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       May 1

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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As the nights go from cold to cool and flowers finally bloom, the busy time of year is here. Many professionals crank up the volume on exterior projects necessitating workforce expansion. PPT readers already know that the industry has lost millions of trained technicians from the combination of the recent construction depression and the slow, plodding of time - the older generation aging out.
Fun Stuff
Fun Stuff: Minion Yellow
In an industry first, Pantone, the global color authority, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Partnerships & Licensing today announced the creation of an official new PANTONE Color, Minion Yellow, based on the Minions from Universal Pictures and Illumination’s Despicable Me global film franchise, including the upcoming prequel Minions, opening in theaters July 10, 2015. The development of PANTONE Minion Yellow, marks the first time in the global color authority’s history that a color has been created and named after a character.
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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Wage Wars
Weathering the recession required a number of strategies for construction companies: downsizing staff, cutting bonuses, freezing wages and finding ways to do more with less. With the recession in the rearview mirror and more active construction sites, employers are reinstating bonuses, wage increases and positions for new employees.
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Behr Marquee Tops in Customer Satisfaction
BEHR Interior Paint has been ranked highest in customer satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power 2015 Paint Satisfaction Study. The study found that BEHR interior paint ranked higher than all other interior paint brands and performs particularly well against key satisfaction factors including durability and warranty/guarantee.
OLYMPIC releases new ONE Stucco and Masonry Paint
OLYMPIC Paint and Stain announced today the launch of Olympic ONE Stucco & Masonry paint-and-primer in one, specially designed for use on exterior and interior stucco, masonry and brick. The new Olympic ONE Stucco & Masonry paint was designed for application to beautify and protect porous surfaces. This high-performance paint is backed by a lifetime warranty and provides a chalk-, alkali- and mildew-resistant coating.
Wooster Adds New Brush Package
For nearly a decade, Silver Tip brushes have received praise from retailers, professional painters, and also homeowners for their great painting performance and value. This Wooster-exclusive line is expanding again with the addition of two new Silver Tip 3-Packs.
Industry News
AkzoNobel helps students to build world's first modular car
The Nova high performance electronic vehicle is built by 26 students at the Eindhoven University of Technology. READ NOW       
Behr, Clark + Kensington & Sherwin-Williams Get High Rankings
The study measures customer satisfaction with interior and exterior paint brands, and major paint retailers. READ NOW      
Graco Launches New Small and Midsize Electric Airless Sprayers
Designed to deliver unmatched productivity, these new sprayers are loaded with features that make work faster and easier. READ NOW       
PPG: Strategic Milestones And Record Numbers
Bunch highlighted some of the company’s recent strategic actions, including several acquisitions strengthening PPG’s coatings product portfolio, which now comprises approximately 93 percent of the company. READ NOW      
RPM Acquires UK's Largest Wood Finishes Manufacturer
Based outside of Manchester, Morrells has annual net sales of approximately $33 million and nearly 150 employees. 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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RPM Acquires UK Market Leader in Fire-Stopping Solutions
Firetherm manufactures and supplies a broad range of fire-stopping products, intumescent coatings, and fire-rated sealants and fiber boards. READ NOW       
Valspar 2015 Color Trends
Valspar, the nation’s most widely distributed paint brand, has identified some of the most influential, lifestyle-changing cultural movements that will be defining color palettes in 2015. READ NOW       
Invisibility Stickers Could Cloak Soldiers
Note to journalists: Please report that this research will be presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. READ NOW      
AGC Looks at Developments in Green Building Programs: Day One of Earth Week
Green buildings have matured and grown in the last 15 years to such an extent that the basic principles need little introduction to many in the building professions.
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EPA Extends Lead Paint Recertification for Renovators
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a rule to extend certifications for thousands of renovators under the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule, effective April 16. 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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Emerald® and Duration Home® Interior Acrylic Latex Paint
Both Emerald® and Duration Home® Interior Acrylic Latex Paints now offer a true flat sheen with the same great washability, durability and burnish resistance as the matte and glossier sheens. Unlike other flat paints that claim washability, the new, technologically advanced finish for Emerald and Duration Home is truly flat and cleanable.
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NEW Residential Form 365 – the mobile estimate solution for painters!
Now you can do all of this onsite:
• Create & print professional estimates on the spot! (No more returning to the office to prepare estimates.)
• Sell more jobs & close more sales!
• Save time & money! Increase your profits!
Stand out from the competition starting now!
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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New Series for 2015
New series for 2015 is powered by a Kubota Z602B1 or DH902B1 engine roll-cage protected pressure washer built to prep surfaces and destroy even the most stubborn contaminants common in commercial settings. With up to 8.0 GPM and 4,000 PSI, this finely tuned hot water pressure washer has a General or Annovi Reverberi pump and exceptional 5-year manufacturers’ warranty coverage, including an engine warranty, & 5 year prorated coil warranty.

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From the Blogosphere
No Problem vs My Pleasure
This AM I was grabbing some groceries at our local Wegmans when the cashier came over to help put the bags into my cart after the transaction was finished. I could have handled it myself, but I appreciated the initiative. I thanked the lady who then replied, “no problem!” READ NOW
Slight Uptick in Rates on Loans for New Homes
This morning, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that interest rates on home mortgages increased slightly in March. The same was true for the subset of mortgages used to purchase new homes. On conventional mortgages used to purchase newly built homes, the average contract rate and average initial fees and charges each increased by 2 basis points. The contract interest rate increased from 3.79 percent to 3.81, and the initial fees and charges increased from 1.11 percent to 1.13. 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
Dunn-Edwards Introduces Enduralastic™ 10 Ultra-Premium Elastomeric Wall Coating
As part of our ongoing commitment to develop high performance products that are safe for people and the environment, Dunn-Edwards has introduced New Enduralastic 10 ultra-premium elastomeric wall coating. 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  
Spring Hiring- Host a Job Fair!
Nolan Painting will be hosting a Job Fair at their office this upcoming Saturday, May 2nd! To spread the word, signs have been posted around town and on their trucks, information has been shared on social media and they have also contacted local community media outlets to reach as many people as they can! Below is a great example of an article that was just shared on the local county news network! READ NOW

Featured Videos
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Titan FlexSpray – Launch
Upcoming Industry Events
The International Restoration Convention and Industry Expo
Las Vegas, NV
May 6-8, 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 EPA has extended the RRP supervisor Re-certification deadline by at least one year:
2. The machine known as the atomic spray painter is the:
3. What two states have $100 billion dollars of construction work underway?
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