Gulf Coast Premier Painting’s owners share 5 things they wish they’d known when they started taking on commercial jobs
Cody Edwards and Matt Fruge, co-owners of Gulf Coast Premier Painting (GCPP) in Houston, Texas, remember the nerves they felt the first time they took on a commercial job. As contractors who had primarily worked in the residential space before, handling a large commercial project was intimidating.
“I remember it well,” Edwards says. “It wasn’t in Houston, so we were on the road. It was going to be an eight-week job: 22,000 square feet of texture on top of painting 142,000 square feet of surface. I don’t want to speak for Matt, but I was scared.” Continue reading How to Break Into the Commercial Sector
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
This New Jersey-based painter credits his Sherwin-Williams team for helping solve some of his biggest challenges
After 28 years of working in the painting industry, Wilber Vargas—founder, owner, and manager of Wilber’s Painting in Maplewood, New Jersey—says it takes a lot to surprise him. But he’s been happily surprised by how his local Sherwin-Williams team has committed to supporting his business. Continue reading Above and Beyond
The new Gallery Series™ Waterborne Topcoat offers color choices and boosts productivity.
With more and more homeowners looking to update their living spaces, refinished cabinets can give homeowners the high-end looks they desire without the equally high-end costs of replacing cabinets entirely. This trend can be very profitable for your painting business. However, cabinet refinishing can be labor-intensive and requires a system to be in place for maximum productivity.
Building that system starts with choosing the right product—and the new Gallery Series™ Waterborne Topcoat is the right product for the job. Continue reading Enhance Your Cabinet Refinishing Results
11 products that can maximize your productivity on the job site
Depending on where you live, exterior season is either just around the corner or already here. While that’s great news for your business, exterior painting comes with its own distinct needs and challenges.
Thankfully, we’ve done the prep work for you. Check out our checklist of 11 products you and your crews should keep stocked this season to maximize your quality and productivity.
Continue reading Are You Ready for Exterior Season?
Use FREE Virtual Color Consultations to differentiate your business from the competition
Did you know choosing color is homeowners’ biggest pain point when it comes to painting their home? And when a potential customer can’t decide on color, it can quickly become your biggest paint point too.
Indecisive homeowners can drag their feet when it comes to closing a sale or starting a job, causing unnecessary delays and frustration. But what if you could help homeowners find or match their perfect color without choosing the actual color for them? Instead, you can become an invaluable resource to your customers by connecting them with a trusted and trained color expert—someone who can build their confidence and guide them to quicker decision making.
Continue reading Easily Navigate the Color Conversation with Homeowners
These 3 products are at their best even when the weather’s at its worst
Working exterior jobs in early spring can mean dealing with unpredictable and suboptimal weather. Rain, sleet, snow, and cold temperatures can delay or ruin your best-laid plans.
But if you’re stocking the right products, you and your team can be prepared to perform at your best, even when the weather’s at its worst. Depending on your regional demands, we recommend these three paints for your spring exterior projects.
Continue reading Expect the Unexpected
Put Sherwin-Williams resources and innovation to work for you.
Your needs as a professional painting contractor are evolving. Whether it means finding more time in your day, being more productive on the job site, or seeking advice on tackling a difficult job, staying competitive in this fast-paced industry is tough.
As your supplier, Sherwin-Williams understands your needs and has developed Sherwin-Williams PRO+, an exclusive program of pro-level services designed to help you grow and manage your business. PRO+ benefits allow you to take advantage of exclusive discounts, productivity-enhancing tools, personalized support, and more.
Continue reading Unlock Your PRO Advantage Today
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.
Continue reading Delivering Durable Results
Turn color into your competitive advantage
Even though you may feel like more of an expert in products than color, that’s no barrier to helping your customers in their color journey. Thanks to a suite of innovative tools from Sherwin-Williams, you can direct your customers to find the color they’re looking for, learn which colors are trending, and meet virtually with an expert design team to find the perfect palette for them.
These three services can help you leverage color to succeed.
Continue reading Use Color to Win
How to make drywall patches invisible
How often have you run into this? The drywall has been perfectly patched, but even after multiple coats, you can still see the patch through the paint.
Whether you made the problem or you’re fixing someone else’s work, this issue—often referred to as “flashing”—can be a real problem for painters, acting as a literal blemish on your work. Thankfully, it’s easily repaired.
Continue reading From Flashing to Flawless Finish
Is partnering the right path for you and your business?
Adding a business partner may give your business an extra boost in revenue. After all, twice the brainpower and effort could add up to twice the productivity and profits.
Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Taking on a Business Partner
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.
Continue reading 5 Tips to Prevent Floor Coatings Failures
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.
Continue reading On-Trend Color Choices
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.
Continue reading 4 Keys to Choosing the Right Ladder
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.
Continue reading Smarter Sanding Made Easy