Month: April 2011

Where are paint prices headed?

Just as exterior painting season approaches the paint prices have started to crawl up. But where is this all coming from? Below are quotes from The Wall Street Journal explaining. You can read their full story here

Voracious demand from China, India and other emerging markets is boosting prices for titanium dioxide, a key ingredient in paint, just as it has for oil, copper, iron ore and fertilizer. As raw-material prices rise, manufacturers are trying to pass the added cost through to consumers, stoking inflation fears.

Painting contractors all over US have also suffered business by increased material costs.

Sherwin-Williams raised prices in its paint stores three times last year, by a total of more than 16%. House painter Aaron Obringer, who owns Precision Brush Painting in Pittsburgh, said he now pays around $25 for a gallon of basic flat interior paint, up from $20 a year or two ago. “It’s like out of control,” he said, adding that paint-store employees blamed “something going on in China.”

It is true I have seen Sherwin Williams, Benjamin More and other professional paint stores increase prices at least twice last year and once this year so far.
And the inevitable question is what can be done?

Homer Simpson roofing (hmm I wonder if he can handle painting)

Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers.

Marge did you know I decided to become a house painter? So I went down to the paint store and asked for a brush…

anyway what was I saying….. mmmm donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?

Beer: The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.

Benjamin Moore Gennex Coloring System

New Color System

The new Benjamin Moore Gennex coloring system does not only contain cool colors but makes paint cover easier and last longer because of the way it blends with the paint. It is zero VOC and can be used with Benjamin Moore’s latest products, by the way there are many new products they have come out with lately and there are still more to come.


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