Fandeck of Features

Specialty products for special occasions

Some products don’t sell every day, but you’ll want to at least know about them for when they’re what you need to get the job done—or to get the job done even better!
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Web People

Exciting things are happing here at Mugler Publications—well it’s been exciting here since the first issue in February 1992, but some months are just more exciting than others. While we’ve been encouraging you to keep up with the latest in technologies, our website has been quietly running in place since around 2005, which in tech years is about 153.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

New ways to learn about new products

People like to complain about too much media, but where do they do it? On TV, in the news, on their smartphones, and on Twitter. So much for avoiding the media.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

The best time to update your POS systsem is right now!

Today’s Point of Sale systems do so much more than POS! Below, two suppliers discuss how to get the most out of their systems and when to update your system—oh, that would be now!
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By The Paint Dealer

Color of The Month

Color brings out a lot about someone’s personality. Conservative, freewheeling, you name it, how someone feels about color can tell a lot about them. Think about when you come into a home and what judgments you’ll make about the occupants simply from the colors you see. Then think about a bride’s wedding dress and what you’d think if she wore orange down the aisle.
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By Jerry Rabushka

Interior Painting

If there’s one thing we’ve stressed over the previous 23 volumes of The Paint Dealer, it’s the difference in performance you get when using quality products.<br>
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By Jerry Rabushka and Hans Mugler

The way we roll

So we’ve got to put on the paint, and for that, obviously you need applicators, which for this Project meant brushes and rollers. Putting on great paint with a bad roller is an insult to the paint as well as the homeowner!
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By Jerry Rabushka and Hans Mugler

While we’re here, let’s sand

Many painting projects have a “while you’re at it” element to them, and this was the same thing.
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By Jerry Rabushka and Hans Mugler

Palette of Departments

Can Paint Save Your Life?

You can bet your life it can! Without having to think too much, we came up with a variety of situations where paint can be life-saving.
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By Hans Mugler

FrogTape Helps Build a Frog Home

FrogTape® brand painter’s tape is taking to the wetlands for a new kind of home improvement—a home designed specifically for frogs. FrogTape contributed to the Save the Frogs!® mission last year, and has again donated to help protect amphibian populations against extinction. This year, the brand is sponsoring a wetlands construction workshop to create homes suitable for wildlife.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Caulk Dogs

We know that most people in the paint industry do more than paint, and it’s always nice to see it in action.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Merit Acquires Dynamic

The Merit Distribution Group announced the acquisition of Dynamic Paint Products
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Benjamin Moore to construct Silver LEED Facility

Benjamin Moore announced its plans to open a new distribution center in Oakland, California to meet the needs of its growing business.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Adventures in Babysitting

“It is true that hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?”
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By Mark Lipton

New Products

Cut down on preparation and painting time with the HYDE® Painter’s Assistant™, a versatile new accessory from Hyde Tools with dozens of uses.
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By The Paint Dealer


By Hans Mugler,

Can Paint Save Your Life?

Hans Mugler




You can bet your life it can! Without having to think too much, we came up with a variety of situations where paint can be life-saving. Anti-bacterial paint? Keeps those nasty germs and viruses away. Road paint? The world would be speeding towards a head-on collision if we did not have lanes painted on roads and highways, or warnings painted for railroad crossings or merging lanes. There are stenciled warnings and markings painted on floors in warehouses and factories that keep people aware of hazardous areas. How about red paint on the nails of your thumb that you purposely put there to remind you of No Texting While Driving! There are textures and grit added to paint to keep you from slipping, and fire-retardant paint to, uh, retard fire. A recent article by Kevin Allen of USA Today Sports pointed out a new way that paint that can save lives, and being a former hockey player who has crashed into the boards a few too many times and really rattled my brains (explains a lot, eh?) I think this idea is brilliant! Thomas Smith, a former hockey player, came up with the idea of a “Look-Up Line” for ice hockey rinks. Thomas suffered not one, but two different injuries in his playing days that ended his career and left him partially paralyzed. Smith had been tripped up while skating towards the boards and crashed headfirst into them. Luckily he did not sever his spinal cord, but the result of his accidents left him able to walk only with the help of two canes. Many others before and after him have not been so lucky. The Look-Up Line is comparable to a warning track in baseball.

You know you are getting close to crashing into that outfield wall when you run off the grass field and onto the cinder warning track. Smith’s idea is a 40″ wide orange line around the inside of the ice rink boards. As players near that Look-Up Line, they would immediately lift their heads to avoid the dangers of crashing headfirst into the boards. Maybe it’s not necessarily an NHL thing, but for youth, high school and college hockey, it is just as important as helmets and pads. Smith estimated that there are 225 ice rinks in 27 states (aren’t there that many in Minnesota alone?) that will have the lines installed by the time you read this. There are hundreds of others that should be adding the Look-Up Line as well. The line is orange because orange is associated with safety. When the color orange pops up in my head, I think immediately of the orange logos of Porter Paints and Anvil Paints.

Whatever color your logo, any paint company worth its salt should want to jump in and help out a life-saving cause like this. We are talking about six or seven gallons of paint per rink to paint the concrete under the ice surface. All you paint store owners looking to provide some goodwill in your communities; this would be a really nice thing for you to be involved in, or at least make these customers aware you have a potentially lifesaving solution for sale. Give a little thought to helping out your local ice rink and watch that goodwill flow right back to you! On another topic, I am personally thanking each advertiser in our magazines this month (and Welcome Back Corona!). These are the biggest mags we have put out in more than eight years and it is because of these great advertisers who support you independents and want you to know about their great products. Support these products, stock these products and sell these products, and in the immortal words of St. Louis Blues hockey announcer John Kelly…“Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!”Splat

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