Restore-X Exterior Wood Brightener

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Restore your woodRestore-X® Exterior Wood Brightener is a citrus based product that brightens the wood grain appearance to bring out the brilliance of the wood and its grain features.  Exterior Wood Brightener is an excellent product that can be used as a stand alone or as step #2 after the Deck Cleaner or EFR.  Exterior Wood Brightener is available in a liquid or a 6 oz. package concentrate that makes 1 gallon. Wood deck -house finsihed

Restore-X Exterior Wood Deck cleaner

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Restore-X Wood RestortationRestore-X wood cleanerRestore-X® Exterior Wood Deck Cleaner is the first step in restoring the beauty of exterior unfinished and semi-transparent stained woods that are weathered and have dirt deposits or stains.  Now it is possible to remove old semi-transparent stain that has lost its original appearance.  Restore-X® Deck Cleaner dissolves old stain and accompanying watermarks and eliminates the graying effects of weathering by removing the deteriorated wood cells, mildew, pollutants, etc., that cause discoloration.  Old wood looks new again and unsightly semi-transparent stain is easily removed.  No longer is it necessary to cover up with solid stain or paint.  Restore-X® Deck Cleaner is the answer for decks, wood siding, fences, benches, planters, patio furniture, and other exterior wood surfaces.

Restore-X® Exterior Finish Remover (EFR)

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Restore-X Deck productsRestore-X® can help make your customers happier and your business more profitable.  In the past, the only solution to weathered wood and deteriorated, semi-transparent stain or clear exterior finishes was to hide them and the natural beauty of the wood under a new coat of solid stain or paint.  Similarly, surface preparation of deteriorated paints with the sanding and scraping has always been a labor intensive undertaking.  Now, Restore-X® Wood Restoration Products can make your job easy and increase your customer’s satisfaction.  Restore-X® products are biodegradable, odorless, non-flammable and will not harm the environment.  They are also water based for easy clean-up and specially formulated for your safety.


Restore-X® Exterior Finish Remover (EFR) is formulated for the average exterior stain or weathered and degraded paint removal task.  It is designed to provide a safe, swift and economical alternative to the conventional methods of surface preparation.  Restore-X® EFR will clean and remove deteriorated coatings. Some paint which is not deteriorated, particularly porch and deck enamels and certain latex paints with acrylic, may not be removable.  As  a real problem solver, it is perfect for window frames, moldings, fascias, soffits, handrails, shutters, trelliswork, gutters, cornices, patio furniture and siding.  Restore-X® EFR is also excellent for surface preparation of aluminum siding.  It will remove the chalking, deteriorated coating and etch the aluminum for re-coating in one process.  EFR has been specifically formulated for use on vertical surfaces by clinging to the substrate.  (Because of the viscosity necessary for vertical cling, spraying EFR is not recommended.)


Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Gas Vent Pipe PaintStove Bright® Gas Vent Pipe Paint* has been formulated for optimal gloss and color with temperature resistance up to 250 F.  It is available in a wide variety of colors and has been formulated to closely match many stove manufacturers original porcelain finishes.  Stove Bright® Gas Vent Pipe Paint* is a one-step coating.  An excellent alternative to that dull black pipe that contrasts your beautiful porcelain stove.

Temperature resistant up to 250 F

Available in a wide variety of colors

Enhances the look of your gas vent pipes

Excellent alternative to standard black or galvanized piping

                                    Available in 12oz aerosols

* Stove Bright® Gas Vent Pipe Paint is designed for gas vent pipe only.  It is not for single wall stove pipe or wood stoves.  Any use of this paint other than its intended purpose is not recommended by Forrest Paint and could result in loss or damaged property.


Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Stove Bright® Chimney & Roof Flashing Paint is a premium quality, fast drying paint designed for use on metal chimneys and flashings.  It has excellent exterior durability to withstand the natural rigors on a roof.  Chimney & Roof Flashing Paint is temperature resistant to 350° F and comes in six popular low-gloss roof colors to blend into the roof décor.  Eliminate those unsightly and highly reflective metal finishes and enhance the look of your roof.

roof flashing paint colors                                    Exceptional durability

6 popular roofing colors

Rapid dry with a matte finish

Available in 12oz aerosols

Stove Bright® Gas Appliance Glass Cleaner

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Gas stove PaintStove Bright® Gas Appliance Glass Cleaner is designed for use on glass doors in gas stoves and fireplaces.  It is formulated to be thick, creamy and non abrasive.  It removes white deposits that develop on the glass, while leaving a protective film that resists future build-up.  Stove Bright® Gas Appliance Glass Cleaner is easy to use.  Simply apply to glass while rubbing lightly, allow it to dry, and buff clean.

