August 18, 2008

Ze-VO EndCuts - Review

zevo_endcuts.jpgMaking sure that cut ends are primed is an essential part of quality building, but it's also a royal pain in the ass. It's a whole separate set-up. You need to break out the primer (or head to the store to get some), make sure you've got some brushes handy, and then as you work all day, you get to watch your fingers get increasingly covered with primer, starting with a spot here and there, then on to the fingertips, and then, somehow, all over your hands and on to your shirt.

We saw Ze-VO's new EndCuts at the hardware store a few weeks ago and figured we'd give it a shot. It's a little tube of acrylic primer with a little foam applicator tip (think shoe polish). The intention is that you can quickly and easily prime the cut end of whatever it is you're working on. At the time, we were putting up clapboards and since we're manic about having our ends primed, why not see if it works?

We're happy to say that EndCuts works as advertised and removes all of the nuisance involved with priming. It's small enough to tuck in a tool belt, and that's just where we had it, up on the ladder, easily giving our cut ends a quick swipe before installation. That way, the guy on the ground doing the cutting didn't have to deal with priming and we avoided the 'wet primed end clapboard hand-off" awkwardness.

EndCuts is also good for quick priming on the underside of doors, windows, and any other time you only need a just a little bit.

EndCuts costs about $10 and is worth every bit of it. It saved us plenty of time and hassle and we'll use it again without question. The amount of primer in the container is what it is: 4 oz.. So, it's not all that much primer in there, but on the good side, the applicator tip only dispenses what you need, so there is very little waste. Making the bottle any bigger would take away from the portability of the product.

Ze-VO also has recently launched another product called DeckCuts, which is the same setup, but with a clear oil-based coating.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 18, 2008 5:17 AM

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