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      February 14
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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Now there are only 5 national paint manufacturers! Valspar has taken over the paint making process for Ace Hardware. There are just a hand full of coast to coast companies still standing: in alphabetical order; Benjamin Moore & Company, Masterchem Industries (Kiltz and Behr), PP&G, Sherwin Williams and Valspar. 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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Valspar Announces Strategic Deal
There is more major paint merger and acquisition activity: Valspar has acquired Ace Hardware’s two paint manufacturing facilities, which house 500,000 square feet of total space. The Chicago area plants’ combined annual capacity is 20 million gallons. READ NOW        
Spotlight On:
FrogTape® is the only painter’s tape treated with PaintBlock® Technology. PaintBlock is a super-absorbent polymer which reacts with latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint bleed. The result: Very sharp paint lines and less time spent on touch-ups!
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Painting Pro’s Perspective
Painting Pro’s Perspective: Cutting Straight Lines
Tired of showing co-workers how to prep or coat trim? It does not take long when supposedly experienced people are hired to realize that many are merely capable of dabbing. The lack of skilled tradesmen is a persistent challenge throughout the construction industry and particularly in the finish specialties. READ NOW        
Industry News & Market Trends
Preval Wins Prestigious Sherwin-Williams Vendor Award
SW selects Preval for Vendor of the Year Award READ NOW        
Site safety warning over fake hard hats
Potentially lethal batch of poor-quality counterfeits discovered READ NOW        
ABC Unveils New, Advanced Political Advocacy App
Allows users to send letters directly to the offices of federal officials in Washington, D.C. on a mobile device READ NOW        
The Best Way to Build a Contractor’s Brand - Part IV
Part I of this series highlighted the advertising value of a truck (around $15,000 per month) READ NOW        
BehrPro(SM) Presents Fully-Loaded Trailers to Local Professionals to Help Them Improve Business Operations
Sweepstakes Winners from the 2012 BehrPro Experience Tour Honored READ NOW        
Benjamin Moore Teams With Make It Right To Make A Difference During This Year’s Biggest Game
BM teams with Brad Pitt to help communities READ NOW        
Environmental Protection Agency Working Close with AGC to Ensure Home Safety
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has committed to an aggressive regulatory agenda READ NOW        
SSPC Board Seeks Nominees
The Society of Protective Coatings seeks nominees to the Board of Governors READ NOW        
Construction Confidence Dips In Second Half Of 2012
The CCI reflects three aspects of the U.S. nonresidential construction industry: sales prospects, staffing levels and profit margins. READ NOW        
ASA and ASA of Ohio Support Court Ruling Disfavoring ‘Pay-If-Paid’
Will represent a significant victory for subcontractors across the state. READ NOW        
ASA Warns Minnesota Supreme Court of ‘Lasting Negative Ramifications’ If Decision in Bond Case Is Not Overturned
The result will establish deeply troubling precedent with lasting negative ramifications in Minnesota and beyond. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
Aesthetic and functional wall finishes are now available to painting professionals. They can be used in conjunction with, or as an alternative to paint. They are acoustical, tackable, impact-resistant, beautiful---and very profitable. Available in site-fabricated, pre-made, and modular formats. Free training and customer referrals available. 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
A. Allbright Painting Earns Esteemed 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award
A. Allbright Painting has earned the service industry-coveted 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies. READ NOW  
Spotted: 5 Ways to Use Polka Dots in Your Home
Spring is the perfect time for adding few fresh new patterns to your decor scheme! Check out these 5 ways to update your space using playful polka dots. READ NOW  
Looking ahead to blue.
Every year Benjamin Moore Paint Company presents an exciting forecast called Color Pulse. Last week, hosted by New York City’s International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA,) Benjamin Moore’s John Turner, Director of their architect & designer segment, presented their influential forecast for 2014. 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  
Tips on Cleaning Painted Surfaces
Sherwin-Willimas Paints has helpful information on their website for homeowners. The below is from their "FAQ" section. When you invest in a painting job for your home, you want to help protect that investment by taking care of your painted surfaces. READ NOW  
Sherwin Williams Homburg Gray
These are the Days has a stunning dining room with a dark gray-blue color called Sherwin Williams Homberg Gray. This is making me want to repaint my dining room! It is the perfect compliment to the dark wood table and gold frames. READ NOW
Seattle Madrona house painting review
"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
Open Construction Jobs, But No Hiring Surge Yet
I had my house in Denny Blaine painted by Shearer Painting the summer of 2012. I hired Shearer Painting to do the work, as they had painted many homes in the neighborhood, and John gave informed answers to all of our questions. I was extremely happy with the work they did, as well as recommendations that John made regarding choice of paint types and gloss. READ NOW

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