PRO PICKS: 5 pros on their favorite pressure washers

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Paint pros know the importance of a clean surface—and the value of a trusty pressure washer. Pressure washers come in handy for tasks like prepping decks, siding, and other large surfaces. Noticeable debris, dirt and stains wash away in no time. So we asked five pros to share their recommendations on these hard-working machines. 1 FROM OUR PRO: Craig Hardcastle, … More



You could be the most experienced painter and buy the very best paint and top-of-the-line brushes, rollers and sprayers—but if you aren’t working with a good surface, none of that matters. If you’re working with a large surface that must first be sanded, you’ll want a power sander that is up to the task. So we asked four pros for their … More

Where Customers Are Finding Contractors

Online resources make strides but word of mouth still wins out

When it comes to finding and selecting a contractor, today’s consumers have more places to turn for information and opinions than ever before. With the rising popularity and growing number of online service sites and apps, it’s natural to assume that digital-based sources would lead the charge. But you’d be wrong. THE POWER OF THE PERSONAL REFERRAL For the past nine … More


Innovations add interest and appeal


Depending upon your age, you may remember that in the ’70s and early ’80s, wallpapers featuring blue geese and lots of florals were the must-have in many homes. Then, in the late ’80s, pre-pasted wallpaper hit the market and homeowners slapped up even more paper and patterns. Fast-forward five or so years later when those same DIYers grew tired of their must-have motifs and … More


Results of our first-ever inPAINT® online survey

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Last month, we reached out to 15,000 of our most engaged online readers of inPAINT magazine’s monthly e-newsletter and asked their opinions on everything from their go-to exterior paints and tapes to sprayers and rollers. We’re happy to share the results with you here, as well as a few of the comments they had to offer in relation to the survey questions. TO ALL WHO … More


Proactive business owners can prepare for changes in a way that protects their bottom line


By the time you read this, the U.S. Department of Labor’s final regulations on overtime rules will either be in effect or very close to it. Among the most significant proposed changes is an increase in the minimum salary for an employee to be considered exempt from overtime eligibility. The change pushes the minimum salary to approximately $970 per week ($50,440 per year) … More

Building a Talent Pipeline Through Apprenticeships

Tried-and-true + all-new approaches to training


In the past two years, the U.S. has had the largest growth in apprenticeships in nearly a decade. And given the current labor crunch in both the paint and construction industries, the growth could not have come at a better time. According to Anton Ruesing, director of The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades’ (IUPAT) Finishing Trades Institute, “In the past, … More


Business Profile: Nigel Costolloe contributes his success in business to experience, both earned and shared.

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The president of Catchlight Painting and a member of the PDCA’s Board of Directors, Costolloe has honed his acumen for more than 20 years, managing two paint companies on both coasts in the process. DIFFERENTIATION MATTERS When Costolloe started his first company, Natural House Painting, in Berkeley, CA in the late ’80s, he sought ways to stand out and appeal to the … More

The Tower at PNC Plaza

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THE PROJECT When it opened on October 1, 2015, The Tower at PNC Plaza added more than an interesting landmark to the Pittsburgh skyline; it demonstrated how green technology could effectively be incorporated into commercial design without compromising aesthetics. Home to the commercial office headquarters for PNC Financial Services Group, the $400- million, 33-story tower … More

Boomers Promise to be a Boon to Contractors and Remodelers

Age-In-Place Remodels Represent Unprecedented Opportunity


Whether you call them ‘boomers’ or the ‘silver tsunami,’ the growing number of adults 65 years of age or older represents one thing to contractors and remodelers: opportunity. WORK TO BE HAD According to Mark Hager, CEO of Booming Your Bottom Line, “In terms of scale of opportunity in their lifetime, business owners are never going to have another one like this … More