Blog Category: Features


Reach the Summit

By Jerry Rabushka,

Nolan Consulting helps grow your business. If there’s one thing we’ve learned the hard way here at Mugler Publications, it’s that if anyone promises a quick fix for any problem around the office, it doesn’t work. Worse than that, it can plunge you deeper into the hole you’re trying to get out of. So it  … Read more

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Universally Specific

By Jerry Rabushka,

   Painter Chuck Green of Gadsden, AL sent in photos of some high exterior work in progress, where he was painting some windows. Prep and product is important—unless you want to climb right back up there! Paint, Prep, and Primer Here we go: an article about paint. And primer. And prep. Should be easy, after  … Read more

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Product Spotlight: Mirka

By Jerry Rabushka,

     Mike Gulley, Product Manager, Mirka USA talks about some of his company’s new developments and how to use abrasive products safely. Q. Abrasives are rough going. How do you protect your hands but still get a good grip? A. Sandpaper is available with a plain backing, but you can also purchase it with  … Read more

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10 Years of The Paint Contractor

By Jerry Rabushka,

These anniversary articles aren’t the easiest to write—but if we don’t party it up who will? We know from talking to painters and retailers that no one wants to read a bunch of self-congratulatory cow drop. We shouldn’t tell you how great we are; if we’re that good, you should tell us. Hopefully you’ve learned  … Read more

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Beating Down Doors

By Jerry Rabushka,

Michael Durso brings a product to a new market. If you’re tired of reading articles about painters who started brushing when they were three, rolling when they were four, and spraying when they were five, this one’s for you. Michael Durso started out with a career in law enforcement, then followed a calling to the  … Read more

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Craft, Don’t Blast

By Jerry Rabushka,

Steve Quillian Teaches Window Repair You may or may not be happy to know you’re inadvertently helping someone grow his business, but carpenter Steve Quillian reports that most of his window repair work is due to bad paint jobs. “It’s a contributing factor to the success of my business,” he said. We know it’s not  … Read more

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First Step of Three

By The Paint Dealer,

Farrow and Ball Talks Primer We always say if you’re going to do it right, the first step is reading the directions. Farrow & Ball directs its painters to apply one coat of primer and then two of finish coat. Farrow & Ball has launched a new range of seven Primers & Undercoats, which, they  … Read more

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Knuckle Over

By Jerry Rabushka,

Best Uses of Abrasives If you like to work with your hands, and as a painter we hope you do, you need to use them wisely. Don’t strain, don’t cut, don’t injure, but on the other…uh…hand, if you didn’t like a little greasy & grimy, down & dirty, or nitty & gritty, might as well  … Read more

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So, We’ve Come To It

By Jerry Rabushka,

Superior Coatings for Bridges People like to say “we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” but what happens if you get there and you can’t? In many parts of America, bridges are in crises. They need replacement, and after that, a high quality protective coating. We spoke with Jay Haines, President/CEO of TEX∙COTE®  … Read more

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Be a Masonry Maven

By Jerry Rabushka,

Know More, Sell More “The more you know,” is an oft used phrase, so let’s look at the opposite. “The less you know,” the easier it is to make a big mistake on a bid or for someone to take advantage of you, and the harder it is for you to answer questions from someone  … Read more

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