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         May 17

Welcome to Painting Pro Times where industry experts provide the latest information on industry trends as well as valuable news, and product information.
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Back in grade school, it seemed to take forever, but eventually the last day of school rolled around. The anticipation of being set free to rummage about unrestrained by the bell, the weight of sentence structure and multiplication rigors was energizing if not intoxicating. With a similar excited feeling, we are introducing Technical Talk, a new PPT column. The first installment is from the well known industry icon, Robert Cusumano.
PPT Technical Talk
Going Green Isn’t Always Easy
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are solvents that get released into the air as paint dries. As a result of the Clean Air Act of 1996, paint manufacturers have been lowering the volatile organic compounds in paints. Since that time, the regulations have become stricter and manufacturers continue to formulate more environmentally friendly products. They’ve done this while trying to maintain the reliability and durability of previous coating products.
World’s Largest Painted American Flag Unveiled
Internationally reknowned artist Wyland completed the world’s largest painted American flag mural, an impressive 3.8-acres in size and painted with Sherwin-Williams paint, on the roof of Legendary Marina in Destin, FL. The awe-inspiring 555’ x 299’ flag honors United States military armed forces and first responders. It will be officially designated the World’s Largest Painted American Flag with Guinness World Records.
Festool Introduces Portable, Compact Dust Extractor
Festool USA launches an ultra-portable, compact dust extractor, the CT SYS, a full unit HEPA certified, feature-rich solution for the jobsite. The CT SYS has tool-triggered operation, high performance suction, self-contained hose and cord storage and is designed to be carried via an integrated handle, or worn over the shoulder using an included shoulder strap. The new CT SYS’ design and performance capabilities make it the most highly portable and completely functional professional dust extractor on the market.
History of Behr Paint
Behr paint was started in the back of Otho Behr Jr.s’ wood paneled station wagon. He began selling linseed oil paint to paint stores shortly after World War II. The stores began requesting a more durable paint that would perform better on redwood. So Otho Jr. approached his father, Otho Behr Sr, to help him create a paint that would meet the new requirements. Otho Sr was an accomplished chemist and created a new clear finish and stain. This new formula was able to better adhere to redwood and with this new process the business moved from the back of the station wagon to the Behr’s garage.
Titan Introduces New RX-PRO Airless Spray Gun
Titan is redefining airless spraying with the introduction of the revolutionary RX-PRO airless spray gun. One of the most innovative airless guns offered today, the RX-PRO is a premium spray gun rated for 3,600 PSI that provides unmatched comfort, durability and convenience to paint contractors.
Industry News
Benjamin Moore Tops in Customer Satisfaction
Benjamin Moore, North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand known for products such as Aura®, Regal® Select, Natura®, Ultra Spec®, ARBORCOAT® and more... READ NOW        
Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT Exterior Stain Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT Exterior Stains are designed to enhance the appearance of your deck, siding, or outdoor wood furniture. READ NOW      
90 Years of Great Paint
It all started back in Friesland, Holland, where he worked in his father’s paint shop applying finishes to the homes and carriages of Dutch farmers. READ NOW       
PPG Helps Main Streets Across the Country
“Main Streets” Across the Country Vie for $25,000 Cash & Bragging Rights READ NOW      
Valspar's National Neighborhood Week
Valspar has provided $2.5 million in cash and product donations to support 51 local Habitat for Humanity organizations in 16 states as part of Valspar’s National Neighborhood Week, May 9 – 14, 2016. READ NOW      
3M Introduces Interior Tape That Delivers 90-Degree Hand Tears
3M Company, maker of ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, is introducing the first and only poly-backed masking tape that tears by hand at a 90-degree angle for interior surfaces. READ NOW       
Fall Safety: New Titan II Harnesses
The new economical Miller Titan™ II line of harnesses offers enhanced adjustability, improved comfort and increased worksite safety. READ NOW       
Slobproof Paint Pen
The patent-pending Slobproof Touch-Up Paint Pen about to launch nationwide in Lowe’s stores and already a top-seller on Amazon. READ NOW        
My Paint Saint
New paint touch up tool…may be a thoughtful leave behind especially if branded to your company. READ NOW        
Second Skin: Coating Breakthrough
This groundbreaking material could make your wrinkles and dry skin disappear. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
3M | Introducing ScotchBlue™ PLATINUM Painter's Tape
You’ve never seen a tape like this. 90-degree tear for fast corner prep. Durable 3M poly material helps stop paint seepage for ultra sharp paint lines. Pulls off in one piece — no tearing or slivering — to save you time. Prep smarter. Paint better. Finish stronger.
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The new Low Gloss Eg-Shel Sheen available in ProMar 200 Zero® VOC Interior Latex hides minor surface imperfections better than other Eg-Shel sheens. It has better washability than the Low Sheen Eg-Shel and a softer appearance at all angles versus Low Sheen Eg-shel and Eg-Shel.
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Titan RX-PRO™ Airless Spray Gun
Titan’s new RX-PRO airless spray gun delivers more comfort, control and convenience than ever before. Spray longer with ergonomic features like a best-in-class, ultra-light trigger pull, and customizable FingerPrint Grip™. Rated up to 3600 PSI, the RX-PRO works with any airless sprayer on the market.
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Featured Videos
ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape for Exterior Surfaces
Upcoming Industry Events
2016 WIA National Convention and Vendor Showcase
Charlotte, North Carolina
September 16-17, 2016
Commercial Painting Contractor Convention
Rockport, Maine
Sept. 27-30, 2016
Knowledge Test
1. The Finishing Contractors Association (FCA) represents members that are signatory to collective bargaining agreements with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). Some original paint contractor members were formerly affiliated with the Painting & Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA), which were grouped into various councils that formed individual bargaining units.
2. What are the three major components of every airless sprayer?
3. Align the founding year with the company following this order: 1925; 1851; and 1806:
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