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Scott Burt

Scott Burt owns and operates Topcoat Finishes, Inc. in Vermont, writes the monthly "From the Field" column in American Painting Contractor, and blogs prolifically at www.topcoatreview.com.

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Solve Business Problems in Half the Time

Solve Business Problems in Half the Time

Defeat Twice as Many Problems in the Same Amount of Time! Solutions to paint business problems these days seem to be measured in 50 and 100% increments. Sometimes, reality works in different sized chunks than “twice as many” and “half as many”. While I love big picture thinking, when you are in the forest, you […]

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Choosing Paint Contractors: Tip for Consumers

Choosing Paint Contractors: Tip for Consumers

By on December 13, 2015 in Homeowner Resources with 4 Comments

Times are Changing in the Paint Industry The topic of choosing paint contractors has been done to death but never ends up in the ground. There’s lots of well-intended info on the internet about “How to Choose a Paint Contractor”, but even bad contractors have figured out how to dodge the common questions that homeowners […]

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Prep to Finish to Speak at Tech Track for ’15 NE PDCA Conference

Prep to Finish to Speak at Tech Track for ’15 NE PDCA Conference

By on October 9, 2015 in Business Practices, What's New with 2 Comments

Northeast Council PDCA partners with Prep to Finish to raise the bar some more… Todd Pudvar and Scott Burt (preptofinish.com) will be teaching at the PDCA Northeast Council Regional Conference on Friday, November 13 in Trumbull, CT. This is the Council’s largest event, bringing together paint contractors from New England and New York. Here is […]

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How to Maintain Your Deck

How to Maintain Your Deck

By on September 7, 2015 in How do I? with 0 Comments

A Seasonal Checklist for Decks… Decks are a great outdoor living space to enjoy for both relaxing and entertaining during three seasons of the year. In addition to the general traffic wear and tear that decks endure, they are also exposed to the most brutal of outdoor elements. Rain, sun, snow and ice wreak havoc […]

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What’s Your Problem?

What’s Your Problem?

By on December 15, 2014 in Random Thoughts with 24 Comments

For years, I was an internet forum junkie. I think I have about 20,000 posts scattered across a few forums. Forums became less appealing for me when I realized that they have evolved as entertainment, but not as a consistently reliable format for professional dialogue. I may have finally kicked the habit. My opinion on […]

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Is Painting Like Leftovers in the Fridge?

Is Painting Like Leftovers in the Fridge?

Leftovers in the fridge are sometimes amongst the most coveted cuisine, especially when you are hungry and just need to eat. Cold pizza can be better than hot pizza. Same holds true for other delicacies. And here’s the large leap where I state that good contractors are to be coveted too. Residential repainting in particular […]

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Questions for Painters

Questions for Painters

By on November 11, 2013 in Business Practices with 21 Comments

You must get this all the time: How much? How long? How fast? How fun. Day after day, these questions for painters. That pretty much covers it. Every gap not filled in there is where your head needs to be. It is what keeps me running a ProShot on something one day, and turning right […]

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Content Continued…

Content Continued…

By on May 19, 2013 in Blogging Tips, Random Thoughts with 3 Comments

The Original Content Conundrum Those of you that are readers of BP and articles on content like this one, know that we require original content on this site, and on our own individual business sites. That is not just because we happen to enjoy creating content, but also because we recognize the value of unique content […]

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The More Things Change…

The More Things Change…

By on April 22, 2013 in Random Thoughts with 30 Comments

The more the internet kind of stays the same… The good news is that it is only getting easier to publish a professional blog. If you have any kind of computer and a smartphone, you are half way there. It’s the other half that makes the difference between a blog with substance and one that […]

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What the J.D. Power Paint Study says about Our Industry

What the J.D. Power Paint Study says about Our Industry

The 2012 U.S. Interior Paint Satisfaction study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates came out in April. Benjamin Moore ranked highest in customer satisfaction, Sherwin Williams was second and Behr third. While we salute the manufacturers who scored well, we also have to peel back the layers of this onion and see if it brings any […]

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Open Mike

Open Mike

By on June 25, 2012 in Open Mike with 0 Comments

If you are involved at any level in the paint industry, and you are reading this, then you probably spend some minutes of your day in some shape or form as a participant in the social medial and blog spheres. And you likely understand that part of that involves being open to using the power […]

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To Prime or Not to Prime?

To Prime or Not to Prime?

By on May 27, 2012 in Products with 87 Comments

  This is a big topic in the residential paint world lately. The fact of the matter is that “self priming” paints are really nothing new. They have just been marketed recently in new and more creative ways. Benjamin Moore Regal, the old stuff of ten years ago, had self priming characteristics, and it said […]

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Open Mike: Brandt Domas on What Exceptional Contractors Do

Open Mike: Brandt Domas on What Exceptional Contractors Do

By on March 11, 2012 in Open Mike with 8 Comments

Brandt Domas is one of the industry heavyweights that I was hoping to meet in Vegas at the PDCA show, and I did. Brandt’s industry resume includes most everything from straight up paint contracting to PDCA leadership roles. He is currently most known as a speaker on industry matters, and as a trainer of paint […]

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Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Review Update

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Review Update

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat was under testing for review at Topcoat Review for over a year before any assessment for publication was produced. We watched the weathering patterns on the test project through four seasons of observation. At that point, it was submitted for publication in American Painting Contractor magazine.  In addition to the main project […]

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Price and Value with Dana Autenrieth of Benjamin Moore

Price and Value with Dana Autenrieth of Benjamin Moore

By on January 28, 2012 in Open Mike with 12 Comments

I am pleased to launch the Blogging Painters Open Mike series with a portion of a recent interview I conducted with Dana Autenrieth of Benjamin Moore. Dana works in a leadership role in the Residential Contractor Segment of Benjamin Moore. Therefore, he has an interest in understanding the issues that are on the minds of paint contractors and clarifying misperceptions between contractors and the manufacturer side of the supply chain in our industry.

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