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Monday, August 28th, 2017

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2017 Best Exterior House Color Schemes


Is the outside of your house ready for an update? When it’s time to paint your home’s exterior, it can be tempting to stick to the status quo. But what’s the fun in that? It’s important to keep in mind that most people only paint the outside of their homes once every 10 years or so, which is a pretty long time to live with just one look. So when you’re ready to change things up and give your home a fresh new look, there are a few things you should consider.

7 Exterior Color Schemes That Will Refresh Your Home

1. The classics

If you know you’ll need your next paint job to last for awhile, going with neutrals is your best bet. Experiment with variations on tones of beige, sand, and white to create a truly timeless look that will never look dated or out of place. It also makes it easy to make quick style updates throughout the years—you can easily change up your accent colors on doors and shutters without changing the base color of your home. To make this color palette a little more modern and exciting, choose two or three shades of the same color as accents.

Oct 12th Powder Coating Training

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

REGISTER for our Oct 12th Powder Coating Training and the Grand Opening of our expanded powder facility!


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Join expert trainer Rodger Talbert for an advanced training hosted by FORREST Technical Coatings in Eugene, Oregon. Includes lunch and Grand Opening tour of FORREST’s newly renovated and expanded powder R&D lab and production facility.

 Date and Time: Thu, October 12, 2017 • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT

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Location: Eugene Builder’s Exchange • 2460 West 11th Avenue • Eugene, OR 97402

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This one-day training is designed with job shop and OEM applicators in mind and provides an detailed overview of effective powder coating methods and a chance to workshop problems and ask your questions alongside your industry peers. Topics to be covered include;

  • part preparation
  • powder application
  • curing, racking and fixtures
  • powder materials
  • color matching theory
  • powder performance
  • troubleshooting
  • testing and quality control

This course is accessible for those new to powder coating technology as well as beneficial for more advanced applicators.

Entry includes 6 hours of training, including a hands-on opportunity, a tour of Forrest Technical Coatings’ powder coating newly renovated production facility, a certificate of completion, and lunch. Classroom instruction will take place at the Eugene Builder’s Exchange building, close by Forrest Technical Coatings’ production facility.

ABOUT THE TRAINER: Forrest Powder Trainer Talbert

Rodger Talbert is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant with over forty years of diverse experience in the rapidly changing field of powder coatings application and technology. He most recently served as Technical Director and then Executive Director of the Powder Coating Institute (PCI), a national non-profit that delivers technical education to powder coaters and promotes the powder coating industry. Rodger’s roles prior to PCI included leading sales and marketing teams for industry players, as well as a fifteen year independent consulting career, in which he partnered with clients to develop successful powder operations. Since his departure from PCI in 2012, Rodger has continued to serve as a technical expert, consultant, trainer, and mentor for powder coaters nationwide. Read more about Rodger here on PF Finishing and here on LinkedIn.

Early Bird Price: $110/pp or $99/pp with registration of 2 or more from the same business (Prior to Sept 1)

Regular Price: $125/pp or $112.50 with registration of 2 or more from the same business (Sept 1st and After)

SPACE IS LIMITED AND PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Registration will close on Tuesday, October 10th.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is plentiful and free. For specific parking and travel information please contact the event organizer.

What are my lodging options for the event?

For our out of town guests, we recommend making reservations at the Valley River Inn. Please contact Kim at or 541-342-1821 to inquire about a potential group rate. VRI is located at 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR. Phone 541-743-1000.

Another recommended option is the Hampton Inn Eugene at: 3780 W 11th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402, Phone: (541) 431-1225

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Kim Forrest at 541-342-1821,

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Once you register, you will be on our registration list. There is no need to bring your ticket to the event.

Can I come for just the tour and the Grand Opening?

Absolutely, please RSVP to to let us know you will only be coming from 12:00-1:30 PM for the tour and lunch.


Customer Appreciation Luncheon Aug 25th

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Forrest customer appreciation LuncheonContractor Appreciation Luncheon with Deep Discounts at the event.  Free gifts and drawings must be present to win. Lunch happens from 11 am to 2 pm. Enjoy SUPERSTAR PALLET DEALS at 2526 NW Yeon Ave. Portland, Oregon.  Come Joins us on Friday!

