Blog Category: Features


Festool Connect 2018

By Jerry Rabushka,

  Annual event features new tools and TV celebrities. Festool Connect is the perfect place for painters and woodworkers who like to geek out on this company’s tools; the company prides itself—and rightly so—that people just want to come and hang out with them for day, not only to see and try the tools but  … Read more

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From Painting Trains to Training Painters

By Jerry Rabushka,

Roger Coulter of Round Lake, IL Having done a lot of these interviews, we at The Paint Contractor have found “how did you get started” to be the best way to get into the story. Now, after 11 years of this, we’re going out on one of the best yet, thanks to painter Roger Coulter  … Read more

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Trend Watch—Marketing Your Business in 2019

By Contributing Writer,

Opportunities and challenges as we move ahead. by Diane Walsh, ShurTech Brands From coast to coast, our vast country features hundreds of sub-regions with unique economies and demographics. When examining regional trends that drive business decisions in the painting world, we must take into account everything from local industry to population change. We checked in  … Read more

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Requiem (for TPC)

By erickgatcomb,

Saying Goodbye to Old Friends It’s Christmastime in Maine and my little town is picturesque. The land is covered in a thick blanket of snow and Main Street looks like a Norman Rockwell painting come to life. Children sip hot chocolate while mom and dad chop down a Christmas tree. Store clerks wear Santa hats,  … Read more

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Highly Recommended

By The Paint Dealer,

We asked manufacturers to show us top selling products designed for the pro. Try adding these to your collection!   For Those Extra Long Days Professional painters seeking to be more competitive have Corona in their corner with its Performance Chinex® Extra Long Brushes. The fourth-generation family owned company recently introduced the Express™ angular brush  … Read more

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They’ll Take it for Granite

By Contributing Writer,

    Weathered Granite Texture— Soft Natural Stone from Lifestyle Finishes by Dana Rice, Golden Paintworks®            Texture and color add dimension and character to any interior design. Lifestyle Finishes™ offers the opportunity to create professional, distinctive looks. Weathered Granite is easy to apply: TOOLS NEEDED • Painter’s tape. • 2″  … Read more

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Where To Stick It!

By joshbohm,

Sage Tape Advice When you walk into a paint store looking for some tape, it can be daunting unless you know exactly what you want. With so many options on the rack, and so many specialized applications with their own specialized tapes, it’s hard to hear the one you need calling out your name over  … Read more

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“I Promise I Won’t Get All Political”

By erickgatcomb,

Staying Neutral in Today’s Hyper-Partisan Climate The only thing I like writing about more than paint is politics. It’s my forte. Political commentaries were what I cut my teeth on. The cluttered office mess I call Gatcomb Central Command is a noisy place. Cable news is on 24 hours a day. People call to ask  … Read more

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Just a Kid Following a Dream

By Jerry Rabushka,

Zack Harris paints up the coast of Maine. Zachary Harris knew what he was going to do by the time he hit 15. He chased a dream, the dream came true, and he lives that dream every day simply by going to work. Of all things he likes, painting tops the list. So he works  … Read more

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Seven Ways That Tape Can Save The Day

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  A broken bucket handle or cracked shop-vac aren’t just minor annoyances on the job site—they’re common frustrations that can cost you money in delays, unnecessary trips to the hardware store, and expensive repairs or replacements. Instead of falling behind on your next project, consider keeping a professional grade duct tape on hand as your  … Read more

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