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Working With GCs: 4 Things to Watch For

in Business Builders
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The dynamic between the GC and the subcontractor can have its challenges. Here are some of the potential pitfalls for the painting subcontractor – and how to protect yourself – from Al Pirozzoli, a consultant who has worked extensively with commercial contractors. 1. Contracts The day of the handshake deal has passed. More than ever…

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5 Steps to Success in the Multi-Family Segment

in Business Builders
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There’s a lot of painting work in multi-family communities. Below are our tips for best practices that will ensure your success in this segment. You can also learn more about serving these communities on the Sherwin-Williams contractor website. 1. Research your market First, analyze your market to find the best opportunities. Typically, a half dozen…

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Disaster Solutions: Restoration After a 1,000-Year Flood

in Application Techniques
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Restoration jobs have unique challenges. Nashville contractors and Sherwin-Williams joined forces in 2010 to clean up numerous properties after what the Army Corps of Engineers described as a “1,000-year flood.” In all there was more than $2.3 billion in property damage, and the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center was one of the hardest hit…

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A Warming Trend Is Coming to Commercial Spaces

in Application Techniques
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Cool shades of gray have dominated the commercial paint color landscape for the past five years. In 2017, look for a subtle shift to warmer colors, says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams. Added dimension and complexity Global cultural preferences and other influences like weathered, worn finishes and natural and organic materials are driving…

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Coating Concrete When It’s Cold: What You Need to Know

in Concrete Solutions
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Sometimes a fast-track job calls for coating concrete in less than ideal circumstances. Here are some key considerations for cold-weather product selection and application: Water can be a problem Concrete exposed to repeated freezing and thawing can be damaged by water that enters the surface. If water fills a critical percentage of the concrete’s pore…

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5 Great New Tools for Commercial Painters

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titan rx spray gun

Our vendors are always developing new application tools to make your job easier. Here are five from 2016 that we recommend: Titan Premium Gun with 517 Tip Ultra-light trigger pull for less fatigue Durable, rugged, updated design Interchangeable back grips for customizable handle size New easier to reach trigger lock Fluid passage contains reversible seat…

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7 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Sprayer

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In the market for an airless sprayer? Chris Noto, Director of Professional Products at Titan, recommends asking yourself these seven questions before you buy: 1. For what types of jobs will the airless sprayer be used? Think about the kind of work you do, and consider the size of your current and future crew. Be…

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2 Social Media Trends You Can Put to Work for You

in Business Builders
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Here’s a look at the latest trends in social media, and how you can incorporate them into your company’s marketing strategy, from Clare Lanphear, Social Media Manager, Sherwin-Williams. Maximize mobile impact According to the latest statistics, 61 percent of smartphone users interact with social media from their device. Is your corporate website mobile friendly? Make…

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The Best Coatings for Concrete in Cold Climates

in Concrete Solutions

In our story, Coating Concrete When It’s Cold: What You Need to Know, we outlined the key things every commercial painting contractor needs to consider when taking on a job that requires coating concrete at lower temperatures. Here is our guide to the products that will give you the best results in these conditions. In…

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5 Tips for Recommending the Right Paint for Commercial Facilities

in Paint Innovations
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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 to best position your recommendation with the customer Then, ask the right questions… 1. VOC and environmental considerations Are there…

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