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Restoring a Carpenter Gothic Style Church in Maryland
October 3, 2018 | Posted by Lexie Bragg

Gunther and Anastasiia had been looking for the perfect historic home to live in and renovate for two years when they finally found The All Saints Church. “It was love at first sight,” Anastasiia explains. Gunther and Anastasiia live on the eastern shore of Maryland in a small white steepled church. The All Saints’ Church is a historic landmark built in the Carpenter Gothic Style. Constructed in 1900, the church …

Restoring Antique Guitars with Sorokin Guitars
July 3, 2018 | Posted by Lexie Bragg

Restoring and refinishing antique guitars is a labor of love. Traditional strippers are hazardous, so when Alex Sorokin of Sorokin Guitars needs a paint stripper he can trust on his delicate projects, he turns to BLUE BEAR Paint & Urethane Stripper to help him get down to the bare wood and start again. Tell us about your shop, who you are, and what you do? My shop occupies a …

Restoring Built In Buffet With BLUE BEAR Paint & Urethane Stripper
February 5, 2018 | Posted by Scott Sarver

Several weeks ago, we shared a story about the restoration of a staircase and fireplace in a historic craftsman home in Fresno, California. The Hicks didn't waste much time in moving on to their next project and started on the built-in buffet next. Over the holidays they were able to restore and stain this beautiful piece to an original state. From Laura: After we completed the stairway, we stood in …

Restoring an Arts & Crafts Home in California
December 5, 2017 | Posted by Scott

For Laura & Harvey Hicks of Fresno, California, finding their dream house was just the first step. Once they found and bought the house, the real work of restoration began. While in the midst of their restoration, they found BLUE BEAR Paint & Urethane Stripper was the solution to the vast amount of paint removal they want to do. BLUE BEAR: Can you tell us a bit about your house? …

Removing Graffiti from a Utility Box
October 2, 2017 | Posted by Lexie

On a college campus, graffiti is nothing new. For the past four years, I have parked in the same spot a few blocks away from my university and walked past the same vandalized utility box almost every day. This utility box had clearly been vandalized several times, with layers upon layers of sun-baked spray paint and stickers. Though I had never thought much about it, it suddenly sounded like …

Brush Cleaner Interview
September 12, 2017 | Posted by Franmar

Here at Franmar, we love seeing our products work on a personal level. Recently we met up with Jeff Mueller of Mueller Remodeling and Painting in Bloomington, IL to see how Brush & Sprayer Cleaner would work with his business. Like most contractors, Jeff had an abundance of brushes that were dried out and covered in paint and therefore,unusable. We asked Jeff if we could give Brush & Sprayer Cleaner …

Reduse Reuse Recycle
March 8, 2017 | Posted by Franmar

Being in charge of marketing here at Franmar, there are a lot of magazines that come across my desk each week. I can now attest that if your business is renting chickens rent chickens here, an interesting idea, right?) there is probably a magazine dedicated to it. And since we have a broad range of products in various industries, though nothing dedicated to backyard chicken husbandry, yet..., I've got a …

Brush Cleaner
August 9, 2016 | Posted by Franmar

This last weekend I spent some time out in the garage/shop working crafting a TV stand. It is a fairly straightforward piece made with 2x's, a chop saw, a sander, and a Kreg Jig. I'm far from being Norm Abrams but I enjoy projects like these and the smell of sawdust. So armed with a photo and a rough idea of what I wanted to create, out of a …

Exterior Building Cleaner
May 18, 2016 | Posted by Franmar

Working with grout, mortar, and drywall mud can be a big pain, especially when it comes to clean up. Lime build-up, calcium deposits, and surface rust can be really difficult. While there are numerous products out there that try to address these issues, BLUE BEAR's Exterior Building Cleaner and Muriatic Acid Replacement are the only products that use fruit and other organic materials to create our unique value in terms …