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       March 30

Welcome to Painting Pro Times where industry experts provide the latest information on industry trends as well as valuable news, product information.
Painting Pro Times, the source for paint professionals!
When you compare yesterday’s products to the present day, paint and coating application professionals use a lot of advanced, scientific materials. Tools and techniques have evolved, alongside product ingredient developments. New resin combinations and futuristic nano research will play a greater role in tomorrow’s application procedures. Dedicated artisans will continue upping their knowledge and talent to brilliantly exercise each new innovation. It is interesting and fitting that the craft’s materials were born in science, while the various application techniques were inspired by a universal human desire to express and share intentional, artistic thought. READ NOW      
The Origins of Craftsmanship Part IV
From the very beginning, paint craftsmanship has been and continues to be connected to art. The Modern American craftsman’s evolution started way, way back and trekked a far-reaching, colorful and fascinating journey. Art and craftsmanship were born in the Stone Age, took their first steps among the Pyramids, and listened to Socrates as children. READ NOW        
Spotlight On:
Gardner caulks
Designed for the professional painter, Dynamite caulks are known for superior performance, gunability and paintability . Now they will be known by their family name, Gardner. Look for Gardner caulks at your favorite paint supply store. Same great Dynamite caulk on the inside, Gardner on the outside.
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Fun Stuff
Stupid is as Stupid Does
Here at PPT we loved the movie, and we are not casting any insults at Forrest Gump who was actually a righteous personality. As paint professionals, we probably see a variety of characters portraying themselves as productive or original; when the reality shows that they are usually dangerous and/or grossly incompetent. Under these chaotic circumstances, it is natural for seasoned craftsmen to become fixated; like watching a train wreck.
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Color Selection Valspar Paint Brings Color to the Colorblind
Color can be at once both powerful and empowering. It can reflect one’s personal style, make a statement and evoke distinct emotional reactions. The visual impact of color is incomparable. Yet, 300 million people around the world are colorblind, unable to distinguish colors, in particular red and green. READ NOW      
Benjamin Moore Launches “Paint Like No Other.”
Benjamin Moore, North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand, has kicked off the most robust and ambitious advertising campaign in company history. Under the new tagline “Paint like no other.”, the campaign is rolling out in two phases: the first series emphasizes product innovations, and is followed by a second wave focused on its retailer expertise. READ NOW      
RPM Acquires Leading South African Spray Paint Manufacturer
RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) announced that its Rust-Oleum Group has acquired Spraymate Group, the producer of South Africa’s leading aerosol paint brand. Based outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, Spraymate has annual net sales of approximately $5 million. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to be accretive to earnings within one year, were not disclosed. READ NOW      

