Pro picks: Five pros on their top picks for interior paints

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Do you need vibrant colors or the whitest white? Do you need something durable for a homeowner who insists on a flat sheen? Is scrubbability a key characteristic? Depending on your customers’ needs and budget, your interior paint preference might vary. But all pros have their favorites. Here are a few:       1RYAN GILL: Though his company is just … More

The inPAINT interview: Industry perspective – trends and product innovation

Sherwin-Williams expert talks technologies & opportunities

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Since 1866, Sherwin-Williams has supplied paint and coatings to homeowners and professional customers in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Today, the company has more than 4,200 neighborhood stores and 2,600 employed representatives in North America. Despite balancing market shifts, economic changes, and product demand, what’s remained consistent over the … More

Pro Picks: Four pros weigh in on their favorite specialty coatings


Rusted metal roofing, high-traffic stadium floors, and tile that needs recoating; these are just a few of the project types that the pros featured in this issue’s Pro Picks had to contend with in the recent past. Read on to learn which specialty coating they turned to to tackle the challenge and get the job done right.   BESI JANOVA: With a focus on commercial … More

The latest in sanding systems


Let’s face it: When you’re eager to lay down that first coat of primer or paint, cleaning up dust from drywall or sanding isn’t anybody’s idea of a party. The good news is that sanding systems—which incorporate a vacuum with a hand or motorized sander—continue to become easier to use and more flexible, and manufacturers continue to add options every year. The obvious reason … More

Boosting curb appeal with color

Expert advice for creating color harmony

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Erin Marshall used to get irritated when she looked out the window of her kitchen in Portland, OR, and her gaze fell on the house across the street. “It was white and it just blitzed my eyeballs in the morning because it faces east,” she says. As an interior design consultant, white exteriors are a pet peeve: “Almost nothing in nature, except a brand-new flower, is white,” 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

Sprayer training

Saves business owners time & money in the long haul


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


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


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