Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Painting Tool Reviews

When you think of painting tool reviews you naturally come to airless sprayers. While that’s a core tool in this segment there are also drywall sanders, ladders, hoses, and other products. We checked out the Werner PD6210-4C fiberglass podium ladder as well as the Stanley Fatmax Professional Grade water hose. These tools help round out any painting professional’s tool set. Painting Tool Reviews for Pros We’ve covered tools like the Titan Impact 640 airless sprayer as well as materials like Behr Premium Plus Ultra paint. Cordless sprayers are also tested to see if they might serve well for fine finish work. As for airless sprayers, we test full systems as well as spray guns that claim to improve ergonomics on the job. As with any job that can interact with dangerous materials, lead paint topics will also fall under this category. Our painting tool reviews help you understand which tools are Pro and which are more consumer-based products.

Sherwin Williams Buys Comex for Latin America and Canada

Sherwin-Williams just got itself some more international exposure. The company announced that it just acquired Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V., a Mexico-based paint and coatings company. The ink is dry, but everything is still subject to regulatory approval. This is a $2.34 billion all-cash acquisition, so it’s obvious that Sherwin-Williams is very serious about breaking […]

Briggs & Stratton Amplifi Hose Powering System Review

Briggs & Stratton Amplifi Hose Powering System Review

Briggs & Stratton is a name I’ve often associated with high-power, reliable outdoor tools, but their new Amplifi Hose Powering System is a nice hybrid product that is useful for all manner of tasks. The electric pump is hidden within the base of the attractive hose container and turns your household garden hose into a quasi pressure washer. While it won’t take paint off of concrete, it will add additional water pressure to your home’s garden hose and allow you to do some enhanced tasks. We used it on a variety of projects and found it to be a nifty system that is only limited by its price. Convenience seems to be the key here and, once configured, the Amplifi seems to have that in spades.

Lead Paint Opt-out Bill Introduced in the Senate

Lead Paint Opt-out Bill Introduced in the Senate

The whole lead paint detection and removal issue has been bubbling up for quite some time with the new rules kicking in and creating quite the stir in terms of confusion in the areas of implementation, training, testing and enforcement. This week, Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe introduced a lead paint opt-out bill that would reinstate […]

Wagner Power Painter Pro w/EZ Tilt Review

Wagner Power Painter Pro with EZ Tilt Review

Wagner is a name that is well-known for it’s line of project paint sprayers. When we saw a release that debuted their newest Power Painter EZ Tilt series, we knew we had to give it a try. Wagner sent us the newest Power Painter Max with EZ Tilt (model 0525032) and their new Optimus Dual Tip Technology. The project we had in mind was a small addition on the back of a local home. While the siding was made of T1-11, the real attraction was that eaves and a small porch roof meant that we’d have to do a lot of overhead and angled spraying. With a typical electric project sprayer, this presents a problem. Wagner, however, has claimed to have licked this with their new EZ Tilt suction tube. The principle is simple enough – a weighted, one-way nozzle sits in the supply bucket. When you tilt the sprayer up, the paint – and more importantly, the EZ Tilt suction tube – drop to the bottom of the attached 1-1/2 quart cup. This allows the Power Painter to be used vertically and still pull paint through the suction tube and into the sprayer.

Better White Paint – Dow Evoque

A Better White Paint – How Dow’s Evoque Might Change Paint Forever

You may not know it, but a paint’s ability to “hide” is among its greatest attributes. Currently, TiO2 (Titanium dioxide) is the key to paint’s capability for covering up what’s underneath it. Without Titanium dioxide, paint would just smear on a wall – and covering up that Blue with red, white, blue, or green would […]

Black & Decker Debuts Pivoting RapidRoller Paint Roller

Black and Decker Pivoting RapidRoller Paint Roller

Black and Decker “rolled out” (get it?) a new paint roller this month that comes with a side-pivoting head that also stores paint within its long handle. The new Black and Decker RapidRoller paint roller system is designed for fast painting and ease of use. The new Paint Roller gets rid of the requirement of having to constantly […]

Masterchem Unveils KILZ Pro-X Paint for Professionals

Masterchem Unveils KILZ Pro-X Paint for Professionals

At the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) last week, Masterchem Industries, manufacturer of top-of-the-line architectural coatings including Behr paint and its flagship KILZ brand products, debuted KILZ PRO-X Interior Latex Paint, the company’s newest product line specially engineered for painting and wall covering contractors, general contractors, residential remodelers, commercial and property managers, as well as […]

Pantone Introduces CapSure Handheld Color Matching Tool

Pantone Introduces CapSure Handheld Color Matching Tool

Pantone announced a new compact, handheld device that lets design professionals, contractors, paint retailers and do-it-yourselfers confidently measure and match color inspiration instantly – from small, patterned, multi-colored textures and textiles to walls and carpeting. They are calling it, sensibly, CapSure. Created for professionals in fashion, home furnishings, interior, industrial and graphic design, as well […]

Little Giant SumoStance 16-foot Ladder Preview

Little Giant SumoStance Ladder Preview

Little Giant Ladder Systems just announced a new SumoStance extension ladder, a wide-stance extension ladder which they showed off at the National Safety Congress and Expo in San Diego, California last week. The SumoStance triples the base width of ordinary extension ladders and increases side-tip stability by over 500%, resulting in a new category of extension ladders that work on nearly any uneven surface.

lead-safe certification class

Faulty EPA Lead Paint Test Kits Confuse Industry

The new EPA Lead Paint Renovation, Repair & Painting rules have been causing quite a stir, but the latest takes the cake. It seems that the current test kits available on the market are somewhat inaccurate. In fact, they indicate “false positives” of lead being present by as much as 72% of the time. The […]