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       April 13

Welcome to Painting Pro Times where industry experts provide the latest information on industry trends as well as valuable news, and product information.
Painting Pro Times, the source for paint professionals!
Ever wonder what the future will bring to paint and coatings application? Not the next several months or few years, but imagine the potential breakthroughs over one hundred years! Innovation and technology will redefine products, tools, machines and quite likely all application processes.
2017 Insurance Cost Forecast
What does the future hold for commercial insurance buyers in 2017?
The insurance industry’s surplus is currently at an all-time high—increasing nearly 50 percent in the last seven years—which means rates have begun to decline. Although most underwriters are trying to hold the line on rate, it is anticipated that pricing on preferred accounts will continue its modest downward trend.
Spotlight On:
Keeps Paint Out. Keeps Lines Sharp.®
FrogTape® is the only painter’s tape treated with PaintBlock® Technology. PaintBlock is a super-absorbent polymer which reacts with latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint bleed and providing the sharpest paint lines possible.
Learn more at frogtape.com.
How to Pay Yourself
From bills and expenses to payroll and taxes, small business owners pay a lot. But how do you pay the person at the top? The right answer is more than just a value. Obviously you can’t pay yourself money that doesn’t exist, but determining how (and how much) to pay yourself as a small business owner can be challenging.
Behr’s Community Project Alliance
Behr and Kilz products, while always competitively priced at The Home Depot, may be offered to members of U.S. Communities through a special program of volume pricing for large purchases through The Home Depot. Greater purchasing power through U.S. Communities and Behr
Industry News
AkzoNobel Rebuts Unsolicited PPG Buy Offer
Ton Büchner, CEO of AkzoNobel, answers questions on recent events and the future of the company. READ NOW      
100 walls of Connection
People living in more than 40 countries around the world are to benefit from a partnership between AkzoNobel and global peace movement MasterPeace which will involve painting 100 walls. READ NOW       
Behr Granite Grip
Granite Grip is a premium floor coating offering a unique multi-speckled finish for horizontal concrete & masonry surfaces. READ NOW      
PPG Reiterates Buy Offer to AkzoNobel
PPG continues to believe that a combination of the two companies has a strong strategic rationale and presents a highly compelling and unique opportunity for both AkzoNobel and PPG and their respective stakeholders. READ NOW      
Sikkens is now ProLuxe
With spring comes new life, new opportunities, and… new names?! PPG is excited to announce that its Sikkens ProLuxe wood finishes will now carry the PPG name. READ NOW       
Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge Now Open
Acclaimed designers Cynthia Rowley and Vern Yip join judging panel for the seventh annual STIR Student Design Challenge READ NOW       
Sherwin-Williams Redesigns Pro App
Available now, new PRO app is redesigned to help professional customers save time and increase productivity. READ NOW        
Rustoleum Product Settlement
The lawsuit claims that Restore Products are defective because they prematurely peel, chip, or degrade after application. READ NOW       
The Celebrating 20 Years of FCA International!
In our 20 years of existence, FCA has blossomed into a force for change in our industry, and that’s thanks to the dedication, vision and leadership of FCA’s past and current board members, affiliate leaders and leading contractors. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
3M | ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tapes
Whatever surface you’re masking, plan on using the right tape for a clean removal and protection from paint bleed with every job. ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape is specifically designed for both common and challenging masking situations. We’ll save you time with sharp paint lines and incredible results the first time.
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Titan | Introducing the Titan PowrBeast™
Power, durability and performance have a new master. Introducing the PowrBeast™ from Titan. The world’s most powerful direct immersion sprayer. Featuring extremely efficient digital hydraulics, an optimized cooling system and field serviceable fluid section, the PowrBeast™ series takes hydraulic sprayers to new heights.
Find out more at titantool.com/beast.
Sherwin-Williams is proud to announce the addition of new Waterbased Alkyd Urethane to the Pro Industrial™ line of High Performance coatings. It offers tough enamel quality in a water-based formula and features exceptional durability, a high-quality appearance, excellent touchup and washability. Suitable for multiple substrates.
Learn more   
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
Salon NYC 2017
New York, NY
April 13-16, 2017
Legislative Week
Washington, DC
June 19th - 23rd 2017
Commercial Contractors Conference
Sept 19th - 22nd 2017
Knowledge Test
1. In the near future, smart helmets with 4-D augmented reality and a head-up display will help workers avoid hazards and replace smartphones.
2. According to a Construction Financial Management Association study, 92% of all business owners reach age 65 with a ______________ net worth.
3. _______________ introduced the first water based paint in 1941.
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Sales Manager: Jenna Johnson jjohnson@extensionmedia.com