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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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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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Mythic Paint-One painters opinion

Mythic Paint-One painters opinion

By on July 17, 2011 in Products with 5 Comments

You can apply Mythic primer to any surface and finish in any colour in a selection of finishes. This is a snapshot of a project I am doing in tandem with TDS, Mythic and Llama Developments Here we are redecorating woodwork that was previously painted with black oil-based gloss at least 5 years ago. It […]

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Making a Great Impression

Making a Great Impression

By on July 16, 2011 in How we use Color., Products with 2 Comments

I am so EXCITED to announce our second contest, Making a Great Impression, sponsored by the Faux Impressions line of Sherwin-Williams.  It’s a great line of versatile faux finishing products that can be used to create unique specialty finishes. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $200 credit at any Sherwin-Williams store towards the Faux Impressions line of decorative […]

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Krud Kutter-Really good for cleaning brushes

Krud Kutter-Really good for cleaning brushes

By on June 30, 2011 in Products, Solutions with 7 Comments

Taking care of my investment in hand tools is often something I admit I overlook. It has been easy for me to say it isn’t worth the time it takes to properly clean a brush. Not to mention how hard it can be with certain coatings to even get them clean. Usually when I finish […]

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Innovation in design: an interview with Curt Scadden of Erecta-Rack

Innovation in design: an interview with Curt Scadden of Erecta-Rack

By on June 26, 2011 in Products with 10 Comments

A little over a year ago, I came across a product called the Erecta Rack. My company does a lot of new construction homes and we are always looking for ways increase productivity and protect finished doors and trim from damage during the construction process. We tried one of the racks and I wrote about […]

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