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The 7 Secrets of Successful Painters

Pro painters share the mindsets that fueled their growth

Professional painting can be a very competitive industry to work in. In fact, a Painting Contractors Association (PCA) study found that the average painting business only lasts 1-3 years, according to Nick Slavik, Chair of the PCA’s Board of Directors.

So what is it that differentiates the businesses that survived and prospered? We talked to professional painters from across the country about their approach to business and what advice they would give the next generation. Continue reading The 7 Secrets of Successful Painters

Eye on the Industry: 4 Trends Every Painter Should Know

Nick Slavik highlights 4 industry trends every painter should know

As a painter, it’s important for you to keep an eye on developing trends in the field. After all, it can help you make better recommendations for customers and keep your business one step ahead of the competition. Continue reading Eye on the Industry: 4 Trends Every Painter Should Know

A Quality Finish for Cabinets

Gallery Series™ wowed this veteran painter and her clients

Kitchens are often go-to spaces for homeowners craving a new look. But a full remodel can be expensive and take a lot of time. Repainting kitchen cabinetry offers potential clients a more time- and cost-effective solution to achieving a fresh, modern look.

Give your homeowners the best possible finish by offering a high-end premium coating designed specifically for cabinets, trim, and millwork. This professional painter did exactly that by using the new Gallery Series™ Waterborne Topcoat from Sherwin-Williams, a hard-wearing, professional-grade coating designed to help painters achieve a flawless factory-like finish. Continue reading A Quality Finish for Cabinets

Get the Most Out of the Sherwin-Williams PRO+ Program

Run your business from anywhere with digital tools designed for you.

Owning your own painting business means wearing a lot of hats. While you may not know what unique challenges today will bring, you can be prepared for anything with the digital tools available through the Sherwin-Williams PRO+ Program. Continue reading Get the Most Out of the Sherwin-Williams PRO+ Program

Why You Should Attend the 2024 PCA EXPO

Network, learn, and set your business up for success this year

The 2024 Painting Contractors Association (PCA) EXPO is just around the corner, taking place in Orlando, Florida from February 26 to March 1. It’s one of the biggest national events of the year for painters—a convention “designed by painting contractors for painting contractors,” according to PCA Executive Director Nigel Costolloe. Continue reading Why You Should Attend the 2024 PCA EXPO

How to Find and Hire the Right Job Candidate

Save time and energy with these hiring best practices

Few decisions are more important for your painting business than hiring the right employee. A good hire can maximize your business’ productivity, boost team morale, and lead to long-term growth. The high-potential newcomer you hire today could become a future leader for your company — or they could become a headache that quits on you a few months later.

It’s hard to know when you hire someone whether they’re the right pick, but experts point to three key best practices that can guide you. Follow these practices for finding and hiring job candidates, and odds are good your next hire will be the right choice. Continue reading How to Find and Hire the Right Job Candidate

Painting It Forward: Paint Pros from Across the Nation Team Up to Give Back in Albuquerque

The Painting Contractors Association’s PCA Expo started a day early this year for one group of painters, who united to give back to a local community in need. On February 21 – the day before the 2023 PCA Expo kicked off in Albuquerque, New Mexico – more than 100 volunteers from across the United States gathered at the historic Gibson Health Hub for the PCA’s first annual Paint It Forward event.
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Delivering Durable Results

3 reasons Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel may be right for you

Paint choices matter. Knowing which paint to use is key to a successful and profitable interior paint job–especially one that needs to withstand the wear and tear of high-touch surfaces like cabinets, windows, doors, and trim.

With up to 4x faster dry-to-recoat time*, Emerald® Urethane Trim Enamel (EUTE) is one of many PRO+ductive Solutions Sherwin-Williams offers as part of their PRO+ program. PRO+ductive Solutions help contractors save time by completing jobs quickly and generate profit through innovative products and services.

Part of the latest wave of PRO+ductive Solutions, EUTE is a water-based urethane modified alkyd with the look and feel of an alkyd/oil finish. This bold product combines contractor-friendly dry times with the highest quality paint Sherwin-Williams can offer. Consider these three reasons why EUTE may be right for your next job.

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PCA Overdrive: ‘The Netflix of the Painting Industry’

Painting Contractors Association (PCA) has operated under a few different names over the years. One thing that hasn’t changed is the trade association’s mission to serve the coating and wall covering industry with standards, education, training, advocacy, and best practices essential to member success. Continue reading PCA Overdrive: ‘The Netflix of the Painting Industry’

‘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.
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5 Keys to Making Great Hires for Your Painting Company

Poor hires can have a negative impact on your company’s reputation, and high turnover rates can be a time-consuming financial drain. What’s the solution?
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Pro on the Go Video: People Are a Problem. What’s the Solution?

In this episode of our Pro on the Go video series, we asked Nick Slavik, owner of Nick Slavik Painting in New Prague, Minnesota, about the best business advice he has ever received. Continue reading Pro on the Go Video: People Are a Problem. What’s the Solution?

Best of Both Worlds: Creating A Lived-In Look for a New Cabin in Minnesota’s Northwoods

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.
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