Join us on January 8th, 2022 for our first Fine Paints of Europe training class.
We welcome Larry Lanoeutte, a master painter and long-time FPE user. Larry has been a contractor for over 36 years and now travels the country training and consulting with painting contractors. He brings a wealth of knowledge from application to selling skills needed to prosper in today’s competitive paint industry.
During this one day class, attendees will learn about each of the products as well as preparation and application techniques for successful projects. More than that, there will be hands on demonstrations of sundries and sprayers that work well with FPE, selling skills and troubleshooting.
There is a $50 fee to register for the class and paid participants will receive a $50 store voucher and FPE swag.
The class is to be held at our (soon to be) renovated contractor location 2855 SW 69th Court south east of BJ’s on Coral Way. Class starts at 8 o’clock.
Introducing Improved Ultra Spec 500
In line with our product portfolio optimization strategy, Benjamin Moore is pleased to bring new and improved offerings to market this month. Ultra Spec® 500 Interior has been enhanced to better meet the demands of the commercial segment; features include excellent hide in 1X base (especially in clean, off-white colors) smooth application, and quick dry time for faster job turnaround. The first two sheens, available now–Low Sheen Eggshell (T537) and Eggshell (T538).
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Golden Paintworks® Metallic Paintsare water based, interior acrylic paints that are highly pigmented with iridescent mica to produce strong metallic effects. Perfect for any decorative project from up-cycling that treasured furniture piece, to adding some drama to a feature wall, lighted ceiling cap, or crown molding. Use on its own, or with any Golden Paintworks decorative products.
This unique line consists of 4 Tintable Bases and 28 Pre-Mixed Metallic Paint colors. All 28 colors are available in an 8 oz. trial size and are easily reproduced utilizing one of 4 Tint Bases in quart or gallon sizes. Brush, roll or spray apply. No extender/additive is required for rolling. Full coverage in just 2 coats that dries to a satin sheen. Create a Matte Metallic Paint quickly by simply adding 1 part Metallic Paint Matting Additive to 10 parts Metallic Paint.
Festool is a tool maker based in Germany who have been making tools for over 90 years and are celebrating 20 years in the US this year. They joined with our buying group ALLPRO and offered something we didn’t have before. A suite of tools to help the professional painter to sand surfaces. Some people will complain that the sanders and dust extractors are too expensive compared to some others out there, but they out perform any competition. It seems unlikely that sanding could be a clean job and much less a fun one, but Festool sanders get the job done with minimal mess and maximum efficiency. There are more sanders and more sandpaper grits that we have ever had – from 9″ wall sanders to 3″ grinder/polishers and all levels in between. Sandpaper ranges from 24 to 4000 depending on the model and polishing grits up to 11,000.
On more than one occasion I have been called by longtime professional painters and asked how to remove paint from a door that they recently painted. Usually it comes down to the lack of preparation and applying a suitable primer, that is, they cut some corners, tempted fate, and it came back to them. So they have a peeling door or trim and need to get the paint off. How to do it? How long does it take? Whatever the payment for one door to be painted, say it is $100.00, the cost of stripping and redoing that door is likely going to be twice that amount. Before Festool sanding systems, I would have had pity on this painter because the job was a waste of time and product and now it has to be redone and this time without payment. Now, I don’t see any excuse for failing to do a good job. The tools are available, the effort is minimal and the results are superb.
Most painters have a pressure cleaner or rent them to do the outside of a house. Wouldn’t think of painting outside without first pressure cleaning – no brainer. But inside is a different story. Sanding down trim and doors and even walls seem so far from their scope that a little hand sanding is all they can muster. I don’t know why investing in a system that will help you do the best job you can is so against the mentality of many painters.
Painters using Festool sanders are able to ask more for their jobs because they are using Festool to prep. Some times its because they offer it as an upcharge, or they can beat out the competition because they can prep a place out without making a mess. In environments such as hospitals, tech centers and offices, being able to prep cleanly makes a big impression.
When we repainted our store interior I went around the room with spackle and then used our rental wall sander, the Planex, over the walls. It removed all sorts of little bits and blobs that had accumulated on the walls and made the finish noticeably smoother and nicer looking. The difference in the result of not sanding versus sanding is something a painter should be able to recognize.
The Festool sanding system as three main parts to their success. First, the extractors or vacuums are quiet and have excellent suction throughout the life of the bag. The HEPA aspect removes the smallest particles of dust down to .1 micron so there is no airborne dust. The new sleeved hoses have a smooth internal contour for better airflow. Active extraction helps the tools and sandpaper do their jobs cooler so they perform at maximum efficiency.
Second, the tools are designed do make dust extraction a priority. The motors are balanced for minimal vibration and have speed control to slow down for low friction coatings like latex paints. The hose connection is made to prevent pulling off accidentally and recent models are engineered to lock on with a twist. Sanding pads are hook and loop style made extra grippy for the stresses of sanding, come in different hardnesses and are easily replaced if they become damaged.
The sandpaper is the 3rd component and Festool Granat is the go-to paper for all purposes. The grit range is the widest of any.
We finally received our shipment of Universal primer and it is a winner. This waterbase primer can be applied to just about any surface and can accept any of Fine Paints finishes. Its coverage is astounding and is tintable to all colors.
Benjamin Moore has been making both paints and happy customers since 1883. Featuring quality paint bolstered by the use of Gennex color technology, Benjamin Moore has been a mainstay in household decor, both indoors and out.
Ben Moore Purchased Insl-x Coatings a while back and acquired several companies in the process. Since then they have restructured and reorganized their product lines around these businesses and now have a robust set of coatings to offer beyond wall paint.
Be sure to check out the new offering in the Benjamin Moore online store: Peel-and-Stick Paint Samples, providing DIYers with an additional, easy-to-use option for trying on one or more colors before purchasing paint.
The large, 12″x12″ samples can be moved from room to room and observed in different lighting throughout the home. Sheets are produced in any Benjamin Moore color and fulfilled by Samplize, an established vendor known for a high-quality product, with two hand-applied coats of real Benjamin Moore paint.
Peel-and-Stick samples are not available in stores.
Ben Moore has announced their Command line of waterborne enamels will be released March 1st. This new product is the go-to solution for quick return to service that provides tenacious adhesion and abrasion resistance on a wide variety of substrates. COMMAND is an extremely durable, UV resistant, waterborne acrylic urethane enamel, ideal for use where minimal maintenance disruption is required. Tinted using Gennex® color technology, COMMAND is available in gloss and satin sheens.
Benjamin Moore’s previous waterborne urethane was in their industrial line named P73. It was available only in white gloss and not particularly popular at the time. With the inclusion of a full line of bases and satin sheen level and Ben Moore’s quality reputation, Command will be an easy choice for long lasting, good looking protection