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      August 18

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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In this issue, we have a Regulatory Review that focuses on the EPA’s expansion efforts of the unpopular Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule. Check out the EPA Lurches Onward with RRP to see just how the Agency is pushing forward even though causing needless suffering for paint professionals/contractors. In addition, under a separate RRP proposed modification, the EPA is considering changing the re-certification procedure to an all online process. There are several manufacturer announcements; one of special note is the Sherwin-Williams new online Learning Center, which provides education to paint experts, architects, designers and decorators. Visiting the Learning Center is time well spent. READ NOW      
Regulatory Review
Regulatory Review:
EPA Lurches with RRP

The beleaguered regulatory club wants to make residential lead-based paint rules apply to commercial and public buildings. Rest assured, the EPA says that they are following procedure in their parade to massively expand RRP. So far, the Agency has not marched sick, forlorn children out in front of the media to stir up support for yet another unneeded, financially burdensome regulation.
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Behr Paints Introduces ColorSmart By Behr® Digital Paint Store
For the first time ever, customers can preview designer coordinated paint combinations virtually and then configure their online paint purchase by choosing their product, sheen, and quantity and adding their order to their shopping cart with one click. Sample, gallon, and five gallon containers are available for delivery to most states and shipping is free for paint samples or any order over $45. READ NOW      
Benjamin Moore Debuts Limited Edition Fenway Collection
Benjamin Moore, North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand, is commemorating its 12-year partnership with the Boston Red Sox with the launch of The Fenway Collection, a limited-edition collection of paints featuring the iconic colors of Fenway Park. The Fenway Collection is now available exclusively at select New England-area Benjamin Moore retailers. 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
PPG Supplies Metal Coatings for Miami Tunnel
PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) supplied DURANAR® XL and DURACRON® coatings for the Port of Miami Tunnel, which is made up of two 4,200-foot-long highway tunnels that travel under Biscayne Bay, connecting the MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island to the Port of Miami on Dodge Island. DURANAR XL Crystal Blue coating covers the 4,000 metal panels lining both sets of tunnel walls, while DURACRON acrylic extrusion coatings were applied to most of the lattice work. READ NOW      
Sherwin-Williams New Online Learning Center Provides Continuing Education for Architects, Designers and Specifiers
Architects, designers and green building professionals now have free access to certified continuing education courses 24/7, with the new Sherwin-Williams Online Learning Center. Professionals can visit swceulearn.com to earn CEU credits for courses covering a broad range of topics, from paints and coatings to color and design. READ NOW      
New Federal Contractor “Blacklist”
On July 31, President Obama issued a sweeping Executive Order (EO) that instructs bureaucrats at federal agencies to determine whether a business is “responsible” enough to receive a federal contract based on a subjective review of each company’s recent compliance history with labor and safety laws. READ NOW      
Industry News
Graco Reports Record Sales and Earnings
Sales Growth for the Quarter in All Segments and Regions READ NOW       
PPG awards more than $340,000 through National Merit Scholarship Program
Undergraduate scholarships in 2014 include 54 for first-year college students READ NOW      
PPG CEO’s Interview on the Comex Acquisition
Interview with PPG Industries CEO Chuck Bunch READ NOW       
RPM Reports Record Fourth-Quarter And Year-End Results For Fiscal 2014
RPM International Inc. today reported record sales, net income and diluted earnings per share for both its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended May 31, 2014. READ NOW      
New NIOSH Smart Phone App Addresses Ladder Safety
This new app uses visual and audio signals to make it easier for workers using extension ladders to check the angle the ladder is positioned at, as well as access useful tips for using extension ladders safely. READ NOW      
Remodeling indicators show jump in current conditions
NARI reports strong directional increase from March READ NOW       
Minnesota Law Establishes New ‘Responsible Bidder’ Criteria
The bipartisan effort passed the Minnesota House 84-38 and the Senate 59-0. READ NOW       
EPA slaps Yonkers paint company with $90G fine
A Yonkers paint company will pay a $90,000 penalty for having corroded and leaking paint and solvent containers, among other federal hazardous waste law violations... READ NOW      
People Are Painting Their Lawns Green in California
Californians facing the current water crisis are getting more eccentric in their attempts to overcome this dry season. READ NOW        
Home News Hazmat team cleans up lead paint at San Gabriel River spillway
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed lead-based paint came down at 18 different points during repairs of spillway gates near the Whittier Narrows Dam. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
Loxon® XP IR Reflective Coating
Sherwin-Williams new Loxon® XP IR Reflective Coating has advanced infrared technology that reflects solar rays back into the atmosphere which helps to lower exterior surface temperatures for cooler interiors and reduced energy use. Delivers the same great high-build performance as Loxon XP in one less coat compared to conventional masonry coatings.
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Faux FX - LusterStone®
LusterStone® is a revolutionary architectural coating that produces beautiful reflective stone-like patterns. This product is unsurpassed in its simplicity, versatility and ease of repair. The nature of the material allows it to be used to create a stunning variety of high/low dimensional finishes that do not require burnishing to obtain designer quality results.
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Got leaks? Leak Stopper Clear Patch is your solution for exterior repairs. Leak Stopper Clear Patch seals leaks and gaps, and dries to a clear finish. Use Leak Stopper Clear around doors, windows, skylights and other projections to make "invisible repairs". Leak Stopper also stays flexible and offers great paintability. Visit www.gardner-gibson.com for more about Leak Stopper.         
From the Blogosphere
Salesforce, Pipeline Deals or Base CRM
I was recently asked if I had written an article comparing Salesforce to Base CRM. The contractor had also tried Pipeline Deals as a CRM. This got me thinking that I needed to write a blog about the CRMs I personally use the most and the differences between the three. I hope you will find this post helpful if you are in search for a CRM. READ NOW
Affordability Approaches Pre-2004 Norm as Prices Firm
Housing affordability dipped slightly in the second quarter of 2014 as several markets saw a firming of home prices, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). Nationwide, the second quarter HOI was 62.6-i.e., 62.6 percent of new and existing homes sold during the quarter were affordable to a family earning the U.S. median income of $63,900-down about three percentage points from the first quarter reading of 65.5. READ NOW  
Designer of the Year Award
Patricia Gray Interior Design award-winning finalist in the Western Living Designer of the Year award.
I have just found out that I have been nominated as a finalist in the Western Living Designer of the Year award. The award-winning finalist will be announced in August. This is the third year that I have been nominated so please keep your fingers crossed for me!
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  
August is Free Paint Recycling in Davis
Brooks Painting in Davis, CA will be hosting a free paint recycling event August 4-29, 2014. As you clean out or organize your garage or storage spaces, you can pull out old paint that you don’t need anymore and bring it to our recycle event and we will make sure it gets to the California Paint Care program for proper recycling. READ NOW  
Reflections of Blue
Blue the hue, a coulure as the French say. Color with many interpretations of international nations. Blue a simple color to blunder. What does blue mean? Why is the ocean blue? Perhaps reflection of earth and sky. As my wise scientist cousin explained. Coulure couture is all around us. As seen in Europe with bright city lights. The warm coulure of French Cafes with tacky decor ignites merriment. READ NOW

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Knowledge Test
1. If a HLVP spray gun “bleeds”; tightening the inner packing reduces/stops the spitting:
2. Fire retardant coatings:
3. In a recent study, the findings showed as the human eye ages, color perception changes to the point that:
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