Take the dust out of sanding cleanup

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Using a sanding system—pairing a hand or power sander with a vacuum—can save a significant amount of time on cleanup. That creates a safer work environment, improves client satisfaction, and puts money in your pocket. As a professional painting contractor, you probably put a lot of thought into the type of sander and abrasive you use for a given job, but it’s equally important … More

Leverage technology to land more commercial jobs

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Commercial projects don’t just involve bigger budgets—they’re also more complex to estimate and execute. To manage these nuances, commercial-focused painting pros recommend employing technology tools both in the field and in the home office. ESTIMATING While the PDCA estimating guides serve as a baseline for accurate and consistent pricing, technology can help paint a … More

UNDERAPPRECIATED APPLICATORS

Rollers and brushes you may be missing out on

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Let’s face it: We’re all creatures of habit. It’s easy to find tools that you trust after years on the job, sometimes to the point that you ignore other options that might make jobs go easier or faster. inPAINT® asked four industry experts about the unsung heroes of the applicator world … read how they answered below. RUSS TAYLOR  l  The Wooster Brush … More

An up-close look at two hot applicators

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Nap, width, and core dimensions are critical aspects of choosing a roller, but let’s take a closer look at two premium roller fabrics that could make a difference in your ability to apply finishes quickly and easily. Numerous manufacturers offer microfiber options in their roller lineups. These man-made fabrics are made up of incredibly tiny fibers, so they’re particularly … More

TIPS FOR COATING EXTERIOR STUCCO

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The term ‘stucco’ is used to describe Portland cement exterior plasters in a wide variety of textures. While the cement creates a strong finish, the challenge is that it can also be susceptible to hairline or larger cracks—and the resulting problems from water intrusion. As with all paint jobs, successful coating of stucco is a matter of prep work as well as material choice … More

Rent or Buy: When Does Owning a Lift Make Sense?

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You’ve finally landed that larger commercial job—and it requires a scissor lift. So, you figure out a way to build a rental into your costs without harming your profit line. Heck, maybe you even find a way to tack on a markup for renting the equipment. In time, as you see more of these scenarios, you naturally consider buying a lift of your own. The move could bring convenience … More

Ride On

What’s trending in vans for the trades

When it comes to purchasing a new commercial vehicle, it’s never been a one-size-fits-all situation for professional painting contractors. From the area of the country you work in, to your paint and gear demands, to the overall cost of ownership, the factors that go into making a decision are as individual as your business. The good news is, today’s variety of vans and trucks … More

The science behind painting fresh stucco

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There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to painting fresh stucco. Stucco is unique in that it requires chemical curing for proper paint-coating adhesion. Humidity, rain, sun exposure and wind can affect the entire process. Here are a few things to keep in mind when taking on a job where fresh stucco is being applied. KNOW YOUR PH Understanding the pH level of stucco … More

Van Upfits: The Hot New Trend for Tradesmen

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Pickups may be the traditional choice within the trades, but Euro-style vans are an increasingly hot trend thanks to fuel efficiency, low overall cost of ownership, and customizability—otherwise known as upfitting. Every major automaker now has models configured with gas or diesel engines, different power trains, payload and towing ratings, doors, and interior height and … More

Caulk This Way

Putting the latest technology and formulations to work for you

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We’ve all been there. You walk into the caulking and sealant section of your preferred vendor, and are confronted by a monolithic wall of cartridges—only to choose the same brand and type that you always buy. “Paint pros tend to like what they like, and end up sticking with something they know rather than experimenting with the new high-end chemistry,” says Jason Toth, … More