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‘You Are Not Alone’: PCA Offers Education and Support for Paint Pros During COVID-19

“You are not alone.”

That is the message members say they’re getting from the Painting Contractors Association (PCA) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading ‘You Are Not Alone’: PCA Offers Education and Support for Paint Pros During COVID-19

Need to Decompress? These Stress Relievers Can Help

Stress levels may be high these days in the paint contracting world, and if you’re among those struggling to deal with the pressure, you’re not alone. A recent survey conducted by the University of Chicago for the Data Foundation found that roughly two-thirds of Americans say they felt nervous, depressed, lonely or hopeless on at least one of their last seven days. Continue reading Need to Decompress? These Stress Relievers Can Help

Are You An Exterior Expert? Here’s How To Raise Your Game

The time is right for exterior painting, especially with interior painting demand down due to COVID-19. If you’re not an exterior specialist, this article will give you the building blocks to elevate your outdoor painting game, from proper surface prep and when to prime to topcoat sheen, applicator options and cleanup. Continue reading Are You An Exterior Expert? Here’s How To Raise Your Game

The Best Coatings for Your Exterior Painting Projects

To ensure a quality, long-lasting paint job, you need to choose the right topcoat. For best performance, proper preparation is critical. Here are our recommendations for the best exterior coatings to use based on your project and environmental conditions.
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What We’re Doing To Stay Safe And Productive During COVID-19, With Colorado Painter Dave Barry

Dave Barry started painting at age 14 in Boston. He moved to the mountains of Colorado in 1996 and started his own company, Barry Painting Inc. Over the years he has painted everything from small homes to some of the most exclusive residential properties in the Boulder, Colorado area, as well as commercial and multifamily properties. He recently started a new business called Rocky Mountain Finishing LLC, with a spray booth that helps him expand into finishing cabinets, metal, furniture, trim packs, doors and more. PPC editor Mike Starling caught up with Dave to ask him about the challenges he’s facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading What We’re Doing To Stay Safe And Productive During COVID-19, With Colorado Painter Dave Barry

New Rule Affects PPP Loans For Contractors

A new rule regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) could help contractors running small and mid-size businesses gain greater access to low-interest loans for meeting short-term payroll needs. Continue reading New Rule Affects PPP Loans For Contractors

3 Smart Ways to Keep Your Company Strong through a Down Economy

The COVID-19 emergency is presenting numerous challenges for painting contracting companies. In this article, we explore three ways you can mitigate your risk and build for the future during these challenging economic times.
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