Sherwin-Williams Launches Most Comprehensive Deck Care System
SuperDeck® Finishing System Includes New IR Reflective Technology, Semi-Solid Deck Stain, Deck & Dock Elastomeric and Log Home & Deck Stain. Sherwin-Williams introduces SuperDeck, the most comprehensive deck care finishing system available. The full line, featuring premium Duckback® technology, includes products for staining, sealing, stripping, cleaning and restoring decks. The line is set to launch in the spring of 2015. READ NOW      
Industry News
Benjamin Moore gets exclusive placement on Angie’s List
The alliance identifies Benjamin Moore as the paint of choice by Angie’s List and provides members with contractor services through its private marketplace. READ NOW       
Datacolor launches new color management software
Color management software streamlines productivity and efficiency at retail paint stores READ NOW      
Dow Introduces New Resins for Ultra-Low VOC Coatings at SSPC 2015
New MAINCOTE™ Resins for concrete and metal address emerging trends in commercial building design and maintenance coatings READ NOW       
Dupont Raises Titanium Dioxide Prices Overseas
Increase Will Apply to Product Sold in Europe, Middle East and Africa READ NOW      
Graco to Sell Liquid Finishing Business
The closing of the divestiture is expected to occur on or about April 1, 2015, subject to satisfaction or waiver of remaining closing conditions. READ NOW      
Employers Can Require Deposits on Personal Protection Equipment
Contractors should be aware that this does not circumvent the requirement that employers provide protection equipment at no expense to the workers. READ NOW       
SSPC-QP 8 Standard Revision Issued
A core qualification category has been established, along with four (4) optional supplemental qualification categories. READ NOW       
Study Allows Builders to Compare Employee Compensation
The 2014 Single-Family Builder Compensation Study provides compensation and benefits data for 39 common positions at single-family home building companies READ NOW      
Inside the Psychology of Productivity
You wake up with it in the morning and go to bed thinking about it at night: an ever-crushing load of emails, meetings, conference calls, and tasks that needed to get done yesterday. READ NOW        
Will switching out titanium dioxide lower paint prices or will the end products be inferior?
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) due to its high refractive index, is widely used in paint industry as a white pigment. READ NOW        
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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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From the Blogosphere
Quick Tip on Using Do Not Disturb Feature on Your iPhone
One of the hardest things to do with the digital age we live in is to know when to take a break from technology. We might all have different reasons of why we need to shut off the reminders and notifications. For example, I know I have heard from a few of my clients telling me that they have missed important calls from a spouse when doing an estimate, because they made it a policy to keep their phone either off or in the vehicle. With the do not disturb feature, you can set it up so that only the most important calls/text get through. READ NOW
Property Taxes Make Up 40% of State and Local Tax Revenues
According to NAHB tabulations of the Census Bureau’s quarterly data, property taxes constituted 39.7% of state and local tax receipts among major sources for 2014. Sales taxes had the second largest share at 27.8%, followed closely by individual income tax at 27.9%. At 4.6%, corporate income taxes held the smallest share of state and local tax receipts among major sources. SALT shares READ NOW  
3 Compelling Reasons to make a Budget for your Business
I talk to a lot of business owners every week. It surprises me that more businesses don’t have a budget or as I like to call it, a Profit Plan. READ NOW
Then, Now & Forever™ - The Victorian Era Color Collection
We are pleased to introduce the next in our Then, Now & Forever™ historic collection series, the Victorian Era collection. Through extensive research done by the team at Architectural Resources Group, Inc., in San Francisco, we focus on the Stick, Queen Anne and Italianate styles of Victorian color, design and architecture. The Victorian Era had a profound influence on the American West, as many cities and towns known today were just springing up, newly formed and looking for influences for home choices. READ NOW  
Here’s Your Sign!
The Mariani Company in Vacaville Ca. recently hired Brooks Painting to re-paint their fading logo on their warehouse wall facing Highway 505. Lucky for us we only had to repaint what was there. The colors were faded and weather worn. Some water staining from leaking gutters had left water stains as well. You don’t see a lot of painted signs on buildings these days like you did in the 40’s and 50’s; it’s kind of an iconic look! READ NOW  
Find the Leader Within: A Preview of the Charleston Grand Summit
Next week, many of the best contractors in the country will meet in Charleston for our annual Grand Summit Conference. At the conference, Summit Members will be working on developing their leadership skills to get out of the hour glass and lead a business that can run without them. This year’s theme, “Find the Leader Within”, will be about identifying critical leadership behaviors to build a team, as well as inspiring and coaching that team to achieve a common vision. READ NOW

Upcoming Industry Events
Annual Legislative Fly In
Washington, DC
April 21-22, 2015
2015 FCA International Leadership Council
Chicago, IL
May 6-9, 2015
Building Owners and Managers Association International
Los Angeles, CA
June 28-30, 2015
Knowledge Test
1. A craftsman’s best practice is to wash interior trim with a bleach/soap mixture before repainting:
2. On exterior siding repainting “Lapping” is:
3. In an effort to expand the RRP regulation to commercial and public buildings, the EPA:
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