• cutaway illustration of commercial building showing areas with differing paint needs 5 Tips for Recommending the Right Paint for Commercial Facilities - Recommending the right paint for the job is one of the most important steps to ensuring customer satisfaction. Idea: Create an internal checklist to help you: Identify the right coatings for the job Determine how …
  • Rick Watson, Director- Product Information & Technical Services Primer Isn’t Needed Anymore, Right? - With the proliferation of “paint and primer in one,” it can seem that paints today are engineered to do it all, making primer irrelevant. However, primer is often an important part of customer satisfaction with …
  • illustration of microbes under a magnifying glass Antimicrobial, Antibacterial, Microbicidal: What’s the Difference? - Some of today’s advanced coatings are formulated to kill bacteria or prevent the growth of mold and fungus on painted surfaces, even long after the paint has been applied. By Steve Revnew Three terms used …
  • photo of painted structural steel and concrete joints What’s New in the Way Paints Are Being Specified? - As a commercial contractor, you are often working with project paint specifications once they have been set. Have you ever wondered how specs get set and what changes you may start seeing? Setting the specification …
  • Spec Express tool for creating 3-part CSI construction project specs Built for Speed: Coating Specification Writing Tool - Need a tool that helps you easily identify and create customized coating recommendations? SpecExpress™ is a free specification writing tool that helps you create paint specifications based on the unique criteria of each project. Make …
  • the newly repainted common area of the Philadelphia Athletic Rec Center Philadelphia Rec Center: Why We Used Paint Shield® - The specification of Paint Shield® Microbicidal Paint played an important role at the recently completed Philadelphia Athletic Recreation Center renovation project, says Sandra Ho of AEC Cares, the nonprofit that coordinated the volunteer urban renewal …
  • illustration showing gloss is assessed at a 60 degree viewing angle; sheen at 85 degrees Gloss and Sheen: Understanding Your Options - Selecting or recommending the correct paint is about finding the coating with the right mix of functional and aesthetic properties. As a commercial contractor, it’s good to consider your customer’s knowledge of sheen and gloss, …
  • image of commercial painter rolling a drywall ceiling Roll It Right: How to Choose the Best Roller Cover for Your Job - The type of roller cover you use can have an impact on your efficiency and the final appearance on any job. “When providing roller cover recommendations, we look at providing the best roller cover for …
  • a selection of respirators Respirators: Disposable or Reusable? - On the job site, you always want to protect yourself and your team. The choice between a disposable filtering facepiece respirator and a reusable cartridge respirator relates to your exposure assessment and what kind of …
  • commercial sprayer pump replacement 4 Tips for Maintaining Your Spray Equipment - Graco Senior Technical Product Trainer Joe May offers his top maintenance tips for keeping your spray equipment in optimal working condition. He recommends instituting these four practices: 1.Strain paint to prevent clogs Straining your paint …
  • illustration of facebook, twitter, youtube, pinterest and instagram icons 6 Steps to Social Media Success - Here are some social media tips for commercial contractors from Clare Lanphear, Social Media Manager, Sherwin-Williams: 1.Keep it in perspective Social media should complement, not replace your marketing strategy – for example, showcasing bigger or …
  • the exterior of the vb1224 lofts project in Chicago Coatings Choice Crucial on Chicago Condo Conversion Job - With high ceilings and expansive views, the VB 1224 Lofts project was the perfect space for a condominium conversion. But transforming an abandoned paper mill in Chicago’s West Loop into a showcase of contemporary loft …