Paint Supplies for your Next Project
By Tom Mathews
Painting is the most common home-improvement project, and the tools and supplies to do the job are constantly evolving. Here’s a roundup of new products to make your next color correction a rousing success.
Wooster Paint Brushes
The Wooster Brush Company has the right paint brush for the job, no matter what the job is. The company’s popular Alpha brush is made with a one-of-a-kind synthetic filament blend for superior professional-grade painting. Designed to carry more paint at the end of the brush, it releases evenly to the surface for less effort while painting. The Alpha’s Micro Tip technology delivers what many professionals consider to be the finest paint finish and smoothest flow on the market today.
For work in high heat or humidity, the Wooster Ultra/Pro Extra-Firm brush is made with an extra-firm filament blend to reduce flexibility, resist wear and maintain superior control. It’s perfect for applying a thick coating like exterior-grade or low-VOC paint.
Chinex is known as one of the most durable and easy-to-clean paintbrush filaments, and lasts seven times longer than natural bristle. The Wooster Chinex FTP (For Today’s Paints) pushes paint farther on the surface for better coverage, and the soft tips create a smooth, professional finish. Versatility and effortless finish quality make the Chinex FTP a great all-in-one paintbrush for the serious home enthusiast. Wooster paint brushes are available in a wide range of handle lengths, brush widths and sash angles. Visit www.woosterbrush.com.
FrogTape Textured Surface
Extreme How-To’s favorite painter’s tape, FrogTape, is available in a new kit for use on textured surfaces. FrogTape is treated with the patented PaintBlock Technology, a super absorbent polymer that reacts with the water in latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, which helps prevent paint bleed. FrogTape Textured Surface is an easy-to-use, frustration-free masking tape that now makes it easy to create stripes, patterns and designs on most common textured surfaces, including heavy knockdown, light knockdown and orange-peel finishes.
The new kit includes a patent-pending Liquid PaintBlock Edge Sealer solution, which enhances the benefits of PaintBlock for surfaces with lots of peaks and valleys. Once the FrogTape Textured Surface is in place, just apply the Liquid PaintBlock Edge Sealer with the brush applicator in a circular or back-and-forth motion and let dry for 15 minutes prior to painting. Remove the tape after the last coat of paint is dry to the touch. This two-step process is fast, easy and delivers sharp, crisp lines within minutes. Visit www.frogtape.com.
Wagner FLEXiO 590 Sprayer
The FLEXiO 590 Sprayer is an indoor/outdoor hand-held sprayer for all projects. It combines the iSpray nozzle, detail finish nozzle and the X-Boost turbine to provide a flexible and powerful painting solution. The X-Boost turbine delivers the power of 65,000 RPM’s to spray most coatings with maximum control, full coverage and low overspray. Not only is it 3X more powerful, it is also 50 percent quieter and 20 percent lighter than traditional airless sprayers. The iSpray nozzle sprays un-thinned residential paints for broad surfaces both indoors and out. The detail finish nozzle is ideal for small projects and fine finishing. The FLEXiO 590 Sprayer produces a slightly stippled, roller-like finish, perfect for interior walls. Edges, corners and broad interior surfaces can now be sprayed faster for better coverage, saving time for other projects. Visit www.wagnerflexio.com.
Intelligent Shield Energy-Saving Exterior Paint
Intelligent Shield by EnviroECOats is an innovative exterior coating scientifically designed to be highly reflective, self-cleaning, mold-resistant and energy efficient.
The coating is water-based, environmentally friendly, low-VOC (40 g/L), and offers several Cool Coor choices featuring technology by Industrial Nanotech, Inc. The product is designed to reduce cooling costs for homes and commercial buildings, while also reducing maintenance costs. It can be used over many types of building surfaces such as brick, drywall, vinyl siding, wood, stucco, concrete and more. This nanotech coating reflects over 82 percent of the sun’s radiant heat. It is easily applied with a paint sprayer, roller or brush, and has a flat, slightly textured finish. The base color is white, which can be tinted, and also comes in eight other color choices with varying degrees of reflectivity. Visit www.nansulate.com/intelligentshield.htm.