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  December 19
Welcome to Painting Pro Times where industry experts provide the latest information on industry trends as well as valuable news and product information.
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Another day, another dollar or should it be another year spent in a great career? Either way, old man 2012 is about dead and baby 2013 is ready to bust out. Please allow me to suggest a great way to take advantage of a fresh year; wipe the slate clean and take a little time to write 3 goals down that you will accomplish before the New Year goes from crawling to running to hobbling with a cane. READ NOW        
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KILZ PRO-X paints are formulated for professional painters. We have partnered with Pro Painters for decades, Pro’s know when color, scrubs, sprayability and touch-up matter… who else would we ask? Come try what we’ve built together. KILZ PRO-X paints, painter approved and only available at the Home Depot.
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Reflections on the EPA’s Lead Rule
The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Lead-Safe Rule, (TSCA) Section 402, which is now Federal Law, states that, as of April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, apartments, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified. READ NOW        
Social Media for Small to Medium Size Businesses: Dos and Don’ts
Using social media is a great way to stay connected to your customers and get the word out about your company among your group of friends and fans. In fact, it’s a very smart (and FREE) way to build long-term relationships with your customers and stay top of mind when they need your services. READ NOW        
PPG Buys Glidden
Over the course of a couple months, the North American paint supplier business has been fundamentally re-shaped. On Friday December 14, PPG announced a definitive agreement to acquire the North American Decorative business unit from Azko Nobel for 1.05 billion. The sale includes the following major brands Cil, Flood, Glidden, Liquid Nails, and Sico.
Industry News & Market Trends
Akzo Nobel sells paints unit to PPG For $1.05B
Dutch paints and chemicals company Akzo Nobel NV said Friday it sells its Decorative Paints business in North America to its U.S. competitor PPG (PPG) for $1.05 billion. READ NOW        
Shepherd Color announces New Pigment Technology
Inorganic pigment with two versions; plastics and paints and coatings. READ NOW        
New Changes in EPA Policy Governing Disposal of PCB-Contaminated Building Materials
EPA changes PCB disposal policy for incidental and very small quantities; penalties up to $37,500 per day per violation, which may affect paint professionals. READ NOW        
FTC Updates Guidance for Marketing of Green Products and Services
The Federal Trade Commission redefines the use of "environmental friendly" or Green in products and services, which may directly impact paint professionals. READ NOW        
Flame Seal Thermal Barrier Coating For Foam Insulation Now Available through Sherwin-Williams Dealers
Fire Barrier Coating Allows Foam to Meet Fire Code Requirements READ NOW        
3M Launches 3M™ Patch Plus Primer for Wall Repair that Enables Painting without Priming
3M introduced a new product designed using the latest technology in wall repair, making it possible to paint without priming when patching a wall. READ NOW        
2013 Versailles Workshop
Last year, Pierre was invited by Jean Sablé to be a guest teacher at the prestigious, École Sableacute; in Versailles. 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
Builders’ Sentiment Up Again
The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose for its eighth straight month to 47, a two-point increase from the revised November level of 45. Both sales component indexes, present and expected, are above the 50 tipping point where more builders see a better market than see a poorer market. The December index is at the highest level since April 2006. READ NOW  
3 Quick & Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Space
Impress guests this holiday season with these quick and easy tips for sprucing up your home. Check out how to give your living room, kitchen, and bathroom a whole new look with very little effort! READ NOW  
Corky Cork
Who would think a wine bottle cork could be so versatile? Curvy, pliable cork can be sculpted into any shape. Be it a wedge heel, a chaise lounge chair, hand bags, or a funky shaped wavy wall panel. READ NOW  
Is There an Alternative to a Heat-Recovery Ventilator?
The tighter the house, the more it needs mechanical ventilation. That’s become a rule of thumb for energy-efficient builders, and designers often turn to heat-recovery ventilators to get the job done. READ NOW

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