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       March 1
Welcome to Painting Pro Times where industry experts provide the latest information on industry trends as well as valuable news, opinions and product information.
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This issue has a follow up to the image and marketing discussion, “More or Less Work in 2012”. The title is “Warm beach sand on your toes…Branding” and suggests ways to add new customers. We also explore the biggest paint manufacturers in the world, along with the US application market for architectural and industrial coatings. Also, stop by and read the Industry News and Market Trends to find out that there may be some encouraging economic reports and the more knowledge gained, the more you may grow in 2012.
Paint and coatings applied – the world and US markets
Ever wonder how many gallons of paint and coatings contractors apply each year? Or what is the liquid coating application market worth? And with all the acquisitions over the last 20 years, who owns who? The goal for this dialogue is to offer some suggestions regarding the size and brands of our industry’s manufacturers while we answer the questions. READ NOW        
Business Pros
Warm beach sand on your toes...Branding
Can small businesses brand their company? Maybe the first question should be what is branding? Is it just an updated term for image? For the purpose of this discussion, we are going to look at ideas, which may help organizations add new customers and get more work in 2012 through enhanced marketing with branding. READ NOW        
Painting Pro's Perspective
Are your workers paint professionals? Or more accurately, are your workers trained craftsmen? It was not that long ago when contractors needed more proficient tradesmen, in fact the workforce shortage was evident throughout the construction industry. READ NOW        
Industry News & Market Trends
ZIPWALL Introduces New Dust Barrier Solution for Doorways
Named the ZipDoor, it installs in under a minute and features ZipWall double-sided tape and heavy duty glued-in zippers… READ NOW        
Trendy colours for 2012
We scour the runways to find fabulous colours and patterns that will be in style in the coming months, but these trends don’t stop at wardrobe must–haves. They are picked up by paint companies and quickly become the colours of the year… READ NOW        
When coloring your world, choose the right paint
Sing a few verses of “America the Beautiful” and you’ve got this year’s paint color trends–purple mountain majesties, fruited plains, shining seas. “If you’re thinking about repainting your home interior, look to the great American outdoors,” says Debbie Zimmer of the Paint Quality Institute. “Native plants and flowers, oceans and lakes, and rocks and minerals are the sources of inspiration.”… READ NOW        
Architecture Billings Index Remains Positive for Third Straight Month
West region continues to lag behind rest of country in demand for design services…
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World Paints & Coatings Market Dynamics Reviewed in New Timetric Report Published at MarketPublishers.com
New research report “Global Construction Paints and Coatings – Market Opportunities and Business Environment, Analyses and Forecasts to 2016” worked out by Timetric has been recently published by Market Publishers Ltd. The report states that the Asia–Pacific region is expected to remain the leading consumer of paints and coatings through 2016, and will also see the most rapid gains… READ NOW        
Parex USA Introduces MicaMax 3
The First Acrylic Finish That is Also a Basecoat and EIFS Adhesive… READ NOW        
Toolbox Launches Wagner Spraytech Product Range
E–Commerce giant Toolbox has added a range of new products to its website. Manufactured by Wagner, the Spraytech product range incorporates a number of paint sprayers and wallpaper strippers… READ NOW        
Akzo Nobel posts loss; payout up; no outlook given
AMSTERDAM (MarketWatch) – Dutch coatings and chemicals company Akzo Nobel NV Thursday reported a net loss for the fourth quarter as a result of higher input costs, restructuring costs and exceptional charges… READ NOW        
NKBA Reveals Top Kitchen & Bath Trends for 2012
Hackettstown, NJ (February 16, 2012) – More than 350 National Kitchen & Bath Association member designers took part in the 2012 NKBA Design Trends Survey to cite the materials, product types, and styles that they’ve incorporated into their kitchen and bath designs over the final three months of 2011. While broad trends won’t be evident in every local market, the following are 10 overall trends for kitchens and baths across the United States and Canada… READ NOW        
Sherwin-Williams’ quarterly dividend boosted 6.8 percent
Sherwin–Williams Co. raised its quarterly dividend by 6.8%, marking the company’s 34th consecutive year of increasing payouts… READ NOW        
Product Introduction
SMART STRIP™ Advanced Paint Remover
is a revolutionary paint remover that is safe for the user, any substrate and the environment. It is formulated without methylene chloride and is non–carcinogenic, non–toxic, and non–caustic. This water–based stripper will effectively remove up to 15 coats of virtually any coating (oil–based, water–based, acrylics, varnishes, urethanes, –even old lead–based paints) from any interior or exterior surface (wood, brick, stone, concrete, plaster, metal, plastic, glass, etc.). SMART STRIP™ has zero VOC’s, is odor free, user friendly, 100% biodegradable and pH neutral.
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From the Blogosphere
A Palladium–Leafed Ceiling – A Fitting Story for my Blog Post #100
Gilding is one of our specialties as painting and decorating contractors in the Chicago area. It consists in the laying of super thin, square leaves of metal over a tacky varnish. Precious metals and composition metals can be successfully used for the gilding of surfaces… READ NOW  
Are Your Facebook Fans Even Seeing Your Posts?
Recent changes to Facebook may keep your fans from seeing your content, but there is a something simple you can do to help fix this for yourself and educate your friends and fans… READ NOW  
Featured Videos
As a contractor, you play an important role in helping to prevent lead exposure. Ordinary renovation and maintenance activities can create dust that contains lead. By following the lead–safe work practices…
Despite repeated warnings form the EPA, many contractors remain skeptical that the EPA will enforce the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Lead requirements. In this video, Kaplan discusses the requirements and what the EPA is already doing to enforce them.
Upcoming Industry Events
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
March 11–15, 2012
National Hardware Show
Las Vegas, NV
May 1 – May 3
27th Annual International Decorative Artisans
Reno, NV
July 24 – July 28
Knowledge Test
1. What is the main regulation that states every employer must provide a safe work environment?
2. How is an architecturally painted surface (commercial or residential project) to be inspected?
3. In regards to wall coverings; define "strike-off".
Mark Casale ppt@extensionmedia.com
Publisher/Sales Director: Melissa Sterling msterling@extensionmedia.com
Sales Manager: Jenna Johnson jjohnson@extensionmedia.com