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Using Festool to Extract Higher Profits

Using Festool to Extract Higher Profits

By on March 18, 2012 in Equipment, When We Try It with 0 Comments

This year Warline Painting invested in the Festool line of sanders and dust extractors. Our goal was to offer our clients a dust-free solution for painting and give ourselves and edge over the competition. Being dust-free would also be better for the health of our customers, their families and our own crew. We just finished […]

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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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Adhesion Test – Coating EPDM Roof

Adhesion Test – Coating EPDM Roof

By on March 3, 2012 in Solutions with 3 Comments

ADHESION TESTING What is an adhesion test? In the paint and roof coatings industries, paint adhesion testing is often used to determine if the paint or coating will adhere properly to the substrates to which they are applied. This is a very important test to perform since no matter how good the coating may be […]

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Cyclone Mixing Paddles

Cyclone Mixing Paddles

The development of a new product I first met Rick Hardman on Drywalltalk when I replied to an old thread where he was requesting tool testers. These paddles were the tools that he wanted to get other professionals opinions’ on. Rick Hardman grew up in the drywall trade from his father and took over some of […]

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Propeller-Using Technology to manage your business

Propeller-Using Technology to manage your business

By on March 1, 2012 in Expo 2012, Products with 4 Comments

While at the PDCA Trade Show I saw several new products, one booth was giving away little wooden propellers, which caught my husband’s eye and while he was having fun twirling, I talked to the rep. It looked interesting , so I asked him to send me some more info and Adam was very responsive, […]

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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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Say goodbye to drywall dust!

Say goodbye to drywall dust!

We build plastic rooms, cover furniture, tape over duct work and cover the floor all in an effort to keep the jobsite (and self) clean. Especially hard to manage in an occupied space.

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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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Spray vs Brush?

Spray vs Brush?

By on November 24, 2011 in Solutions with 6 Comments

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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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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