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Kevin Provost

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About Kevin Provost

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  • Birthday 01/26/1983

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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    Dudley, MA
  • Biography
    I am the President of The Provost-Mahoney Company, a multimedia production and post-production puppetry studio.
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    Simple classic decorating, light-ups, C7/C9 multi-colored light sets.
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    Multimedia Production
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    Light-ups, C7 and C9 lights.

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  1. Hi!  My husband and I are attempting to repair a Poloron Santa we recently purchased.  I see that you at one point had some pics posted of the internal workings of it and I'm wondering if you could send me them to me....   we think there is a bar missing that we will need to replace.   Any help would be so appreciated.  Thank you!


  2. Blow-Molded.com

    We have a new update up, finally. It's been a whole year already, almost to the day since the last update. Not to worry, there is no shortage of material to add, I just haven't had the time to be online working on the site. Hopefully in the coming year I will be able to put in more time on B-M. In this update we have a completely new section, Halloween Candy Pails, so be sure to check that out. We have a total of sixty-three new items added for this update. Be sure to check the Blog for the full list of updates.
  3. Blow-Molded.com

    New updates are up, details are on the Blog. Special thanks to Tyler Scally, Mike Politz and two anonymous contributors!
  4. Important: Industry Information On Painting Hdpe

    It's a proven technique used in the industry, so there shouldn't be any question of whether it will work or not. I'll be trying it over the summer myself and I'll be sure to post the results. If it works correctly, it shouldn't scratch off easily. I'll definitely be trying the fingernail scratch test.
  5. Important: Industry Information On Painting Hdpe

    More than welcome Carrie, I was hoping you'd see the thread. Jeff, I did a quick Google search and yes, it works for PVC as well.
  6. General Foam / Union

    Of course, but the key is getting them to order, the locations I spoke to weren't even familiar with GF. They said they'd look into it and that was as far as it went. I can tell you, in Western MA and South-Central MA, there's nothing in any of the stores and hasn't been for many years.
  7. General Foam / Union

    I have tried that on a small scale with local hardware chains such as True Value and ACE to no avail. I'm near an Aubuchon currently and I may try to get them to order some products for next season. They used to carry lots of Union. I would suggest starting an online petition on Change.org that can be handed to all the major retailers. The online petitions really do work, I've signed many on Change.org that have actually been successful.
  8. General Foam / Union

