Results of our first-ever inPAINT® online survey

Workman Hand holding Dirty Paintbrush

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

Titan RX Pro 1

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


Busy House Painter Painting the Trim And Shutters of A Home.

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


The right tools & techniques can ensure high-quality results


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



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

Building Relationships

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


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

The ‘Fifth Wall’

Paint manufacturers offer tips for painting ceilings

You may never paint anything as grand as the Sistine Chapel, but that doesn’t mean ceilings aren’t an important part of your business. In fact, said Tim O’Reilly of Behr Process Corporation, it’s probably a good idea to convince homeowner customers to repaint their ceilings at the same time they’re repainting walls. “When you don’t repaint ceilings, they can look dingy, no … More

Making the Pro Connection

How paint manufacturers market their products and services to professional painters


U.S. demand for paint and coatings is forecasted to reach 400 million gallons by 2019, growing 3.8% annually, which is valued at $31.5 billion, according to a new study by The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. And professional painters drive a large part of that business. “About 70% of paint sold today is sold to a professional paint … More

Ride On

What’s trending in vans for the trades

When it comes to purchasing a new commercial vehicle, it’s never been a one-size-fits-all situation for professional painting contractors. From the area of the country you work in, to your paint and gear demands, to the overall cost of ownership, the factors that go into making a decision are as individual as your business. The good news is, today’s variety of vans and trucks … More