PRO PICKS: Six pros on their go-to exterior stains

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Depending upon your location, wood exteriors can take a beating: snow, wind, strong sun, heavy rains. And every project is different. Siding, decks and railings—never mind different types of wood—may call for different stains, so it’s wise to study up on the stain characteristics that will work best for your project. 1. FROM OUR PRO: Skip Byers, owner of Log Home … More

MATCH MAKER, MONEY MAKER?

Could home-improvement lead-generation services be the key to boosting your business?

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Painting professionals who use online lead-generation services may be able to earn up to tens of thousands of dollars a month if they’re willing to do what it takes to be successful when affiliating with these services. “I pay for being one of three painting pros referred in more than 200 zip codes in eight counties in New Jersey and Pennsylvania,” said Gary Weller, owner … More

GET SMART: CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROS

Training and resources to expand your skills―and your customer base

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THE GOOD NEWS: Painting pros are in demand. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of painters to grow 7% through 2024, with expectations for overall job prospects and opportunities for industrial painters and coaters to continue to be excellent in coming years. THE BAD NEWS: Many pros are missing out on opportunities to differentiate themselves in … More

SURVEY SAYS!

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

PRO PICKS: 5 pros weigh in on their choice for spray guns

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A lot of painters like the tried and true—the brush and roller. But large jobs and rough textures are great opportunities to bring in the big guns: spray guns. When working with spray guns, proper prep and cleaning are essential. It’s also important to find one (or a few) that work for your particular job types. We asked five painters about their choices. OUR … More

TIPS FOR COATING EXTERIOR STUCCO

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The term ‘stucco’ is used to describe Portland cement exterior plasters in a wide variety of textures. While the cement creates a strong finish, the challenge is that it can also be susceptible to hairline or larger cracks—and the resulting problems from water intrusion. As with all paint jobs, successful coating of stucco is a matter of prep work as well as material choice … More

WHAT’S NEW IN INTERIOR SURFACE PREP

The right tools & techniques can ensure high-quality results

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It’s common industry knowledge that the key to a great paint job is the prep work. Prepping not only saves money and time, but it creates a quality final finish. Today, there are many products on the market—from power tools and adhesion tapes to specialized primers and coatings—that are available to assist pros with interior surface prep work. BEST … More

FINDING A HEALTHY BOTTOM LINE IN THE HEALTH CARE MARKET

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A good contractor knows which crews to trust for complicated jobs; however, there are some jobs that may not be technically difficult, but require a crew with great people skills to handle a tough customer. Jim Guthrie, senior project manager for Hester Painting & Decorating, near Chicago, IL, has one of those crews, and recently used the team to pull off a touchy job at … More

Building Relationships

Connecting with construction contractors can be key to winning new business

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Relationships with general contractors who build new homes or work in commercial construction can lead to steady business and plenty of regular income, but professional painters and builders say you have to know what to expect when looking for and accepting jobs offered by builders. A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY Most builders who don’t maintain an in-house painting staff rely on … More

Pro Picks: 5 pros weigh in on their go-to exterior paints

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Harsh, cold winters. Hot, humid summers. Torrential rains and blustery winds. Snow, sleet, hail. Yes, exterior paint has to be able to hold up to a wide array of elements. No one wants to see their property peel, crack or blister. And that means hiring a qualified painter—and choosing the right paint for the job. We asked five paint professionals about their go-to … More