Most painting contractors agree that, while sanding is necessary for truly professional results, it’s a task they wish they could avoid or cut short. But time spent here preparing the surface for paint, stain or coatings can make all the difference for your business.
Continue reading Perfect Prep: The Pro Painter’s Guide to Sanding
Answers to pro painter’s most pressing questions by Rick Watson
There are many filler products on the market, but before you buy there are things you need to consider.
Continue reading What is the Best Filler Product to Use Over Nail Holes in Trim?
Nicks, cracks and nail holes need to be repaired before your crews start painting. Here’s a quick checklist from the surface prep experts at 3M: Continue reading Perfect Prep: 9 Steps to Hole Repair
Loxon® coatings are known for the high-quality protection and finish they bring to your concrete and masonry jobs. But did you also know that there is now an entire line of Loxon sealants? Continue reading Extreme Prep: Get the Right Sealant for Your Most Demanding Jobs
Need the best possible sealant for your job? Loxon® Polyurethane Sealants have been formulated to meet or exceed the highest industry performance standards in a wide range of sealing and caulking applications. Continue reading 6 Great Sealants for Your Toughest Jobs
Masking at the job site is a critical step in delivering professional painting results. Masking protects against paint drips, splatters and overspray that may cause damage or are difficult to remove.
We sat down with the technical services team in 3M’s Construction & Home Improvement Markets Division to learn about the latest masking technology and techniques. Here is their advice to pro painters: Continue reading The Pro Painter’s Guide to Masking: Tips, Techniques and the Latest Technological Advances
If you’re part of a one- or two-person shop, chances are you’re doing it all… patching, cleaning, masking and – finally! – painting.
In larger companies, the newest hires become the designated maskers. In union shops, chances are that the apprentices are tackling the masking chore. Continue reading Who’s Doing the Masking on Your Job Site? Training Tips for New Hires
Job site safety is crucial for both yourself and your customer. Here are some safety tips for the many types of projects and conditions you may encounter. Continue reading Job Site Safety: A 12-Point Guide for the Pro Painter
By Rick Watson
Someone asked me what are the worst painting mistakes you should never make. I came up with many, but these stuck out most. Continue reading 5 Worst Painting Mistakes You Should Never Make
By Rick Watson
How do I get paint to stick to an old concrete block wall? I thought that masonry paint was supposed to “breathe” to allow moisture to escape. It appears that moisture is pushing the paint off of the concrete – the paint can be peeled off in pieces the size of your fist.
Continue reading How to Beat Moisture on Concrete Block