The Right Colors for Every Job: The 2023 Commercial Colormix® Forecast

Use the six palettes of the 2023 Sherwin-Williams Commercial Colormix® Forecast to help your customers in the color selection process. These palettes have been selected by the company’s color experts using the latest paint color trends for hospitality, healthcare, education and commercial jobs, plus new residential and multi-family properties.
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Are You Ready for Next Year? 2023 Business Planning Tips from the PCA

This article by Tom Reber is the fourth in a 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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Addressing the Labor Shortage: Industry Leaders Work with Local Agencies to Develop New Painting Talent

As professional painting contractors are all too aware, there is an acute worker shortage affecting not only the coatings industry but the building trades as a whole. Now, some forward-thinking industry leaders are banding together to do something about it.

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5 Tips to Prevent Floor Coatings Failures

Proper prep will save you from costly callbacks

If you’re a painting contractor thinking about expanding your business into floor coating, then you’re not alone. Whether it’s bidding on a large-scale industrial project or staining a customer’s garage floor, contractors are increasingly expanding their services to include floor coatings.

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Keep Your New Sprayer in Day-One Condition

Get high-level performance for years to come

Buying a paint sprayer is one of the most significant investments you will make as a painting contractor. Thankfully, with a bit of proper maintenance and upkeep, you can keep your new sprayer performing at a high level for years to come.

Sherwin-Williams can help with that maintenance. It has over 100 Spray Source™ spray equipment service centers across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada that offer quick turnaround, on-site demonstrations, training, and more. Factory-trained technicians provide quality service for leading paint spray manufacturers, such as Graco, Titan, Mi-T-M, Champion, and Finishing Brands — Binks/DeVilbiss.

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The Benefits of Spray Training

How your team can master spraying techniques in no time

Talk to almost any painting contractor, and you’ll hear a familiar story: It’s hard to find good painters. Recruiting new painters remains one of the toughest challenges for painting business owners.

“It’s more difficult than ever to find tradespeople,” says Mike Collins, senior marketing channel manager at Titan. “Owners are now looking into new markets for hires. For example, hiring cooks because they’re detail-oriented, or former waiters or waitresses, because they’re personable and great at connecting with people. However, these are workers who have never painted before. They require training.”

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On-Trend Color Choices

Propose these stylish designs for homeowners

Have you been in this situation before? A potential client is asking for input on which colors to choose for their new home or repainting their existing home, and you don’t have any idea what to tell them. You’re not alone. Many painting contractors say they’re more comfortable recommending products than colors. And even if you’ve brushed up on your color theory, you may still feel uninformed about current design trends.

For contractors seeking resources to help their customers in the color selection process, the 2023 Commercial Colormix from Sherwin-Williams makes an excellent starting point. It offers distinct color palettes for contractors working in the commercial, education, hospitality, new residential, multi-family, and healthcare markets.

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Haste Makes Waste

Slowing down will help your team do more

One of Benjamin Franklin’s most notable quotes reads: “Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.”

Not surprisingly, those words ring as true today as they did back in the early 1700s of colonial America. In fact, our own Navy SEALS have incorporated a similar attitude when training new members: “Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.”

In the painting profession, there’s a big difference between doing a job quickly and rushing a job. Hurry often leads to sloppy work, which can result in costly callbacks and tarnish your reputation for delivering quality work.

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4 Keys to Choosing the Right Ladder

Make your jobsite safer and more productive

Selecting the right ladder is an important decision for painting contractors. It’s also an investment in ensuring crew member safety and productivity.

Remember, not all ladders are the same. There are important differences that contractors should consider. The experts at Werner recommend paying attention to four key elements when choosing a ladder: height, duty rating, material, and style.

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Smarter Sanding Made Easy

Choosing the right abrasives saves time and money

When you first became a painter, you probably didn’t realize how much time you would spend sanding. However, you quickly discovered that it’s a critical component to getting a beautiful final product.

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Rely On The Expert

Your Sherwin-Williams rep can help your property thrive

When you own or manage a multifamily property, you wear a lot of hats. A day’s work might involve managing leases and rental agreements, meeting with new and existing residents, and handling payments and maintenance requests—not to mention staffing, payroll, and marketing. It’s no wonder many owners wish they had a duplicate of themselves to help shoulder the load.

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