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          June 5

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Benjamin Moore & Company has become the Official Paint of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs. The five-year partnership will kick off with the restoration of the iconic marquee to its green origins and gold trim to honor Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday season. Play ball! READ NOW      
The Almost Secret Paint Maker
The first tip off to the quietly big conglomerate is the number 168. Well, if that doesn’t give the answer away, know that most paint professionals are aware of or use some of its products. The company is not an obscure or tiny outfit; the U.S. based business has 93 manufacturing facilities in 23 countries. According to the 2010 edition of America’s Finest Companies, of the approximately 19,000 publicly traded, domestic corporations, only 56 others have paid an increasing annual dividend for 36 consecutive years or longer. READ NOW      
This Primer Is Killer
Mold can be a serious problem, causing unsightly stains, lingering odors, potential structural and surface damage and adverse health effects for allergy sensitive individuals. Now, Rust-Oleum introduces Zinsser Mold Killing Primer, a mold killing primer that kills mold, mildew and odor causing bacteria while priming the surface at the same time. READ NOW      
Spotlight On:
From a brand you can trust

100 Series - Production grade paint for hide, sprayability and easy touch-ups
300 Series - Specification-grade paint for exceptional hide, versatility and superior touch-ups.
KILZ PRO-X paints are available at The Home Depot.
To learn more about KILZ PRO-X paints, go to www.kilzpro-x.com
Tools to Boost Your Business
Painting contractors know that selecting the right paints and applicators for a project can save time and money. In addition, there are numerous tools and best practices that can help enhance every step of the job, from bidding a quote to the finished result. Many of these tools can help grow business. They can also help you go the extra mile in delivering a white-glove experience for the client. Incorporate these tools and tips designed to help build customer loyalty and stand apart from the competition. READ NOW      
Industry News
Benjamin Moore Inks Deal with the Chicago Cubs to Become Official Paint of Wrigley Field
Iconic Marquee to Return to Green Origins with Gold Trim for Upcoming 1930s-themed Homestand Celebrating 100 Years of Wrigley Field READ NOW       
The Voice of Color Program of PPG Pittsburgh Paints Brand Announces Digital PPG Color Work Station
New interactive retail palette display and capabilities ease color selection READ NOW      
Sherwin-Williams Awarded Military Coatings Project Award of Excellence For Exceptional Coatings Work on U.S. Navy’s USS Ronald Reagan at SSPC 2014
The award recognizes exceptional coatings work performed on U.S. military ships, structures or facilities. READ NOW       
Sherwin-Williams Recognized by Ohio EPA for Environmental Excellence
The E3 program recognizes organizations committed to environmental excellence on different levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. READ NOW      
Valspar Reports Fiscal 2014 Second-Quarter Results
The Valspar Corporation today reported second quarter 2014 net sales of $1.1 billion, an increase of 10 percent over the prior year. READ NOW      
PaintCare® Program Launched in Vermont
The paint stewardship, established by Vermont Act 58, was signed into law by Gov. Peter Shumlin in 2013. READ NOW       
AGC Joins Coalition Letter Urging Congress to Reauthorize and Improve the Perkins Act
Reauthorizing and improving the Perkins Act will more effectively spend federal dollars, and ensure our nation’s students acquire the skills today’s employers are demanding. READ NOW       
Self-protecting ‘nano-container’ coatings tapped to prevent corrosion
A team of researchers in Germany explored how ‘self-protecting’ coatings, which contain embedded micro- or nano-containers filled with a corrosion inhibitor or biocide, can be used to autonomously protect metal parts and infrastructure from surface deterioration such as corrosion or biofouling. READ NOW      
Expo Magazine names NACE International’s annual conference and expo, CORROSION as one of its 25 Top Fast-Growth Shows
In addition to numerical data, the survey focuses on unique efforts made to build the value of the event. READ NOW        
NARI names Fred Ulreich CEO
Previously, Ulreich was NARI’s director of business development and national membership. 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.

Click here to learn more!       
Enhanced Deck Protection. Enhanced Deckscapes®.
New, Enhanced Deckscapes® Waterborne Semi-Transparent Stain provides improved UV Protection against sun, mildew, and premature weathering-all while eliminating peeling and blistering at the end of its life cycle. And it can be applied on damp wood, so you can finish most jobs in a single day.
Discover the difference.
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
Marketing, Advertising & Branding
Three words, or terminologies, are kicked around often in the mind of many small business owners when it comes to growing one’s business: marketing, advertising & branding. Many times branding and advertising are combined into the one word, "marketing." So when one thinks of branding, he is thinking "marketing." Or another might say, "I need to do some advertising", he typically is thinking, "I need to market my business". READ NOW
Lot Shortage Still a Problem for Builders
In a 2014 survey conducted by NAHB, 59 percent of builders reported that the overall supply of developed lots in their areas was low to very low, unchanged from August 2013, but up from 43 percent in September 2012. 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
Insulation: Do it once, do it right
We saw cracks going across the drywall (not along the seams) on this dining alcove ceiling addition. Upon closer examination, the ceiling felt cold which lead us to open a one foot square hole to further investigate. We looked inside and saw that the previous work done had not included putting needed insulation in the ceiling, a ceiling directly below the roof in this area. READ NOW  
2014 Charity Paint Recipient Announced!
Congratulations to Davis Arts Center, the recipient of the Brooks Painting 2014 Charity Paint Give-Away! Of our three finalists, Davis Arts Center received the most votes and Brooks will be donating up to $10,000 in painting services for their facility. It is our honor to be able to give back to the communities we work in through our Charity Paint. READ NOW  
Color Palettes Inspired by Nature
The desire to bring the outdoors in has been popular in decorating for many years. This natural trend shows no signs of slowing down, but as tastes change, the color palettes do. What was considered a natural color palette in the 1970s looks nothing like the natural palettes of today. READ NOW

Upcoming Industry Events
NACE - Bring on the Heat 2014
Houston, TX
June 17 - 19, 2014
Every Building Conference & Expo
Orlando, FL
June 22-24, 2014
AIA Convention 2014
Chicago, IL
June 26-28, 2014
Mega Rust 2014: Naval Corrosion Conference
San Diego, CA
June 25 - 27, 2014
Knowledge Test
1. Small companies have little or no Fixed costs.
2. The state by state program of recycling paint is called?
3. A famous artist used a new perspective for a renowned painting. The perspective was immediately adapted for murals and it is still relevant today. Which work of art holds that distinction?
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