2020 is winding to a close, and it’s safe to say few, if any, saw this tumultuous year playing out as it has. Your business likely had to roll with the many punches thrown by the COVID-19 crisis. Continue reading Bring It On, 2021
It’s now easier than ever to promote your services as a professional painting contractor, capture job details and product features and benefits, and more impactfully communicate with your customers and prospects. Continue reading Easy-to-Use Customizable Marketing Materials for PROs
Looking for the ultimate interior finish for your high-end customers? New Emerald® Designer Edition™ Interior Latex paint combines the luxury of a smooth, uniform finish with Sherwin-Williams best hide yet. It’s a high-performance upgrade choice for homeowners who want the finest color with a virtually flawless appearance and outstanding resistance to water streaking and spotting. Continue reading The Highest Level of Interior Paint: Emerald® Designer Edition™
PROS know that the quality of the coatings they use has a big effect on the final finish and durability of any paint job. In this article, we explore the qualities that distinguish the best interior and exterior paints and offer advice on how painting contractors can make the best decisions for their customers’ project and budget needs. Continue reading Fact or Fiction: Does Paint Quality Really Matter?
What are the latest trends in paint color? Think rhythm, say the color experts at Sherwin-Williams. Continue reading The 2021 Colormix® Forecast: Rhythm of Color
Refinishing cabinetry is the quickest way to refresh a kitchen. Being skilled, knowledgeable and experienced in cabinet refinishing can be a huge competitive advantage. Here are eight steps to transforming dated or worn-out cabinets to make any space look completely new. Continue reading Cabinet Refinishing: An 8-Step Guide for Pro Painters
Many homeowners today are looking to update their kitchen cabinets with paint. Before you start a refinishing project, consider the results you’re looking for, the state of the cabinets you’re painting, and the amount of wear and tear they will have to withstand. Then choose the paint that will work best for your project.
Continue reading The Best Cabinet Coatings: 3 Proven Products That Provide Long-Lasting Beauty
Though in business for just eight years, Brown Bear Painting has quickly established itself in its hometown of Morris, a city of about 15,000 located about 70 miles southwest of Chicago in Grundy County. Continue reading Estate Plan: Brown Bear Painting’s ‘Pandemic Project’
Jason Phillips is the owner of Phillips Home Improvements. Based in Plano, Texas, the company has been refreshing and rehabilitating homes for more than 20 years to build a quality reputation in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. They hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and were awarded the 2019 Torch Award for Ethics. PPC editor Mike Starling sat down with Jason to learn more about how he grew his business into the success story it is today. Continue reading Contractor Q&A: Jason Phillips on Building a Team and the Benefits of Adding Roofing and Gutter Services
Answers to paint pros’ most pressing questions by Rick Watson, Ask Your ProPartner™ columnist for PPC magazine. Our topic this time: the importance of surface prep and priming. Continue reading Why is Proper Prep and Priming So Important?
For 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: Garret Abeyta, Abeyta Painting, LLC, Tucson, Arizona. Continue reading Pro to Pro with Garret Abeyta: Put Down the Brush!
The newest addition to the Emerald paint line has received two awards for innovation. Emerald® Rain Refresh Exterior Acrylic Latex with Self-Cleaning Technology™ was named a FacilitiesNet 2020 Vision Award winner and a Merit Award Winner in Buildings Magazine’s 2020 Product Innovations Awards. Continue reading Emerald® Rain Refresh™ Wins Innovation Awards
In this fifth and final installment of a series on achieving sales success for PRO painting contractors, Archie Bartel offers sales tips and guidelines for contractors trying to improve their sales performance. Bartel, Sherwin-Williams Director of Sales Force Effectiveness, is the former Marketing Director for Residential Repaint at Sherwin-Williams. This article will examine the post-project follow-up that lays a path toward repeat business and referrals. Continue reading Art of the Sale: The Importance of the Follow-up
Want to know exactly what your sprayers are doing, where they’re working and how they’re performing? Continue reading Get Productivity Reports and Real-Time Sprayer Info Anywhere, Any Time, with Graco BlueLink
In this fourth installment of a series on achieving sales success for PRO painting contractors, Archie Bartel offers sales tips and guidelines for contractors trying to improve their sales performance. Bartel, Sherwin-Williams Director of Sales Force Effectiveness, is the former Marketing Director for Residential Repaint at Sherwin-Williams. This article will examine the continued importance of being customer focused as you deliver and execute the project. Continue reading Art of the Sale: Execution and Delivery
“We love challenges,” says Mitch Egan, owner of Egan Painting in South Pasadena, Florida. That’s one of the reasons why painting the American Freedom Distillery in St. Petersburg was such a fulfilling project for this 40-year veteran of the construction trades. PPC editor Mike Starling sat down with Mitch to learn more about this high-profile job. Continue reading Egan Painting Achieves Dramatic Results at 14,000 Square Foot Distillery
Paige NeJame is the owner of CertaPro Painters of the South Shore and Boston. In this article, she outlines why it’s a good idea for pro painters to get into the color consulting game. Continue reading 4 Reasons to Offer Color Consultation Services to Your Painting Customer
Want your crews to be more productive? Here’s a roundup of the latest advances in paint application, surface prep and cleanup tools. Continue reading Top New Tools for Pro Painters for 2020
Has COVID-19 altered your job site activity? Turn your attention to developing and refining a training program for new employees. Continue reading Training Tips for Isolated Times
Spray vs. roll – which one should you choose? The answer is that both are good application techniques, and each has its advantages, says Rick Watson, director of Product Information and Technical Services at Sherwin-Williams. In this article, he answers four of the most frequently asked questions he hears about this topic. Continue reading Should I Spray or Should I Roll? 4 Common Questions Answered