Are you a new-hire repellant?

Thoughts on how to train and keep good employees

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We all know the trades are experiencing an unprecedented labor shortage, and many painting professionals are desperate for good help. New hires know they have other options, and it’s frustrating for a painting business owner to train a new employee only to watch them leave for another company. If you’re running into this problem, consider these few insights to could help you … More

The art & science of selling your painting business

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Maybe it was a passing mention that someone was interested in buying your company. Perhaps health concerns have you thinking of an exit. Or is it a nagging feeling that you’re just done? Whatever the reason, if you’re thinking of selling your painting business, know that it’s a journey that’s not for the fainthearted. About 80% of businesses listed for sale don’t sell, says … More

True grit: Years of advances in abrasives ease workload, improve job outcomes

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It’s the image of that frustrated pro that makes John Petersen’s job so unique—and fun. It’s not that he enjoys watching a pro struggle, but 3M’s advanced specialist of product development likes to take that struggle and use it to make products better, ultimately leading to abrasives that make work easier and improve results. “That’s essentially how we develop products. … … More

2018 color trends help you solve a wide-range of customer needs

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In residential and commercial painting work, it’s not enough to conclude some colors are hot and others are not. Now, more than ever, designers and painting professionals need to have an eye on trends and an ear for customer input to realize what color choices really work best for a project. A resource worth noting is the 2018 Sherwin-Williams Colormix Color Forecast, which … More

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