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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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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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6 Ways to Save Time and Money with the New PRO App

in Business Builders

Find what you need, when you need it, right from your smart phone. The new PRO app from Sherwin-Williams is an excellent productivity-enhancing tool to help you and your project managers keep up with the fast-paced demands of commercial work. Here are six ways the PRO app can help you: 1. Manage your accounts online…

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3 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Company Website

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Alpine Painting and Sandblasting Contractors of Paterson, New Jersey, is an industry leader in online marketing. We spoke with Dave Scaturro of Alpine to learn what they’re doing to generate more leads with their company website. 1.Be where customers are looking “We’ve invested a lot of our energy into our website, because we recognize that…

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Create Texture Faster and More Reliably Than Ever

in Paint Innovations

Textured surfaces are often used in hotels and other commercial spaces to add dimension and interest to interior surfaces. These surfaces have long been inefficient to create, and present ongoing maintenance issues as scuffed walls highlight the joint compound underneath. The good news for painters Gone are the days of applying joint compound or a…

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Boston University: Why We Used Paint Shield®

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New Paint Shield® Microbicidal Paint was the perfect solution for a repaint of the FitRec Center at Boston University. The center, including two pools, two gyms, locker facilities and a rock-climbing wall, has been a popular addition to campus since opening in 2005. “The ability to kill specific bacteria is why we chose it,” says…

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What You Need to Know About Coating Galvanized Steel

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Galvanized steel is a type of steel that has been galvanized by the application of a zinc coating to protect it from corroding or rusting. “That means you’re not painting steel, you’re painting zinc,” says Gary Vorick, Global Training Manager, Sherwin-Williams. Here’s what you need to know to prevent paint failure on this problematic substrate.

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Antimicrobial, Antibacterial, Microbicidal: What’s the Difference?

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illustration of microbes under a magnifying glass

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 to describe these coatings – antimicrobial, antibacterial, microbicidal – are often misunderstood and misused. Each is significantly different, so understanding…

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Philadelphia Rec Center: Why We Used Paint Shield®

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the newly repainted common area of the Philadelphia Athletic Rec Center

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 project with the City of Philadelphia and the Community Design Collaborative. “These are high-traffic areas,” she says. “So to be…

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