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       April 17

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 the last issue, we shared that Benjamin Moore launched a new campaign titled “paint like no other”. Go to the News link to read more about it and how many dollars have been committed (hint: millions). PPG has purchased another portion of Akzo Nobel; originally the brand was located in the American heartland, but apparently, it had been introduced down under. Also, PPG has developed a pro version of their Homax brand. It is a quick, texture repair product.
Can Anything Be Done About Bid Shopping?
“Bid shopping” occurs when a general contractor discloses the bid price of one subcontractor (or suppliers) to its competitors in an attempt to obtain a lower bid than the one on which the general contractor based its bid to the owner. Put another way, bid shopping occurs when a general contractor uses the lowest bid received to pressure other subcontractors to submit even lower bids.
Spotlight On:
Find your flex with 3M™ Pro Grade Precision™ Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets and Rolls. They can fold, roll, shape or twist! The ultra flexible rolls can be cut to size for use in hand, drywall and non-rotary power tool sanding applications. They are also clog resistant and can be used wet or dry.
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Regulatory Review
EPA Extends RRP Deadline
News flash… The EPA has extended the RRP supervisor Re-certification deadline. The regulation mandates that all supervisors re-certify every five years, but as of April 9, 2015, the renewal time period has been lengthened. Please read the details below.
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2014 Craft Professional Wage Survey Results
Survey data was provided by 31 voluntary organizations from the industrial and commercial construction industries across the United States. Figures above represent average annual salaries for individual craft areas, not including overtime, per diem or other incentives.
Valspar Helps Create One of the World’s Largest Murals
The Markthal Rotterdam, the first indoor market and housing development in the Netherlands opened in October, 2014 after five years of construction at a total estimated cost of €175 million.
McCormick Paints Introduces TOTAL Advantage A Professional Quality Zero VOC Interior Coating
McCormick Paints, a leader in developing architectural coatings for the professional paint market, announced its introduction of TOTAL Advantage, a new professional quality zero VOC interior coating. As part of its commitment to research and development, McCormick Paints formulated TOTAL Advantage as the zero VOC solution that the professional marketplace demands.

Industry News
Benjamin Moore puts up 50 Million for “paint like no other”
Benjamin Moore is rolling out a spring campaign that will total about $50 million in ad spending, according to the company, which called it the most robust and ambitious efforts in its 132-year history. READ NOW       
Homax Pro Grade Wall Texture
Contractors can now achieve invisible wall repairs in less time than traditional hopper gun repair methods with the HOMAX® line of PRO GRADE® wall textures products for orange peel and knockdown surfaces. READ NOW      
PPG Buys an Australian piece of Akzo Nobel
PPG Industries today announced that it has completed the acquisition of certain assets of FLOOD® Australia, which manufactures and distributes specialty wood stain and paint additive solutions for consumer, commercial and industrial applications. READ NOW       
Sherwin-Williams develops cool color videos
Before starting a painting project, people scrutinize the colors printed on narrow paper strips called color chips. To show the world that Sherwin-Williams understands the emotional power of that moment, they commandeered this universal paint color icon. READ NOW      
Will Sherwin-Williams Paint My Portfolio Green Or Red?
Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) is probably one of the easiest companies to understand that I’ve analyzed thus far: it makes and sells paints. READ NOW      
Spotlight On:
Meet the NEW Titan™ FlexSpray™ HandHeld. With revolutionary JetForce™ Technology, the Flexspray delivers the production of an airless and the Control of an HVLP, putting the power to spray just about any coating in the palm of your hand.
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NLRB’s ‘Ambush’ Election Rule Set to Take Effect April 14
The NLRB’s controversial final rule overhauling its procedures for union elections, commonly known as the “ambush” election rule, will be going into effect April 14 unless a court blocks enforcement of the new rule.* READ NOW       
Study Finds That OSHA Underestimated Cost of Silica Rule by $4.5 Billion a Year
Estimate One of Several Examples of How Agency Fundamentally Misunderstands Construction Industry, Raising Questions About Overall Rule. READ NOW       
U.S. Naval Research Lab finds that polyurea stops bullets & rust
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has found that some types of rubber provide corrosion protection—and potentially better ballistic protection—for amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs). READ NOW      
Maine makes unused Architectural Paint universal waste
In March, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) revised the state’s hazardous waste and universal waste regulations, based on a fall 2014 proposal. There are several particularly important changes to the universal waste rules, which have been moved to a new chapter 858.
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New business guide paints picture of successful small business
Paint Your Way to the American Dream’ provides essential tips, advice for budding business owners. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
3M — Science Applied to Life.
Find your flex with 3M™ Pro Grade Precision™ Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets and Rolls. They can fold, roll, shape or twist! These ultra flexible sanding sheets and rolls have an innovative film backing and are perfect for spindles, trim and other hard-to-reach areas — to get the job done.
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NEW Residential Form 365 – the mobile estimate solution for painters!
Now you can do all of this onsite:
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Paint Your Way to the American Dream
Kurt Degen has owned and operated K &T Painting for over three decades. He started this company with a paint brush, roller, five gallon bucket and $100.00 in his pocket. Using his profits Kurt has been able to successfully build his business portfolio, which includes real estate holdings, residential and commercial rental properties. Kurt has achieved excellence in the business industry and is helping others obtain their objectives and independence. You too can fulfill your aspirations and goals by simply applying the tools Kurt has shared in this wonderful how-to book!
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From the Blogosphere
How Exercise Can Help Grow Your Business
A few years ago, I heard Kevin Nolan (Nolan Painting) give a brief talk about how a regular exercise plan helped him in his business. He would go on an early morning run before his morning business meetings. Kevin explained that he was more alert, creative and focused during the first few hours of those important meetings. READ NOW
Builders’ Sentiment Bounces Back
Home builders reversed their one month decline in sentiment as the April NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index increased 4 points to 56 from a one-point downwardly revised 52 in March. The bounce back up to the January-February average suggests the March observation was an outliner. 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  
Lessons in Leadership
On March 3, 2015, Giovanni Feroce, an Iraqi war veteran and successful entrepreneur, spoke as the Keynote at our Grand Summit Conference in Charleston, SC. As a student and educator on leadership practices, I captured some of the salient points. READ NOW

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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. The overall average return (costs vs. value) across residential remodeling projects is 85%, or for each $1 invested, 85 cents are returned.
2. Define Surfactant Leaching
3. In an effort to expand the RRP regulation to commercial and public buildings, the EPA:
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