Blog Category: Feature


National Hardware Show Preview

By The Paint Dealer,

   Reinvention: The National Hardware Show at 73 If you can reinvent yourself at age 73 (certainly celebrity-singer Madonna has plans), you might just be worth checking out. Looks like the National Hardware Show is still evolving. “This year’s show, our 73rd edition, begins a new era,” said Rich Russo, vice president of NHS. “For  … Read more

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National Hardware Show—Booth Previews

By The Paint Dealer,

Stop by to get a look at these products and tell them you saw it in The Paint Dealer! Information provided by the manufacturers.   Pour On the Floor Lindar is a plastics thermoforming company, specializing in plastic paint trays, plastic paint tray liners and plastic wallpaper water trays since 1993. We offer a broad  … Read more

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Rolling the Difference

By Jerry Rabushka,

Teach your customer why rollers matter.   A media day at a PPG facility played a little trick on some of us magazine folks. They showed us various paint rollouts and asked which we thought was the best paint of the bunch. There was some differing of opinion, but some of the paint looked decidedly  … Read more

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Honey, I Forgot the Sanding Sponge!

By Jerry Rabushka,

  Keep Abrasives in Their Faces   “Let’s go get some sandpaper!” You wouldn’t think that people say that often, but it happens more than you might think—just that they’re not that excited about it. Usually it’s because someone at home forgot, or worse, the store forgot to ask about it; but a trip dedicated  … Read more

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Color of the Month—Green, 2018

By mirandalipton,

Green On Tour “It seems that some nice deep moss greens have been trending lately.” As I write this piece on the plane home after spending St. Patrick’s day in Dublin, Ireland, the Color of the Month has never been so fitting. I have temporary tattoos of shamrocks all over my body and a suitcase  … Read more

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Leading By Example

By Jerry Rabushka,

A Visit with Autologue’s Jim Franco.   Sometimes looking at how someone else runs their business can be inspiration in how you run yours—either you want to emulate them or do something entirely different. A visit with Jim Franco, CEO of point of sale programming company Autologue (Buena Park, CA), has him offering suggestions on  … Read more

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Press It Down

By Jerry Rabushka,

  Tape Advice from Shurtape and FrogTape It’s long been advised that sample boards of faux finishes, and even how-to seminars to go with them, are a great way to sell those products, in that customers can see what they’re getting and learn how to use it. But you might even benefit from doing this  … Read more

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Color of the Month—Red, 2018

By mirandalipton,

Confidence Starts at the Front Door   In many aspects of life, red is recognized as a symbol of boldness and confidence, and this includes how the color is perceived in the paint world. The color itself exudes so much intense energy that it makes it nearly impossible to sulk when surrounded by it. Just  … Read more

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Learning Curve

By Jerry Rabushka,

  Reschooling Customers on Primer   It doesn’t take long in this industry to realize that “watching paint dry” is, actually, exciting! More so than the Super Bowl, Wonder Woman, or even the Slovenian hockey team. Now that paint and primer have largely gone odor-free, you can turn a chair to the wall, crank up  … Read more

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A Thrilling Filling

By joshbohm,

Fill the gaps in your caulk display   Hey all, I hope your holiday season was great, and here’s to the best in 2018. I would have told you all a lot sooner (about a month sooner) but I was over at The Paint Contractor doing a cool story about hand tools, since with my  … Read more

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