Pursuing the Prodigiously Empty Mind…

Pursuing the Prodigiously Empty Mind…

Travel Trilogy, Part I Recently whilest travelling and reading, I came upon a quotation from Jim Rohn: “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” That made me take pause, think, and look at the person next to me, as any good piece of writing should. It makes sense. In […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Sustainable Practices

Sustainable Practices

Topcoat’s Uncommon Sensibility Because we have been painting for more than a couple of decades, we have experienced just about everything that can be unhealthy about painting. We consider it our responsibility to create the healthiest experience for everyone who is involved in our business, which is the business of preparing surfaces for paint, and […]

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Sweeping with the Enemy

Sweeping with the Enemy

Because Dust Never Sleeps… Dust: that most insidious byproduct of home projects. Whether you are a do-it-yourself-er or you hire contractors, home projects, by nature, occupy the spaces our families live in. These can range from paint and carpentry makeovers to full-fledged remodeling projects. Regardless of the scope or depth of your project, dust is a common theme. From […]

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Psychology of HVLP

Psychology of HVLP

Have no fear… We have been running the Graco 9.5, our first HVLP, pretty hard in the shop and field for over three years. We also run HVLP systems by Apollo and Titan. The 9.5 is the one we mobilize the most for miscellaneous cabinetry on projects requiring oil primer and oil based enamel paint. It […]

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