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  December 11
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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It is good practice to pause and look back; review, set improvement goals, and go forward to the next cycle or year. Numbers are always clear and dependable barometers of business and job status. Hours worked, hours billed and hours collected may at times be three different totals. Of course revenue and expenses must be calculated and reconciled too, but there are other things we should reflect on. READ NOW        
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The Origins of Painting Craftsmanship - Part I
Painting application is a revered art and science spanning nearly all of human millennia with creativity and innovation; it is an ancient craft. In fact, painting may be the first art, trade and technology on earth. Are you a painter, faux finisher, wall paper installer or maybe an industrial coatings applicator? How does anyone, co-workers or customers alike, know the difference between a consummate professional and a dabber? And how is the question, "what do you do for work" answered? READ NOW        
Painting Pro’s Perspective
Painting Pro’s Perspective: Need Some Slack?
Painting/coating professionals are often so busy doing their work or trying to find work; many do not realize the importance of paying attention to new laws and regulations. In recent years, the paint/coating application business has been challenged, like many other service industries; it has become overly competitive from the underperforming, poor economy. READ NOW        
Industry News & Market Trends
Construction Spending Rises For Seventh Straight Month To 37-Month High In October With Gains In Residential, Nonresidential And Public Segments
All Major Categories Show Solid Improvement for Month but Fiscal Cliff Could Undo Gains READ NOW        
Akzo Nobel CEO to return from medical leave
The chief executive of Dutch paint and chemicals company Akzo Nobel NV, Ton Buechner, will resume his duties on Dec. 7 after a temporary medical leave. READ NOW        
Fitch Rates Sherwin-Williams’ Proposed $750MM Sr. Notes Offerings ‘A’; Ratings on Watch Negative
Proceeds from these notes issuances will be used to fund the recently announced acquisition of Comex. READ NOW        
Graco: Attractive Entry Point Amid Leverage To Construction
Graco Inc. provides meaningful leverage to a sustained housing recovery as it has 45-50 percent exposure to construction/consumer end-markets. READ NOW        
Paint firms introduce an intense palette for next year
Paint has always been the quintessential means of self-expression, and one of the most accessible ways to instantly update a room or a whole house. READ NOW        
Lawmakers must use caution if raising individual tax rates to solve fiscal cliff
Many small businesses, including NARI members, file at the individual rate. READ NOW        
PPG Inks Technology License Agreement with Henan Billions for Manufacturing TiO2
Will provide Henan Billions the right to use PPG’s technology for the manufacture of chloride-grade titanium dioxide READ NOW        
ABC Predicts Moderate Construction Recovery Will Continue In 2013
ABC today released its 2013 economic forecast for the U.S. commercial and industrial construction industry. READ NOW        
Painter and decorator becomes Scotland’s first Shaolin monk
A PAINTER and decorator has become Scotland’s answer to TV’s kung fu hero Grasshopper. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
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. Click here for more         
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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Introducing Emerald™ Paints
With revolutionary quality and best-in-class performance, Emerald delivers rich color with outstanding hide and durability. And thanks to our new breakthrough colorants, you can tint Emerald to any color - without adding to the VOC content of any coating when tinted. Nothing surpasses the performance of Emerald. Learn more about these breakthrough products at sherwin-williams.com         
From the Blogosphere
5 Ways to Decorate in Scandinavian Style
Scandinavian design refers to a style of decorating found in the region of Europe that consists of Norway, Sweden, and Finland. This style is very clean, modern, and above all functional. READ NOW  
Lower Operating Costs Mean New-Home Buyers Can Afford More House
A newly published study looks at how operating costs vary depending on the age of the home, using data that has recently become available from the American Housing Survey. READ NOW  
Passivhaus versus Net-Zero Energy Buildings
The Passivhaus (or nearly zero energy building) vs. net zero debate has become an ongoing discussion that rears its nerdy head every few months. READ NOW
The Castle Green: A Trip Back in Time
Regally standing in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, the Castle Green provides a sense of old world charm for visitors and the few residents lucky enough to score an apartment in this historic landmark. READ NOW  
Does painting your house increase value
When it comes to home resale value there are several things one can do to increase its value. House painting is one of them. In addition to increasing value, painting makes your house sell faster which means you will save on your mortgage, taxes and utilities. READ NOW  
Stucco Repairs on older homes
Shearer Painting: This is a 90 year old home on Queen Anne, and most of the houses on this side of the lake are 50+ years old, and been around a long time and they have seen their better days. READ NOW  
Recruiting Services Now Available by Summit
A number of you know that I have a strong working relationship with a full service business consulting firm, based in Philadelphia, PA: Summit Services, Inc. READ NOW  

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