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The Sound and Fury of Interior Paint Failure

Written by on April 9, 2016 in Interior Paints, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
The Sound and Fury of Interior Paint Failure

It’s pretty easy to cause a stir about paint. Just say “paint failure” in a group of painters and watch for quickly hatching and sometimes odd theories about paint manufacturer motives. You may even hear conspiracy theories about manufacturers reserving their “good” formulation ingredients for top ($60+/gal) lines of paint product. Painters…hooked and manipulated by […]

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Working with Rotex Sanders

Written by on December 27, 2015 in Sanding and Dust Collection, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Working with Rotex Sanders

Smart Sanders seek Smarter Users Rotex sanders learn how we work as much as we learn how they work. I’m talking after hours of regular use. If we pay attention, we learn how the sander wants to move, and it begins to recognize the repetitive patterns in our work. An understanding develops between tool and […]

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Graco HVLP Gravity Cup Gun

Written by on December 26, 2015 in Ask the Topcoat Team!, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Kevin Asks: “In a YouTube video your are using a GRACO HVLP with a top feed gun with a plastic top feed cup I do a lot of high end work myself and have all GRACO equipment and I was wondering if I could get your gun info so I could purchase the same set […]

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Help Painting Stairs!

Written by on December 26, 2015 in Ask the Topcoat Team!, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Help Painting Stairs!

Ed asks: Hi Pros! “The stair risers in my home haven’t been painted since construction in 1996. Scuffed, yellowed & highly trafficked; it’s time. Original paint unknown – do I prime first & w/ what? Then the biggie: waterborne acrylic enamel in semigloss or something else? Which brand for this non-pro working vertically w/ stained […]

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Psychology of Low Grit Sanding

Written by on December 26, 2015 in Prep, Sanding and Dust Collection, Uncategorized with 6 Comments
Psychology of Low Grit Sanding

What grit do you sand at most in the type of work you do? Regardless of where your project sanding “wheelhouse” is, you likely start with low grit sanding and work up. Whatever “low” is for you, lower grits can often go pretty fast because it’s the rough work and gets smoothed out at the […]

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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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9 FREE Online Resources for Paint Contractors

Written by on December 20, 2015 in Contractor education, Industry News, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
9 FREE Online Resources for Paint Contractors

What do WE Read? As much as we write articles/reviews and produce video content here at TCR and Prep to Finish, we also invest time in seeking out and reading (and even contributing to) other online resources for paint contractors. Whether it is over morning coffee or on long flights, we are always on the […]

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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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TCR initiates Titan FlexSpray Handheld Sprayer testing

Written by on November 28, 2015 in Uncategorized with 4 Comments

Product of Interest: Titan FlexSpray Handheld The Titan FlexSpray is a new handheld sprayer, recently submitted to us by the manufacturer for assessment. We have just begun to check it out, and will spend a few months running it through various typical handheld tasks as we compile feedback to share. For a glimpse of the […]

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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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