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Getting Started With Floor Grinding

Getting Started With Floor Grinding

By on August 30, 2015 in Equipment, How do I?, Random Thoughts with 8 Comments

Where to Begin? Getting started in concrete coatings can be somewhat daunting, especially when considering the price of a floor grinder and vacuum system that can run $7,000 – $12,000.  If you are just starting out in concrete coatings, this startup expense can be a turn off. Thankfully, there are systems out there that will […]

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Surface preparation for floor coatings

Surface preparation for floor coatings

By on June 18, 2015 in Equipment, How do I?, Random Thoughts with 1 Comment

What are the most commonly used methods? Surface preparation is the single most important stage when executing an epoxy flooring project. Poor surface preparation can lead to significant problems such as the coating cracking, or detaching itself from the substrate. These problems may not appear straight away, but could show up after a few months. […]

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Thinking of adding Epoxy Flooring to your services?

Thinking of adding Epoxy Flooring to your services?

By on May 16, 2015 in Random Thoughts with 7 Comments

Things to consider before adding this service! Painters are always looking for new opportunities and are eager to expand their services in new business areas. One field that has always seemed attractive for painters is to offer services in applying floor coatings. Their prior background in working with a multitude of coatings gives them a significant […]

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Don’t Wait for Hindsight to Get Your Act Together

Don’t Wait for Hindsight to Get Your Act Together

By on March 26, 2015 in Random Thoughts with 2 Comments

Hindsight is pretty clear, isn’t it? How many times have you said “Let’s not do that again.” I can think of a few dozen examples in my own life. “Don’t go to a small town with your buddies and try to pick up the local girls.” That was a lesson learned many years ago as […]

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Keeping the Trade Alive

Keeping the Trade Alive

By on March 8, 2015 in Random Thoughts with 2 Comments

“If we want the trade to stay alive and remain a trade it’s our responsibility to pass it on to the next generation” Source With the PDCA Expo in Charleston South Carolina wrapping recently, there has been a lot of attention on what is going on in the painting industry. It was great to see […]

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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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Quit Putting Lipstick on a Pig!

Quit Putting Lipstick on a Pig!

By on October 5, 2014 in Random Thoughts with 10 Comments

The race to the top of the page Everyone wants their site on the top of SERP’s, I get that, that’s how customers can find us, it’s the route that many are taking that drives me nuts! Looking at my Facebook and Twitter feeds, I see article after article on “Panda, Penguin and Google’s latest […]

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Arborcoat Ups and Downs

By on August 17, 2014 in Random Thoughts with 2 Comments

Joshua from Allbright painting is always doing interesting projects when he is not traveling around the states providing educational seminars to paint contractors. His latest one was teaming up with Benjamin Moore to create the worlds largest YoYo. He wrote about the experience here. This is another great example of the evolution of the relationship building between contractors […]

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Ever have one of those days?

Ever have one of those days?

By on July 13, 2014 in Daily Pick, Random Thoughts with 0 Comments

What to do about those days that don’t go exactly as you planned them out? I used to stress uncontrollably worrying that things are not going according to my plan. if it is taking longer, for example, to finish the job than expected. Maybe something doesn’t turn out perfect that I’ve painted. Or maybe someone […]

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Better your Business!

Better your Business!

What are you doing to better your business today? This was a question asked on a forum recently. The answers were widely varied, from “stocking up on supplies” to “putting a plan on paper”. A lot of good ideas, but no real action plans. It’s hard work running a paint contracting business, especially if you […]

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What is happening at BP?

What is happening at BP?

By on March 2, 2014 in Random Thoughts with 11 Comments

It’s been a great ride so far! The Blogging Painters are an eclectic group of business owners whom are passionate about the painting industry. Sounds kind of silly doesn’t it? Like a bunch of guys who like watching paint dry? But it is more than that! I wrote that in one of our first posts […]

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Playing Hangman: The Story of an Invention

Playing Hangman: The Story of an Invention

My son, the inventor, by Bonnie Goldberg Mothers often brag about their offspring, as in “my son, the doctor” competing with “my son, the lawyer.” Now I get to brag about Adam Goldberg, “my son, the entrepreneur” and his best friend and business partner Kay Saucier, the inventor. The saying goes that “necessity is the mother […]

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The Relationships between Manufacturers and Contractors

The Relationships between Manufacturers and Contractors

In the past, the relationships between manufacturers and contractors has always been buffered by various vendors/middlemen. Painting Contractors who had a question or a problem with a product usually got no further than their paint store rep, very few had the time, tenacity or resources to to work their way up the chain to speak […]

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JLC Online Adds a Blogging Painter to Lineup

JLC Online Adds a Blogging Painter to Lineup

Scott Burt Joins  JLC Online as a Featured Author The Journal of Light Construction recently added Scott Burt to its 2014 Featured Blog Author lineup at JLC Online, the interactive online venue for construction and remodeling professionals. Scott Burt is a paint contractor and author of the popular “From the Field” column in American Painting Contractor […]

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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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