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Collection of published articles from Scott Burt

Craftsmanship in Contracting

Craftsmanship in Contracting

  Is it Still Possible? Anywhere that hands and minds come together in the execution of a skilled craft, in our case painting, there is potential for excellence or true craftsmanship to occur. I have told my painters for years that the only thing standing between the surfaces to be painted and a very nice […]

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A New Word is Added to the Paint Contractor’s Lexicon

A New Word is Added to the Paint Contractor’s Lexicon

Despermating Paint contractors in my local market and around the country are talking a lot about the challenges of marketing and selling in the current market condition. Specifically, the challenge of trying to sell in a multiple bid situation against “competition” that is, at times, priced as little as half of what is reasonable. That […]

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The Most Important Resource

The Most Important Resource

Human Resources The intent of this column is to review the products, processes and systems that help paint contractors to achieve the best results in the most efficient way. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of keeping our businesses in motion, we overlook the most important resources in our operations: the human resources. [Read more] […]

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Is There an Eco in Here? Part Deux

Is There an Eco in Here? Part Deux

Why Natura? Benjamin Moore launched its new Natura line around the country in recent months and raised the collective question among paint contractors: “Don’t they have enough lines already?” Apparently not. My paint contracting company received a healthy batch of Natura during its test market phase last fall and began dabbling with it in a […]

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Is There an Eco in Here?

Is There an Eco in Here?

A Review of Mythic Paint “Eco-friendly” or “green” paints are a major focus of paint manufacturers today. The market has been overwhelmed with products intending to solve the VOC problem. It can be difficult for paint contractors to sort through the marketing and promises associated with new products, much less assess their value and performance. […]

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Reviewing Your Product

Reviewing Your Product

“From the Field” Welcome to the first installment of From the Field. In each issue of APC, this column will reflect on products and processes that are helping paint contractors to become more successful in the field. So far, the forecast for ’09 is not great for the trades in general, so paint contractors are […]

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Hybrid Coatings

Hybrid Coatings

“The Future is Almost Here” The auto industry isn’t the only one experimenting with hybrid technology – it’s a transitional time right now in the paint world as well. Many of the changes taking place are driven by tighter regulations that government is placing on manufacturers to create products that are lower in VOC s […]

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What are You Doing to Better Your Business Today?

What are You Doing to Better Your Business Today?

Complacency Kills: A Narrative Well, we are cruising into the fourth quarter of 2009, which corresponds with the end of my first full year as a columnist for APC. A big thanks to the readers, contractors and manufacturers from around the country who have contacted me throughout the year in response to this column. I […]

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The “F” in Festool

The “F” in Festool

  A Scott Burt “From the Field” Column Inspired by the need to maximize our efficiency during the prep stages for painting, both interior and exterior, my paint contracting company launched a round of field process upgrades in mid-2011. We started with the question of how prep work was being done, and we quickly identified […]

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Matching Old and New Cabinet Finishes

Matching Old and New Cabinet Finishes

“Scott Burt Responds to a Reader Question on Cabinet Finishes in JLC”   Always on the lookout for new ways to reach a larger audience and educate in his areas of expertise, Scott responds to a reader question in the Journal of Light Construction magazine from the August 2012 issue. The question is about matching […]

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