Print Publications

Collection of published articles from Scott Burt

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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Handheld Sprayer Review

Handheld Sprayer Review

Titan ProTouch The newest, most innovative and exciting new small tool technology in the paint industry over the past two years is the quickly evolving handheld sprayer. There are several on the market in battery powered and electric forms. The four most visible, in no particular order, are Graco, Titan, Ryobi and Craftsman. Each manufacturer […]

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