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Paints, Stains, Coatings and Equipment Links formerly Mike Bell Drywall's owner, Mike Bell, hails from Beloit, WI and offers complete drywall installation, texturing and repair service.  This new website features a growing collection of installation and repair articles, with really professional techniques on display!  There are also some inexpensive tutorials available on wall and ceiling texturing projects.

Benjamin Moore

Thorough treatment of paint preparation and application techniques. Includes some really hardcore information on working with difficult surfaces such as concrete, asbestos shingles, galvanized metals, and hardboard siding.

Charles Products Ltd

Charles Products Ltd has developed paint-like products used to coat and restore stone or to make non-stone materials look like stone!  Turn To Stone and Miniature Stone Coating are non-toxic, water-based and suitable for indoor or outdoor use.


Exterior staining prep and application tips from one of the top manufacturers of outdoor wood preservation and finishing products.


Krylon, part of The Sherwin-Williams Company, is well known for their high quality spray paints, but they also have a superb line of brush-on faux finishes, fluorescent and camouflage paints.  Their site has a good FAQ and HOW TO section that will answer many questions concerning surface preparation and application of their products.

Lemmer Spray Systems

A Canadian-based company with over thirty years of manufacturing experience, Lemmer Spray Systems has a fine line of spray equipment for paints and textures, as well as a line of professional power paint rolling equipment worth taking a close look at! They were gracious enough to supply a graphic for our article on spray texture painting and repair.

Menco Corporation

MENCO is a dream for log home owners, with high quality products for all aspects of log home maintenance... many of which are difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. They also have products for maintaining wood siding, cedar, and decks.

The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company has produced chemically-safe historic paints since 1974. Their formula was invented to produce an authentic finish for their main business, which is building reproduction furniture. When they realized their was a need for quality historic-grade paints, they began selling to pros.  Of course, the "greenness" of the paints has made it popular to both pros and homeowners alike and the internet has made this product available to you, too.  Available is 20 colors.


Minwax... my favorite interior wood stain... has it's own page, with a good assortment of tips and tricks to do the best wood refinishing job you can!

Old Masters

OLD MASTERS has manufactured wood finishing and refinishing products for nearly 50 years! Their site features how-to articles on various finishing projects and overviews of their quality product line.

Paint Removal features the most innovative peel away paint removal products for home or business. Over 5 million paint removal gallons sold worldwide! Uses include graffiti removal, marine refinishing, industrial paint removal, furniture refinishing, lead abatement, and other household uses.

PAINTQUALITY.COM has a wealth of painting information for your reading pleasure. They cover a variety of painting topics to help you troubleshoot common paint problems, choose the correct paint and apply it professionally. They also have calculators to help you determine paint job costs and quantities needed. About the only thing they don't do is come out and slap it on the walls!

Durability and Design - The Journal of Architectural Coatings

Durability and Design, the journal of architectural coatings, is a three-platform publication, with a daily e-newsletter, website and print journal focused on the technology, specification, and application of architectural coatings and related materials.


Purdy manufactures the finest quality paint brushes and rollers this handyman has ever used.  They are not the cheapest, but if you want a top quality paint job and tools that will last a long loooong time, these are my first choice!  They're not one-use "throwaways", so you probably won't find them at a home store.  Visit your local hardware store of paint retailer.

The Somay Paint Factory

Paint products for difficult applications is their specialty. After all, they are appropriately located in Florida, one of the toughest climates in America on roofs and siding! A great source of info on roof paints and restorative products.

Steel City Painting Services

Steel City is a top notch industrial and commercial paint contractor, serving much of the Northeastern quarter of these United States. They have a quality paint estimating program on their site that is worth a look and a bookmark. I have run the program on a few different jobs, and have found it to be as much on the money as any estimator can be. Enjoy!

Sound Specialty Coatings Corporation

SOUND SPECIALTY COATINGS CORPORATION is a manufacturer of a wide variety of specialty paint products. All their products are user and environmentally friendly and meet the requirements of the "Clean Water" and "Clean Air" Acts. Their long list of invaluable products include epoxy coatings, non-skid floor coatings, acoustical coatings, rusty metal primers and even an underwater epoxy!

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