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For many years in the paint and coating application profession, the general thought was to hire or work with the best mechanics. Fire or avoid the hackers and slackers. That may have been true for many generations, but now it is very difficult to find professionals with varied skill experience. Most associates are exposed to the craft through the market segment where their former company competes. This makes the labor pool circle small and mainly limits company growth to swiping competitor’s employees (otherwise, skills set may not match).
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Finding Help
Today, workforce development including recruiting and training craftsmen is already a challenge, which will progressively get worse before there is any improvement. In 2015 the Associated General Contractors of America put forth a proactive guideline identifying the construction workers/paint craftsmen shortage and presented a pathway to expand the hiring pool. PPT shares the information for your consideration in two excerpts: Part I: The Issue; and Part II: The Solution.
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Regulatory Review
New OSHA Rules
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) listed a number of new initiatives and updates to existing regulations. The list and links have been compiled by the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC). It seems as predicted here at PPT, before the White House administration change; there will be lots of new rules and regulations implemented.
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Color Selection
PPG Paints 2017 Color of the Year
PPG Paints unveiled its 2017 Color of the Year: Violet Verbena (PPG1169-5), a grayed-off, moody purple with a chameleon-like presence. “Violet Verbena is at once as nostalgic as it is modern. It’s substantial in a world that can sometimes seem so temporary, luxurious in a harsh world that needs pampering, and introspective and private in an invasive world,” said Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager, PPG. “Purple was unanimously selected as the 2017 Color of the Year by PPG’s global color experts for its distinctive qualities. We are seeing this shade of violet on the runway in fashion, and in textiles for the commercial and residential segments.”
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Refinishing Wood Furniture 101
Good furniture will last for decades. If you’ve got a piece whose only fault is a decaying (or depressing-looking) finish, you can breathe plenty of life into it by refinishing it. Here’s a basic outline of what you’ll need to do.
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Industry News
AkzoNobel’s Brazilian Brand, Coral, Helps Kids Play
Brazilian kids see soccer fields anywhere. We used the same creativity (and a little paint) to help them see other kind of courts hidden around. This is “Unexpected Courts”, part of the Let’s Color Project. READ NOW        
BASF’s MasterSeal
Long term deck solutions with MasterSeal Traffic READ NOW      
LEAF - Living Eating and Fashion with Behr
One of our favorite ways to completely refresh a space is by adding a fresh coat of paint. READ NOW       
Benjamin Moore Arborcoat for Decks
Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT Exterior Stains are designed to enhance the appearance of your deck, siding, or outdoor wood furniture. READ NOW      
Graco Updates the RTX Texture Sprayer
Graco Inc. has announced the release of its updated RTX Texture Sprayer product line, ideal for interior and exterior finishing of textured materials, including EIFS, drywall mud, and decorative finishing. READ NOW      
Paintzen Presents New DIY Program
A first-of-its-kind online booking engine that supplies do-it-yourself enthusiasts with Benjamin Moore paint READ NOW       
Sherwin-Williams Pro On the Go: Common Ground
Finding common ground with customers is a powerful sales tool. Terry Begue of Begue Painting shares how he uses this strategy to build strong client relationships and get the job. READ NOW       
Valspar’s Neighborhood Week
The week of May 9-14, Valspar sponsored a National Neighborhood Week with 51 Habitat for Humanity organizations in 16 states. READ NOW        
President Signs New EPA Law
President Barack Obama has signed into law the first overhaul of toxic chemical rules in 40 years. READ NOW        
Obama Administration Accelerates Anti-Business Labor Agenda
As the Obama administration nears its conclusion, federal labor agencies seem intent on issuing as many burdensome and anti-business regulations as possible. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
3M
Work hard. Breathe easy. Get proven protection and long-lasting comfort with the new 3M™ Quick Latch respirator. Featuring a convenient quick latch and patented 3M™ Cool Flow™ technology to help reduce heat and moisture for enhanced comfort and easier breathing – helping you stay cool on the job.
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Sherwin Williams | NEW LOW GLOSS EG-SHEL SHEEN
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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PPG Pittsburgh - Regency® Interior™
REGENCY® interior latex paint is our finest interior paint-and-primer-in-one product with excellent durability that repels stains. It provides excellence in coverage, durability and stain resistance.Regency applies smoothly and has great flow and leveling for a beautiful finish. It is ideal for withstanding wear and tear in high traffic areas. www.legendary440.com         
Featured Videos
New Titan RX-Pro™ Airless Spray Gun
An innovative spray gun built for the way you work, giving you ultimate comfort and control.
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. A new law grants the EPA authority to make regulations without: scientific proof that hazards exist and without considering the financial impacts of compliance to small businesses like paint and coating application companies.
2. Many of today’s low and no VOC paints have a volume of solids between:
3. Paint and coating application craftsmen are becoming a rare breed, because: 1) there are too few rookies to teach; 2) there is a lack of available apprentice training; and 3)
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