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Tommy

Owner of Johnson Home Construction a painting and remodeling company in Duplin County NC. Blogger, and product guru, we love to test out new products and see how they can be used in the field to boost margins.

Sherwin Williams Kem Aqua Plus

Sherwin Williams Kem Aqua Plus

By on January 9, 2013 in Products with 52 Comments

The search for the perfect waterborne cabinet paint is over! In the search for a better cabinet grade waterborne finish, my company, JHC, recently started using SW Kem Aqua Plus. Its rare that I get excited about a new coating like this, but I am very pleased with the results we have been getting with this […]

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Sherwin Williams Emerald-The New Jewel?

Sherwin Williams Emerald-The New Jewel?

By on July 16, 2012 in Products with 23 Comments

Sneak Peek on Sherwin Williams Emerald  Paint Review! I am excited to announce I am preparing a review for a the new Sherwin Williams Emerald paint, which is the flagship coating in their new 0 VOC colorant system. Available in any color at 0 voc’s after tinting. Exterior sheens come in flat, satin and gloss […]

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Benjamin Moore Waterborne Ceiling Paint

Benjamin Moore Waterborne Ceiling Paint

By on May 13, 2012 in Products, When We Try It with 17 Comments

  I recently had the chance to work with Benjamin Moore’s fairly new ceiling paint 508. Touted as an ultra flat paint specifically formulated for ceilings that hides common ceiling imperfections, it uses the Gennex waterborne colorant system making it a VOC compliant product in all areas. It has longer open times for more work-ability, leading to less laps […]

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Products of Interest from the PDCA 2012 Expo

Products of Interest from the PDCA 2012 Expo

By on February 26, 2012 in Expo 2012 with 2 Comments

Attending this years Expo was very exciting to me. This was my first PDCA event, and expo. It was also my first time in Las Vegas. The opportunity to learn new things, and meet new people in our industry is always something I value. The short three days was packed with many different courses, with very smart […]

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Primed for Success: Insl-X STIX

Primed for Success: Insl-X STIX

By on January 17, 2012 in Products, When We Try It with 10 Comments

Often times there is need for a bonding primer on substrates that may be troublesome. Various different plastics used in construction now are where a primer like Insl-X STIX excels. More than a name it STIX to about everything is their tag line. Below is some information directly from the TDS on usage, and acceptable substrates […]

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Finding Joy in the Daily Tasks of a Painter.

Finding Joy in the Daily Tasks of a Painter.

By on January 14, 2012 in Products with 9 Comments

I may be a strange person, I admit it, lots of people in this business are. Artists are made that way, it they were normal they wouldn’t have the talent to create like they do.

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Bio Zapp – The Odor Elimination Specialists

Bio Zapp – The Odor Elimination Specialists

By on January 10, 2012 in Open Mike, Solutions with 6 Comments

I met Mark Kitterage, director of refinishing sales from Bio Zapp Laboratories a few weeks ago on Paint Talk.com. Mark was talking up a product that I found interesting,

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ben Exterior Semi Gloss

ben Exterior Semi Gloss

By on December 11, 2011 in Products with 2 Comments

There are a few times when I first use a product that is so easy to work with I find myself smiling. This week was one of those times when I chose ben semi gloss for some exterior doors I was painting. There were two different substrates – fiberglass and smooth steel, and two application […]

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Eco Spec WB- The economic 0 VOC paint by Benjamin Moore

Eco Spec WB- The economic 0 VOC paint by Benjamin Moore

By on December 4, 2011 in Products, When We Try It with 2 Comments

I should start off by explaining what VOC’s are, and how the EPA regulates the painting market to reduce them in coatings. The EPA defines VOC’s as the following. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and […]

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

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

By on November 27, 2011 in Products with 2 Comments

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

Primed for Success: Sherwin Williams High Build Primer

By on November 27, 2011 in Products with 2 Comments

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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Benjamin Moore ben interior

Benjamin Moore ben interior

By on November 19, 2011 in Products, When We Try It with 7 Comments

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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Tommy Johnson

By on September 17, 2011 in Uncategorized with 5 Comments

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Benjamin Moore Stays Clear – A New WB Contender

Benjamin Moore Stays Clear – A New WB Contender

By on August 14, 2011 in Products, When We Try It with 75 Comments

Being a member of the Benjamin Moore PAB, I sometimes get products to review before they are released to the market. About six months ago I was selected to review BENWOOD Stays Clear, the newest gennex line of low VOC waterborne polyurethane. I had a lot of experience using the old line of stays clear on […]

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The Paint Jack-Not your average bucket hook.

The Paint Jack-Not your average bucket hook.

By on July 27, 2011 in Equipment with 4 Comments

Several months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Dave of DJLTools online at painttalk.com. He humbly introduced himself, and wanted to get his new product into the hands of some pros and get some feedback. Shortly after that introduction, I and several other painting contractors got one of his latest products, The Paint Jack. […]

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