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       April 30
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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Have you gone green? One of the biggest issues for paint professionals in relation to the green movement is volatile organic compounds or VOCs. There may be differences in VOC content verses emission and even colorants; please read in this issue, Low-Emitting Paints Color Indoor Environments "Green", by Dr. Marilyn Black of UL Air Quality Sciences. READ NOW        
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Low-Emitting Paints Color Indoor Environments "Green"
Conventional architectural paints, primers, and surface coatings are an essential part of modern indoor environments, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contained in these products are a necessary ingredient… READ NOW        
Regulatory Review
OSHA Revamps Hazard Communication Requirements
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have adopted an international standard to replace the existing Hazard Communication regulation. The new rules were developed from a United Nations committee and the UN title is the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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Industry News & Market Trends
Remodeling Market Index Remains Relatively Flat in First Quarter
Due to a recently discovered computer coding error, NAHB has revised the RMI going back to 2006. The error had slightly reduced the true values of the overall index, as well as its two major components… READ NOW        
Economists Say Housing Outlook Continues to Slowly Brighten
Mirroring the uneven economic recovery, the housing market is expected to move in a slow, gradual upward path in 2012, while encountering its share of speed bumps along the road, according to economists … READ NOW        
Spring "Green"-ing With Terra Wellington
Springtime is the perfect time of year to think about renewal, take care of yourself and enjoy nature. And, uniquely, it happens right around Earth Day… READ NOW        
Graco Reports Record First Quarter Sales and Operating Earnings
Graco Inc. today announced results for the first quarter ended March 30, 2012… READ NOW        
$2.48 million grant will combat lead paint in Nashua buildings
About 130 Nashua homes will be targeted for removal of lead paint after aldermen unanimously accepted a $2.48 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on… READ NOW        
For Second Consecutive Year Benjamin Moore Achieves the Top Spot in J.D. Power and Associates Study
Benjamin Moore has repeated its ranking as highest in customer satisfaction with interior paint in the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Interior Paint Satisfaction Study… READ NOW        
Miller Paint Co., Inc., and Kelly-Moore Paint Company Form Strategic Alliance in Puget Sound Market
Miller Paint Co., Inc. has entered into a strategic agreement with Kelly-Moore Paint Company, Inc. to acquire the business operations and selected assets of ten… READ NOW        
The best exterior paints stand up to all weather conditions
The unpredictable weather that’s assailed much of the nation this year might make it hard to get dressed in the morning. But you can always put on extra layers or pack a rain coat… READ NOW        
Akzo Nobel net down; materials costs a focus
Dutch coatings and specialty chemicals giant Akzo Nobel NV Thursday said the economic environment and certain raw material costs remain the principal sensitivities in 2012… READ NOW        
Sherwin-Williams profit jumps 47%, lifts outlook
Sherwin-Williams Co.’s first-quarter earnings rose 47% on strong sales at its paint stores, though margins slipped… READ NOW        
PPG Industries profit beats on coatings sales
Chemical maker PPG Industries Inc posted a better-than-expected first-quarter profit on strong sales of paints and coatings… READ NOW        
Sherwin-Williams Profit Rises; Lifts FY12 EPS Outlook
Sherwin-Williams Co., Thursday reported an increase in profit for the first quarter, driven by volume and price increases across key segments, partially offset by lower margin… READ NOW        
Positive Conditions Persist for Architecture Billings Index
The commercial sector continues to lead the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) which has remained in positive territory for the fifth consecutive month… READ NOW        
3M Introduces New Environmentally Sustainable Scotch Greener Masking Tapes
Today, 3M announced the introduction of Scotch Greener Masking Tapes which are designed to provide the same great performance as other Scotch Masking Tapes, while creating less waste and … READ NOW        
Painting Tops Spring Home Improvement Wish Lists
Spring brings many new beginnings, especially around the home, as people look to freshen up their living spaces this season.\… READ NOW        
Product Introduction
Water Blocking Primer/Finish
Sherwin Williams’ Water Blocking Primer/Finish is a zero VOC* primer designed to seal bare, interior, masonry, walls from moisture penetration into the structure. With patented odor eliminating technology that minimizes common household odors and the smells associated with damp interior environments, this primer/finish inhibits the growth of mildew on interior walls. READ NOW        
PEEL AWAY® 1 Heavy-Duty Paint Remover
Peel Away® 1 Heavy Duty Paint Remover has been the #1 Choice of Professionals who perform Historic Restoration and Lead Paint Abatement for over 25 years. Peel Away® 1 is an environmentally safe method for removing up to 30 Coats of oil-based lead paints in a single application. Peel Away® 1 Heavy Duty Paint Remover "Now" includes Citri-Lize™ Neutralizer, pH Test Kit, Peel Away Paper, Alkaline Paste, Peel Away Tool and Simplified Instructions for all customer types. The introduction of Peel Away® 1 was the industry’s "first" safe paint removal system and an effective alternative to open flames, heat guns, sanding and traditional blasting methods while minimizing or eliminating containment procedures. By keeping the lead paint in a wet state, no airborne lead dust is generated. READ NOW        
FauxEffect’s LusterStone
LusterStone® is a revolutionary architectural coating that produces beautiful reflective stone-like patterns. This product is unsurpassed in its simplicity, versatility and ease of repair. The nature of the material allows it to be used to create a stunning variety of high/low dimensional finishes that do not require burnishing to obtain designer quality results. READ NOW        
From the Blogosphere
Crew Leaders Are Critical To a Great Job
Some people call them foreman, we call them crew leader here at Brooks Painting. We currently have four of them. These are the team members who are responsible for running each job. They are the face of the company that people see on their jobs. They are driving Brooks Painting vans all around town… READ NOW  
Amanda Carol at Home Paint Colors
Amanda Carol at Home has such amazing taste in paint colors. I featured her dining room awhile back and am excited to be sharing her whole home. You’re in for a treat!… READ NOW  

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