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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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Home Painting Prices and Perfection

Home Painting Prices and Perfection

Perceptions can be twisted. Reality never budges. Topcoat Finishes always strives for something better than we’ve ever done before in the art of home painting. And we’ve done many projects that if Topcoat didn’t paint them, we’d find out who else did such nice work. Hasn’t really happened yet – even in a world where […]

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Scott Burt Fine Finish Video Kicks off New Instructional Series

Apply Stain Like a Pro… In the summer of 2013, Prep to Finish partnered with Graco to launch a new instructional video series intended to break down and simplify finishing sequences for sprayed applications in both paint grade and stain/clear grade. Thanks to Graco’s interest in paint industry education, they are contributing significant technology resources […]

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Festool RO90 Rotex Sander

Festool RO90 Rotex Sander

Triple Threat? Festool RO90 Review The Festool RO90 DX Rotex sander is one of the most innovative paint prep tools released in the past couple of years. Aptly marketed as a “multi-mode” sander, the RO90 is capable of doing the jobs of more than one sander. In tools, we all want the Holiest Grail – […]

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Spotlight on Wood Countertop Refinishing

Spotlight on Wood Countertop Refinishing

Wood countertops are not for everyone. They have a warm feel about them that exceeds most other types of tops. But they do require periodic maintenance that can involve refinishing, which can be necessitated by general wear and tear or by the wood’s own behavior. Wood countertop refinishing is a discipline that Topcoat Finishes has […]

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Ipe Deck Finish: 5 Things Not to Do

Ipe Deck Finish: 5 Things Not to Do

Ipe Maintenance Tips from the Wood Pros at Topcoat Finishes 1. Do not use film forming coatings. Period. This rule, in my strong opinion, applies to all decks, including ipe. We have stripped far too many failing film coatings (like the old Sikkens formulations) to think it is any kind of a good idea. Sure, […]

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Is Painting Like Leftovers in the Fridge?

Is Painting Like Leftovers in the Fridge?

What are you selling? 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. […]

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Questions for Painters:

Questions for Painters:

You must get this all the time… How much? How long? How fast? How fun. Day after day, these questions for painters. That pretty much covers it. Every gap not filled in there is where your head needs to be. It is what keeps me running a ProShot on something one day, and turning right […]

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The More Things Change…

The More Things Change…

…the more the internet kind of stays the same The good news is that it is only getting easier to publish a professional blog. If you have any kind of computer and a smartphone, you are half way there. It’s the other half that makes the difference between a blog with substance and one that […]

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