 9.5 HVLP

Graco 9.5 HVLP In a previous post, I discussed a recent spray shop project and why I chose to use the Graco 9.5 HVLP instead of the cordless ProShot Fine Finish. The proof on sprayed finishes is in the pudding, and the pudding is how the sprayed items integrate into the finish scheme of the […]

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Do Manufacturers Listen to Paint Contractors?

Do Manufacturers Listen to Paint Contractors?

Topcoat Review can’t really speak for anyone else, but we sure do hear plenty of scuttle butt around the internet about how manufacturers in the paint industry don’t care what contractors think about their products. You can’t hardly throw a dart in a paint forum these days without bullseyeing on yet another down on his […]

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