Do You Have a Business Lynchpin?

Lynchpin
noun

  1. a person or thing vital to an enterprise

When Jason Phillips, President and CEO of Allen, Texas-based Phillips Home Improvements, talks about Rudy Chacon, his Sherwin-Williams sales representative, he starts with a one-word answer: “Lynchpin.” Continue reading Do You Have a Business Lynchpin?

Boost Productivity by Choosing the Right Tip for Your Fine Finish Spray Job

Maximizing performance and productivity on the job site is on every contractor’s mind these days. One simple way to accomplish these goals is to start taking advantage of the benefits of using fine-finish, low-pressure (FF LP) spray tip technology. Continue reading Boost Productivity by Choosing the Right Tip for Your Fine Finish Spray Job

PRO+ductive Solutions Launched to Help Ease Contractor Challenges

Have you heard yourself say any of the following?

  • “I need to be more productive.”
  • “I spend more time on paperwork than painting or growing my business.”
  • “Most of my jobs require my crews to be efficient – get in, get out, but do a quality job.”
  • “Demand for work is higher than ever, I need my crews to do more jobs to keep up with demand.”

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Drywall Repair Tips and Techniques

Properly repairing drywall damage is an important step in producing a professional-looking paint job. In this article, we’ll take a look at solutions for four of the most common drywall issues for pro painters.
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Beating Workplace Fatigue

Sleep Well, Stay Hydrated – and Practice the Amish Hour

Painting can be hard physical labor, and many crews are putting in extra hours. However, a fatigued team can lead to reduced productivity, sloppy work and safety concerns. Here are some considerations for helping your crew stay sharp and energized throughout the day. Continue reading Beating Workplace Fatigue

Social Media 101 for Painting Contractors

Sherwin-Williams offers step-by-step instructions on how to set up pages and start advertising

Stumped by social media and how it might help grow your business?

Many painting contractors are growing a successful social media presence. And your Sherwin-Williams rep can direct you to a new guide from Sherwin-Williams that will show you how, featuring specific sections on using Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other platforms, as well as an extended section on creating Facebook ads. Continue reading Social Media 101 for Painting Contractors

Pouring into People: Emphasis on People over Profits Has Been Key to the Revitalization of M&E Painting

Loveland, Colorado-based M&E Painting was first profiled in the Summer 2013 issue of PPC magazine. We caught up with owner Matt Shoup for this 2nd installment of our Where Are They Now? series.
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Top New Tools for Pro Painters in 2022

In this article, we take our annual look at all the best new equipment and supplies available for pro painters. This year, that includes slip-resistant drop cloths, cutting-edge lift-assist ladder technology, higher-quality production tape, new and improved color matching tools and much more. Continue reading Top New Tools for Pro Painters in 2022

Project Solutions: The Colors of Cape May

In each issue of PPC, we go behind the scenes to interview pro painters about some of their most challenging projects. This time: Gerard Gallagher talks about his specialty – painting historic Victorian homes in the resort town of Cape May, New Jersey.
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The Nuts and Bolts of Making (and Losing) Money, from the PCA

This article by Chris Moore is the second in a new four-part series from PPC and the Painting Contractors Association (PCA) designed to help you understand and prepare for the challenges of business growth.
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Summer 2022 Editor’s Picks: Some of Our Favorite Tools to Help Increase Productivity

As part of our ongoing mission to help painting professionals maximize their jobsite productivity, each issue of PPC features a roundup of some of our favorite application tools and essential job site equipment and supplies. Here are our Summer 2022 issue picks:
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Dealing with Customer Objections

Time-tested methodology can create solutions and build bonds

“Your price is too high!”

“This project is not getting done fast enough!”

“This isn’t the product we agreed on!”

As a painting contractor, you may have heard some variation of these customer objections in your career. Clearly, they can be tipping points from which your relationship with a customer could go downhill in a hurry. Or they can be a point from which you build a stronger bond with your customer, paving the path for future referrals and repeat business opportunities. Continue reading Dealing with Customer Objections

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