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 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.
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 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.
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 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 […]
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 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 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.
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 […]