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
A high-quality brush means a better-looking job with less effort. A good-quality brush holds more paint and applies it more evenly, which can save you time and help you get the results you want. Here are five things to look for when choosing brushes for your jobs:
Continue reading 5 Tips for Selecting the Right Paint Brush for the Job
Technology is a wonderful thing. Here’s some great gear you can grab today that will help you improve your productivity and save valuable time on the job site. Continue reading 5 Apps & Tools That Will Make You More Productive Right Now
While your customers are accustomed to carefully choosing the color of paint used on the four walls of a room, the ceiling is often overlooked. You can help them create visual interest with little effort by getting creative with your ceiling color recommendations.
Continue reading The Fifth Wall: Look to the Sky for More Colorful Ceilings
Answers to pro painter’s most pressing questions by Rick Watson
Brick inherently needs no paint. But your customer may have several reasons to do so, ranging from cosmetic color changes to improving the look of a damaged substrate. In this article, I’ll answer some of the most common questions I hear from contractors on the subject of painting brick.
Continue reading How Do I Paint Brick? A Complete Guide for Pro Painters
How do you take a newly constructed cabin and make it look like it’s been nestled in the north woods of Minnesota for the last hundred years? That was the challenge a customer presented to painting contractor Nick Slavik.
Continue reading Best of Both Worlds: Creating A Lived-In Look for a New Cabin in Minnesota’s Northwoods
Sherwin-Williams is making interior wood-staining projects fast and easy by introducing Minwax® Performance Series, an extension of the best-in-class Minwax products, along with a redesigned color palette and interior stain design center.
Continue reading Faster, Easier: A New Interior Stain Experience from Minwax
Most painting contractors agree that, while sanding is necessary for truly professional results, it’s a task they wish they could avoid or cut short. But time spent here preparing the surface for paint, stain or coatings can make all the difference for your business.
Continue reading Perfect Prep: The Pro Painter’s Guide to Sanding
Need your crews to be more productive? Here’s a roundup of the latest advances in paint application and other tools. All are available at your local Sherwin-Williams store. You can find more equipment info on your PRO app or at the Sherwin-Williams contractor website.
Continue reading The Top 10 New Tools for Painters in 2018
For the Summer 2018 issue of PPC magazine, we sat down with the technical services team in 3M’s Construction & Home Improvement Markets Division to compile The Pro Painter’s Guide to Sanding. As a companion to that story, we’ve put together this how-to guide based on the different types of surfaces pro painters are likely to encounter.
Continue reading How Different Surfaces Will Affect Your Sanding Approach
Nicks, cracks and nail holes need to be repaired before your crews start painting. Here’s a quick checklist from the surface prep experts at 3M: Continue reading Perfect Prep: 9 Steps to Hole Repair
Loxon® coatings are known for the high-quality protection and finish they bring to your concrete and masonry jobs. But did you also know that there is now an entire line of Loxon sealants? Continue reading Extreme Prep: Get the Right Sealant for Your Most Demanding Jobs
Need the best possible sealant for your job? Loxon® Polyurethane Sealants have been formulated to meet or exceed the highest industry performance standards in a wide range of sealing and caulking applications. Continue reading 6 Great Sealants for Your Toughest Jobs
Here’s a roundup of the latest advances in paint application and other tools that will help you and your crews be more productive in 2017. All items are available at your Sherwin-Williams store. Continue reading Top 15 New Tools for Pro Painters for 2017
Masking at the job site is a critical step in delivering professional painting results. Masking protects against paint drips, splatters and overspray that may cause damage or are difficult to remove.
We sat down with the technical services team in 3M’s Construction & Home Improvement Markets Division to learn about the latest masking technology and techniques. Here is their advice to pro painters: Continue reading The Pro Painter’s Guide to Masking: Tips, Techniques and the Latest Technological Advances
If you’re part of a one- or two-person shop, chances are you’re doing it all… patching, cleaning, masking and – finally! – painting.
In larger companies, the newest hires become the designated maskers. In union shops, chances are that the apprentices are tackling the masking chore. Continue reading Who’s Doing the Masking on Your Job Site? Training Tips for New Hires
A wide variety of roller covers exists to make any job go smoothly, but as is the case with paint selection, roller covers offer specific features and benefits to provide maximum job efficiency and customer satisfaction, according to Sherwin-Williams Marketing Manager Matt Camba. Continue reading Choosing the Right Roller Cover
Here’s a look at the latest advances in application equipment and other tools to help make your jobs easier and crews more productive in 2016. Continue reading Top 12 New Tools for Pro Painters for 2016
By Jason T. Lunn & Rebecca L. Schumann
We know. You’re anxious to get the job done. You’re busy. And wearing a respirator is not your first priority.
But stop, breathe and think for a minute. Continue reading Breathe Easier: The Pro Painter’s Guide to Respirators
By Jason T. Lunn & Rebecca L. Schumann
Let’s look at what type of respirator would typically be used in a few common painting scenarios. Continue reading Respirator Selection: What to Use in 5 Common Scenarios