Powder Coating Article

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Forrest Powder CoatingsFORREST enjoyed this article and would you share it you Powder coating is a high-quality durable finish found on thousands of products you come in contact with each day. Compared to liquid paint, powder coatings are more environmentally sound, durable, and safe for the whole family. When shopping at your favorite retailers, don’t forget to ask for Powder Coated TOUGH products!

TECHNICAL DATA Info for Restore-X® Cleaners

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Restore-X deck products


Green color, heavy bodied liquid, Approximately 50,000 cps

8.7 lbs/gal

Stable to 32ºF (0ºC).  If freezing occurs, thaw and stir product. Will vary according to surface   texture and thickness of coatings to be removed. Normally, one gallon will cover about 100 to 200 ft2.

1 and 5 gallon plastic pails


Water Soluble

Restore-X® Exterior Wood Deck Cleaner

Red color, liquid -Approximately 20,000 cps

8.44 lbs. /gal.


Stable to 32ºF (0ºC).  If freezing occurs, thaw and stir product.  Will vary according to surface texture and thickness

of coatings to be removed. Normally, one gallon will cover about 175 to 300 ft2.

1 and 5 gallon plastic pails

Water Soluble

Restore-X® Exterior Wood Brightener

Yellow color, liquid -Water thin Material

8.45 lbs. /gal


Stable to 32ºF (0ºC).  If freezing occurs, thaw and stir product.  Will vary according to surface texture and thickness of coatings to be removed. Normally,one gallon will cover about 175 to 300 ft2.

1 and 5 gallon plastic pails


Water Soluble


Monday, August 14th, 2017

Restore-X deck products

  1. Refinish the Surface: To ensure a lasting natural wood color, always complete the Restore-X® process by applying a clear finish, wood preservative or semi-transparent stain as soon as possible. Time is less important when repainting, but avoid long delays that may allow dirt and/or mildew deposits. Contact your Restore-X® Dealer about 02C Series Penetrating Wood Finishes.


The following estimates are intended as a general guideline only.

Do not use for bid purposes!


Average Waiting Time

Flat Latex                                                2 hours

Latex Enamel                                         3 hours

Oil Base House Paint                             1 hour

Oil Enamel – Eggshell, Satin, Semi-Gloss  1 hour

Oil Enamel – Gloss                                3 hours

Heavy-Bodied Latex Wood Stain        1 hour

Solid Bodied Oil Wood Stain                 1 hour

Iron Primers                                           2 hours

Porch and Deck Enamel                        4 hours

Clear Wood Finishes                             1 hour (water sealers, varnish…)

EFR is intended for deteriorated surfaces.  There may be substantial differences between protected and unprotected areas on the same building.  Testing in more than one location is recommended.


The following estimates are intended as a general guideline only.

Finish Average Waiting Time

Weathered Wood                              1-15 min.

Semi-Transparent Oil Wood Stain      5-45 min.

Semi-Transparent Latex Wood Stain  5-60 min.


Friday, August 11th, 2017

Restore-X deck products

  1. WAIT!

 EFR: It is very important to allow Restore-X® time to dissolve the deteriorated finish and weathered wood.  Latex paints may take considerably longer than oil base paints; so do expect some variation in removal time.  Take a break while Restore-X® works for you, and then test several areas with a stiff brush and water.  If the results are satisfactory, proceed with removal.  Typically, removal times vary from 1-4 hours.  If a second coat is required, wash away the first coat and reapply.  Note:  If recoating with paint or a solid-body stain, complete removal of weathered paint or stain may not be necessary.  Any remaining stain or paint may provide a good substrate for adhesion.  You will need to test the remaining paint or stain to determine if it is suitable for recoating.

Deck Cleaner: Unfinished weathered wood will take 1 to 15 minutes.  Deteriorated stain in exposed areas removes in as little as 5 minutes.  Stain in protected areas may require up to 1 hour.  Expect some variation in the time required.  Mist lightly with water every 15-20 minutes.

