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      March 29
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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The birds are singing spring songs and the first quarter of 2013 has closed. Sales up, down or flat, it’s April, time to get it or keep it going. Although the snow sports season ends, most of us look forward to the thaw. Ever watch a kid sliding on top of the white cold stuff, it is pure fun; skis, sleds, and snowboards universally bring smiles. It would be nice if work was that fun, read Color by Numbers to think about a renewed perspective. 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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Color by Numbers
Every small business has obstacles to overcome and each individual has their strong and weaker points. As paint and coating application professionals, we fulfill varied management and operational jobs. From marketing and sales, to field supervision and putting on product, we do what it takes to satisfy customers and sometimes we carry out multiple job descriptions in a single day. Get the work; perform the scope, collect and the cycle circles again. 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: Government vs. Business
Imagine that a ten round world championship brawl is scheduled, the champ was hit by a truck one night and two long time contenders having not yet risen to the top will face each other. Both sides have achingly sought and are determined to wear the belt. We may have our favorite, but our job is to be objective color commentators analyzing both camps victory chances. If there was a fight between government and business, which side would win? READ NOW        
Industry News & Market Trends
Several PPG Products Receive Greenguard Certification
Interior Paints Recognized in Programs of Indoor Air Quality and Children & Schools READ NOW        
Company Urges Painters to Think Beyond Paint
There is more than one way to finish a wall to satisfy the needs of today’s customer READ NOW        
Sherwin-Williams Unveils Enhanced Harmony® Paint
Featuring Groundbreaking Formaldehyde Reducing Technology to Help Improve Indoor Air Quality READ NOW        
Construction Employment Increases In 145 Out Of 339 Metro Areas Between January 2012 & 2013 As Firms Begin To Worry About Supply Of Skilled Workers
Pascagoula, Miss. and Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas Are Top Gainers While Charleston, W.V. Had Largest Percentage Decline, Chicago & Detroit Metro Areas Lost the Most Jobs READ NOW        
Sherwin-Williams Launches Dry Erase Coating
Painting professionals can create versatile, economical dry erase boards for a wide variety of applications in schools, businesses and homes. READ NOW        
A&K Painting Company Wins Two 2013 National Painting Awards
The 2013 national painting industry awards honors the very best in commercial and industrial painting projects across the United States. READ NOW        
Behr Paint introduces improved zero VOC version
Helping to meet evolving green product standards READ NOW        
Painting Pro Times - New Products
Check out these new products. READ NOW        
Neighbors part of environmental monitoring process for wave of Capitol Hill demolitions
The demolition this past week of the B&O building at 1650 E. Olive Way raises questions READ NOW        
Housing market jump-starts remodeling
Business is starting to look up for home-improvement retailers and housing-related manufacturers in San Antonio READ NOW        
Sherwin-Williams New Tuffwall™ Premium Texture Finish Hides Imperfections To Deliver Attractive Spaces
A 100 percent acrylic interior coating that gives professionals a quick, economical way to enhance a property with a fresh, updated look. READ NOW        
Young Home Buyers Seem to Desire Basements
Basements are considered especially desirable in homes by younger home buyers and those living in colder climates. READ NOW        
Small Business Must-Reads
A U.S. House Small Business subcommittee held a hearing Thursday on protecting small firms against cyber attacks READ NOW        
Don’t Miss These 5 Business Tax Write-offs
No. 1: Mileage, the often forgotten one 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         
Welcome to Sherwin-Williams ProDiscounts
Sherwin-Williams has launched ProDiscounts, an everyday savings program for professional customers. Simplified pricing and everyday discounts include 15% off list price on painting supplies and an additional 5% discount on case lot quantities on over 150 popular items, plus volume pricing on paints and coatings. See your store or representative for details and exclusions.
Learn More and Save!
Announcing SetCoat® Metallics New, Dynamic Color Line Up!
Brush, Roll or Spray… the great, smooth coverage of classic SetCoat® in a wide array of 32 metallic traditional and design trend colors to expand to any finisher, painter contractor, or designer’s desires!
*Available in two sheens, our standard satin and matte finish!!
SetCoat® Metallics are specially formulated for basecoats and accent coatings with superb bonding capabilities. It is designed for use as a durable wall, trim and cabinet finish. Exquisite dense, deep coverage. SetCoat® Metallics are the recommended base for creating any classic decorative finish or dramatic accents. It is appropriate for both interior and exterior applications.

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From the Blogosphere
Giving Back to the Painting Industry with Gratitude
Joshua Abramson has been invited to once again speak at national events this year by such great companies like Sherwin-Williams Paints, Dunn Edwards Paints and our trade association, the Painting & Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA). He will be speaking to other residential and commercial painting contractors on important topics, such as estimating, marketing and business planning. READ NOW  
Country vs. Scandinavian Style Cabin Decor
He says rustic country, I say Scandinavian cabin. Check out these two very different styles of cabin decorating and tell me how you would decorate your dream cabin! READ NOW  
The Garden Style Green Roof
Plant a garden on your roof. Your energy bill can be reduced. The thought of a garden seemed peculiar at first, Europeans have been using this practice for awhile. Finally in the U.S., we are catching on, since all trends start in Europe and trickle down. READ NOW  
My WordPress Blog is Mobile
My blog is mobile, is yours? I’ve downloaded the WordPress App for IOS to my iPad and added my Advisors On Target blog to the app, which makes it even easier to blog on the go. This is an important step in letting go of being tied to an office or desktop, or even a laptop to get my work done and communicate with my audience of clients, prospective clients, business partners and friends. READ NOW  
Painting Hertz Commercial Buildings in Sacramento, CA
We currently started working for Hertz Rental car with JNT Construction. We’re excited to be painting several excising Hertz Rental locations in Sacramento, CA and surrounding areas. READ NOW  
Benjamin Moore Gentleman’s Gray
Dark blue and navy paint colors have been a favorite of mine lately, and this bedroom from Shine Your Light painted Benjamin Moore Gentleman’s Gray certainly doesn’t disappoint. READ NOW
Swedish Putty Fine Paints of Europe
Paint Prep for Gloss Panel | Swedish Putty READ NOW
Eye on the Economy: Growing Housing Demand Challenges Supply
The improvement in housing markets over the last year has been a welcome, if long-awaited, change for the economy as a whole. Improvements in home prices and building are widespread, with the NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index now standing at a count of 274 of 361 MSAs. READ NOW

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