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Great X-BoardTations

Great X-BoardTations

As painters we have 2 main roles we are responsible for on every job: 1. Putting paint onto areas that are supposed to be painted. 2. Keeping paint off of areas that are not supposed to be painted. Almost everything we do from the time we set foot on a job until the time we […]

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Trimaco Kleen Edge Tape

By on August 23, 2015 in Products with 0 Comments
Trimaco Kleen Edge Tape

Recently I had a small faux finishing job that I thought the Kleen Edge tape would work perfectly for. Many of the houses in my area were not primed when new, and in most cases when regular blue tape is applied to the walls it will pull off the paint. On this particular job I had […]

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Prevent Flash Rusting with CHLOR*RID

By on July 13, 2014 in Products with 0 Comments
Prevent Flash Rusting with CHLOR*RID

Industrial surfaces are painted to protect  from corrosion, abrasion, rust, and other elements that can affect life of the painted surface. Industrial surfaces or equipment generally consist of iron, stainless steel, and other metals.  And although strong, these metals have their vulnerabilities, which require special treatment to make them resistant to corrosion. Surface preparation is […]

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Removing Odors while Painting

By on June 1, 2014 in Products with 4 Comments
Removing Odors while Painting

My own  company’s experience with blocking odors comes from using products like KILZ to seal smoke odors during insurance renovations, this was a nasty job requiring respirators and ventilation, not something that you wanted to do in an occupied home. We never tried anything that would “remove” the odors, so I was intrigued when Vinnie […]

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Sherwin Williams Kem Aqua Plus

By on January 9, 2013 in Products with 60 Comments
Sherwin Williams Kem Aqua Plus

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?

By on July 16, 2012 in Products with 23 Comments
Sherwin Williams Emerald-The New Jewel?

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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To Prime or Not to Prime?

By on May 27, 2012 in Products with 89 Comments
To Prime or Not to Prime?

  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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Prime, Prime and Reprime!

By on May 26, 2012 in Products with 12 Comments
Prime, Prime and Reprime!

Honestly, I don’t get the whole “no need to use a primer” thing. Our company has done new construction homes for over 20 years and we have never skipped the primer! In fact, my husband Rob is so particular about the prep and prime stages that he will rarely try a new primer, but will […]

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Benjamin Moore Waterborne Ceiling Paint

By on May 13, 2012 in Products, When We Try It with 18 Comments
Benjamin Moore Waterborne Ceiling Paint

  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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Promar 200 ZERO VOC – The right paint for your home

Promar 200 ZERO VOC – The right paint for your home

“What paint should I use in my own home?” Can you explain what the single most important aspect should be in a type of interior paint?  Should it be ease of use?  How well it covers?  Clean ability?  Odor?  Versatility?  Affordable?  It is quite difficult to pinpoint exactly what a paint should be, and to […]

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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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Propeller-Using Technology to manage your business

By on March 1, 2012 in Expo 2012, Products with 4 Comments
Propeller-Using Technology to manage your business

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

By on January 17, 2012 in Products, When We Try It with 10 Comments
Primed for Success: Insl-X STIX

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.

By on January 14, 2012 in Products with 9 Comments
Finding Joy in the Daily Tasks of a Painter.

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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ben Exterior Semi Gloss

By on December 11, 2011 in Products with 2 Comments
ben Exterior Semi Gloss

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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