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Archive for November, 2011

Primed for Success: 100% Acrylic Insl-X Aqua Lock Plus

By on November 27, 2011 in Products with 2 Comments
Primed for Success: 100% Acrylic Insl-X Aqua Lock Plus

I am pleased to announce a new segment I will be doing in product reviews called Primed for Success. This segment will cover any and all primers we test and how you can expect them to perform. Today’s post is about Insl-X Aqua Lock Plus AQ 0400 which is the white base. Application was to […]

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Primed for Success: Sherwin Williams High Build Primer

By on November 27, 2011 in Products with 2 Comments
Primed for Success: Sherwin Williams High Build Primer

In new construction, contractors must prepare all new surfaces for paint from scratch. There are many solutions available to prepare gypsum wallboard that will ensure a great finish. I was recently able to give SW High Build Primer B28W8601 my attention. We were also able to test the contractor grade high build B28W-V2200 Master Prep. […]

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Spray vs Brush?

By on November 24, 2011 in Solutions with 6 Comments
Spray vs Brush?

This seems to be a common question from home owners and  I hope I can help clarify what exactly it is you want from your painter in regards to spraying or brushing trim and doors.   Lets ask a few questions:      Why do I need to choose between one or the other?   There […]

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Attitude of Gratitude

By on November 23, 2011 in Random Thoughts with 4 Comments

One of the perks of having your own blog is you can write about anything you want at anytime, and a lot of bloggers write “thankful for” posts this time of year. It’s good to be me. I’m thankful… It’s been an exciting year, this blog has made a huge impact in my life, the […]

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To Blog or not to Blog?

By on November 22, 2011 in Blogging Tips, Daily Pick with 20 Comments
To Blog or not to Blog?

If you are saying something like, “I am a painting contractor, not a writer, why should I worry about blogging and social media”, then read on! There are many ways you can use a blog to improve your business!

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Benjamin Moore ben interior

By on November 19, 2011 in Products, When We Try It with 7 Comments
Benjamin Moore ben interior

I am really impressed with how well this mid range paint performs. This flat red was applied over high build primer in white, and it was close to 100% coverage. Pleasing to see an affordable paint perform this well. This flat red easily sanded today, it was painted yesterday morning. So about 12 hrs cure. […]

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How to Double Your Painting Business in 21 Simple Steps…Part 1

By on November 14, 2011 in Business Practices with 56 Comments
How to Double Your Painting Business in 21 Simple Steps…Part 1

Let’s preface this discussion by saying that there is no right or wrong size for a paint contracting business, no one size fits all. Crew size and configuration is completely dependant on the market you operate in and your potential to generate work. This discussion is geared more to the paint contractor who is in […]

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Content as Commodity.

By on November 13, 2011 in Blogging Tips, Random Thoughts with 18 Comments
Content as Commodity.

One thing you should know about blogging is a little bit about creating interesting and at least reasonably well-written content. Most would agree that to use a blog platform at any kind of a high level would imply that you have to at some point hit a minimum standard and quantity of organic content. Even if by accident, it should happen somewhere along the way.

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Growing Your Business

By on November 10, 2011 in Business Practices with 0 Comments
Growing Your Business

Growth is change. It requires more processes, controls and people. Too much growth too quickly can create financial and quality risks that if not properly managed can lead to the demise of the business. Keeping tabs on all of these factors can easily overwhelm business owners.

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Charging for Estimates?!

By on November 6, 2011 in Pricing and Estimating with 0 Comments
Charging for Estimates?!

      Read my recent article in American Painting Contractor, The Agony of Estimating

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How to Choose Colors for your Home

How to Choose Colors for your Home

It’s easy as A, B, C, D … and maybe E. I’ll show you how. THE FOYER Choosing color for your home can be a challenge. Here I can show you where to place color and also  offer you some color suggestions. When I design a color palette for my clients, I refer to the […]

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Sharpen your Digital Tools!

By on November 3, 2011 in Random Thoughts with 4 Comments
Sharpen your Digital Tools!

Scott recently posted about sharpening your saws in preparation for 2012. I find myself in the same mode, but while he is cleaning out his truck and organizing his shop, I find myself focusing on my digital saws. There is more to the saw story: The axeman went to the saw shop and the shopkeeper said, “you […]

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