Archive for March, 2010

3M Masking Tape 2020, 2030, 2065

Britni came through with a few options to a problem we ran into using CP-99 masking tape by ShurTape which is on the Jack Pauhl Recommended List. The problem with CP-99 was a very common issue with masking tape, that being, the amount of tack between rolls. One roll would unwind nice and the next roll would be difficult to remove from the roll.

Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2X Coverage Primer

We have been trying out many different red oxide color spray can primers lately to find one that works great for priming over smooth white fiberglass doors that get painted deep reds or other deep colors. So far the Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2X primer is working best.

In comparison to most any other spray can primers, the Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2X sprays the widest pattern and comes out the fastest. I would say twice as wide and twice as fast as most spray can primers. Spraying an entire front door with a spray can is quick!

HOW TO: Load a M3000 Hand-Masker


1 Load a roll of paper or plastic as seen in photo. The paper runs clockwise from this view.

2 Release about 2 inches of masking tape off the roll and line it up under the yellow pin

3 Slide the roll of masking tape inward keeping a finger on the tape so it clears under the yellow pin

4 Pull masking tape up over top of the roll of paper which should attach to the paper about 1/2”

5 Pull the black pin guide upward as you pull the tape past the cutter blade.

6 Release black pin (spring tensioned)

HOW TO: Paint MDF Casings and Baseboard

Almost at the blink of an eye solid wood such as pine, oak and poplar was replaced by MDF (medium density fiberboard) in the new home market and quick to follow in the DIY and remodeling market. MDF is an engineered wood product molded by breaking down softwood into a powder and combining it with wax and resin forming panels by applying high temperatures and pressure.

HOW TO: Eliminate Roller Marks

Think about variables that destroy production when it comes to rolling paint on walls—there’s a ton of them, but one stands out more than anything—even more than rolling heavy flat paint. Roller marks are undoubtedly the leading production killer and often overlooked because its one of those things that happen without you realizing you are losing time trying to smooth them out.