Gas Appliance Glass CleanerRemoves white deposits on glass

Leaves a film that resists future deposits

Thick, creamy, and non-abrasive

Easy to use

Available in 4 & 8 ounce flip-top squeeze bottles

Stove Bright® Firestarter

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Stove Bright® Firestarter is the industry’s premier fire starter designed for starting pellet stoves.  Firestarter is formulated to stay where you put it, lights fast and burns hotter than other brands.  Formulated for indoor and outdoor use and will not affect catalytic converters.  It burns without odor, toxic smoke or gas making it easy to use and environmentally friendly.  Firestarter can be used in your pellet, coal or wood burning stove as well as in fireplaces, and to start campfires.Stove Bright® Firestarter

Gelled alcohol stays where you put it


Starts wood fires, pellets, and campfires

Environmentally friendly

Easy to use flip top, squeeze bottles

Available 4oz, 8oz, 16oz and 24oz bottles

Tracy Tesmer remodeling tips

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Thank you for the great …Spring Painting Tips for Homeowners

Spring is in the air and along with it, the annual obligations of – you guessed it – spring cleaning. While most homeowners tend to focus on cleaning out the home and getting rid of all of the junk they have accumulated over the years, one area typically not tackled is painting. All the cleaning in the world won’t make a difference if the walls – inside and outside – of your home are dingy. Inside this home improvement article are some spring painting tips from North Georgia’s premier design/build firm!

Paint sample cards of many shades and colors

Painting Advice

When most people think of painting a home (be it interior or exterior), they tend to think it is as simple as putting down something to cover the floor, dipping a paint brush into some paint, and running the brush up and down the walls – easy-peasy. While you certainly could take this approach, we highly recommend you put those rollers down, step far, far away from the wall, and read the painting tips below. Your home (and your spouse) will thank you!

Check the Temperature

Depending upon the type of paint you use, you will want to check the temperature and weather if you plan on painting outdoors. The best condition to apply exterior paint is when it is warm and dry. If there is a lot of moisture in the air, or the air is frigid, you will not have a good result no matter what type of paint and precautions you take. The ideal temperature for most paints is 50 degrees or higher, though there are special brands of paint that say you can go as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

If the temperature is too hot, or the sun is beating directly on the outside of the house, you may want to wait for it to cool down a little, as the high temperatures can cause the paint to dry too fast and “lap.”

Clean Before You Paint

Of all the painting advice we can give you, the number one piece is this: clean your surface thoroughly before you apply a stitch of paint. Don’t skimp on the cleaner (use a quality, commercial grade cleaner) and be sure to remove any dirt, grime, mildew, and build-up from any walls or surfaces you intend to paint. If cleaning the outside of the home, use (rent if you do not own) a power washer.

Paint Quality and Preparation

Like it or not, not every can of paint is created the same. While you may be tempted to go for the paint brand that is a few dollars cheaper a gallon, we suggest you opt for a quality, trusted brand versus a generic paint. Remember that your paint job should last you for many years – sometimes up to a decade. Purchasing an inferior brand of paint can severely lessen the lifespan of your paint job.

Another thing to consider when purchasing paint is the fact that not every can will be the same exact shade. There are slight differences in every can of paint. Because of this, we recommend you have the local paint store “mix” each can. Then, when you get home, pour each can of paint in a bucket, stir the combined paint together, then pour the mixed paint back into each can. This will ensure your walls are all the same color and that there is no variation in color or hue.




Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Stove Bright® Chimney & Roof Flashing Paint is a premium quality, fast drying paint designed for use on metal chimneys and flashings.  It has excellent exterior durability to withstand the natural rigors on a roof.  Chimney & Roof Flashing Paint is temperature resistant to 350° F and comes in six popular low-gloss roof colors to blend into the roof décor.  Eliminate those unsightly and highly reflective metal finishes and enhance the look of your roof.

roof flashing paint colorsExceptional durability

6 popular roofing colors

Rapid dry with a matte finish

Available in 12oz aerosols

Boating Lifestyle tips

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Thank you for the great article!

There is so much to love, and learn, about boating. That’s why we created this library of articles, videos and blog posts to help you throughout your adventures.

FORREST supports fresh looksSpring Painting Tips

  1. Buy The Best Paints. You’d be amazed at the number of people who shop for the best price, then spend hours correcting problems caused by a paint that was a few bucks cheaper.2. Read Labels. I painted the boot top on my boat with two-part linear polyurethane. I then painted the nonskid areas using another color from the same manufacturer. I mixed it just like I had before, and when it hadn’t dried in several hours I belatedly read the label to find that the mixture ratio was different for the new color. A weekend spent using solvent to remove the sticky paint will make you remember to read the label.