    Here is the information I have kept compiled for General Foam's discontinued/introduced items. This includes discontinuation of paint schemes, so be sure to read everything. I have it indicated when an item's paint scheme is discontinued, but not the item itself. I also indicated the mold's original manufacturer. Items discontinued at the end of 2008- Christmas- 39" Star With Miniature Lights #C6500 (Empire) 33" Angel With Miniature Lights #C6580 (Empire) Halloween- 10" Pink Big Jack Pumpkin Pail With Handle #HK1020 (Empire) (Different pail is shown in 2009 catalog, with same item number) 8" Monster Pail With Handle #HK1035 (Empire) (Different monster pail is shown in 2009 catalog, with same item number) Introduced in 2009: 34" Santa and Mrs. Claus #C1333 (Empire) 34" Santa #C1534 (Empire) ------------------------------------------------ Items discontinued at the end of 2010- Discontinued Halloween: 8" Pumpkin Pail #H1600 (Empire) 10" Big Jack Pumpkin Pail with Handle #H1020 - 2010 (Different pail (Empire #71723) is shown in 2011 catalog, with same item number) 8" Witches Cauldron Pail #H1850 (Empire) 8" Skull Pail with Handle #H1045 8" Monster Pail with Handle #H1035 10" Ghost on Pumpkin Pail #H1720 (Empire) 8" Straw Pail - Black #HB5508 8" Straw Pail - Orange #H5508 39" Witch with Black Coat #H7403 (Empire) 15" Haystack Pumpkin - Purple with Black Hat #H7011 33" Light Up Scarecrow #H7068 (Green and Purple edition, new Blue and White edition listed in 2011 catalog) 28" Ghoulish Gargoyle #H4530 (Dark Gray edition, new Light Gray edition listed in 2011 catalog) 36" Doomsday Alien #H2205 (Green edition, new White edition shown in 2011 catalog) Discontinued Easter: 4" Easter Basket - Assorted #E5500 6" Easter Basket - Solid Color (Assortment) #EB2006 7" Easter Basket - Solid Color (Assortment) #EB2007 9" Easter Basket - Solid Color (Assortment) #EB2009 11" Covered Easter Basket (Assortment) #E5522 (Empire?) 7" Bunny Shaped Basket - Assorted Colors #E5534 (Empire) 7" Mesh Easter Basket (Assortment) #EB1007 8" Easter Basket - Painted #E5507 ------------------------------------------------ Items discontinued at the end of 2011- Discontinued Christmas: 40" Church #C1475 (Empire) Deluxe Nativity Collection #C61803, C61827, C61826, C61825, C61810, C61840 (Santa's Best) 42" Snowman with Wreath #C61730 (Santa's Best) 40" Santa with Teddy Bear #C6260 (Empire) 40" African American Santa with Teddy Bear #C6261(Empire) 42" Santa With Gift List #C61700 (Santa's Best) 38" Caroler Assortment #C5160 (Empire) 38" African American Caroler Assortment #C5161 28" Christmas Igloo #C5850 (Empire) 14" Holiday Joy Bear #C4710 (Empire) 28" Brown Christmas Cub #C5861 (Empire) 35" Brown Teddy Bear With Presents #C5351 (Empire) 38" Lighted Candy Cane #C61735 (Santa's Best) 18" Promotional Caroler Family #C5520 (Empire) 13" Promotional Elf with Gift #C3110 (Empire) 22" Promotional Jr. Snowman #C6010 (Empire) Discontinued Halloween: 32" Halloween Totem Pole #H4680 (Empire) 32" Haunted House #H7087 (Empire? Larger version of #H7374) 23" Halloween Bear #H7462 (Empire) 15" Haystack Pumpkin - Orange with Purple Hat #H7010 (Empire) 17" Haunted House #H7374 (Empire) 36" Scared Candle #H2201 (Empire) Introduced Christmas: 30" Snoopy and Woodstock #C5870 (New Mold) 3 Piece Nativity Set #C4760 (Empire) Introduced Halloween: Reintroduced 10" Big Jack Pumpkin with Handle #H1020 (Empire) (Formerly manufactured as 10" Pink Big Jack Pumpkin Pail with Handle #HK1020) (See discontinued items 2008) ------------------------------------------------ Items or colors discontinued at the end of 2012- Discontinued Christmas: 30" Angel With Glitter Gold Wings #C3660 (Empire) 40" Angel #C61770 (Santa's Best) Christmas items with discontinued COLORS ONLY: 18" Promotional Angel #C3583 18" Promotional Santa #C3580 3 Piece Wiseman Set #C3690 18" 3 Piece Child Wiseman Set #C4690 17" Child Shepherd #C4670 15" Child Joseph (Part of set) #C4680 Life Size Nativity Collection, 41" Shepherd, #C5560, 3 Piece Wisemen Set, #C5550, 39" Joseph (Part of set #C5540) Marble Nativity Collection #C5680, C5690, C5670, C5620, C5640, C5630, C5650 (Empire) (Replaced with new White Pearl plastic) 31" Derby Snowman #C5270 41" Snowman With Broom #C5780 34" Santa #C1534 (Bag is now unpainted) 22" x 23" Small Santa Sleigh with Deer #C6460 38" x 42" Santa Train with Tender Car #C6440 37" x 37" Santa with Sleigh and Reindeer #C6480 (Blue presents in bag) 48" Whispering Santa #C61705 (Hands are now fleshtone instead of gloves) 31" Santa #C5280 (Ribbon on candy cane) 34" Elf With Presents #C3131 34" Workshop Elf #C3136 22" Ghost Out Of Pumpkin #H7020 (Ghost eyes and mouths) 33" Light Up Witch #H7037 33" Light Up Skeleton #H7047 36" Grinning Ghost #H2204 (Eyes and mouth) 28" Ghoulish Gargoyle #H4530 (Back to dark gray) Discontinued Halloween: 36" Doomsday Alien #H2205 (Empire) 10" Pumpkin Basket With Handle #H1022 (Name and number assigned to new basket (Empire) 8" Pumpkin Basket With Handle #H1012 (Name and number assigned to new basket (Empire) 10" Green Big Jack Pumpkin Pail with Handle #HG1020 (Name and number assigned to new pail) 10" Purple Big Jack Pumpkin Pail with Handle #HP1020 (Name and number assigned to new pail) 10" Big Jack Pumpkin Pail with Handle #HG1020 (Empire) (Name and number assigned to new pail) 10" Yellow Big Jack Pumpkin Pail with Handle #HY1020 Note: All the "Big Jack" pails are now from the same mold (Item #H1020) Discontinued Easter: 5" and 9" Egg with Transparent Cover (Assorted) #EAD500, EAD900 13" Duck Cart - Yellow #EC1000 12" Bunny with Cart - Purple #EC1010 12" Easter Truck - Green #EC1030 12" Bunny Wagon - Pink #EC1020 Introduced Halloween: 10" Snoopy Pail with Handle #H1810 - 2012 (Not put into production) 27" Linus with The Great Pumpkin #H7415 - 2012 (Not put into production) ------------------------------------------------ Items introduced for 2013- Introduced Christmas: 31" Angel With Wings #C3665 (New Mold) 31" Old World Santa C5775 (New Mold) 31" Season's Greetings Snowman #C5170 (New Mold) Granite Nativity Collection #C7680 (Empire) White Pearl Nativity Collection #C5680, C5690, C5670, C5620, C5640, C5630, C5650 (Empire) (Replaces the Marble Nativity Collection, same item numbers) Introduced Halloween: 21" Light Up Pumpkin #H1050 (Empire) (Reintroduced) (Last run was from 2002-2004) 21" Light Up Pumpkin #H1959 (Color variation of #H1057) 12" Witches Cauldron #H1065 10" Pumpkin Basket With Handle #H1022 (Empire) 8" Pumpkin Basket With Handle #H1012 (Empire)
  9. Important: Industry Information On Painting Hdpe

