Blog Category: Feature


And the Banned Played On

By Jerry Rabushka,

What’s up with Methylene Chroride? If you want strong opinions, you can either ask people about politics—or in our industry, paint strippers. Methylene chloride, widely hailed as the fastest and most effective paint stripper on the market, has come under about a quarter century of fire because it can be hazardous to your health, if  … Read more

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Apply Yourself to Your Applicators!

By joshbohm,

Pull some strings and sell some brushes. I recently went down to the always wonderful Nashville, TN, to the summer trade show for the musical instrument industry, “Summer NAMM” (National Association of Music Merchants). Because my day job is in a vintage guitar shop, for me this is like the National Hardware Show for the  … Read more

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Pick a color, EXACTLY Any Color

By Jerry Rabushka,

Datacolor explains its new color tools. The more exact color can get, the more picky people will be. If everyone expects it to be “off” a bit, you won’t hear much complaining. But such isn’t the case these days, so the more tools you’ve got to help make that “exacting” client happy, the more your  … Read more

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Against the Odds

By Jerry Rabushka,

A new paint store as a second business If there’s one piece of advice we’ve heard over the years, it’s “Don’t open a paint store.” And it’s no secret that independent paint dealers have hit more than their share of potholes in today’s environment of competition and consolidation. Garrett and Melody Farrar ignored that sage  … Read more

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Fit For Fall Fixin’s

By Jerry Rabushka,

Heat Up Your Sales as the Weather Cools Down Sales can be seasonal, for example, in some communities a pumpkin spice craze takes hold around October and won’t let up until trees and lights come down about January 7. Then pumpkin spice goes for 75% off right when nobody cares. Egg nog has an even  … Read more

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Special Powers

By joshbohm,

Is it magic, or just great technology? Every once in a while we like to let you know about some of the developments in the industry that aren’t your mainstream paints, abrasives, stains, and the like. On occasions like this, we reach out to our friends who we know are making interesting products, we round  … Read more

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Run Wild!

By mirandalipton,

  Imaginative and Unique Decorative Coatings by Miranda Lipton and Jerry Rabushka   Customize! Realize! Revitalize! Fool your eyes (because that’s what faux is supposed to do)! Sure, white walls are useful in plenty of instances, but homeowners, condo dwellers, restaurants, coffee shops, and maybe even the Department of Motor Vehicles often want something unique  … Read more

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Back in the News

By Jerry Rabushka,

EPA to make a ruling on Methylene Chloride Just like any industry, issues come and go. Paint companies that were allergic to low VOC regulations found in many instances that following those regs resulted in a superior product. Other issues, like developing paint that works in colder temperatures, took off and now they’re largely taken  … Read more

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Livin’ La Vida Local

By Jerry Rabushka,

Made in USA Makes a Comeback    Buying local has become a huge deal. Grocery chains have special displays of local meat and produce, restaurants specialize in “farm to table,” you can get beer from a microbrew down the road, and on a national level the same goes with a growing number of USA-made paints  … Read more

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More Stuff to Paint

By joshbohm,

  Masonry Surfaces Take the Floor…and More! There’s been a trend over the last decade or so where architectural concrete has been creeping its way into homes and commercial spaces and where “exposed brick” has become a buzz phrase in real estate listings. It’s great to have such a durable surface, but maybe it’s not  … Read more

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