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It’s WOW time!
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Vegas Showstoppers

The National Hardware Show and Lancaster Show in Vegas is like a mid-year Christmas. We stroll the floors in search of the latest and greatest products, innovations and inventions that will sell well in your stores, and like kids at Christmas, we are wide-eyed when we see something we know is a hero.

After dozens of these shows, we occasionally think we’ve seen it all, then we stumble upon a booth offering a better, reinvented mousetrap. Even new packaging could be just the thing that gets that product to fly off your shelves. We wanted you to know the products that caught our attention and had some WOW factor to them.

From O’Brien Distributing comes Dizzolve Brush Cleaner and Conditioner. Former painter Dan O’Brien took the time to show us just how incredibly well this line of products works and how remarkably safe they are to use! Whether you are cleaning wet or dry brushes, brushes with oil or acrylic paint, this product will clean them every time and brings them back to life for another day. Dizzolve is non-toxic, odor-free, earth-friendly, biodegradable, sustainable, reusable, very safe, and contains NO SOLVENTS! These are paint thinner replacement products for fast cleaning of brushes, rollers, and airless pumps and sprayers for commercial painters.

Regular advertiser Preval WOWed us with its technology. Tech is not something we find much in the retail paint business, but Preval showed us products that are truly cutting edge. Preval’s Sam Averbuch showed us his Energy Disbursement Unit (EDU). For painters doing more than just touch-up work, this EDU container clips to your belt and when adding water to it, the EDU system insulates Preval’s 150 Feet of ENERGY unit at a consistent temperature to deliver a longer lasting, more continuous spray. This innovation gives you five times the spray duration with the 150 Feet of ENERGY. You just know Sam has a Bat Cave at his home, tinkering away at night to develop such unique items!

At the Lancaster show, we spoke with the reps from Cabot Stain who claimed their fairly new DeckCorrect™ product allows you to “put a new face on a bad deck.” Many manufacturers have struggled with their deck re-staining products that seem to fail after only a matter of months, but Cabot reports ZERO complaints, and after only two short years, DeckCorrect has shot up to be its #1 best-selling product by far! DeckCorrect™ by Cabot® covers and corrects worn, weathered, exterior wood and concrete with a thick coating that is enhanced with Polycarbonate Everbeads™ to fill cracks up to ¼” and lock down splinters for a durable, dirt-resistant, skid-resistant surface.

Over at the NHS Inventors Section, the buzz was all about the FATLIP© product from Tribe Design in the UK. We’ve seen many products designed to keep paint drips in the can, but this new item will sell if you will just stock it for a trial run. With the high cost of paint and stain, saving what doesn’t get used on a job is important and economical. Snap FATLIP© onto the can of paint (gallon or quart) and whether you are pouring paint or feathering your brush through the exposed fingers on the inner rim of the FATLIP©, the paint runs right back into the can… not around the rim. Not an expensive product, and your customers will keep buying them when they see how well it helps them preserve the paint they didn’t use.

Another great NHS and Lancaster show is in the books. If you did not attend this year, be sure to book your trip early for next year!  tpd endcap

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