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Offering Your Customers A Full Spectrum of Color Choices

Offering Your Customers A Full Spectrum of Color Choices

By on March 29, 2012 in How we use Color., Uncategorized with 11 Comments

If you are a painter that likes to keep on top of trends, the latest one to emerge in color and paint is something called full-spectrum color. Basically it is color created from a minimum of five colorants and without the use of black or gray in the mix. The result is richer and bolder […]

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LeadCheck for Plaster and Drywall

By on March 28, 2012 in Lead Paint with 4 Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that LeadCheck is now approved to test drywall or plaster.  You can verify this by going to http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/testkit.htm This approval was in the works back in September of 2010, but wasn’t made official until a few days ago.  It seems LeadCheck had to do some of their own test, […]

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Comfort Food, Comfort Colors

Comfort Food, Comfort Colors

By on March 27, 2012 in How we use Color., Uncategorized with 2 Comments

A warm, steaming cup of coffee, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, chicken soup, these are all foods that are very comforting – they make us feel good! That’s what we want in our homes, color that makes us feel good. What are those “feel good” colors? Grab your coffee, sit down and come with me. […]

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Paint Prep and Visualizing your Dreams

Paint Prep and Visualizing your Dreams

By on March 22, 2012 in How we use Color. with 6 Comments

Good things sometimes take a while—from painting prep to making dreams real. More than simply open-the-can-and roll, communication is an important part of the house-painting and color-selecting process. Visualizing is another piece of the process and sometimes we need all the help we can get. Have you ever wished you could see your home painted […]

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Contractors Beige – Really?

Contractors Beige – Really?

What is Contractor’s Beige? Contractor’s Beige is the color that the Builder uses as a generic wall color. Sometimes you see it beige like in this photo and sometimes it’s white, Contractor’s white. Is Contractor’s Beige a bad thing? Yes and no. The builder has to put some type of “paint” on the wall but […]

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Color Experts, Consultants, Designers or DIYers?

Color Experts, Consultants, Designers or DIYers?

By on March 21, 2012 in How we use Color. with 7 Comments

How do you choose color? I admit, I am a DIYer when it comes to color selection, I use the Fan Decks, Brochures and Color Samples to help customers pick colors, and it usually turns out ok, but just ok. A few things happened in the past year that made me realize I really should […]

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Using Festool to Extract Higher Profits

Using Festool to Extract Higher Profits

By on March 18, 2012 in Equipment, When We Try It with 0 Comments

This year Warline Painting invested in the Festool line of sanders and dust extractors. Our goal was to offer our clients a dust-free solution for painting and give ourselves and edge over the competition. Being dust-free would also be better for the health of our customers, their families and our own crew. We just finished […]

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RRP, Opt-Out Returning?

RRP, Opt-Out Returning?

By on March 14, 2012 in Lead Paint with 3 Comments

There has been a lot of chatter about the recent Lead Reduction Amendments Act of 2012, where the Senate bill proposes to return the Opt-Out to the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.  The bill was introduced by Senator Inhofe (R-OK) and is co-sponsored by several other republicans.  NARI, NAHB, and many other contractor organizations […]

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Big Paint Samples Put Big Smiles on Your Customer’s Face

Big Paint Samples Put Big Smiles on Your Customer’s Face

When it comes to choosing paint colors, most painters will simply hand their customer a fan deck. They don’t want to be involved in the process of choosing color because they don’t want to be blamed if the end result wasn’t what the customer envisioned. I get that. However, I think they are forgetting a […]

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Open Mike: Brandt Domas on What Exceptional Contractors Do

Open Mike: Brandt Domas on What Exceptional Contractors Do

By on March 11, 2012 in Open Mike with 8 Comments

Brandt Domas is one of the industry heavyweights that I was hoping to meet in Vegas at the PDCA show, and I did. Brandt’s industry resume includes most everything from straight up paint contracting to PDCA leadership roles. He is currently most known as a speaker on industry matters, and as a trainer of paint […]

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Disclosure

By on March 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

For questions about this blog, please contact bloggingpainters(at)gmail.com Blogging Painters abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored […]

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Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Review Update

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Review Update

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat was under testing for review at Topcoat Review for over a year before any assessment for publication was produced. We watched the weathering patterns on the test project through four seasons of observation. At that point, it was submitted for publication in American Painting Contractor magazine.  In addition to the main project […]

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To Tweet or Not?

To Tweet or Not?

Still on the fence about Twitter? Check out these helpful tips from my latest article on page 8 in the The Paint Contractor. Feel free to head over to the magazine’s Facebook page and like their page! Follow us @bloggingpainter!

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Customer Problem? Pick up the Bleep’n Phone

Customer Problem? Pick up the Bleep’n Phone

By on March 4, 2012 in Customer Service with 4 Comments

The telephone isn’t going anywhere and for good reason. Nothing will ever be able to replace the effectiveness of an actual conversation. When it comes to solving your customer’s problems, being effective means picking up the phone and talking to your customer. I was just reminded again of how important it is to do this […]

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Three Weeks with a Blackberry Playbook

Three Weeks with a Blackberry Playbook

Small business people are always juggling. Small Paint Businesses my even be worse because you probably work in the field, in the office, estimate, pick up supplies, answer emails, manage social media, set appointments and so much more.  Many of us try to carry all the tools we need plus a small mobile office. In most […]

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