FROM PREP TO PAINT A look at products and tools designed to save you time and make prep work run smoothly By Jim Williams
Hyde Tools’ Better Finish Nail Hole Filler is made of joint compound, not spackle.
ow’s your prep game? If it’s not topnotch, you could be losing time, money and customers. Professional painters understand how important it is to have the right tools and products for every job, and that begins with the prep work. Thankfully, many of today’s manufacturers also understand how critical it is and continue to raise the bar for great new prep products. Here are some to help you raise your prep game:
Purdy’s 10-in-1 Painter’s Tool folds for safe portability, and its rubberized ergonomic grip helps prevent slipping. 22
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Associated Paint: Masking Liquid H2O Lee Hackmeyer’s Florida-based company, Associated Paint, Inc., has been in his family since 1953. He knows that painters are always looking for products that can save time. And for a pro, time is money. That’s especially true when it comes to prep time. Associated Paint’s Masking Liquid H2O is just that kind of product. An acrylic-modified, water-based clear coating, it may be used for interior or exterior purposes and is formulated to peel from glass. “The key thing about this product is it works as a mask on glass but also as a primer on wood,” Hackmeyer said. “So if you’re painting a French door, you can spray the entire thing, paint the wood, and then peel off the mask on the glass. Ta-da!” Besides being used as a primer on bare wood, it can be used on standard tempered glass, de-glossed painted surfaces, dull-primed metal, and finished aluminum. AssociatedPaint.com
DAP: ALEX Plus & ALEX Flex Spackling (and more) Prep product innovation has been a mainstay of DAP products for more than 150 years. And as a leading manufacturer of caulks, sealants, adhesives and repair products, DAP has been deeply rooted in the fabric of paint professionals for generations.