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      February 1
Welcome to Painting Pro Times where industry experts provide the latest information on industry trends as well as valuable news and product information.
Painting Pro Times, the source for paint professionals!
It’s not too late to blaze a path of success and achievement in 2013! Whether 2012 was a riding high in the saddle year or a knocked down on your behind episode, it’s time to improve your career and/or company. READ NOW        
Spotlight On:
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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Estimating for Profit Part I
Are there any paint and coating professionals managing businesses with the idea of not making money? Well, before simply saying no, look around at the competition and some of the prices. For many professionals, profit seems to be a puzzle with missing pieces. READ NOW        
Estimating for Profit Part II
Having already established in Part I that earning a sensible return for running a company is essential to flourishing businesses. We are going to consider another sometimes elusive puzzle piece: understanding the necessary costs to include in billable man hours.
Industry News & Market Trends
Incremental Increase in Nonresidential Construction Spending Expected for 2013
Commercial sector poised to see the most growth READ NOW        
Consumer Reports: New top paint
A new color can be an inexpensive way to get a whole new look, say the experts at Consumer Reports. READ NOW        
Record Number of Whistleblower Cases Filed, Resolved by OSHA in Fiscal 2012
The number of whistleblower cases submitted to OSHA in fiscal 2012 reached 2,787, up 5 percent from 2011’s total of 2,648, agency figures show. READ NOW        
Construction Employment Increased In 33 States
Construction Employment Increased In 33 States and D.C. Between November and December Amid Growing Sense of Optimism Among Contractors Finding Work in More Parts of the Country READ NOW        
Graco Launches TrueCoat II and TrueCoat Plus II Handheld Paint Sprayers
TrueCoat II sprayers deliver the best spray finish and are fast and easy to use. READ NOW        
Sherwin-Williams Unveils Enhanced Functionality For Online Color Visualizer And Colorsnap Studio™ iPad® App
Drag-and-drop painting, improved edge detection and a wide array of tools lets you apply color or define surfaces as precisely as you want READ NOW        
Universal Launches Latitudes Wave™ Decking at IBS; Offers Classic Look at Affordable Price
More pre-colored products are being developed to avoid painting READ NOW        
Painting Contractor Sentenced in Bidding Scheme
Fraud was committed in connection with the school district’s awarding of 10 painting contracts READ NOW        
Construction Material Prices Down Slightly Between November and December But Up for the Year, New Analysis Finds
Gypsum, Lumber and Plywood, Paint and Plastic Products Among the Few Products to Experience Significant Cost Increases in 2012 READ NOW        
Valspar Paint today reveals three 2013 colour trend palettes
Inspired by the newest underlying influences and movements expressed in fashion, food, design and culture. 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
2010 Paint-It-Forward Recipient Passes Away
We’re sad to report that our 2010 Paint-It-Forward recipient, Dan Allan has passed away. In March of 2010, A.Allbright employees (and some family members) showed up to volunteer their time to paint and repair Dan & Karen’s home in Castaic, CA. READ NOW  
Black and White Bedroom Bold & Classic: Tips for Decorating with Black
Black is back! Sometimes all you need to give your home a bold new look is to go simple. Check out these three easy ways to bring some classic black into your decorating scheme. READ NOW  
Dave Fawcett on Leadership and motivation
"I think (and I’ll have to stumble around a little bit, get my words right) what you do with people is you [clearly] communicate what it is we’re going to do, what it is we need to do, what it is you want them to do. And then, you track it - you pay attention to what they’re doing, and you reinforce positive behavior." READ NOW
The White Roof
Can the color of a paint be energy efficient, and if so why? White paint has been proven by research to reduce your energy costs. A green solution the Greeks have known more than a hundred years. White is the reflection of color reflecting waves of energy off a surface. Each color has its own temperature and rate of absorbing and emitting energy. READ NOW  
The 4 Ways to Grow Your Business
The goal of this On Target program is to enhance the overall business performance of each participant in the areas of business strategy, marketing and finance. Each Session is 90 minutes in length and includes a planned curriculum and interactive discussion between facilitator and participants. READ NOW  
"The" Paint Color for 2013
The standard for color comes from the Pantone color palette. Each year they select a color that they anticipate will be "the" color based on fashion and design trends. This year, they’ve declared Emerald Green as the color of the year and you will see Emerald Green popping up everywhere, including paint. READ NOW  

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Fort Lauderdale, FL 02/19/2013 - 02/20/2013
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March 3-6, 2013
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