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The Paint Jack-Not your average bucket hook.

By on July 27, 2011 in Equipment with 4 Comments
The Paint Jack-Not your average bucket hook.

Several months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Dave of DJLTools online at painttalk.com. He humbly introduced himself, and wanted to get his new product into the hands of some pros and get some feedback. Shortly after that introduction, I and several other painting contractors got one of his latest products, The Paint Jack. […]

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Tips on Hiring a Painting Contractor

Tips on Hiring a Painting Contractor

Ask for references. This is very important as it shows if their past clients were happy with the work performed, and the overall customer experience. Any professional painting contractor should be able to provide plenty of references. I would suggest getting and contacting at least three. Below are six examples of questions you should be prepared to ask […]

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Dean Lovvorn – Lead Based Paint Consultant

By on July 25, 2011 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Dean Lovvorn – Lead Based Paint Consultant

For many years, I ran my own firm as a general contractor doing residential remodeling in the Dallas, Texas area.  Later on, I began to specialize in bathroom remodeling and published a few articles on that subject.  I grew my firm to where we were doing 3 remodels at one time and I was very […]

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Two simple ways to market your painting business

By on July 24, 2011 in Marketing with 10 Comments
Two simple ways to market your painting business

 A favorite topic among painting contractors is marketing. It seems that every contractor wants to find the “magic bullet”–some dirt cheap way of generating leads consistently. There really isn’t such a method, but there are tons of ways to generate leads inexpensively. This article will examine two inexpensive, yet effective methods for marketing your painting […]

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Where do you get your information?

By on July 23, 2011 in Random Thoughts, What's New with 1 Comment
Where do you get your information?

I’m not talking about learning to apply paint, like they say, “any monkey can do that”, well, not really because there is so much to learn about products and application. After you learn how to paint, there is the nuts and bolts of running a business, from handling customers to hiring employees. Where do you go […]

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RRP, New Renovate Right Pamphlet

By on July 19, 2011 in Lead Paint with 0 Comments
RRP, New Renovate Right Pamphlet

The announced July 15, 2011 changes to 40 CFR Part 745 Subpart E, better known as the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule requires contractors to begin immediately handing out a new Renovate Right pamphlet when the changes are placed in the Federal Register.  The new rule will be placed in the Federal Register in […]

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The Magic Trick for Choosing the Perfect Colour

By on July 19, 2011 in Random Thoughts with 2 Comments
The Magic Trick for Choosing the Perfect Colour

    A few of my friends and colleagues have asked me why I haven’t written about the True Colour Expert Course with Maria Killam that I took three (okay almost four) weeks ago. Gosh time goes by fast. Well, I’ve been busy guys. I’ve been working on new colour consultations and tweaking some of the ones […]

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RRP, 2011 Rule Changes For Painting Contractors

By on July 19, 2011 in Lead Paint with 1 Comment
RRP, 2011 Rule Changes For Painting Contractors

There seems to be some confusion about the recent Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule changes that were announced on July 15, 2011.  To add to the confusion, articles like this one have contractors thinking that RRP is dead or at least dying. The accurate result is that RRP is very much alive and well […]

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Now you see it, now you don’t!

By on July 18, 2011 in Homeowner Resources with 1 Comment
Now you see it, now you don’t!

I recently did a new construction home and tried my hand at some Decorative Finishes, my wife and business partner Chris wrote about the interior work we did here. As the project drew to an end, the owners asked me if I could do something about the ugly electrical panel that for some odd reason was […]

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Windows Live Writer

By on July 18, 2011 in Websites and SEO, What's New with 0 Comments
Windows Live Writer

Many bloggers know how wonderful the WordPress platform is. It really makes publishing your blog easy, and there are plug ins for almost every need available. There is however one gripe I have, and that is writing inside WordPress.   I just feel so confined, especially when writing on a smaller screen like on a […]

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An interview with Ken Fenner, Part 1

By on July 18, 2011 in Business Practices with 4 Comments
An interview with Ken Fenner, Part 1

Ken Fenner is the owner of PressurePros, Inc and its subsidiary company, Restore-A-Deck located in Havertown, PA. Ken started PressurePros, a commercial and residential pressure washing company, in 2003. Employing union painters, an interior residential repainting division was added in 2005. While no longer performing painting services, Ken is familiar with the industry’s issues. In […]

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Mythic Paint-One painters opinion

By on July 17, 2011 in Products with 5 Comments
Mythic Paint-One painters opinion

You can apply Mythic primer to any surface and finish in any colour in a selection of finishes. This is a snapshot of a project I am doing in tandem with TDS, Mythic and Llama Developments Here we are redecorating woodwork that was previously painted with black oil-based gloss at least 5 years ago. It […]

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Regina Garay of Fauxology

By on July 16, 2011 in Daily Pick with 5 Comments
Regina Garay of Fauxology

One of the greatest things to come out of the Shootout was getting to meet new bloggers. I had seen a few posts on the Fauxology Blog and enjoyed the beautiful pictures Regina posted on her Facebook Page. After seeing her entry, Embossed Allover Designs, it was clear why she was chosen as the winner […]

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And the Winners are……..

By on July 16, 2011 in What's New with 0 Comments
And the Winners are……..

It has been several weeks since my “blogging buddy”  Scott Burt of Topcoat Review announced the “Shootout”, a blogging contest for painters.  I followed the contest, entered it myself, and made a few discoveries while perusing the entries. There is a lot of talent out there! That planted the seed for The Blogging Painters. The […]

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Making a Great Impression

By on July 16, 2011 in How we use Color., Products with 2 Comments
Making a Great Impression

I am so EXCITED to announce our second contest, Making a Great Impression, sponsored by the Faux Impressions line of Sherwin-Williams.  It’s a great line of versatile faux finishing products that can be used to create unique specialty finishes. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $200 credit at any Sherwin-Williams store towards the Faux Impressions line of decorative […]

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