Golden Paintworks

Golden Paintworks Decorative Products

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.

Fine Paints Universal Primer

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.

Peel-and-Stick Paint Samples

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.

Corotech Command

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

Graco Date Code & Serial Numbers

How do I read Date Code and Serial Number information for Graco Equipment?

All Graco pumps and sprayers have a metal plate on them that includes a model number and a serial number. If you are looking to find a manual or get parts for your sprayer, having this information is paramount. Graco markets their paint sprayers with the same or at least very similar sounding names even though the machine itself can be quite different under the shroud. That and most people only remember the number of the unit like “I have a 695”.

Date Code:
Graco uses two date code formats to indicate when product was manufactured.

1. M YY S

  • M     A letter indicating the MONTH a product was built. A- January, B-February, etc.
  • YY  The last two digits of the YEAR
  • S      A letter indicating the SERIES code of the product

2. M YY S PPPPPP ######

  • M    A letter indicating the MONTH a product was built. A- January, B-February, etc.
  • YY  The last two digits of the YEAR it was made
  • S    A letter indicating the SERIES code of the product
  • PPPPPP     PART NUMBER of unit – a six digit number that could be all numbers. New units incorporate a letter in the third position
  • ######     Unique serial number A series of numbers indicating the sequence of manufacture. (101 is the first product in a series, 102 is the second, etc.)

In or about 2020 Graco has changed to a new format that incorporates all this information into a long string of numbers and letters starting with the model number, the batch and serial number. I like the new format because it is all inclusive; get that number and help is easier to provide.

Some Thoughts on Epoxy Floors

On Simiron’s help and support page is a a problem solving guide, concrete moisture testing guide, and a care and maintenance guide. Be sure to learn this information so you can see trouble before you get in a situation that can cause a failure.

Don’t just look at prices if you’re just learning about floors. The same principles apply for floors as other surfaces, only more so. The surface has to be very clean, profiled and fully dry. Cracks and damage need to be repaired or they will show and then fail. You can’t skimp on prep because I guarantee it will come back to haunt you. These coatings are relatively expensive so prep is paramount to get them to last out their duty cycle.

Ground moisture is a big problem that will blister the best coatings over the best prep. Do not just look at a floor and say it’s ok – test every time. Similarly, contamination in the concrete never goes away and will rise to the surface. I have a customer who had milling machines bolted to the ground. Cutting oil had penetrated and saturated where the mounting bolts were embedded in the floor. After grinding, these areas looked clean but later yellowed due to the oil returning to the surface. Predictably, the coating he used on the floor went bad over these spots. The only thing I could suggest would be to cut out those areas and re-pour with concrete. He was disappointed with that answer but there’s no way I know to get sufficient oil contamination out.

Another contamination story is a garage where a homeowner detailed his cars. The silicone and whatever else one puts on tires to make them black and pretty had of course landed on the floor and was completely invisible. My customer washed the floor and applied epoxy. It crawled away from the contamination and left a pretty good outline of the car. I could see the 4 wheels and back bumper area as if a stencil was put down. Interestingly, where the floor was hand grindered to smooth out humps in the original concrete, those areas were beautiful. Grinding the floor removed the layer of contamination and the 2nd application went without problem. So even if the surface looks clean and good, it may not be.

Watch at all the epoxy videos you can to see how other people are putting product down. They probably won’t show you their failures. Some products are easier to use, some must be applied very quickly. Your crew has to go like clockwork or the coating will set up before you can spread it out. Know that for the most part, PPE is essential and your tools are sacrificial, there is no washing out gloves, brushes and rollers, rags, etc; it all goes in the trash at the end of the job. Sometimes during the job.

The recommendation now is to diamond grind floors versus acid etching. Grinding leaves no residue and is a dry process so there is no having to neutralize solutions or downtime waiting for the floor to dry.

Don’t try to mix systems. Use one manufacturer on a job, there are incompatibilities between different manufacturers in these special technical coatings. Also unlike wall paints, floors have to be put down at a specific rate of application, not just rolled out until you are out of product. If something is supposed to be spread at 200 sq ft, make marks on the floor so you know that kit fits precisely into that area, not more, not less. Temperature, humidity, changing environmental conditions, application speed, floor texture, and a host of other subtle differences can affect these products and their appearance. Many of these products have specific environment windows such as humidity and temperature that, if applied outside these parameters, can lead to failure. Ben Moore had a solvent based epoxy that couldn’t tolerate humidity above 85% and it created problem after problem because it would blush so, instead of having a beautiful glossy floor, it would be dull, hazy and soft.

Remember that for the most part, epoxy’s job is to be abrasion and chemical resistant, aesthetics come at the back end of the manufacturer’s list of criteria. All epoxies yellow and will lose glossiness in sunlight. There are many products that do not yellow and will stay glossy in sunlight. Most “clear finishes” are simply not pigmented; they usually appear hazy or amber in appearance. When my customers ask for clear they mean like pure water- epoxy is rarely this clear and not for very long at any rate.

For instance, we have a customer who is doing a storefront and put down an epoxy clear over a white and red strawberry swirl looking color coat. To me, he made a bad mistake in selection. First he mixed product manufacturers and the epoxy overcoat he put on will yellow, especially near the sunny windows of the shop. He shoulda coulda have used Simron’s polysiloxane, high wear urethane, or polyaspartic instead which will remain clear. It’s just a matter of time to when he comes back bitching. If it was over a a lot of other floors, no one would see it or care, but over white it is going to become visible, if not right now, then soon.

People will call any 2 component product “epoxy” even though there are epoxies of many different formulations, as well as urethanes, polysiloxnes, poly ureas, etc. These all have different chemistry and are optimal for specific uses and can be disastrous in others. While many of these may go down similar to a standard paint, others are stinky and some of the chemistry creates poisonous toxic vapors that must be accounted for with specialty respiratory equipment. Allowing time for solvents to out-gas, which can take weeks sometimes, is something that you and your customers must be aware of, especially in residential or office environments where people want to get back in as soon as possible. Or in enclosed food areas where certain products may absorb the solvent odors.

Some people think because you just put down a floor that they don’t have to maintain it. We had a construction company put down a black metallic epoxy floor. The job looked beautiful. But the windows leaked leaving a residue and they could see dirt. They put a number of metal footed folding chairs on it in their conference room and it scratched. This is not a problem of manufacture or application but of over-excited expectations. They were grumping that they could have used tile for the price they paid. They could have done a lot of things but what they didn’t do was think that a black floor would have to be maintained by washing or protect it from scratching.
Do research. Test samples before selling a job. Perfect your prep. Plan ahead.

Benjamin Moore How-To Videos

Did you know Benjamin Moore has 11 DIY ‘How-To’ videos on our YouTube page? Below is a description and link to each…

How to fix cracks and holes before painting
– How to prepare your walls
– How to cut in paint in a room
– How to paint a ceiling
– How to paint interior walls
– How to paint trim
– How to paint doors
– How to paint doors – Aura Grand Entrance
– How to paint cabinets
– How to stain a deck
– How to paint a dry erase wall

New Titan Promotion Offer to commence in June

As the summer approaches, our current Titan rewards offer will cease, while a new offer is just around the corner.

Beginning in June, Titan’s new rewards offer will be included, but not limited to spray tips for electric airless sprayers, HVLP sprayers (with maintenance kits), and a fluid section for gas-powered airless sprayers. Go to for more information.