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From the Field: August 2015

From the Field: August 2015

How Much Should I Charge? Tackling one of the most common (and disturbing) questions that pops up in paint forums and social media groups, Scott’s August 2015 “From the Field” column in APC reminds paint contractors about keys to pricing.  It’s one of the toughest lessons in our business: Getting paid doesn’t mean you made […]

JLC May 2015: Painting Sequence for Interior Rooms

JLC May 2015: Painting Sequence for Interior Rooms

Shared with the publisher’s permission, as seen in the May 2015 Journal of Light Construction Painting Sequence for Room Interiors By Scott Burt  Q: Is there a proper sequence for painting room interiors? I always paint ceilings first, but after that, do you do walls before trim or vice versa? And why? A: Scott Burt, owner […]

IPE Deck Q&A in PDB Magazine

IPE Deck Q&A in PDB Magazine

With the 2015 launch of a new online resource – ipehelp.com – Scott appears again in Professional Deck Builder magazine sharing a sampling of common questions (and answers) about the challenges of IPE decks. Read the article as it appeared in PDB – Q&A: IPE Deck Finishes.

Paint Brushes : Selection and Maintenance

Paint Brushes : Selection and Maintenance

Journal of Light Construction / March 2015 Pro Tips on Paint Brushes… Chances are, at some point in your career, you’ll have to do the paint work on one of your jobs. It could be that you won’t be able to find a pro who has time for your job, or maybe you’ll be over budget and have […]

The Best Way to Finish an Exterior Wooden Door

The Best Way to Finish an Exterior Wooden Door

Journal of Light Construction / Sept. 2014 Q What is the best way to finish an exterior wooden door? A Scott Burt, owner of Topcoat Finishes, a high-end residential paint company in Jericho, Vt., responds: From a finishing standpoint, exterior doors rank right up there with decks as the most complicated surfaces to protect and […]

Deck Maintenance

Deck Maintenance

Continuing in his mission to work with quality print publications as much as possible, Scott was published in Pro Deck Builder magazine in March of 2014. PDB is a Hanley-Wood Publication, similar to Journal of Light Construction and Tools of the Trade, both of which Scott has also been featured in. Scott offers tips on […]

What is the Cost of a Tool?

What is the Cost of a Tool?

A Look at ROI The answer to this question may not have as much to do with the price you pay for the tool as it does with how quickly you can get the tool to pay for itself and become a profitable company asset for the remainder of its lifespan. Notice I do not […]

Does Size Matter?

Does Size Matter?

Finding the Best Size for Your Business Another winter is on the books. I don’t believe that everyone falls into a seasonal pattern of bare bones winters and out of control summer schedules, with rarely the right balance of manpower to workload. By attending a couple of large paint and construction industry events so far […]

About Customer Service

About Customer Service

Don’t Make Someone Want to Strangle You This month’s column has absolutely nothing to do with painting and everything to do with business practices. The simple things that probably many of us take for granted, but that make all the difference in the world to the person on the receiving end of your services. You […]

Online Publications

Deckmagazine.com picks up Ipe Help story

Deckmagazine.com picks up Ipe Help story

Launched just a couple of months ago, ipehelp.com is quickly becoming recognized by clients around the country as substantial and reliable source for ipe goodness. The site is also finding the attention of respected building industry publications, having recently been mentioned by Fine Homebuilding magazine, and more recently making the news at Professional Deck Builder’s […]

Ipe Help on Fine Homebuilding Online

Ipe Help on Fine Homebuilding Online

Caring For Hardwood Decking There isn’t a decking made, except perhaps the extruded aluminum planks that hardly anyone uses, that doesn’t require some maintenance to keep that new-deck look. Even manufacturers of plastic decking are careful these days to say “low maintenance” instead of “no maintenance.” Click here to read the release in it’s entirety.

Using Old Paint

Using Old Paint

 Ever Tried Touching Up with Old Paint? Sept. ’15: Scott takes on yet another reader question in this JLC Q&A.   Q.In a recent remodel, I needed to repaint a single wall. The client still had a half-gallon of good-quality paint in a can that had been opened and then resealed. The paint inside was […]

This Old House Paint Expert Panel includes Scott Burt

This Old House Paint Expert Panel includes Scott Burt

Pros’ Tips for Cleaning and Storing Paint Tools Scott was honored in August 2015 to be asked by This Old House editor Elizabeth Lilly to be an expert contributor to an article Elizabeth was working on for TOH. Here is an excerpt: Cleaning after a project “Always clean your brushes and rollers immediately after your […]

Topcoat Review Launches IPE Owner’s Site

Topcoat Review Launches IPE Owner’s Site

IPE Book Scheduled for Release in August 2015 The long standing paint product and process site, Topcoat Review, has launched a new “member” site dedicated specifically to the topic of IPE deck finishing and maintenance. A recent release from the site explains: Due to the overwhelming response our ipe content has enjoyed on topcoatreview.com, the […]

Tale of the Tape: 3M 2093 Edge Lock Test

Tale of the Tape: 3M 2093 Edge Lock Test

On the topic of tape, we don’t rely on it to make straight cut lines with paint. That said, we do understand that thousands of homeowners/DIY-ers do. Pros expect it to stay tight, hold its edges, not rip coming off the roll or fall off what we stick it on. Sounds easy enough, but tape […]

Topcoat Makes September 2014 JLC Cover

Topcoat Makes September 2014 JLC Cover

Most of our clients know that we offer carpentry services, particularly in the areas of rot repair, trim replacement, siding repair, etc. But it was certainly an honor to see our carpentry program make the cover of the Journal of Light Construction for their September 2014 issue. The cover photo features Topcoat’s Todd Pudvar installing […]

What’s Your Problem?

What’s Your Problem?

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 […]

Scott Burt Now a Featured Author at JLC Online

Scott Burt Now a Featured Author at JLC Online

  (Courtesy of bloggingpainters.com) 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 […]

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