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

Expert Advice For Painting Contractors Faced With Fixing DIY Taping Mistakes

Good intentions don’t always yield the best results. And homeowners may not have the know-how or skills required to tackle some of the most basic prepping and painting tasks. When all else fails and a DIY project goes wrong, painting pros are called in to save the day. In this article, we’ve outlined three common DIY mistakes painting professionals encounter with solutions for how to fix them.
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Pro to Pro: David Warren on the ‘Wow Factor’

For more than 30 years, PPC magazine has been on job sites throughout the U.S. and Canada asking residential and commercial paint pros to share their stories. In our Pro to Pro column, we recap some of the best advice contractors have received and passed on over the last three decades. THIS TIME: David Warren, The Brush Painting Company, Spokane, Washington.
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Painter Wins a Truck in 3M/Sherwin-Williams Sweepstakes (And How You Too Can Win One)

When Allen Wootten stopped by the Sherwin-Williams store in Fayetteville, Arkansas last summer, he had no idea that he would be driving away with a new Ram truck in November.
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Be a Good Boss

Effective management will help you retain your top-performing employees

While the labor shortage faced by many painting contractors is being addressed by a variety of recruitment strategies, keep in mind that your skills as a manager will play a critical role in an equally important retention strategy. Continue reading Be a Good Boss

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