Wood Brightener:  All wood should be clean before using Wood Brightener.  Pressure wash surface or use EFR or Deck Cleaner before using Wood Brightener.  All applications should be left to work 5-15 minutes.  If first application leaves an uneven finish or does not brighten to your desired finish, simply reapply.

  1. Removal: For large projects, a pressure washer will greatly increase productivity. Remember, however, that a pressure washer can do damage when used improperly. Be careful not to place the nozzle too close to bare wood or windows.  Use a fan tip that will not “drill” the surface.  Rinse the surface thoroughly, but do not overwork stubborn finishes with the pressure washer, as damage to surrounding exposed surfaces may result.  Rather, simply spot apply Restore-X® and repeat the procedure.  Remember, it is not necessary to achieve 100% removal during surface preparation.  Paint that still maintains a good bond with the underlying material can provide a satisfactory surface for repainting or staining with a solid-body stain.  If a pressure washer is not at your disposal, be sure to agitate the surface in one direction (with the grain) to promote removal of stains or weathered wood.  Do not “scrub back and forth”.  Because Restore-X® is removing old deteriorated wood cells, it can cause tiny “hairs” to develop on the surface.  Scrubbing back and forth can magnify this effect.  Too much of this can require sanding, which defeats the purpose of this product. Agitating in one direction with the grain will help to keep these “hairs” from exposing themselves.


Thursday, August 10th, 2017
  1. Restore-X deck productsTake care of the landscape. Rinse shrubs and surrounding lawn before and after treatment.
  2. Preparing the surfaces. Mask all aluminum windows and door frames securely with silver duct tape and plastic (or other non-porous leak-resistant tape). This is important as Restore-X® will remove anodizing from metals and discolor aluminum.  If Restore-X® does come in contact, rinse immediately and thoroughly with water.  If damage does occur, contact the window/door frame manufacturer.  Use with extreme caution on doors.  Water may seep through paneled doors staining interior surfaces.  With hardwood doors, water may cause both darkening and a raising of the grain.
  3. Application: Before applying Restore-X®, thoroughly wet the surface and broom off excess water. This encourages even penetration of the product. Three important steps to remember when applying Restore-X®: 1) apply a heavy coat using only synthetic brushes or rollers, 2) keep the surface from drying by misting with water* if necessary, and 3) wait for the product to do the job.

*An alternate method for keeping the surface damp:  After application of Restore-X®, use 1 mil plastic sheeting to cover the surface.  Place plastic against product; plastic will stay in place, reduce moisture evaporation and speed removal.


Monday, August 7th, 2017
  1. READ LABEL DIRECTIONS ON ALL CONTAINERS CAREFULLY and note specific instructions for Restore-X® EFR, Deck Cleaner and Wood Brightener contained in this guide.

Restore-X deck products

  1. Conduct several small test samples in inconspicuous areas (one foot square). It is essential to conduct several tests in different areas, as the condition of the surface will vary depending on the extent of exposure to the elements. Monitor the time it takes and the amount of product used to achieve satisfactory results.  This test sample will help you bid the job accurately and schedule the amount of time necessary to complete the project.


  1. Materials and equipment: Having the proper materials and equipment available before applying Restore-X® will help ensure the success of your project. Your experience will bear this out. The following items are highly recommended:
  • Rubber Gloves and Boots
  • Eye Protection (goggles)
  • High-Pressure Washer, Hoses, etc.
  • Duct Tape and Plastic (to protect  aluminum)
  • Synthetic Rollers and Brushes only
  • All Stainless Steel Airless Sprayer
  • Sprayer for Deck Cleaner or Wood  Brightener (pump-up garden Type)
  • Respirators (only if Restore-X® is  sprayed)

Sprayer Equipment: Airless spray equipment is recommended for Deck Cleaner and Wood Brightener.  All Internal sprayer parts (fluid section) must be stainless steel, Teflon, plastic, or nylon. DO NOT USE Restore-X® in spray equipment (fluid section) with aluminum alloy or leather internal parts or packings.  CAUTION: Do not pump Restore-X® through old paint lines!  Residual paint remaining in the hose will be sloughed off and will clog the spray tip.