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  January 17
Welcome to Painting Pro Times where industry experts provide the latest information on government regulations and industry trends as well as valuable news and product information.
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Get ready for the New Year! Well, according to Chinese Mythology, the celebration should be Saturday, February 10-24, 2013. There is a twelve year cycle represented by twelve different animals and 2013 is the year of the Snake. The Chinese premise for the Snake is inspiration and good luck, which some believe will bring both peace and prosperity. READ NOW        
Spotlight On:
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Pump up the Volume
Get motivated for success in 2013. In any work environment, white or blue collar, do people perform better when their level of commitment increases? Should every company have a cheer leading section and monthly pep rallies? Or as industry experts, maybe having a job and earning the paycheck should be enough to stimulate an upbeat attitude and efficient productivity. READ NOW        
Regulatory Review
Regulatory Review: Avoid the EPA Smackdown in 2013
There are a lot EPA regulatory pots cooking things that burn paint and coating professionals. In particular, there are three EPA points of interest to watch for early this year. Each has the potential to rain more costly regulations upon us. Experts estimate that over the last three years, new regulations have run up a private sector tab of $26 billion.
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Industry News & Market Trends
New Shergrip Frame Brings Extra Comfort to Jumbo-Koter Line
With its smooth-spinning cage and matching fabric choices, the Wooster Jumbo-Koter® miniroller program is a hit with professional and DIY painters alike. READ NOW        
Behr Unveils 2013 Color Trends Forecast For Professional Painters, Contractors And Remodelers
Trusted Paint Manufacturer Educates Professionals on Color Trends to Better Serve Customers READ NOW        
Mirka Dust Free Sanding
Mirka products make sanding a faster, easier and more productive READ NOW        
New Habit, Inc - New Home And Builder Improved Tools
New Habit Inc is proud to announce our nationwide support for every local chapter of Habitat For Humanity home building projects. READ NOW        
BDA Announces Sherwin-Williams’ Acquisition of Pulanna, a Chinese Automotive Coatings Producer
Pulanna is a leading manufacturer of automotive coatings for sale in the Chinese aftermarket. READ NOW        
CyGlaz: a new era of coating
Nippon Paint China has developed CyGlaz technology, a formula which improves the durability of coating. It’s a big technological breakthrough for successful development of high-performance coatings. The process allows thin coatings to have the same abrasion resistance as high build coatings and a result the coatings are more flexible; do not crack if the substrate is bent. READ NOW        
Construction Employment Declines In 151 Out Of 337 Metro Areas Between November 2011 and 2012 While New York Metro Areas Suffer Losses From Sandy
Construction employment, an essential barometer for the paint and coating application industry, declined in many metro areas over the last year according to AGC. READ NOW        
Construction Sector Adds 30,000 Jobs Between November and December
December’s unemployment rate hit 13.5 percent. READ NOW        
Sherwin-Williams Beats Valspar As Top ’12 Paint Stock
The highly cyclical paint and coatings business does not typically excite thoughts of high-growth stock performance. READ NOW        
Valspar Paint® Announces 2013 Color Trend Palettes and a Two-Week Love Your Color Guarantee™ Celebration Inspiring Everyone to Connect to the Power in Color in the New Year
Valspar Predicts Uplifting Color Palettes and Harmonious Hues in 2013 READ NOW        
Greens and Blues Headline 2013 Paint Color Palette
Paint Quality Institute predicates that the greens and blues will dominate in 2013… READ NOW        
Pantone Color of the Year 2013 - PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald
Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony. READ NOW        
Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013
Check out Pantone’s color picks for the 2013 fashion season to see what hues may influence customers. 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
JOLTS: Construction Job Openings Up in Recent Months
November data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) indicate that despite a downward revision for October, the number of open positions in the construction sector remains elevated. With continuing growth in housing starts predicted for 2013, these data suggest increased employment levels for the construction sector in the months ahead. READ NOW  
Making Healthier, Greener Foam Insulation
As readers of this blog know, I’ve come down fairly hard on certain types of foam insulation over the years. The downsides include the blowing agents used in extruded polystyrene (XPS) and most closed-cell spray polyurethane foam and the flame retardants that are added to all foam-plastic insulation to impart some level of fire resistance. READ NOW
Dunn-Edwards Goes Hollywood!
Having its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles means Hollywood is right in Dunn-Edwards’ backyard, so it’s only fitting that "The #1 Choice of Painting Professionals®" supplies the paints for some of the biggest motion picture and television studios in the industry. READ NOW  
Take Out the Trash Day
I am (still) a die hard fan of The West Wing TV series. One of the episodes was called "Take Out the Trash Day" and had to do with putting out a bunch of stories on a day when fewer people were paying attention. READ NOW  

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