    3. Measure Paint Power. When choosing a bottom paint, you can tell how powerful the paint is by, you guessed it, reading the fine print on the label. Antifouling is measured as a percentage of weight, so a paint that has 50 percent antifouling is going to provide better protection than a paint that has 45 percent antifouling properties.

    4. Stir Paint Well. To get the best possible antifouling coating on your hull, be sure to stir the paint constantly during the application process. Since the antifouling properties consist of solid particles, they drift to the bottom of the paint can fairly quickly.

    5. Work In Open Air. Be extremely cautious when using paint removers or strippers, because most use methylene chloride as the active chemical, which metabolizes very quickly to carbon monoxide in the human body. This reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood and can cause serious heart strain. So do your stripping in open air, and stay upwind of the vapors. If you must work inside, provide plenty of ventilation and a fan to blow fumes away from your nose.

    6. Be Aware Of Toxins. The same cautions apply to bottom paint – it is literally poison. You probably wear a dust mask while sanding antifouling paint on your boat’s bottom, but do you carefully wash your hands before eating? It probably won’t kill you, but you can feel rotten for a few days afterwards.

    7. Eliminate Excess Air. Need to save your paint for a few weeks or months? For most paints, the biggest enemy is air, which can produce an ugly skim on the surface of the paint. Simply add a few clean rocks to bring the level of the paint up close to the lid. Tap the lid down firmly, and the paint will be fresh for your next touch-up. An alternative method is to cut a piece of wax paper to the inside dimensions of the paint can. Drop the paper lightly into the paint (this takes a bit of practice) so that it floats on the surface and keeps the air from reacting with the paint. When you’re ready to use the paint again, you can fish the paper out with a coat hanger.

    8. Don’t Use Cheap Brushes. They’re worse than using cheap paint. Look for a quality natural bristle, well bonded to a solid ferrule, and you’ll have a brush that will give good service for years. Try the new foam brushes – they’re wonderful for leaving a finish free of brush marks. Just be sure that the foam is compatible with your paint, or you’ll be picking out dissolved brush!

    9. Don’t Shake Varnish. It picks up bubbles that are then transferred onto the surface, producing a non-skid finish when you wanted a smooth one. If you must, simply turn the varnish can over several weeks before you plan to varnish. A week before you varnish, turn it back right side up.

    10. Stir, Don’t Shake. Don’t ever let the paint dealer stick any paint can on one of the high-speed shakers, or you’ll be using a froth rather than paint. Stir your paint gently, using a clean stir stick, and make sure you get all the pigments out of the bottom seam and corners of the can.

    11. Don’t Use Large Brushes Edgewise. It rounds off the corners, causing them to load up with paint and produce uneven paint jobs. All brushes are made to be used with the widest side perpendicular to the direction of flow. If you need to cut in an edge, use a smaller brush.

    12. Use Edged Brushes. When you’re choosing a brush for most varnish or enamel work, pick a “chisel-edged” brush. These have tapering fibers that will give a smoother finish than a brush with equal-length fibers.

    13. Start Early. Never paint after the dew point, which is often as early as noon in some climates and usually around mid-afternoon. Otherwise, you can count on a dulled gloss if the dew forms on your new paint before it dries.

    14. Avoid Drips. On a windy day it’s hard to keep newspapers under your paint cans to catch drips, so take a paper plate and attach it to the bottom of the can. It won’t blow, it catches the drips, and it moves easily when you move the can.

    15. Buy Disposable Buckets. To create your own “dripless” paint bucket, buy a disposable cardboard bucket, punch a hole near the top on opposite sides, then put a section of coat hanger wire through the holes. You can remove excess paint from your brush on the wire, and it will fall straight into the middle of the bucket with no drips on the sides at all.

    16. Use Separate Brushes. Never use a brush for varnish if it has been used for any other type of paint. You’ll always wind up with tiny particles of the old paint in your varnish.

    17. Grease Fittings. If you need to mask off fittings or windows while painting, try smearing the protected area with Vaseline or similar grease. When the paint is dry, you can simply hose or wipe off any spatters easily.

    18. Clean And Suspend Brushes. Don’t stand your brushes on their bristles in a can of solvent, or they’ll be suitable for painting around corners. Drill the brush handle and put wire through the hole to suspend the brush in the cleaner.

    19. Look Before You Leap. Want to see what a different color scheme would look like on your boat? Take a Polaroid of your boat, then use water-soluble felt tip pens to draw the new color directly on the image. If you want to try other combinations, simply wipe the ink off the waterproof surface.

    20. Check Your Elbows. Last, but not least, always make sure you remember to look in a mirror as you clean up after painting your boat. Otherwise, you might end up with people commenting on your painted elbows at cocktail parties.

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