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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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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How to Convert a Graco G40 from RAC to Flat Tip

How to Convert a Graco G40 from RAC to Flat Tip

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the most common questions we get about air assisted spraying is how to convert a Graco G40 from RAC to flat tip. In this video, Todd runs you through how to improve an already great gun set up from stock airless style reversible tip to more of an HVLP experience. Graco G40 Flat […]

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How to Install an Artisan Air Valve on Graco HVLP Edge Gun

How to Install an Artisan Air Valve on Graco HVLP Edge Gun

| February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

A common question we get at Prep to Finish spray clinics is how to set up an HVLP gun like ours. We don’t run a stock set up. We have converted our Graco Edge gun to gravity (or cup over) feed instead of the stock bottom feed cup. Also, we install an artisan air valve […]

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Prep to Finish Joins PDCA at National Level

Prep to Finish Joins PDCA at National Level

| January 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Prep to Finish Now a PDCA National Associate Member Continuing in its mission to network with the best paint contractors in the country, Prep to Finish has joined the PDCA as a National Associate member. “We are really excited about the direction PDCA National is heading. They have a new Education Manager who brings fresh […]

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P2F to Run Graco GX19 in Select ’16 Workshops

P2F to Run Graco GX19 in Select ’16 Workshops

| January 22, 2016 | 7 Comments

Graco GX19 Balances Quality and Production Prep to Finish is adding the Graco GX19 to its traveling lineup for 2016. This new hopper style unit is Graco’s latest addition to it’s legendary Finish Pro line. [Update! Read our Full Review: Graco GX 19] For years, P2F has travelled and trained with the Finish Pro 395 […]

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Paint Customer Retention: the Trap

Paint Customer Retention: the Trap

| January 16, 2016 | 16 Comments

We scratch our heads over paint customer retention. Customers disappear sometimes – they become unresponsive and fall off the radar. We thought everything went well. The paint job looked good. Customer seemed happy and PAID fast. They even gave a testimonial. It’s reality, though. Anything can happen. We have to be students of human behavior […]

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Paint Contractor Estimating Skills: Communication and Listening

Paint Contractor Estimating Skills: Communication and Listening

| January 13, 2016 | 2 Comments

Video: P2F Unplugged at Sherwin Williams University on Paint Contractor Estimating Please enjoy video highlights (above) from our Dallas presentation on estimating. If you like it, please “like” it and subscribe! And here are some more thoughts on estimating… Nothing Gets Sold until Something Gets Estimated Paint contractor estimating is a challenging topic because many […]

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Why Paint Contractors buy Paint

Why Paint Contractors buy Paint

| January 13, 2016 | 14 Comments

Over the holidays, our digital network put out an online survey to paint contractors asking two practical and critical questions: Who buys the paint for your projects? Why? While we were not surprised by the answers to the first question, we were impressed that 96% of paint contractors surveyed could agree so strongly about ANYTHING! […]

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How to Convert Graco HVLP Edge gun to Gravity Style

How to Convert Graco HVLP Edge gun to Gravity Style

| January 6, 2016 | 1 Comment

Turn HVLP Upside Down by Learning How to Convert Graco HVLP Edge Gun to Gravity Let’s face it quart bottom cups are getting to be a bit outdated. Their quality will forever be good, but there is a more efficient and sensible delivery method. Let’s respect that product runs better downhill, and work the rig […]

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New P2F Facebook Spray Support Group!

New P2F Facebook Spray Support Group!

| January 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hope everyone is having a great 2016 so far. We are excited about all of the things we have in the pipeline. We will be announcing workshop dates and appearances over the next few weeks, and in the meantime wanted to let you know about a couple of exciting resources we are working on. We […]

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