Sprayer training

Saves business owners time & money in the long haul

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As a painting business grows, it’s natural for an owner to be less involved with crews. From a business operations standpoint, that’s a good thing. An owner’s time is limited and, to maintain growth, he or she must focus on ways to build revenue instead of tending to day-to-day job details. While a company grows, however, materials and application methods may shift for those … More

Abrasives technology: extraction tools, plus key to dust control

When it comes to sanding, dust control is king. While vacuum systems for power sanders are a key part in keeping dust at bay, abrasives manufacturers also say an abrasive’s surface design and materials are big reasons for keeping dust to a minimum. That’s not to downplay the importance of HEPA-certified dust extractors or negative-air machines. But those devices also get … More

Study reveals pros with color expertise are in demand

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Do you know which interior colors millennials and baby boomers prefer? Are you aware of your region’s color preferences? If not, you may want to brush up on your color expertise. Why? Because nearly three in five Americans plan to paint an area of their home in the next 12 months and four in five say they would hire a professional to do it—and they’d like some help from a pro … More

Hire-ology: How and where to find the best talent

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The shortage of qualified, dependable tradesmen in the U.S. is not a new story, but it is still a concerning one for many contractors. While many workforce-related headlines point to a need for computer scientists, engineers and health care workers, the National Association of Home Builders reported in 2016 that there are roughly 200,000 unfilled construction jobs in the U.S., … More

Your ride, your way:

Upfit to get the most out of your work vehicle

Over time, every paint pro develops his or her own unique habits. Maybe it’s an affinity for a particular brush or roller, or perhaps a demand to put tools and materials in certain easy-to- reach spots on a work vehicle. That said, it helps when a vehicle is built out to anticipate a pro’s natural tendencies. That well-placed, functional ladder rack could help employees … More

Residential paint pros talk shop at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in July

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If you’re a residential painting contractor, learning how to run your business comes with its share of trial and error. And sometimes, there’s plenty to learn by simply listening to other contractors talk about their challenges. Through its Advanced Shop Talk educational forums, the PDCA annually seeks to convene painting contractors to share solutions for business … More

Are you ready to sell your painting business?

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You’ve spent years, perhaps decades, making a name for yourself on the local or regional contracting scene, but now you think it might be a good time to sell. Maybe someone has expressed interest—or you’re considering retirement or another business venture. Most business sales can close within a few months. However, Peter Holton, managing director with Chicago-based Caber … More

4 common vehicle customization mistakes paint pros make

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For busy paint pros, customizing a work vehicle can seem unnecessary. But the money saved in NOT customizing your ride could compromise efficiency for you and your crew. Getting a paint pro’s vehicle right is often a collection of many small details. Just having bins or shelves in the right places or at the right height can make a world of difference for a tradesman. Keep these … More

Use cleanliness to close deals and find more work, one pro says

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Bill Harrison, owner of A&S Painting, in Lansing, IL, has a unique perspective on closing out jobs. While some painting professionals have established checklists that demand a customer walk-through payment and numerous contract stipulations, Harrison, on the other hand, sees closing time as a paint pro’s chance to make one last good impression. And going above and beyond … More