With ‘Sexy’ Spin, Recycled Paint Business Turns... →
Sexy Paint? Yes indeed. Recycled just makes it that much hotter…. Actually, this is a very good article about a (woman owned) company that repackages left-over paint. A noble endeavor.
What's up with Surfactant Leaching?
I just read an entry from the English paint consultant/historian, Patrick Baty (whose work I have referenced in previous posts), regarding a problem a complaining client presented to him. Patrick’s discussion of the symptoms and his “due diligence” in determining the causes of this problem are very educational. As well as being rather humorous in the way that only the English...
FYI - the LINK to any article, etc., cited in my blog entries is often contained in the HEADING for that entry. For example, if you click on the header of today’s earlier post: ”EPA -RRP, The Videos” , you will be taken to where the videos reside. In some cases, the header doesn’t link, in which case I include the link in the post. FYI 2 - sometimes clicking on the photos...
EPA - RRP "The Videos" →
This series of 7 short videos (4 to 6 minutes each) is an excellent introduction to the EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rules regarding lead paint hazards. It covers the certification process, the regulations, the training, the general procedures, documentation, etc. Produced by Home Depot (but you only have to view one 15 second “ad” in order to see the series),...
"Guinea Pigs": Class-Action Lawsuit Says Benjamin... →
Imagine this: a paint manufacturer makes certain claims about one of their new products (advertisements, marketing), and then some apparent users of the paint feel it “falls short” of those claims, and, of course, then the lawyers arrive on the scene shortly thereafter. What, “marketing” doesn’t always match up with...
Splendor in Paradise Regained - Ornamental Finish... →
Very interesting article on the restoration of the decorative finishes in Doris Duke’s “Shangri La” home in Oahu. (Nobody knows this, but my great uncle was her business manager. No, she did not leave us any of her $$$.)
Flickr Photos, more and more.... →
Greetings. We’ve been uploading a number of our older job photos (let’s call them “historical”, and some are even hysterical) to our account at FLICKR.com. Not to worry, you can peruse without having to sign in or any of that stuff. Please enjoy them along with shots of more recent projects, like:
Historic or Historical Colours? →
Another very interesting post from the English colour historian/analyst/consultant, Patrik Baty.
Analysis of 71 layers of paint on a 300 year old... →
Fascinating post regarding the analysis of the colors and composition of the paint on a 300 year old home. For real….
Videos on the basics of painting - Paint Quality... →
Some short videos on paint characteristics created by a company that develops, tests, and sells paint ingredients to manufacturers. Somewhat informative, even for a professional painter.
Durability Design - Technology Tips from the... →
I found this to be a very interesting article regarding how colorants “work” in paint, formulations, and low VOC possibilities.
PDCA EXPO: Robert's Impressions
As reported in the previous post, I attended the 2011 PDCA Convention in Orlando, Florida. The Convention was held at the Disney-World Dolphin Hotel. Here’s a couple of pics of the seriously fun resort: While there, I presented a PowerPointed talk on “Exterior Painting Restoration” and also attended several other presentations. It probably will come as no surprise that 3 of...
Magic Brush at the 2011 PDCA Expo
A few months ago Robert Dufort, President of Magic Brush Inc., was invited to make a presentation at the 2011 Painting and Decorating Contractors of America’s Expo in Orlando, FL on a subject he knows well: Exterior Painting Restoration. He accepted the invitation, of course. This wasn’t Robert’s first brush with the PDCA. In fact, he had previously written numerous articles...
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Since turning 35 years young we here at Magic Brush Inc. thought it was high time we started actively reaching out to homeowners and contractors to share our knowledge and experience. To that effect we have created an e-newsletter chock-full of tips and useful information regarding home renovation and restoration. To check out our past newsletters and subscribe click Join Our E-Mailing List!...
Celebrating 35 Years: 1976-2011
Magic Brush has been operating continuously for the past 35 years and we can barely believe it, how time has flown! The guys after-hours (no beer on the job, of course), ca. 1984. Out on the balcony around ‘90. “Heeeeeeeeeello world! It’s Magic Brush!” In 1996. And here’s the current Magic Brush crew in photographed in 2009. We’re extremely proud of...