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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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