Summer 2020

Fact or Fiction: Does Paint Quality Really Matter? - 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 … Continue reading Fact or Fiction: Does Paint Quality Really Matter?
Art of the Sale: The Importance of the Follow-up Art of the Sale: The Importance of the Follow-up - 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 … Continue reading Art of the Sale: The Importance of the Follow-up
Get Productivity Reports and Real-Time Sprayer Info Anywhere, Any Time, with Graco BlueLink - Want to know exactly what your sprayers are doing, where they’re working and how they’re performing?
Art of the Sale: Execution and Delivery Art of the Sale: Execution and Delivery - 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 … Continue reading Art of the Sale: Execution and Delivery
Egan Painting Achieves Dramatic Results at 14,000 Square Foot Distillery - “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 … Continue reading Egan Painting Achieves Dramatic Results at 14,000 Square Foot Distillery
4 Reasons to Offer Color Consultation Services to Your Painting Customer - 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.
Top New Tools for Pro Painters for 2020 - Want your crews to be more productive? Here’s a roundup of the latest advances in paint application, surface prep and cleanup tools.
Training Tips for Isolated Times - Has COVID-19 altered your job site activity? Turn your attention to developing and refining a training program for new employees.
Should I Spray or Should I Roll? 4 Common Questions Answered - 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.
Introducing Virtual Color Consultation - Here’s a new color solution for your residential painting customers.
Contractor Q&A: Rob Waller on Passion, Pride and the Challenges of the Painting Trade - Rob Waller has been a professional painter for more than 30 years. He lives in the Charleston, South Carolina area, where he owns and operates Waller Painting. The company employs 24 painters.
Pro-To-Pro Podcast Debuts - Four top painting contractors from across the country discuss the current realities in the painting world and the challenges of moving their business forward in an exclusive new contractor forum hosted by PPC magazine.
Pro to Pro with Allen Pinchot: Know When to Fold ‘Em - 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: Allen Pinchot, Frank Novak … Continue reading Pro to Pro with Allen Pinchot: Know When to Fold ‘Em
Art of the Sale: Discussing Color and the Close - In this third 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 … Continue reading Art of the Sale: Discussing Color and the Close
Werner Werner - Pro’s “Step Up To Blue”. The top choice for painting professionals, the 6000 series of fiberglass step ladders feature a HolsterTop with the Lock-In System that allows you to customize your ladder top. The system secures tools from falling while keeping them handy while working all the while increasing productivity on the job.
Graco - Stay in control of your business with BlueLink ™ from Graco®. BlueLink combines the power of a mobile app with Bluetooth-enabled Graco sprayers to provide real-time jobsite and sprayer information to improve the way you manage your business.
Chaulk Sherwin-Williams Caulk - Sherwin-Williams® 1050QD Quick Dry Siliconized Acrylic Latex Caulk’s heavy-bodied formula goes on easy and dries in 20 minutes!
Roman Roman - PRO-880 Ultra Clear Strippable is formulated for the widest variety of wallcoverings, PRO-880 Ultra Clear is ideal for installing most lightweight, medium-weight, and heavyweight wallcoverings.
Fall 2018 advertorial image of the PiViT Ladder Tool ProVision Tools - The Ultimate ladder leveling tool on the market! Eight different functions in 1 versatile, must have tool. Level any extension ladder in seconds on stairs, rooftops, and uneven ground. It also works as a ladder jack, a standoff, paint tray holder, paint can leveler and stepping stool.
Mi-T-M - Contractors appreciate the cleaning capability they get from the Mi-T-M Job Pro Aluminum 4000 pressure washer. With 4000 PSI, it cleans the toughest grime with ease and is the ideal choice for surface restoration.
Precision-Fiber® Cloth (PFC®) Paint & Cleaning Rags Intex - Precision-Fiber® Cloth (PFC®) Paint & Cleaning Rags
H&C H&C - Now cooler concrete is as simple as Cool Feel®. Cool Feel® with Comfort Step Technology™ reduces the temperature of concrete surfaces exposed to UV rays, making walking on your concrete surfaces more comfortable.*
3M 3M™ Pro Grade Precision™ Ultra Durable Power Sanding Discs - 3M Ultra Durable Power Sanding Discs cut through the tough stuff and keeps on going. That’s the power of 3M Premium Mineral Technology. Hardworking power tool abrasives that last from one job to the next – for when endurance matters.
Differentiate Yourself by Offering Homeowners Free Virtual Color Consultation - Color selection can be a tricky hurdle for a contractor to navigate in any painting project. The wrong color can result in a disappointed customer and may even lead to a negative review on an otherwise well-executed project.
Art of the Sale: Introduction and the First Steps - In this first installment of a series on achieving sales success for PRO painting contractors, Archie Bartel grabs a figurative brush and puts on his bibs to offer sales tips and guidelines for contractors trying to make the best first impression with their market. Bartel, Sherwin-Williams Director of Sales Force Effectiveness, is the former Marketing … Continue reading Art of the Sale: Introduction and the First Steps
What is the Best Paint for an Exterior Fiberglass Door? - PPC and Sherwin-Williams want to help pros work smarter. We recently gave painters a chance to ask product and application questions on the SWPaintPros Facebook. In this article, Rick Watson, Sherwin-Williams Director of Product Information & Technical Services, answers one pro’s question about exterior doors.
Ready to Meet the Demand? Five Tips for Better Recruitment and Retention in a COVID-19 World - The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted painting businesses in many different ways. “One thing is true across the board, though,” says the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Every business will face tremendous challenges as our nation begins the path to recovery, while still facing the public health threat of the virus.” For many painting companies, one of … Continue reading Ready to Meet the Demand? Five Tips for Better Recruitment and Retention in a COVID-19 World
Thumbs Up for New PRO App Project Bids Tool - Painting contractors have piloted the new Project Bids Tool — now available via the Sherwin-Williams PRO App — and according to early reviews, PROs are pleased with much of what they’ve seen.
How One Paint Pro Uses His Sherwin-Williams® PRO Account to Save Time, Improve Efficiency - As a professional painting contractor, you’re looking for any way you can find to make your day easier and give you a leg up on the competition.
Smart, Practical Marketing Ideas to Generate More Business Right Now - What kind of marketing should pro painters be doing now? PPC sat down with Al Pirozzoli, a marketing consultant who has helped numerous painting companies and other trades grow their business through good times and bad. Here is Al’s advice, along with some ideas designed to get you more business now.
Interior Painting Work Building Customer Confidence for Interior Work - Successfully providing on-site service during the COVID-19 crisis requires both increased communications and special precautions.
‘You Are Not Alone’: PCA Offers Education and Support for Paint Pros During COVID-19 - “You are not alone.” That is the message members say they’re getting from the Painting Contractors Association (PCA) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Need to Decompress? These Stress Relievers
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- Stress levels may be high these days in the paint contracting world, and if you’re among those struggling to deal with the pressure, you’re not alone. A recent survey conducted by the University of Chicago for the Data Foundation found that roughly two-thirds of Americans say they felt nervous, depressed, lonely or hopeless on at … Continue reading Need to Decompress? These Stress Relievers
Can Help
Are You an Exterior Expert? Here’s How to Raise Your Game - The time is right for exterior painting, especially with interior painting demand down due to COVID-19. If you’re not an exterior specialist, this article will give you the building blocks to elevate your outdoor painting game, from proper surface prep and when to prime to topcoat sheen, applicator options and cleanup.

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