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        April 2

Welcome to Painting Pro Times where industry experts provide the latest information on industry trends as well as valuable news, product information.
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Another winter season has passed, which means the gleeful snow sliding days will end soon; or for paint professionals and other business folk, a new quarter begins. Before springing into action, take a moment and give a fresh look at colleagues, customers and suppliers. READ NOW      
PPT Armstrong-Clark: Small, Innovative Maufacturer
As paint professionals we have often seen high quality products and/or game changing advances originate from relatively small outfits. Two quick examples: think of the recent discovery of Never-wet nano-technology by Ross Industries, a steel shelf maker, and the long ago (1887) hand pump paint sprayer from Joseph Binks. Interestingly, both inventions came from companies that did not manufacture paint (Binks supervised the Marshall Fields department store’s warehouse painting crew). READ NOW      
Spotlight On:
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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Olympic Stain launches Super Olympic Elite with its richest color and strongest protection
Palettes push to new levels of clarity, beauty and durability to unlock and protect the beauty of wood...
America’s most trusted stain brand since 1938, OLYMPIC® Paint and Stain announced today the launch of OLYMPIC® ELITE™ Advanced Stain + Sealant in One, a super-premium exterior stain line offering a new palette of wood- and nature-inspired hues, available exclusively at Lowe’s stores nationwide. READ NOW
PPG partners with C2 Paints to manufacture and expand distribution
PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) today announced that its North American architectural coatings business has taken a minority equity position in The Coatings Alliance, LLC (TCA), a cooperative of 42 paint dealers in the U.S. and Canada. TCA is based in Buffalo, N.Y. Financial terms were not disclosed. READ NOW      
Industry News
PPG to invest $27 million in San Juan del Rio facility
Expansion will increase coatings production for automotive OEM, other applications READ NOW      
Valspar discovers ‘ghost signs’ under 111-year-old building’s mural
When paint manufacturer The Valspar Corp. poured $30 million into the renovation of its historic Minneapolis office building, it washed away most of a colorful mural painted on the exterior. READ NOW       
Valspar Commences Valspar Championship with Habitat for Humanity Community Build in Partnership with PGA TOUR
The Valspar Corporation is committed to bringing the transformative power of color to the tournament, both on and off the course. READ NOW      
As interior paints get tougher, painting gets easier
Self-priming paints that stand up to stains and scrubbing READ NOW      
SSPC Issues Updated Paint 29 Standard
SSPC-Paint 29 is a performance-based standard for a zinc dust containing primer. It contains performance requirements for zinc-pigmented coatings with a minimum zinc loading of 65% in the dry film. READ NOW       
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.
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Unlicensed contractors targeted by N.D. AG
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued cease and desist orders on Tuesday against seven unlicensed contractors for allegedly violating state consumer fraud laws. READ NOW       
Okla. AG Pruitt sues federal government, alleges ‘sue-and-settle’ tactics
The U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allegedly used such tactics when settling a lawsuit over the listing status of 251 animal species, including the lesser prairie chicken. READ NOW      
Why Workers Should Follow the ‘Three Points of Contact’ Rule
Many equipment operators and truck drivers get hurt by entering, exiting, mounting and dismounting equipment and trailers—sometimes resulting in severe losses. READ NOW      
Paint that never fades? Bird feathers hold the answer
Pick up any old photograph at home. Take a good look at the photo. Chances are, the colors are already faded—or at least beginning to. READ NOW       
The Problem With Paint: What’s Lurking Inside That Can of Color Might Surprise You
Want safer paint? New options on the market deliver color without the health risks. READ NOW       
Product Introductions
Stain & Seal™
"Stains and Seals in One Easy Step!"
Containing high quality finely ground pigments in a unique water-based formula, this product is unsurpassed in clarity and richness of color. Stain & Seal™ is an excellent gel-like wood stain--great for trim work, moldings, fine cabinetry, raw wood and toning or antiquing existing finishes. Can be mixed with glazing mediums to produce various fine wall finishes.

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Sherwin-Williams Enhanced Harmony®
Harmony, long known for its premium performance in a zero VOC formula, now contains formaldehyde reducing technology in the flat and eg-shel sheens which helps promote better indoor air quality by reducing VOCs from possible sources like insulation, carpet, cabinets and fabrics.

Discover Enhanced Harmony
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
Should I Ditch My Laptop and Use a Tablet
Running A Business Using a Tablet
Depending on your business, you can ditch a laptop and run your business from a tablet, such as an Android or Apple iPad. However, in this blog post, I will be focusing on the contracting market.
Top Metro Areas – Single-Family Detached Concentration
In a recent study, NAHB examines eight key housing statistics from the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS). This post takes a closer look at one of those statistics; the share of homeowners living in single-family detached housing. READ NOW  
Gray Area: inside an Alberni Street townhouse
Patricia Gray crafts some of the city’s most elegant interiors including False Creek's Erickson project and John Travolta's Vancouver pad, but in her own Alberni Street townhouse, creativity is the freedom to make mistakes. 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  
Can You Paint Thermofoil Cabinets?
We are asked quite often if you can paint over this surface. The answer is yes. Thermofoil actually paints very similar to normal cabinets. The prep is critical to ensure the new paint adheres. The cleaning and proper primer are a must, to ensure the finish lasts. You can expect your new paint to last roughly 10 years. The cost should be about the same as painting wood cabinets. READ NOW  
What is Paint Sheen and How Should I Choose? (and more answers to great questions.)
In a recent blog post, I tackled the questions: “Does trim have to be white?” and “How do I choose a wall to accent with paint?” If you missed that post, you can find it here... READ NOW

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