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       March 15
Welcome to Painting Pro Times where industry experts provide the latest information on government regulations and industry trends as well as valuable news, opinions and product information.
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Spring has nearly sprung so if the winter season of work was not a bed of roses, start anew. And remember, it’s important to take sanity moments, mental breaks that separate you from the hamster wheel as often as you can or at least once a day. Not lunch or coffee, but brief times where we just enjoy being. Maybe it’s quiet and reflective, or infused with music; or a glimpse of nature like the beauty of a lake, mountain, field, forest or even single flower, the aim is to chill our mind out, breathe and appreciate. READ NOW        
2 Minds of the Paint Professional - Effective Communication Improves Production
Since liquid coating application costs are weighted more towards labor than material, it makes sense that most human error mistakes run projects in the red quicker than the price of a few overage gallons. Sometimes we forget that plain, understandable communication will save everyone concerned a lot of aggravation. So it is important to improve the interaction among co-workers. READ NOW        
Painting Pro’s Perspective
Illegal Aliens are Killing the Paint and Coating Application Business
To be clear and upfront, the pro’s perspective must state that the liquid paint and coating application industry is a professional career where many experts with diverse talents make a living. This view is not right or left or the foolish, waste of time political speak. The course of the craftsmen is not menial, unskilled or amateur hour. READ NOW        
Regulatory Review
Have you heard of the I2P2? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is working on a bevy of regulations including developing new laws and updated existing rules. A new regulation proposed is known as I2P2, which stands for the Injury and Illness Prevention Program.

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Industry News & Market Trends
$6.9 million redesign reinvigorates the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
They’re seeing red at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. "Real Red," to be exact. That’s the name of the eye-popping shade of Sherwin-Williams paint that now adorns the entry to the Hall of Fame itself, on the museum’s third floor. … READ NOW        
Handyman Connection: Add Value to Your Home Without Breaking the Bank
At a time when home-buyers are looking for houses that don’t need numerous home improvements, many homeowners increase home value with relatively simple upgrades to their kitchens. Handyman Connection, the largest network of… READ NOW        
PDCA Announces 2012 Board of Directors
The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) Board of Directors recently elected new board members during the 2012 Painting and Decorating Expo, PDCA’s premier annual event, in Las Vegas.… READ NOW        
The Home Depot and U.S. Green Building Council Launch New Database of Green Building Products
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in conjunction with The Home Depot®, has launched an online green home products database. The database: leed.homedepot.com is a special microsite within homedepot.com that features… READ NOW        
PDCA Announces 2012 National Award Recipients
The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) recently announced its national award winners during the 2012 Painting & Decorating Expo, PDCA’s premier annual event, February 19-22 in Las Vegas… READ NOW        
New and Updated Credits Introduced into LEED Pilot Credit Library
The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) next update to the LEED green building program, LEED 2012, will include various updates to credits within the LEED Pilot Credit Library. As a flexible, interactive mechanism for testing… READ NOW        
NAHB Remodelers Applauds Inhofe Bill to Improve Lead Paint Rule and Reduce Regulatory Burden
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers commended Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) for introducing the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012 (S. 2148) to improve the lead paint rule for home owners and… READ NOW        
Valspar Paint® and Designer Genevieve Gorder Launch the Connect to the Power in Color Giveaway with Thousands of Free Paint Sample Kits
Genevieve Gorder invites Valspar Paint Facebook fans to sample her exclusive spring palette or choose from 3,000 Valspar colors… READ NOW        
PDCA Expo a Huge Success for Alpine Painting
Alpine’s management team recently returned from the PDCA’s (Painting & Decorating Contractors of America) National Expo in Las Vegas. Our company was presented three national awards. The first Award was in the charity division… READ NOW        
Electrostatic Painting Contractors Win with the Environment Reports ProGroup Network
The ProGroup Network recently reported that electrostatic painting contractors are becoming more popular, as industrial building owners continue to look for painting options that are affordable and that produce less waste than traditional methods… READ NOW        
Fatal Exposure to Methylene Chloride Among Bathtub Refinishers - United States, 2000-2011
In 2010, the Michigan Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program conducted an investigation into the death of a bathtub refinisher who used a methylene chloride-based paint stripping product marketed for… READ NOW        
FMI Releases Nonresidential Construction Index for the First Quarter, 2012
Hiring Prospects and Construction-Put-in-Place Improve while Heavy Price Competition Continues… READ NOW        
OLYMPIC Paint brings color to life with free COLORCLIX app for WINDOWS Phone New app for WINDOWS Phone captures, matches colors anytime, anywhere
New to WINDOWS(R) Phone, the COLORCLIX(R) mobile app allows users to select any color their phones can capture and match it to more than 1,200 … READ NOW        
Smart paint could revolutionise structural safety
An innovative low-cost smart paint that can detect microscopic faults in wind turbines, mines and bridges before structural damage occurs is being developed… 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. READ NOW        
From the Blogosphere
Choosing kitchen paint colors
Picking colors for our new kitchen is one of the projects I need to get done before we move in a couple of weeks. I find picking colors for the walls of rooms challenging, not because I don’t like the task or don’t have opinions about what looks nice. Rather, I find it challenging because I think it’s so important to pick colors that suit your house and the use of the room properly.… READ NOW  
Is It Spring Yet?
The weather has been beautiful. It feels like spring. It’s the time of year when the leaves are coming back and flowers are blooming that we want to freshen up everything around us. That means it’s time to freshen up the color on your walls, make some overdue repairs, perhaps some spring cleaning.… READ NOW  
Benjamin Moore Antiguan Sky
Directions Not Included painted their craft room Benjamin Moore Antiguan Sky, a lovely light blue. I love the dual desks, and I'm especially liking the office chairs. What a great combo of style and function.… READ NOW  
What Are Shadow Stripes?
Shadow stripes are an elegant trend that is gaining popularity in fine homes across the Los Angeles region. This faux–painting technique is used by decorators and professional painters to evoke a subtle sophistication and calm order.… READ NOW  
Featured Videos
Sherwin-Williams Director of Color Marketing Jackie Jordan introduces you to Argyle (SW6747), the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year for 2012.
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