A More Accurate Lead Paint Sensor?

Lead Paint Hazard Warning

University of Michigan researchers have developed a test that makes it easy to detect if a paint chip contains more than the regulated 5,000 parts-per-million (ppm) of lead. Still in the prototype stage, the test relies on a new molecular gel recipe to detect the presence of lead in paint samples. Gesine Veits, a University of Michigan postdoctoral scholar in chemistry … More

The Beauty of Color Consulting

Choosing the right palette adds value, saves time and increases revenue

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Whether it’s soft and creamy or edgy and bold, there are hundreds of paint colors that reflect a customer’s personality. However, assisting homeowners with color selection can sometimes prove to be time-consuming and challenging. That’s why more pros are hiring professional color consultants to guide the overall color process and ensure customers are happy with the end … More

Pros paint pretty picture for premium products

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As a premium coatings manufacturer, it’s easy to talk about the importance of using a superior-quality paint. However, John Lahey, lll has a less self-serving reason: customer satisfaction. Lahey, president of Fine Paints of Europe, a nationally distributed New England-based paint manufacturer, understands that many customers want to get the best deal possible, but not at … More

Color tips for paint pros from Pantone Color Institute

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Throughout the year, we hear experts tout the latest information on color trends. What’s hot now, next year, and in the foreseeable future can change very quickly. Laurie Pressman, VP of Pantone Color Institute, is one of those who has plenty of colorful opinions. But she also spends time researching the drive behind color popularity and how unique color combinations best suit … More

WHY YOU SHOULD BE TRACKING YOUR DIGITAL MARKETING EFFORTS

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Tracking digital marketing campaigns— search engine optimization (SEO), pay per click (PPC), social media, email marketing, etc.—and truly understanding what type of return your web site provides is a subject most painters tend to gloss over, no pun intended. You might know how much it cost to build your web site, but can you answer the following questions? • How much … More

STRUCTURING YOUR COMPANY

LLC, S corp, C corp, partnership―what’s the best structure for your paint business?

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Rodney Nash has been part of his family’s painting and contracting business, W.W. Nash & Sons, Inc., in Richmond, VA since 1963. His father started the original company in 1946 and, through the years, Nash has seen several family members come and go as partners in the enterprise. Today, at 74, the company VP is nearing retirement himself, and is now readying W.W. Nash’s … More

WALLCOVERINGS MAKING A COMEBACK

Innovations add interest and appeal

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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

Q: WHAT’S YOUR APPROACH TO GETTING WORK DURING THE OFF SEASON?

A: After almost 40 years in the business, we have a customer base of more than 4,000. That’s who I turn to for work in the non-summer months.

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From August through October I let people know about our winterize and cleanup specials: I offer caulking around windows and doors; also, pressure washing the house, which includes washing the roof and chimney. For an upcharge, we’ll pressure wash the sidewalk, clean gutters, cut back branches and pull dead tree limbs from roofs. We offer small carpentry repair; for example, … 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