Thursday, February 2, 2023
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Toolbox Tricks: 4 Clever Ways Tape Can Save The Day

Time and money are valuable to busy painting contractors. A tool that can perform more than one function is treasured, especially if it’s lightweight and easy to carry. Surprisingly, many painters overlook the versatility of one of the simplest, most cost-effective tools—tape. Tape can help professional painters in a variety of ways, including keeping essential […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]