    It isn't the heat, it's the oxidation process caused by the open flame. That is why using a heat gun or hair dryer won't work, so no, even sticking your mold in an oven isn't going to produce the same result as flame-treating.
  10. General Foam / Union

    Allen, you are exactly right. GF has such an incredibly massive inventory of molds now I don't understand why they do not do rotation. Also, as nice as it is that they produced some brand new items, I don't understand why they are spending all that money on new product development when they have molds that have been shelved for years. If they used them, it would be like having brand new items since they've been out of production for so long. I too don't have the Santa Train, that is one I have wanted for a long time. I do have two of the tender cars though. I can't and won't pay Ebay prices, and the price of one new from an online retailer is out of my budget. I'm waiting to find one at a tag sale for a good price. There's no shortage of the trains, they have been made for so many years now there are tons of them out there, so I know I'll find one eventually.
  11. Important: Industry Information On Painting Hdpe

    Here is an excellent video on how it is done everyone (on pink flamingoes, no less!)- Even though he recommends the Fusion or Rust-Oleum Professional, this as I said will work for whatever exterior-grade paint you want to use. Now if your using a spray gun or airbrush, you'll have all the color options that a can of acrylic latex offers. What you are doing is creating a reaction, you are creating an invisible layer of oxidation which is what the paint bonds to. You are literally sweeping over the surface, the flame only passes over the surface for a few tenths of a second. It's really the same as passing your finger through a candle flame and not being burned. The flame-treatment is done after stripping and before painting. As is mentioned, be sure all the stripper is off and the surface is clean before flame-treating. The warming you are referring to is what we originally thought was needed to ensure a proper bond, but it doesn't work and isn't needed at all. So discard the warming information.
  12. General Foam / Union

    Thank you for the information Charlie, we will see what their 2015 catalog looks like. It's disappointing, but means they aren't getting enough orders for these items.
  13. General Foam / Union

    Where did you hear about GF discontinuing some items? Union said they would be expanding their line if they did well for 2014, and it looks as if they did, which is great news. I'm going to visit the factory over the summer, it's only an hour from where I am and I'll try to find out more then.
  14. Important: Industry Information On Painting Hdpe

    More than welcome, guys! Sure helps me too, I wish I had had this information years ago. The two methods used by the factories are the flame-treating or corona discharge, both of which produce the same effect which is to alter the surface tension, allowing the paint to bond securely. He told me for the flame-treating on the production line they place the figure on a lazy susan and rotate it next to torch flame.
  15. I just had the pleasure of talking on the phone with a gentleman who worked as a chief engineer for a molding company that did the Santa's Best molds. He explained the trick to perfect paint adhesion. This works and should be used for all paints and painting methods, spray gun, airbrushing, spray painting, etc. All you need is a regular propane torch with a flame spreader tip. You make a single sweep 1/4" from the plastic surface. If the area is large use several single sweeps to treat the entire area. The key is to not make repeated passes over the same spot. The plastic retains the flame treatment for up to a year, giving you plenty of time to paint. The paint used by the factories was regular acrylics applied via spray gun.