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       June 29
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The paint coating application business is fun, rewarding and provides challenges worthy of mastering. Like most industries, management and production must comply with governmental requirements. Sometimes the regulations pile up and while tangled in all the red tape, you want to yell out the window, "I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!" But we are not in a 1976 movie; we are trying to make a living.  So make sure to vote, contact your state and federal congressional representatives and maybe yell with the window closed.Check out the Regulatory Review: More RRP Agony. READ NOW        
Spotlight On:
SMART is a Zero VOC system for priming & repairing walls before painting, and for saving energy by sealing your home from air drafts. SMART stain-hide primer sealer, SMART elastomeric caulk & sealant, and SMART non-shrink wall-fix spackling form a complete, high performance system of wall repair and prep before painting.
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Are you Hot, or Cool… or Both?
Setting the tone of a space with color can be the most inclusive way to make big changes in any interior environment. Starting with the goals for the space, the color selection can tip towards "Warm" or "Cool," but in both cases the key is always to achieve balance.
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Paint and Caulk the Same Day!
Save time and money on your next job with eXact Color™ custom colored caulk. See How to Mix eXact Color and see how easy it is to mix an exact color match with no tools required!
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Employees: the good, bad and ugly
Ask most anyone which category they fall under and the answer is not bad or ugly. If that were true, jobs would have a much lower turnover and more companies would be profitable especially labor intensive service professions like paint and coating application. When labor is the greatest cost, employees become more essential to the bottom line than… READ NOW        
Regulatory Review
More RRP Agony
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has won a court battle…yeh!…for more regulation. The federal court ruled that the EPA has authority to make changes to regulations without scientific reason. Federal rules are supposed to be based on study and empirical evidence justifying need, but in this case the court noted two interesting reasons that provided the EPA’s rationalization
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Industry News & Market Trends
EPA Actions Could Hurt Small Businesses, ABC Tells House Committee
New Analysis Finds Unnecessary Hiring Quotas for Disabled will Cost Employers 30 Times More Than Estimated, While Veterans Quota Will Cost 20 Times More Than Officials Suggest… READ NOW        
Administration Officials Significantly Underestimated Cost of New Hiring Quotas for Federal Construction Contractors
New Analysis Finds Unnecessary Hiring Quotas for Disabled will Cost Employers 30 Times More Than Estimated, While Veterans Quota Will Cost 20 Times More Than Officials Suggest… READ NOW        
Spotlight On:
Wooster Alpha professional brushes
Made with a unique filament blend, Alpha carries more paint for the smoothest flow (less drag) and highest production. Watch a paint-out test in Wooster’s lab versus the closest competitor…how much longer and smoother will the Alpha paint stripe be?
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ASA President’s Monthly Newsletter-June 2012
When construction markets enter into a full-fledged recovery, a decades-old problem will again take center stage for many subcontracting firms: how to attract, hire and retain the employees we need to efficiently and profitably bid, manage and perform projects.… READ NOW        
Construction Backlog Declines 5.4 Percent in the First Quarter of 2012
Nonresidential Construction to Remain Soft in Summer Months
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) for the first quarter of 2012.…
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Valspar Paint® Launches ConnectLIVE: Innovative Virtual Paint Color Consultation App
New App Uses Leading Technology to Help People Connect to the Power in Color… READ NOW        
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Founder Plots Takeover of Painting Industry
New one day painting company is offering free house painting for life to help drive franchise sales in North America… READ NOW        
2013 Color Forecast
Opposites attract us like never before, exerting a magnetic pull on the spectrum. Sherwin-Williams Colormix™ 2013 puts today’s color mood under the microscope to reveal its dueling influences… READ NOW        
Regulatory Opt-Out Provision for Lead Need Not Be Reinstated, Court Rules
A federal appeals court upholds EPA’s authority to remove a provision from its lead-based paint renovation rule that allowed contractors to opt out of… READ NOW        
Angie’s List: Properly prepping before you paint will make it last
A fresh coat of paint can help improve your home’s curb appeal. It’s a big job that can be costly and time consuming. If you’re going to all the expense and aggravation of painting, make sure it’s done right… READ NOW        
Arizona’s Homebuilding Revival Sparks Bidding Wars for Workers
While D.J. Hughes hunts for carpenters to join his team at a Phoenix-area house-framing company, competitors are tracking down his workers at building sites and offering them more money. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
Titan launches the industries newest tip technology with the TR1 airless paint spray tip
The new TR1 is the best overall performing tip in the industry. The fan pattern starts wider and stays wider. The orifice on the TR1 outlasts competitive tips delivering consistent film thickness and less wasted paint. The TR1 fits all Titan and most other industry spray gun guards.
The new BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Paint is a self-priming, zero VOC, low odor coating that seals uncoated and previously painted surfaces without the need for a separate primer. Featuring a faster drying 100% acrylic formula, the improved line allows projects to be completed more quickly, so recoats can occur sooner.
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Introducing Emerald™ Interior and Exterior Paints
Revolutionary quality with industry-leading sustainability. No zero VOC paint delivers richer color with ultimate hide and durability. And thanks to our new breakthrough colorants, you can tint Emerald to any color - without adding VOCs. Nothing compares to the performance of Emerald.
Learn more about these breakthrough products at sherwin-williams.com
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.
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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.
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From the Blogosphere
NeoCon 2012: Trends and Takeaways
The design community descended on Chicago, IL for the annual NeoCon trade show to see the latest in color, design and architecture for the commercial market. This three-day extravaganza provides the best of innovation and trend, providing exciting products and tools for future design projects. READ NOW  
Benjamin Moore Moorgard Manufacturers Warranty | Condo Project
Benjamin Moore’s CLEAN multi-purpose cleaner is perfect for maintenance cleaning. It removes mold, water and mildew stains with its concentrated formula and is safe to use on exterior wood siding, decking, shakes, and furniture. READ NOW  
Integral ColorViews Blog
Color -as a subject for discussion and also as an experience- is fun, exhilarating, fanciful, practical, and always interesting. Color use also has serious aspects. READ NOW  
Get Out of the Hourglass
Does every decision in your business run through you, like sand through an hourglass? Have you tried to grow, but have stalled or faltered? Do you feel disorganized and have difficulty juggling priorities? READ NOW  
Exterior Paint Protection
We all know that ultraviolet sunrays are harmful to the skin; thankfully, we have an array of sunscreens to keep us protected. In the same way, our homes need the same tender love and care when it comes to finding the right paint to protect them. READ NOW  

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September 7-8, 2012
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September 18-19, 2012
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