Getting Good Painters

It’s easy to find painting business owners who’ll tell you the biggest challenge they face is finding good people who can paint or who are willing to learn to paint. I hear this complaint from owners of big companies that rely…

Products

Big When You Need Them, Small When You Don't!

Everybody uses ladders, and we all have the same complaints. “Ladders are too heavy!” “They take up half of my garage to store!” “They are too big for my car!” “I don’t have a ladder rack!” Or, “I have a…

Business Strategy

Getting Good Painters

It’s easy to find painting business owners who’ll tell you the biggest challenge they face is finding good people who can paint or who are willing to learn to paint. I hear this complaint from owners of big companies that rely…

Painter Profiles

Employee First

How treating workers like customers built one of western Canada’s largest painting businesses. An interview with Mark Dumerton of M&L Painting, Coquitlam, B.C. By Steve Maxwell When 16 year-old Mark Dumerton got a job at a gas station owned by Larrie Novak…

Working Smarter

Three Lessons in Outdoor Wood Finishing

You can make more money finishing outdoor wood if you get these things right. If you’re a residential painter, chances are…

Bragging

Floor Specialty

Dave Wenners has been a residential and light commercial painter since 1988, but lately he’s been bragging about a tighter…

Editorials

Throwing More Wood on the Fire

  Steve Maxwell When I was a boy, our family had a summer cottage up north, and one…

Online Discussions

What things could the government do to get out of…

Pro Painter magazine’s Facebook group page has attracted a loyal following in the last two years. The conversation below is a…