When it comes to sanding, not all abrasives are created equal. To choose the appropriate product for each project, you need to consider the surface you’re sanding, what you’re trying to accomplish and what form of abrasive to use. Continue reading Sand Easier, Sand Faster, Sand Longer with No-Slip Grip™ Sandpaper from 3M
Each summer, we take our annual look at all the best new equipment and supplies available for pro painters. This year, that includes high-performance airless sprayers, low-pressure spray tips, advanced patching compounds, supplies to improve efficiency on the job site and much more. Continue reading Top 10 New Tools for Pro Painters in 2023
Be prepared with these safety tips from the experts at 3M
Respirators are important. You know that well as a painter. After all, a properly chosen respirator can help keep you breathing easily even when you’re surrounded by paint chemicals and airborne particles. It’s not just you, either; more and more people have learned about the value of respirators since the pandemic.
“Since COVID-19, many more people know what N95s are,” says Jason Lunn, Application Engineer at 3M. “Plus, many people now understand the difference between a mask and a respirator—that it comes down to the fact that NIOSH-approved respirators are designed to form a tight seal to the face, while masks are not and can have gaps around the edges.”
But there’s still plenty of things many people—even veteran painting contractors—don’t know about respirator safety. Lunn believes it’s because most people were never taught it.
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Choosing the right abrasives saves time and money
When you first became a painter, you probably didn’t realize how much time you would spend sanding. However, you quickly discovered that it’s a critical component to getting a beautiful final product.
Disposable respirators are a good way to protect you and crew on the job site. In this article, the product experts at 3M answer common contractor questions about using respirators when you have a beard or other facial hair.
Continue reading Respirators and Facial Hair: Everything You Need to Know
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When Jason Phillips, President and CEO of Allen, Texas-based Phillips Home Improvements, talks about Rudy Chacon, his Sherwin-Williams sales representative, he starts with a one-word answer: “Lynchpin.” Continue reading Do You Have a Business Lynchpin?
When Allen Wootten stopped by the Sherwin-Williams store in Fayetteville, Arkansas last summer, he had no idea that he would be driving away with a new Ram truck in November.
Continue reading Painter Wins a Truck in 3M/Sherwin-Williams Sweepstakes (And How You Too Can Win One)
As part of our ongoing mission to help painting professionals maximize their jobsite productivity, each issue of PPC features a roundup of some of our favorite application tools and essential job site equipment and supplies. Here are our Spring 2022 issue picks:
Continue reading Spring 2022 Editor’s Picks: Some of Our Favorite Tools to Help Increase Productivity
Q: I’m training new painters on how to professionally mask a job. What tips can you give me for helping them use a hand masker effectively?
Continue reading Best Practices: Professional Masking Tips from a 3M Engineer
Health and safety on the job site is more important than ever. That includes controlling workplace hazards and using personal protective equipment when needed. In this article, we’ll outline the best practices for the proper use and care of reusable respirators. Continue reading The Proper Use and Care of Reusable Respirators
#1 Sanding Performance 3M™ Pro Grade Precision Faster Sanding Sheets provide superior cut durability — from start to finish. This premium sandpaper resists clogging and prevents slipping with its NO-SLIP GRIP™ Backing, so you can sand longer with less hand fatigue. Sand Easier, Sand Faster, Sand Longer. For when endurance matters. Continue reading 3M
The 3M Ultra Durable Power Sanding Discs cut fast and last long. The quick and easy attachment and removal makes getting the job done more efficiently. A universal hole pattern design allows the disc to fit on multiple tools for convenience. The 3M Ultra Durable Power Sanding Discs are ideal for coating removal, leveling and finishing out your job. Available in 60, 80, 100, 120 and 220 grits.
All painting projects aren’t the same, so the type of painter’s tape you should use as well as how you prep for painting will vary from job to job, room to room, and surface to surface. We sat down with the Application Engineering Team in 3M’s Construction & Home Improvement Markets Division to compile this pro painter’s guide to taping. Continue reading 5 Steps to Perfect Taping
Here are five things to remember when taping your paint project, according to the surface prep experts at 3M. Continue reading Top 5 Taping Tips and Techniques
Tips for choosing the right tape for a specific job, from the experts at 3M: Continue reading How to Choose the Right Tape for the Job