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          July 18
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The generation that survived the 1929 stock market crash and subsequent economic tough times, often states that pushing forward through hardship builds character. The paint professionals that navigated through the recent construction depression may have some stories of their own. Most companies are operating leaner and more efficient as a result of making difficult decisions to soldier on. READ NOW        
Spotlight On:
Manor Hall Exterior
Based on the proprietary technology PPG developed for car bumpers and golf balls, MANOR HALL® premium exterior paint features MANORSHIELD® which provides a flexible film that withstands the elements, keeping dirt and contaminants from getting under the paint film. The result is a beautiful, long-lasting finish.
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Raising Prices
A few years ago, when the economy contracted, did your company experience difficult decisions? Were hourly billable rates lowered to remain competitive; to get jobs? It is not as simple as making less profit, shaving net often does not go low enough to get ugly aggressive. Production can be squeezed tightly to improve efficiency, but there is a limit and a balance before hitting the vanishing point of quality becoming a free-for-all. READ NOW        
Spotlight On:
Is Your Stucco Finish OBSOLETE
STUC-O-FLEX Breathable Elastomeric Acrylic Finish provides extreme crack bridging abilities in a durable, color integrated protective membrane that resists fading, mildew and lasts for decades. The industry’s highest levels of pure acrylic polymer offer un-matched resistance to surface cracking.
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Regulatory Review
Regulatory Review - Public and Commercial RRP Status
At the Washington, DC headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a stakeholder’s meeting about the proposed expansion of RRP to public and commercial buildings was held on June 26th. The forum provided an opportunity for proponents and opponents to comment.
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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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Industry News & Market Trends
Universal design is smart designAGC at EPA Hearing: OSHA Already Manages Lead Hazards from Work in Public and Commercial Buildings
AGC testified at a public hearing regarding EPA’s ongoing evaluation into whether and how to regulate renovation, repair and painting (RRP) activities... READ NOW        
Nations Construction Industry Adds 13,000 Jobs in June
In June, the nation’s construction industry unemployment rate fell to 9.8 percent for the first time since September 2007. READ NOW        
OSHA Withdraws ABC-Opposed Rule Altering On-Site Consultation Program
The agency withdrew the rule after reviewing comments, including those submitted by ABC and the Coalition for Workplace Safety. READ NOW        
Behr Introduces Two New Products to Keep Your Investment Looking New
A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to breathe new life into an older property. READ NOW        
Sherwin-Williams And Williams-Sonoma Form New Partnership
Williams-Sonoma, Inc., has created seasonal palettes of Sherwin-Williams paint colors that coordinate with the Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen and West Elm collections. READ NOW        
Bunch to receive ICIS Kavaler Award
This global chemical industry award will be presented to Bunch at a ceremony Thursday, Oct. 30, in New York City. READ NOW        
Preval Partners with Canada’s Largest Paintware™ Distributor
Moving aggressively into the global marketplace, Preval, has announced a new master distributor has joined the company’s international supply network. READ NOW        
Don’t Get Too Worked Up Over Valspar’s Latest Numbers
I’ve long cautioned investors to keep a close eye on inventory levels. READ NOW        
For IdeaPaint’s expansion, the writing is on the walls: Corporate clients
Many walls at PayPal’s Boston office are coated in IdeaPaint, which turns any smooth surface into a whiteboard. READ NOW        
AkzoNobel Reveals Nuna7 Solar-powered Car Featuring Aerodynamically Advanced Sikkens Coatings
Technicians from AkzoNobel and a group of students from the Netherlands recently unveiled the race car they will be entering into this year’s World Solar Challenge. READ NOW        
Researchers Develop Nanoparticles Coating Technology for Drug Delivery and Other Uses
Now able to spray the nano coating in between layers of drugs to control release READ NOW        
LINE-X Protective Coatings Unveils LINE-X PLATINUM, a 300 Percent Tougher Spray-on Bedliner
The same technology as LINE-X’s popular PAXCON protective coatings used by military personnel and on the United States Pentagon READ NOW        
Titan Introduces FlexSpray The Multi-tool for Painting Professionals
A multi-tool designed to make painting faster and easier for painting professionals READ NOW        
Product Introductions
Preval is transforming the art and science of painting through the power of spray technology. The company’s award-winning Preval Sprayer, vFan Airbrush and vGrip ergonomic handle consistently deliver flawless, precise result while bringing portability and comfort to jobs of all sizes, in any environment.
Find out why professional painters depend on Preval.
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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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The Mi-T-M CW Premium Series Cold Water Pressure Washer
The Mi-T-M CW Premium Series cold water, belt-driven, gasoline pressure washer is coined the "Workhorse" by loyal Mi-T-M customers. This robust unit is designed with a ¼-inch steel base-plate--unlike any other unit on the market! Mi-T-M Corporation, located in Peosta, Iowa, has been manufacturing quality products since 1971. Visit their website at www.mitm.com.         
A new "Patent Pending" concept that incorporates a blend of ingredients offering a safe and effective deterrent from woodpeckers. The coating is a Breathable Elastomeric Acrylic Finish formulated to apply like standard latex paint. Performance on the other hand far exceeds your typical latex product. BeakGuard limits potential damage to virtually any exterior surface including EIFS, Wood or Architectural Elements containing Foam.
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Norton Premium 5X Sponges
The super-sharp abrasive and new coating method of Norton Premium 5X Sponges resist clogging, cut faster and last longer than general sanding sponges and up to 5X life of conventional sandpaper. Maximum versatility and flexibility on curved, contoured or flat surfaces of wood, metal, paint, plastic, and drywall. Premium performance, better value.
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From the Blogosphere
Consumer Prices Rise, But Real Rental Prices Unchanged
The Consumer Price Index - Urban Consumer (CPI), rose by a month-over-month seasonally adjusted rate of 0.5% in June. Following two months of falling prices, June marks the second consecutive month that consumer prices have risen. READ NOW
NeoCon: A Highlight of Top Commercial Trends
It was another successful year at NeoCon, North America’s largest contract furnishings tradeshow returned for its 45th year June 10-12, 2013 at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. READ NOW  
Color Crush: Shades of Gray
Summer colors are often bold, bright, and tropical, but sometimes it’s nice to cool off with a chic neutral like gray. Every shade of gray of beautiful-it’s impossible to pick just one! From dark charcoal to the lightest dove, decorating with gray gives spaces a very sophisticated and relaxing feel. READ NOW  
Refinishing, Re-facing, Replacing Cabinets
At Brooks Painting we do a lot of cabinet refinishing and painting. We talk to a lot of people about cabinets and what is involved in the process. One thing that comes up over and over is what the cost difference is between refinishing, re-facing, and replacing cabinets. There is a huge difference between these three choices. READ NOW  
Dutch Boy Stonewall Jackson
Infarrantly Creative did a gray and coral guestroom makeover with the gray wall painted Dutch Boy Stonewall Jackson. I love the full wall of molding, and the headboard is stenciled fabric. What a great way to get the color and fabric pattern you want. READ NOW

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