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      August 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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Paint and coating technology is entering an advanced era that was considered science fiction 20-30 years ago. We watch spy movies where some evil doer has a super secret lab making an end-all chemical or doomsday weapons. James Bond, Mission Impossible and Austin Powers fall between fantasy and farce thrillers. This issue features a News link about a company with a name worthy of the big screen. Darkside Scientific, a real business with a not so ordinary name, announced the release of a coating system that emits light.
Color Selection: Cruise Control
Color plays a powerful role when designing a small city at sea. When passengers first board Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, eager to start their vacation, they notice the vibrant colors of its festive spaces and the subtle hues of its tranquil spaces. But the most important color might be the one most passengers don’t notice at all: the one that dominates the stairs that take them to and from their stateroom for the duration of their cruise.
Don’t Get Shortchanged on Change Orders
While some change orders have a minimal effect on an original contract’s scope or value (or both), they cannot be overlooked. Cumulatively, or even individually, change orders have significant impacts on sequencing, budgets and resources. Because of this, work associated with change orders tends to be riskier than the original contract scope—especially pending or unsettled change orders—because the contractor is often required to proceed without formal approval from the owner or prime contractor.
Benjamin Moore Opens New Distribution
Benjamin Moore & Co. opened a new distribution center in Landover, Maryland. The brand new Silver LEED Certified Logistics Center will accommodate expansion and enhance service in the fast growing Mid-Atlantic and Southeast markets as well as support distribution of an expanded line of Benjamin Moore & Co. latex products.
Rust-Oleum’s New Chalked Ultra Matt
Rust-Oleum announces the release of Chalked Ultra Matte Paint. The new line of Chalked Paint can be brushed on to create a soft, modern finish or distressed to create a polished, vintage look.
The fast drying paint transforms the look and feel of furniture and home décor while providing do-it-yourselfers the ease of one-coat coverage. The thick formula is ideal for distressing projects to create vintage looks, or providing surfaces with a soft, velvet feel.
Industry News
Behr’s 2016 Color Trends
As the hypnotic draw of technology lures the masses into an ever plugged-in existence, a need for analog experiences and environmental stimulation drives us to engage the senses of sight, sound, smell and touch in our homes. READ NOW        
Kelly-Moore Endows Texas Builders Foundation
The $125,000.00 endowment will provide scholarships to students who are enrolled in construction related programs in Texas’ trade and technical schools and colleges and universities. READ NOW      
PPG Opens PPG Paints Branded Stores
Renovates, rebrands 16 new ‘Hometown Paint Stores’ as part of national paint store network READ NOW       
PPG’s Colorful Communities Commitment
As our inaugural Colorful Communities project, PPG is transforming the Propel School in the neighborhood of Hazelwood. READ NOW      
RPM Achieves Sales Record
- Fourth-quarter sales increase 8% over prior year; Net income for the quarter up 18% over prior-year results; Fiscal 2015 full-year sales increase 5% over prior year READ NOW      
A California Home Turns Heads with Kameleon Color
Valspar's Kameleon Colors are pearlescent paints that appear to shift in color based on the lighting or viewing angle. READ NOW       
New Coating Shows Race Car Drivers’ Heartbeat
As a kid, the concept of ‘glow-in-the dark’ was always tantalizing; the sharp explosion of color radiating from the darkness as soon as you turned off the light. READ NOW       
3M Acquires Capital Safety for 2.5 Billion
Capital Safety is a leading global provider of fall protection equipment, one of the fastest-growing safety categories within the global personal protective equipment industry. READ NOW      
Who is minding the regulatory store?
House Judiciary Subcommittee Looks at Obama Administration Regulatory Oversight
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Final World Trade Center Building $4 Billion
With a construction price tag of $3.8 billion, 1 World Trade Center is the most expensive office building in the world, but it could be surpassed by its neighbor. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
Sherwin-Williams Tuff Surface™ Premium Texture Finish
Now available in Flat and New Eg-Shel Finish, Sherwin-Williams Tuff Surface™ Premium Texture Finish helps professionals achieve beautifully textured surfaces using less effort. Apply Tuff Surface to hide imperfections in uneven or damaged surfaces. For inviting spaces with long-lasting beauty, it is both reliable and cost effective.
Learn More.
From the Blogosphere
A Good Tool for Scheduling Painting or Remodeling Projects
Managing the scheduling of painting or remodeling projects can be a real juggling act. When I was active in my family’s painting business, the schedule seemed to adjust and change daily. Sometimes, the headaches happened when a crew called last minute and said they were not finished on a Friday and needed 2 more hours on Monday morning to finish up, and they did not call their next project to let them know they would not be there Monday morning. Without the right technology, a home improvement schedule can be one of the most painful parts of running a business. READ NOW
The Aging Housing Stock
The American housing stock continues to age, especially as residential construction continues its modest rebound after the Great Recession. According to the latest 2013 American Housing Survey (AHS), published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the median age of owner-occupied homes is 37 years old, compared to only 27 years old in 1993. This aging trend signals a growing market for remodelers, as older structures normally require additional remodeling and renovations. It also implies additional demand for more new construction over the long run. READ NOW  
How to Coordinate with Color for Spring
For me spring and summer bring with them a blossoming sense of lightness and renewal. Floating and even a little aloof, my mind starts to drift in and out of dreams wandering wherever it pleases. These are the seasons of untamable imagination and creativity. I find myself detached from the rush of day to day life, seeking more time to drift about the yard, enjoying the slower pace. I seek colors that reflect this whimsical and etherial attitude for inside my home as well. The color experts at Pantone have designed the perfect solution to my summer whims. READ NOW
How to Add Midcentury Modern Style to Your Aesthetic
Many of us remember the Mid-century modern decorating style of the 1940s to 1960s fondly. Whether you grew up with the traditional green, gold, and orange family room or you first spied the design style on a favorite television rerun, it is certainly iconic and has stood the test of time. Understanding the elements of the Mid-century modern decorating style can help you create innovative and bold designs for your clients who are seeking to incorporate it into their modern homes. READ NOW  
Fence Staining
Before you know it we will be feeling fall temperatures and, hopefully, getting some rain. Don't neglect your fences! If your fence is in need of staining, painting or sealing, you should have the work done before the colder damp weather arrives. Protection of your fence will not only make it look nice but also help it last longer. If your fence is shared, it's best if you can get your neighbor to agree to treat their side of the fence as well. READ NOW  
Training: There is no time like the Present!
High Summer. Busy busy busy. We are all stuck in the middle of too many projects, too many fires to put out, too many employees running around without direction. The answer to making that all go away is simple. Training. I know, I can hear you from here, who has time to train, I have TOO MUCH TO DO! READ NOW

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Knowledge Test
1. Like the famous brilliant, yellow material used in gold leafing, platinum and tin may be utilized as Gilding metals:
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3. There is a new regulation redefining “independent contractors” or subcontractors. The new rule actually expands the definition of “employee” using a six factor test labeled the Economic Realities Factors Guide. It is a government expansion attempt to end subcontracting. The federal agency taking aim at private industry is the:
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