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

PRO PICKS: Five pros weigh in on their top exterior paints

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Homeowners take pride in their homes, and when they hire you for an exterior painting job, they’re looking for a painter who understands that—and uses high-quality products. Exterior paints need to stand up to the elements; resist mildew and dirt; retain color; and last for years without blistering, flaking and peeling. We asked five pros about their favorite exteriors … More

When less is more

Experts talk economy coatings: when and where to use them―and why

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We all understand how critical it is to maintain your professional reputation, and using an economy coating might seem counter-productive to that objective. After all, explained Debbie Zimmer, director of the Paint Quality Institute (PQI), these are typically a lower-quality, inexpensive paint that doesn’t provide quite the performance or application benefits one might see … More

Choosing colors that sell homes

Guiding your customers to make smart paint decisions

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Conventional wisdom says it’s “location, location, location” when you’re looking to buy a home. However, that statement might take on an entirely different hue when it comes to selling one. In a competitive housing market, it’s important to seize every advantage. Can exterior color make a difference? That is the million-dollar question. “True, location is an important … More

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

PRO PICKS: 4 PROS RECOMMEND POWER SANDERS

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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

Paint Essentials: Why Pros in the Know Choose Premium

Consistency, coverage, and long-term durability are key

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Glenn Targac doesn’t believe in shortcuts or giving customers an inferior product. Owner of San Antonio-based Fix Your Home— a remodeling, repair and home-solutions business Targac is all about quality and transparency with his customers. And using a premium coating is Job #1. “My goal is always to educate the customer to use the highest-quality paint their budget will … More

Color Consulting: An Emerging Value-Add Opportunity for Pros

How to integrate this service into a business strategy that yields positive results

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Color selection can be a time-consuming and sometimes frustrating process, especially with an indecisive homeowner. But it can also be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for both painting pros and their customers. Incorporating color consulting into a business plan can not only be a cost-effective time saver, but it also provides reassurance when it’s time to choose the … More

UNDERAPPRECIATED APPLICATORS

Rollers and brushes you may be missing out on

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Let’s face it: We’re all creatures of habit. It’s easy to find tools that you trust after years on the job, sometimes to the point that you ignore other options that might make jobs go easier or faster. inPAINT® asked four industry experts about the unsung heroes of the applicator world … read how they answered below. RUSS TAYLOR  l  The Wooster Brush … More

THINK OUTSIDE THE CUBE:

COATINGS FOR OFFICE SPACES

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The paint market offers many low- or zero-VOC coatings that are both durable and aesthetically pleasing for commercial environments. As a paint pro, you may be looked to for guidance on the best products, tints or color schemes for a space. In these situations, sometimes leaning on a familiar brand isn’t enough, particularly in office environments where, depending on the … More