Blog Category: Feature


FrogTape’s 2018 Design Trends

By Contributing Writer,

  Six Ways to Spruce it Up A lot of folks might think it’s unusual that a painter’s tape manufacturer shares yearly design trends, but great ideas are great ideas wherever they come from. Plus, these ideas should “stick!” To help inspire customers just like yours, Taniya Nayak, a nationally known interior designer, has once  … Read more

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Small Dealer, HUGE Ideas

By joshbohm,

The Paint Store in Van Buren, Arkansas Earlier this month, Jerry, myself and our band’s singer Ellen were fortunate enough to play at the Old Timer’s Day Steampunk Festival in Van Buren, AR. For those of you who don’t know, Steampunk is late 1800s to early 1900s Sci-Fi where people dress up in their Victorian  … Read more

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2018 in the Books (National Hardware Show Wrap Up)

By Jerry Rabushka,

   . National Hardware Show Points to Upbeat Industry If you’ve been to a lot of National Hardware Shows over the years, you know it doesn’t take long to figure out what people are thinking. If they’re not happy, they’ll let you know pretty quick. If they don’t think there’s enough traffic, enough serious buyers,  … Read more

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The Road to Independents

By Jerry Rabushka,

An Advocacy Road Trip Road shows in our industry are becoming more common and The Paint Dealer has been fortunate enough to visit several. The “Great American River Road Trip” along the Mississippi River, organized by Independent We Stand, certainly hit some party towns. Starting from up north, this organization dedicated to supporting and promoting  … Read more

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Be Safe Around the Bear

By Jerry Rabushka,

Environmentally safe and friendly products aren’t exactly new, better yet they’re getting even safer and friendlier. When it comes to paint stripping, well…you could tell customers you have quite the product on your hands. “When demoing our product, we regularly place a dollop of the stripper on the back of our hands to show how  … Read more

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When the Going Grits Tough

By Jerry Rabushka,

An Abrasive Sales Primer This being National Hardware Show issue, it’s even more of a good idea to help the independent dealer compete against folks with bigger budgets and more floor space—though do you really want 300,000 square feet to stock, sort, and sweep up after your staff goes home? One thing we’ve been fighting  … Read more

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Show Us Your Finest

By Jerry Rabushka,

Premium Exterior Coatings If you’re going to put on a premium coating, you should probably dress for it. Get out your tux, pull on your best designer clothing, your finest jewelry and watch, and start dipping into your bucket! Or maybe just an old t-shirt and a pair of gym shorts will do. Whatever it  … Read more

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Inside Job

By Jerry Rabushka,

The Paint Dealer’s Interior Project BEFORE                                                  AFTER       Sponsored by: Abatron Idea Paint Intertape Polymer Group Intex Richards Paint Rockler   When you get down to it, painting your house is a big deal, picking a color is a big deal, and for most folks, hiring a painter is a…big deal. People live in  … Read more

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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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