Tag Archives: Summer 2020

H&C

This self-crosslinking acrylic creates a durable, protective finish that provides advanced stain resistance and minimizes the need for cleanup from footsteps, dirt and debris. And even if cleanup is needed, it’s quick and easy to do.

Cool Feel® with Comfort Step Technology™ is ideal for concrete surfaces like pool decks, patios and lanais, walkways and more. It’s available in hundreds of colors at Sherwin-Williams, so concrete can be cool and look cool too.

*Reduces surface temperature when compared to bare concrete. Amount of temperature reduction may differ due to: color choice, ambient temperature, time of day and the amount of direct sunlight on surface.

3M Pro Grade Precision

3M™ Pro Grade Precision™ Ultra Durable Power Sanding Discs

The 3M Ultra Durable Power Sanding Discs cut fast and last long. The quick and easy attachment and removal makes getting the job done more efficiently. A universal hole pattern design allows the disc to fit on multiple tools for convenience. The 3M Ultra Durable Power Sanding Discs are ideal for coating removal, leveling and finishing out your job. Available in 60, 80, 100, 120 and 220 grits.

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. Continue reading Differentiate Yourself by Offering Homeowners Free Virtual Color Consultation

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 Director for Residential Repaint at Sherwin-Williams. This article will examine the listening skills necessary to build customer trust and the importance of optics in your first customer interactions. 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. Continue reading What is the Best Paint for an Exterior Fiberglass Door?

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 the main challenges continues to be finding good workers. For some insights, PPC sat down with Tim Kenney, owner of W.T. Kenney Co., Inc., a fourth-generation professional painting contracting business based in Arlington, Massachusetts. Continue reading Ready to Meet the Demand? Five Tips for Better Recruitment and Retention in a COVID-19 World

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. Continue reading How One Paint Pro Uses His Sherwin-Williams® PRO Account to Save Time, Improve Efficiency

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.
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‘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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Need to Decompress? These Stress Relievers
Can Help

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 least one of their last seven days.
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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