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Introduction
Painting Pro Times, the source for paint professionals!
In February, the Finishing Contractors Association, a group of union businesses including paint and coating contractors, reported a couple of items that may be particularly interesting. READ NOW      
Spotlight On:
HIGH HIDE. LOW COST.
High-hide, versatile paint for professional painters now available at a reduced price. The KILZ PRO-X 300 Series is optimized for spray, roll, brush and touch-ups. Meets MPI performance standards and is Green Seal™ and Greenguard Certified for low VOCs. Compare to your current brand of paint.
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Regulatory Review
Proposed OSHA & EPA Regs Fiercely Opposed
The Construction Industry Safety Coalition, a group of twenty-five different construction trade associations*, has questioned the scientific evidence justifying OSHA’s proposed Crystalline Silica rule. The coalition claims that OSHA has made faulty assumptions, incorporated deficient data and included more than a few errors in the beleaguered, proposed regulation.
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Spotlight On:
The Great Titan Trailer Giveaway
Enter for a chance to win the ultimate toolbox on wheels! “The Great Titan Trailer Giveaway” is your chance to win one of five customized 12-foot trailers. Visit TitanTrailerSweeps.com to enter online or find out where to pick-up an official entry form.
Click here to view official rules
PPT 50 Behr Paints…Just for the DIY?
Behr is one of the largest home owner brands; however it does not seem to be a top choice among paint professionals. Which prompts the question: Is Behr paint only designed for the do-it-yourselfer? Behr has nationwide distribution in the country’s largest building supply store, Home Depot. And it is consistently rated a top brand by Consumer Reports, which would bolster the idea that it is popular in the DIY channel. READ NOW      
Industry News & Market Trends
Diversification Strategy Pays off for Painting Subcontractors
As the economic crisis grabbed hold of the nonresidential construction industry, small subcontractors grappled with whether to shrink their operations in the hopes of surviving or expand their capabilities to gain access to more work. READ NOW      
Benjamin Moore Goes Greener With Natura Renew™, The Industry’s First Premium Bio-Renewable Paint
Natura Renew™ is highly durable and plant-based, the first of an entirely new class of innovative, eco-friendly paint. READ NOW       
PPG reports record fourth quarter and full-year 2013 results
PPG Industries today reported record fourth quarter 2013 net sales from continuing operations of $3.7 billion, up $459 million, or 14 percent, versus the prior year. READ NOW      
Sherwin-Williams Hikes Dividend
The dividend is payable on Mar 14, 2014, to shareholders of record as of Mar 3, 2014. READ NOW      
The Valspar Lowered to “Equal Weight” at First Analysis (VAL)
First Analysis downgraded shares of The Valspar from an overweight rating to an equal weight rating in a report issued on Wednesday, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. READ NOW       
Valspar receives John Deere supplier innovation award
The award is presented to a select group of suppliers who have demonstrated innovation in a product or service they provide to John Deere. READ NOW      
Construction Associations Partner in Support of the Merit Shop Philosophy
“Together, we can address key issues relevant to construction contractors in North America, including developing our workforce and ensuring each worker returns home to his or her family at the end of the day by working toward world-class safety on every jobsite.” READ NOW      
Prices for Construction Materials and Nonresidential Buildings Each Rise by 0.6 Percent in January with Wide Range Among Goods and Structures
Input Price Changes Vary from 7 Percent Jump for Gypsum to 2 Percent Dip for Diesel; Contractors Association Warns Sustained Uptick in Costs Could Squeeze Margins and Calls on Congress to Speed Infrastructure Funding READ NOW       
Main Street Still Cautious About the Future
Small business optimism started the year slightly up from December at 94.1 but well below the pre-recession average of 100, according to the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB’s) latest index. READ NOW      
Harvard-MBL Team Discovers Pigments in Cuttlefish Skin Functioning as Nanoscale Photonic Elements
Scientists at Harvard University and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) hope new understanding of the natural nanoscale photonic device that enables a small marine animal to dynamically change its colors will inspire improved protective camouflage for soldiers on the battlefield. READ NOW      
Researchers at Univ. of Illinois Develop Unique Material Made of Polyurea to Form Removable Paints
Look out, super glue and paint thinner. Thanks to new dynamic materials developed at the University of Illinois, removable paint and self-healing plastics soon could be household products. READ NOW       
Product Introductions
Faux Effects® NüVilla™ Elegant and Traditional in Design…
Dynamic Color Line Up is just MAGIC!
NüVilla™ is an extremely versatile creamy, light and smooth decorative finishing medium that dries to an almost flat appearance; a very low sheen without much movement. This new, low VOC plaster product is elegant and traditional in design—perfect for the client who may be apprehensive of decorative finishes and opts for just painted walls. NüVilla™ has subtle, light absorbing qualities that add a soft warmness to any room. An impeccable upgrade!

NüVilla™ also exhibits superior color blending qualities. Because of its velvety smoothness in nature, application on walls and other substrates is a breeze! NüVilla™ is excellent for both the decorative finisher and paint contractor. No burnishing is required and it’s easy to repair!

Available in a tasteful 15 pre-tinted designer color palette and a tint base.

Traditional Timeless Elegance ... NüVilla™ the Perfect Accent to Your Home!

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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
        
Meet the newest member of the Titan™ Impact Family
The Impact 400 uses the proven Quad+ packings from the Impact 440, delivering reliable performance with a rugged lightweight design that’s built to last. Backed by the industry’s best warranty the Impact 400 offers superior features at an excellent price.

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From the Blogosphere
Base CRM For Android Brief Review
You know I’ve been a fan of Base CRM for the past few years. I am actually a fan of a number of CRMs on the market! After all, here in 2014 you have a plethora to choose from. In this post, I just wanted to share my experience with Base CRM working on an Android device. READ NOW
GDP Growth in the Fourth Quarter – Revised Down
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the second estimate of real GDP growth for the fourth quarter of 2013. Real GDP growth was revised down to a 2.4% seasonally adjusted annual rate, from 3.2% in the advance estimate. The second estimate is based on more complete data than was available for the advance estimate. Real GDP grew at an annual rate of 4.1% in the third quarter. READ NOW  
Patricia Gray | Fine Art | Desolation Sound
Drawing from her thirty years experience as an internationally renowned interior designer, Patricia Gray has achieved mastery in her field that few can compare with. Lately Patricia has been exploring painting with great success. Her transition into being an accomplished artist is a natural progression for her. Painting with a colour palette that is vivid and rich she draws inspiration from nature and from her travels. READ NOW
Fresco Decorative Painting
First, to get our terms clear, Buon Fresco is the ancient painting method that flourished in Renaissance Italy. The word fresco comes from the Italian word affresco which is from Latin, for “fresh”. Buon Fresco is a method of painting directly onto fresh plaster with pure pigments. READ NOW  
Change Your Room’s Look With Crown Molding!
Have you always liked the look of the crown molding in your friend’s home? Do you need to add that one missing piece to your home? Crown molding can change the whole look of a room very quickly. If done right it will complete your room’s décor, and give you lasting enjoyment. READ NOW  
Micro-Trend Alert: Navy Blue
In a sea of yearly color forecasts, and top 10 lists, I’m always on the lookout for micro-trends in color and interior design. Like 2013’s Charcoal + Gold Trend Alert here on the MyPerfectColor Blog, there are trends and micro-trends that can only be found by keeping your eye on social media, decor magazines, and advertisements. READ NOW

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