Partners Chuck Schwiesow and Bruce Ash of Porta-Painting, Inc. were the first painting contractors featured in the premiere issue of PPC magazine in 1991. We are pleased to revisit Porta-Painting, now headed up by Chuck’s daughter, Amanda Martin. This is the first installment in our new PPC series Where Are They Now?
Continue reading Reaching New Heights: Second-Generation Team Has Wisconsin Painting Company Soaring
In each issue of PPC, we go behind the scenes to interview pro painters about some of their most challenging projects. This time: a large residential property in Brossard, Louisiana by Darrell Benson Painting.
Continue reading Southern Charm: Quality Work Leads to Repeat Business for Louisiana Paint Pro
This article is the first of a new four-part series from PPC and the Painting Contractors Association (PCA) designed to help you understand and prepare for the challenges of business growth.
Continue reading The Pro Path: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Your Business from the PCA
There are special considerations for coating concrete and masonry surfaces. This article goes over the basics and provides videos and links to learn more.
Continue reading Coating Concrete: 3 Steps to Success
In this article, Terry Begue, professional painting contractor and author of Attract and Keep Customers for Life, shares his insights on three ways to elevate your online presence.
Continue reading Better Branding for a Digital World: 3 Ways to Elevate Your Online Presence
Long-time PPC Ask Your ProPartner™ columnist Rick Watson retired in December 2021. Before he left, we asked him about the most common questions he heard over his 34 years in the paint industry. In no particular order, here are his top 10 “ageless questions.”
Continue reading The Top 10 Questions that Painting Professionals Ask Time and Time Again
As part of our ongoing mission to help painting professionals maximize their jobsite productivity, each issue of PPC features a roundup of some of our favorite application tools and essential job site equipment and supplies. Here are our Spring 2022 issue picks:
Continue reading Spring 2022 Editor’s Picks: Some of Our Favorite Tools to Help Increase Productivity
When it comes to production painting, you need a tape that sticks until the job’s done.
Continue reading Surface Prep: A New Masking Option for Production Painters
This is the first in a new PPC magazine series called Spotlight on Small Business. This time: insights on running a family business.
Continue reading 5 Thoughts on Running a Family Business
More than three decades ago, The Kaloutas Company was busy building a distinguished name for itself with a record of successful and efficient painting projects for commercial and industrial customers throughout New England.
Continue reading Customer Pain Points: How One Commercial Painting Company Resolves Them
Advances in wood finish technology offer endless color possibilities. In the article, we’ll talk about choosing the right stain color, how to get dark, rich color, and more stain color tips.
Continue reading True Colors: Get More Color Options Than Ever with Minwax® Wood Finishes
For more than 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: Steven Foglia, Illini Paint Company, Decatur, Illinois.
Continue reading Pro to Pro with Steven Foglia: The Right Paint for the Job
How your company can achieve more if you do less
A recent Gallup survey of company leaders demonstrates that those who effectively delegate authority see their companies grow faster and generate more revenue. Continue reading Delegate Effectively
How to make old business your best source of new business
A recent survey of painting contractors conducted by Sherwin-Williams reports that your best generator of new business remains the satisfied homeowner-customer whose house you just finished. Continue reading Earning the Referral