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In manufacturer news, we begin with equal parts of fun, cool and original. Question: Among the following music artists, what is the common theme: the Beatles, Beyonce, Daft Punk, Jay Z, Mumford & Sons, and Carlos Santana? Music enthusiasts, designers, and just about anybody who is tasked with selecting colors, may be inspired by palettes arranged via emotions evoked from tunes. Answer: Kelly-Moore Paints’ “The Sound of Color”, a new creative selection system that mixes the beauty of color, music, and emotion. READ NOW      
Understanding a Buyer’s Decision-Making Process
Contractors are sticklers for accuracy when it comes to meeting project specifications and schedules, but that attention to detail doesn’t always extend to customer relationships. Time and again, research shows buyers and sellers experience the marketplace very differently and often expect different things from their counterparts. READ NOW      
Regulatory Review
Regulatory Review: RRP Update
The EPA’s unpopular RRP regulation has made headlines with the announcement of Lowe’s massive penalty (Item #1). In other RRP news, the state of Delaware is now administrating the regulation (Item #2). And most noteworthy, the EPA is pushing forward with the ill-conceived public and commercial RRP expansion by seeking participation for a regulatory review panel (Item #3).
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Painting Our City Proud
On Wed. April 16th, more than 800 volunteers walked through the gates of Hinchliffe Stadium to help bring this historic structure back to life. Politicians, City Residents, Students and Paterson based Painting Contractor, Alpine Painting all joined in to support the start of the rebuilding. By painting the graffiti covered walls, “Hundreds made a statement today.” 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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The Great Titan Trailer Give Away
Titan Giving Away Five Customized Cargo Trailers
Titan™ is excited to announce the 2014 Great Titan Trailer Giveaway. Contractors in the U.S. and Canada can enter to win a cargo trailer specifically designed for painting contractors. Titan is giving away five trailers, each customized to be the “ultimate toolbox on wheels.” READ NOW
      
Cost-Effective Mobile Apps for Contractors
Many contractors are wary of spending money on new mobile applications, because they have been successful for years without them. They do everything with flip phones, Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft Outlook, and ERP/accounting software. Contractors invest in people, equipment and trucks. They buy materials and supplies. They have built a successful construction business over several decades by building new roads, bridges, and highways or office and commercial buildings. Why should they invest in new technology? READ NOW      
Industry News
Kilz Hide-All Multi-Surface Primer and Sealer
Masterchem Industries Introduces Kilz® Hide-All™ Multi-Surface Primer And Sealer READ NOW       
TapPainter lets you pick colors three different ways
TapPainter is designed to automatically find Walls distinctly separated by an edge or a corner. READ NOW      
PPG to Acquire CSI, a Panama-based Distributor of Protective and Marine Coatings
PPG Industries recently announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Canal Supplies, Inc. READ NOW       
50 Shades of Jay Z: Your Favorite Musicians Help You Choose The Color Of Your Paint
According to mood rings, there is a color for every feeling. READ NOW      
Benjamin Moore Partners With Mansion In May At Blairsden
The Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center (WAMMC) is pleased to announce Benjamin Moore as a sponsor for its 17th Mansion In May Designer Showhouse and Gardens to be held at the historic BLAIRSDEN mansion in Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey, May 1 - 31. READ NOW      
Benjamin Moore Awarded 2014 Highest Ranked Interior Paint Fourth Year in a Row By J.D. Power
According to the 2014 Paint Satisfaction Study, Benjamin Moore maintained its highest ranked position over all other interior paint brands with a score of 815 on a 1,000 point scale... READ NOW       
PPG Architectural Coatings unveils U.S. brand strategy to better serve the professional customer
PPG Industries’ architectural coatings business announced a comprehensive pro brand strategy in the U.S. that will leverage its brand assets in three key channels of paint distribution. READ NOW       
PPG board of directors authorizes $2 billion share repurchase program
The authorization is effective immediately, does not expire and gives management discretion in determining the conditions under which shares may be purchased. READ NOW      
Sherwin-Williams “moving on” from pursuing Comex as it posts record 1st quarter for 2014
Sherwin-Williams Co.’s decision to end its pursuit of Mexican paint company Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V., was an “entirely defensive” move... READ NOW      
Sherwin-Williams is First Paint Company to Offer Seamless Integration with Revit
New agreement gives architects and designers instant access to colors READ NOW       
With its new Lead Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program, Delaware Makes Significant Commitment to Children’s Health
Delaware joins 14 states nation-wide that have committed to administering the RRP Program, which was established in 2010. READ NOW       
Spring 2014 Regulatory Alert
ABC’s quarterly Regulatory Alert provides an overview of the federally mandated rules, regulations and enforcement actions from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and other federal agencies. READ NOW       
Niagara company provides new life for old paint
If you don’t take the risk, you won’t reap the reward. 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 Use Google+ For My Business
Google+ can be described as simple as a social network like Facebook but it does quite a bit more. It allows users to create communities with similar users, hangouts (online conferences / phone calls), private or public posts or shares and more. Perhaps most significantly, Google+ provides authorship or authority to content on the web. READ NOW
Baths Edge Kitchens for Most Common Remodeling Project in 2013
May is National Home Remodeling Month. We lead off a series of posts in recognition of the occasion with results from NAHB’s quarterly Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey showing that bathrooms remained the most common type of jobs performed by NAHB Remodelers in 2013. READ NOW  
Emily Carr Live Model Sketching - Class 6
This is class six of my Pastel course at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. It is the first time I have done a live model class (I won't count the one class in design school many years ago). We had a series of timed sketches. Starting out with 30 seconds which seemed impossible to capture anything. READ NOW
Beautiful interior in Mt. Kisco
Paint Track just completed painting a house whose owners asked for a bold, adventurous, and tasteful color scheme and here are the GORGEOUS results! READ NOW  
Does It Matter if a Painting Contractor Has Insurance?
When homeowners are shopping for a painting contractor in the greater Sacramento area, there are many things they are looking for: a good reputation, quality services, positive testimonials, and of course, a fair price. Very few people give thought to whether a house painter has insurance. READ NOW  
Summer-Ready Color for Sunrooms & Porches
A sunroom is a cheerful space that has been popular for decades. Depending upon where you live, this outside addition could be known as a screened in porch, a sleeping porch, or even a rumpus room. The main feature of a sunroom is providing a relaxing space that feels like outside, but isn’t actually outside. READ NOW

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