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Growth of Online Shopping Generates New Revenue Opportunities for Painters

More people are buying online, both from online retailers like Amazon as well as traditional retailers. According to one survey, 51% of Americans prefer to shop online rather than in stores – a figure that jumps to 67% for millennials and 56% for Gen Xers.

That’s good news for pro painters

As a result, more space is being developed for the distribution and warehousing of goods. Using the right coatings will help make those spaces function better.

As a Sherwin-Williams Architectural Account Manager in Chicago, Carson Cradduck works with architects to specify the best coatings for these facilities. These are four areas that he says need special attention: Keep Reading

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Professional Organizations: Why Should I Join the PDCA?

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The PDCA Commercial Forum will be held Sept. 19-22 at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Visit pdca.org for more.

The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) is a national trade association founded in 1884. Open to contractors of all sizes, its membership includes everyone from the largest industrial and commercial contractors to new residential painting contractors. Through its continued focus on its core pillars of standards, industry advocacy, and bringing the industry together,…

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Job Site Safety: Breath-Saving Tips for You and Your Customers

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paint contractor operating spray equipment and wearing safety eyewear and a respirator

Safety is crucial on the job site. Here are some air quality and respiratory safety tips from Sherwin-Williams and 3M: Help your crew stay safe Two questions to ask yourself: Are your periodic respiratory medical evaluations up-to-date to ensure there are no underlying cardiac or respiratory issues that could affect a crew member’s ability to…

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The Worst Thing to Do When Dealing with Architects

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Portrait of Gina Koert of Shamrock Painting, who studied architecture, then joined the family painting business

Never say: “No, I can’t do that.” That advice from Gina Koert of Denver-based Shamrock Painting. A negative response like this could cause unnecessary conflict, she says Koert, who studied to be an architect before joining the family painting business. Better approach Frame your response on being a partner who can help them solve problems.…

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Choosing a Personal Portable Lift

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Photos of the JLG LiftPod FT70 and LiftPod FT140 personal portable lifts

“With increasing frequency, our customers are looking for safe, efficient and simple alternatives to ladders and scaffolding,” says Paul Kreutzwiser, JLG Industries global category director, aerial work platforms. “The JLG® LiftPod products support this growing demand for low-level access solutions, offering portable, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly designs.” Recommended lifts The JLG LiftPod FT70 and LiftPod…

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Rustbusters: Combat Corrosion with CorrVerter®

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The rust on this steel raining is both unsightly and a visible sign of degradation

Rust on repaint and restoration jobs is not just unsightly, but also a visible sign of degradation. Whether your job includes railings on multi-family apartment buildings or metal panels on a retail center, chances are that one of the next projects you bid will require you to address rust. It can be labor-intensive to repair…

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Looking for a Lift? 3 Points to Consider

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Access lifts free operator hands free to do work safely at height. This is not the case with ladders.

Many commercial contractors are taking a closer look at low-level access lifts and other aerial work platforms to replace the use of more traditional ladders and scaffolding, says Randy Marzicola, Director-Channel Development, JLG Industries, Inc. If you’re one of them, here are some things he says you should consider: 1. Free your hands Low-level access…

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Heard on the Job Site: Why We Used Pro Industrial

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The two Pro Industrial products shown are Multi-Surface Acrylic E/S and Urethane Alkyd Enamel

All-Tech Decorating has produced great results for its customers with Pro Industrial™ high performance coatings. Dave Zajack, Estimator/Project Manager for the Romeoville, Ill.-based company, told us how two Pro Industrial products helped them on recent jobs: Multi-Surface Acrylic E/S “We were able to apply this product directly to exposed structure ceilings in a trucking hub…

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What You Need to Know About Coating Concrete

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Concrete/cement is the No. 1 building material in the world – and one the most problematic surfaces you’re likely to encounter in typical commercial work, says Gary Vorick, Global Training Manager, Sherwin-Williams. Here’s what you need to know to prevent paint failure on concrete and masonry substrates. Moisture, movement and a variable surface Unlike steel,…

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