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Ice Dam Removal

Ice Dams. If you know what these are, you’ve likely suffered the ill-effects of this cold weather phenomenon. If not, you may have seen one – or many – without realizing what they are and how they wreak havoc. The …
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When to Use Paint Sprayers

The paint sprayer was birthed out of necessity. In 1892, famed painter Francis Davis Millet was brought in to help finish the construction of the World’s Columbian Exposition.  The deadline was very tight, so to speed up the painting process, …
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Color Palette FAQs: Our Touch Up & Repair Program

(photo credit: Craig Damlo) Even the best paint fades over time. Walls are scratched, wallcovering gets stained, and water penetrates. In high-traffic common areas, surfaces often need to be touched up sooner rather than later.  That is why Future City …
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Signs of a Bad Paint Job

Flaws in painting can be obvious, such as overspray or a poor color choice. Sometimes, though, signs of a bad paint job are subtle and, more often than not, it can be difficult to identify the source of the poor …
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Protecting Concrete and Block from the Elements: Exterior Coating Case Study

Due to multiple exterior substrate issues at this Plymouth property, past paint jobs had failed to bond properly, resulting in coating failure. After assessing the building exterior with several coating partners, Future City identified the key underlying issues and devised …
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How to Turn My Wall into a Whiteboard

The advantages of whiteboards vs. chalkboards are pretty obvious; they look better and they make less mess. Oh, and whiteboards don’t leave potentially toxic dust in the air. It’s easy to see why they almost completely replaced chalkboards during the …
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How to Properly Treat and Paint Rusted Metal Surfaces

Minnesota winters can be pretty brutal. Snow, ice, slush, salt, extreme temperatures: these are the kind of conditions that can bring even the toughest of materials to its knees. Materials like metal. Metal provides great strength and support in a …
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Sandblasting: What is it and Why is it Important?

Sandblasting is the process of propelling pieces of abrasive material at a high velocity onto metal, brick or concrete. This process knocks loose any rust, dirt, dust, chalk and bubbling paint so that the surface can easily be washed clean, …
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Preparation Case Study: Priming and Powerwashing (Before & After)

(In our last post, we talked about the different types of primer, when it’s used, and why you need it.  Here, we provide an insider look at our preparation process, and what can happen when priming is skipped.)   We …
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