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Wood Snobbery

Written by on November 24, 2015 in Uncategorized, Wood Snobbery with 0 Comments

What do we do when we aren’t finishing things or testing products and creating content to share? The answer is pretty simple, we are on the road teaching others how to do, well, all of the above really. And many times, it points back to our long held commitment to wood snobbery. Our Prep to […]

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3M Patch Plus Primer

Written by on November 4, 2015 in Interior Products, Prep, Uncategorized with 2 Comments
3M Patch Plus Primer

The Product Streamlining Quest Continues! Over the past few years, we’ve been on a mission to simplify product inventory in our paint contracting division, with a particular emphasis on eliminating lines (of any type of product) that aren’t versatile enough. When you start eliminating products, it is a slippery slope: “This one is only good […]

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Sherwin Williams Wood Classics Satin

Sherwin Williams Wood Classics Satin

Why “Never Fails” Isn’t Good Enough In the product world, we are never the source that will scream from the rooftops when a product hits a home run once. It has to hit many home runs in many ballparks before getting star treatment from us. Sure, we might tweet it out to colleagues that we […]

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Review: New Festool ets ec 125 Sander

Review: New Festool ets ec 125 Sander

ETS EC 125 from Festool 5″ sanders are the most common size in the power sanding world. If you own one sander, it is likely a 5″ round orbital sander. Their popularity is based on practical size and range of task types they can complete. That said, not all 5″ sanders are the same. And […]

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Elastomeric Coating for Old Pressure Treated Decks

Elastomeric Coating for Old Pressure Treated Decks

For decades, painters have wrestled with how to best refinish neglected, old pressure treated decks – without call backs. Pressure treated decks are common in the residential repaint segment, because the wood rarely rots, but often seems to take on every form of ugly just shy of rotting. Splitting and checking are typical in pressure […]

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Despermating: Still a thing

Despermating: Still a thing

Despermating on the Rise? Back in July of 2009, I wrote an article about estimating in which I coined the term “despermating,” defined as the act of desperate estimating. The article was a tale of a competitive bidding situation in which my company’s price was twice as high as the next bidder on the project. […]

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Paint Brush Selection and Cleaning

Written by on March 29, 2015 in Brushes and Rollers, Tools, Uncategorized with 1 Comment

Tips for Paint Brush Selection and Cleaning We’ve done a couple of written and visual projects recently with the Journal of Light Construction, to help users better understand paint brush selection and cleaning. First was a feature article in the March 2015 issue of the magazine, which you can read in its entirety here: paint […]

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A new resource for IPE enthusiasts

Due to the overwhelming response our ipe content has enjoyed on topcoatreview.com, the topic now occupies it’s own chunk of online real estate. If you are a ipe deck owner (at any stage of ownership) in need of professional guidance, we invite you to join us there.

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A Few Who Moved and Shook in 2014!

Written by on December 20, 2014 in Industry News, Uncategorized with 8 Comments
A Few Who Moved and Shook in 2014!

In 2014, some paint contractors moved. Others shook. Many did both. Here’s a six-pack of paint movers and shakers from 2014, in no particular order. ****Hover on the box below to activate slideshow controls, then arrow through… Which paint contractors did you enjoy following in 2014?

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Tale of the Tape: 3M 2093 Edge Lock Test

Written by on December 14, 2014 in Interior Products, Prep, Uncategorized with 3 Comments
Tale of the Tape: 3M 2093 Edge Lock Test

On the topic of tape, we don’t rely on it to make straight cut lines with paint. That said, we do understand that thousands of homeowners/DIY-ers do. Pros expect it to stay tight, hold its edges, not rip coming off the roll or fall off what we stick it on. Sounds easy enough, but tape […]

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