Prep to Finish Trainer: Scott Burt

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Scott Burt

Scott Burt is the owner of Topcoat Finishes, Inc., in Jericho, Vermont, a residential paint contracting company that provides custom interior and exterior services. Along with Todd Pudvar, Scott is a co-founder and co-owner of Prep to Finish, Inc.

Scott holds a Master’s in Education, and taught high school English for several years prior to committing his full time energy in 1999 to working in the paint industry, as a paint contractor, writer and trainer.

Scott has been published dozens of times in industry related print magazines, most notably in his “from the field” column, featured in every issue of APC magazine since October 2008. He also contributes frequently to Journal of Light ConstructionTools of the Trade and Professional Deck Builder magazines.

He is  active in online paint industry education at and, and in 2013 became a featured blogger at JLCOnline.

When not engaged in professional activities, Scott enjoys reading, snowboarding, hunting, biking and other outdoor adventures with his 9 year old son, and continuing in the 15th year of what was a 5 year restoration plan for the home he lives in with his family, a historic 1890’s Vermont cape style farmhouse.