Author Archive: Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a paint contractor, writer and paint trainer from Vermont. He writes for American Painting Contractor magazine, topcoatreview.com, bloggingpainters.com and is a featured blogger at JLCOnline.

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Prep to Finish Paint Training Resources

Prep to Finish Paint Training Resources

| February 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Prep to Finish Winter/Spring Paint Training Resources: Whether you are just getting started with paint training or are looking to take your company expertise to the next level, P2F’s portfolio of paint training resources has you covered. How can we connect? Online From our free 800+ member FREE Sprayer Shop Talk Facebook group to our private […]

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What’s Happening at paintertrainer.com?

What’s Happening at paintertrainer.com?

| February 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Paintertrainer.com Spray Class Helping Painters Train! The new Prep to Finish Online Training Center at paintertrainer.com opened on January 9, 2017. The Airless & Air Assisted Spray Class is now open. The class consists of three lessons featuring video demonstrations supported by downloadable resources. This curriculum is designed for implementation into paint companies right away. […]

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Prep to Finish Opens Online Paint Training Center

Prep to Finish Opens Online Paint Training Center

| December 21, 2016 | 2 Comments

Online Training Center for Painters Prep to finish has launched a new online resource to make paint training easier and more accessible for professionals. Paintertrainer.com offers paint training classes taught by P2F trainers, Todd Pudvar and Scott Burt. The first class is called Airless and Air Assisted Spraying and starts on January 9, 2017. “This spray […]

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Painter Training Tips: The Basic 5

Painter Training Tips: The Basic 5

| November 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Help yourself to some painter training tips in this video from a recent workshop Prep to Finish held onsite with technical students in Essex Vt. Simple Painter Training Tips Early in the video, you will see the 5 habits (or competencies) that we set as goals for any basic training we do with students. Surprisingly, […]

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Craftsmanship and Standards

Craftsmanship and Standards

| October 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Special thanks to Festool for producing this video and shooting some of the footage with us on location at the house being built by our 2016 Featured Program, Essex Technical Career Center. Also, thanks to instructor Jim Gilmartin for helping to make it happen. Enjoy the video, as Todd and Scott discuss their concept of […]

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Production Time: The Art of the 6 Hour Strategic Strike

Production Time: The Art of the 6 Hour Strategic Strike

| October 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Time Flies Another summer is racing to its inevitable conclusion as we all push through the fall season to wrap up projects. This always makes me reflect on the concept of time. I think about how we use time, how we make time and, of course, how we lose time. The most general observation […]

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Managing Painters

Managing Painters

| April 23, 2016 | 2 Comments

Not all contractors are good at managing painters. Those who embrace managing tend to be excellent communicators and high achievers. Others are reluctant managers who find it easier to accept mediocrity than to create accountability. Mediocrity is the enemy of any paint contracting company – or any business, really. While it is better than flat-out […]

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Paint Prep Tips: Filling Holes and Power Sanding

Paint Prep Tips: Filling Holes and Power Sanding

| April 3, 2016 | 2 Comments

Getting Cosmetic Work ‘Done in One’ and Tooling Up to Sand… At the 2016 PDCA Expo in New Orleans, Prep to Finish presented a Master’s Class on Interior Wood Finishing. This 4 hour class included discussion and process demonstrations of 4 step finishing sequences for both paint grade and stain/clear. Here are some paint prep […]

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New Technology: Festool Brushless Sanders

New Technology: Festool Brushless Sanders

| March 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Next Generation Sanding Up until just five years ago, painters had little choice but to use power sanders and abrasives that were designed primarily for raw wood sanding or general heavy layer disruption. Dust control was at best an afterthought and at worst, a joke. We had ineffective power tool options and did too much […]

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Retired Painters Tweeting from Some Beach

Retired Painters Tweeting from Some Beach

| February 12, 2016 | 6 Comments

That’s a headline that isn’t online anywhere. We don’t hear much about retired painters. It makes us question their existence at times. We sure wouldn’t want to think that painters are happy to work themselves to death. Ruling out poor planning, what factors are really working against a painter’s ability to reach retirement? If the […]

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