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Scott Burt

Scott Burt

Scott Burt owns Topcoat Finishes, a high end residential paint company in Jericho, Vt. As a paint industry trainer, Scott and business partner Todd Pudvar run preptofinish.com - a site dedicated educating and training young painters and contractors. He is the author of the popular "From the Field" column in American Painting Contractor magazine.

Scott Burt's Posts

A Multi-Use Leveling Base for Extension Ladders A Multi-Use Leveling Base for Extension Ladders

Here's a leveling foot for extension ladders that reduces setup time and aggravation. Read more

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Tools Up Close: Erecta-Rack Drying Rack Tools Up Close: Erecta-Rack Drying Rack

Erecta-Rack consists of 40-inch steel cross bars that snap into plastic support blocks, which stack and snap together like Lego blocks. As the rack goes up, the individual sections begin to resemble ladders, with towers of blocks for the sides and cross bars for the rungs. It's designed to be assembled as you go: Set up one level of the rack, fill it with freshly painted material, add another level, and so on. Read more

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Tools Up Close: Graco ProShot Paint Sprayer Tools Up Close: Graco ProShot Paint Sprayer

Last summer, my painting company added a new sprayer to its arsenal: the Graco ProShot. For those who missed the hoopla surrounding the introduction of this tool, it's a hoseless 2,000-psi piston pump sprayer that takes pro-style tips and is powered by an 18-volt battery. The ProShot is sold exclusively through Sherwin-Williams and should not be confused with Graco's TrueCoat sprayers, which are aimed at the DIY market. Read more

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Tool Tests

Graco Ultra Paints Small Jobs Quick

Prep-to-Finish professional painter Scott Burt weighs in on the benefits of the...

DeWalt DW079LG 20V Green Rotary Tough Laser

Tested in the snow and rain, this IP67-rated laser unit wears the “tough” name well.

Two Wedge-Style Work Boots

Golden Fox and Thorogood are affordable, lesser-known boot brands. Do they stand...

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