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Social Media continues to evolve and some people actually rely on that connection for news. If you have made any conclusions that a more than a couple of years old it may be time to re-evaluate that channel. In this issue, we have an excellent synopsis titled Social Media: Myth vs. Reality. As technology marches on, so does the tools of the trade and of the office. READ NOW      
Effective Estimating
Ever mess up pricing a job? How about taking a cost beaten or barely getting through a project almost catching a torpedo? Whether you ate the costs or backed away before signing a contract, many construction service companies including paint and coating outfits have estimating war stories. Some live to swing the brush another day, while others have folded the last drop-cloth. 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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Social Media: Myth vs. Reality
2004 marked the creation of a website that evolved from a college experiment to a place where individuals from all over the world can stay in touch with friends and family; discuss recent news, post pictures and much more. Two years after that, a website that put those thoughts into 140 characters or less was developed. Today, there are more than 1 billion Facebook users, and more than 400 million Tweets are sent daily. READ NOW      
The Sherwin Williams Comex Deal Collapses
There is big news: the Sherwin Williams (SW) acquisition of Comex fell apart. By now most readers know that Comex is the number one paint manufacturer in Mexico (and most likely in Central America) and it is a privately held, family owned operation. In recent years, Comex expanded into the US and Canada purchasing seven companies: Frazee, Kwal, Parker Paints, Color Wheel and to the north; Crown Diamond, General Paint, and Para… now owned by SW. READ NOW      
Industry News
Wooster Roller Gauge System Simplifies Roof & Floor Applications
Coatings designed to protect floors and roofs have to be tough enough to withstand the challenges of heavy traffic and exposure to the elements. READ NOW       
Photo story: Celebrating completion of Main Street Matters
Greeley Mayor Tom Norton holds a slice of cake while Kendyl Wright, marketing manager for Benjamin Moore, and Jeff Tori, of 21st Paint, celebrate Friday on the corner of 16th Street and 9th Avenue in Greeley. READ NOW      
PPG Industries Inc. vs. Sherwin-Williams Company: Which Stock’s Dividend Dominates?
Dividend stocks outperform non-dividend-paying stocks over the long run. It happens in good markets and bad, and the benefit of dividends can be quite striking... READ NOW       
Choosing Color is Top Paint Challenge, Survey Finds
CIL brand launches unique ‘model home’ website to make process easier READ NOW      
Why RPM International Inc Should Outperform Its Peers in 2014
The paintings and coatings sector has notably outperformed the market in recent years, as companies such as PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG ) , Valspar (NYSE: VAL ) , and Sherwin-Williams (NYSE: SHW ) have all delivered handsome returns to shareholders. READ NOW      
Lawmakers Grill DOL Secretary Perez Over OSHA Actions
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Thomas Perez faced tough questions from House appropriators on two ABC-opposed OSHA actions at an April 2 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee hearing. READ NOW       
ABC Celebrates U.S. District Court’s Ruling Against Davis-Bacon Expansion
In a March 31 decision granting summary judgment to the District of Columbia (the District) and private developer CCDC Office LLC (CCDC), Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) ruling that the Davis-Bacon Act can be expanded to include privately funded projects. READ NOW       
Contractors Add 19,000 Jobs In March To Hit Highest Level Since June 2009 As Construction Jobless Rate Declines To Seven-Year Low Of 11.3 Percent
Residential and Nonresidential Employment Both Increase but Ongoing Exodus of Experienced Workers Raises Urgency of Strengthening Public Measures to Attract and Train Workers, Association Officials Warn READ NOW      
Smart Photo ID Cards to Verify Worker Qualifications
Personal safety and security are often cited as the number one priority in the construction industry, and rightly so. READ NOW      
NFIB: NLRB Ambush Election Rules Will Deprive Business Owners Of Protected Rights
Today, Elizabeth Milito, of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, will testify before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in opposition to a recently proposed NLRB rule to accelerate union elections. READ NOW       
Apple Patents Smudge-Resistant Sapphire Coating, Suggesting Displays Are On The Way
The the new application describes how an oleophobic (oil-repelling) coating might be added to sapphire glass to make it smudge and fingerprint-resistant. READ NOW       
New findings to help extend high efficiency solar cells’ lifetime
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology’s (OIST) Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit has made a surprising discovery about the degradation of solar cells that could help pave the way to creating a longer lifetime for these cells. READ NOW       
Pixelstick Kickstarter Simplifies Light Painting
But it’s still not going to be as easy as it looks. 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 ProDiscounts™ Savings Program
With ProDiscounts, painting professionals can take advantage of simplified pricing and everyday discounts including 15% off list price on painting supplies and 20% off list price on case lot quantities on over 150 popular items. Contact your store or representative for details today and let the savings begin.
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Gardner Flex-N-Fill™
Gardner Flex-N-Fill™ is your premium, all-purpose patching compound with built-in primer. Tough enough for use inside or outside, Flex-N-Fill™ fills holes, cracks and indents in drywall, wood, plaster and masonry surfaces. This premium spackling paste can be sanded and stays flexible to prevent cracks. Flex-N-Fill’s high strength polymer formula has great adhesion and paintability.
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Painting Contractors: New app coming soon!
The We Paint Smart App can help you cut payroll expenses, boost revenue and reduce employee time theft. NO MORE guessing how much you made on that job or where your employees are. This is the wave of the future! Learn more and fill out an interest form at www.wepaintsmart.com.         
From the Blogosphere
Should I Advertise on Yelp?
Yelp Shows Up Great on Search Results
Yelp is one of the fastest growing and highest ranking directories on the web. Do a quick search, such as "painters in Boston" and chances are you will see Yelp results towards the top.
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Natural Gas Prices Increase Sharply in March
Over the past 12 months, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), prices on expenditures made by urban consumers increased 1.5% before seasonal adjustments. Consumer prices increased in March by 0.2% on a seasonally adjusted month-over-month basis. READ NOW  
Emily Carr Pastel Course - Class 2
Experimenting with my new Mount Vision Thunderstorm Grey Pastels
Pastel with Mount Vision Thunderstorm Grey Clouds
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Grisaille
Grisaille comes from the French "gris", meaning gray. It is a monochromatic painting technique employed to imitate architectural details, roundels, rosettes, sculptures, etc. This technique was used by Giotto, Flemish masters, and in many French palaces of the 16th Century. READ NOW  
Ceilings can use color too!
Often people forget to even consider ceiling color when doing interior painting. They just assume they should use some shade of white. But there are a lot more choices than that! Sometimes white is the right choice, but have an open mind and consider some other options. READ NOW  
Spring Painting DIY Inspiration
When the days get longer, and the sun reappears after a long winter, my thoughts turn to painting. While spring may inspire others to dream of flowers, and picnics, it inspires me to dream of painting projects. READ NOW

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