How to Dramatically Change the Appearance of Your Home through Painting

One of the perks of being a homeowner is that you always can think of gazillion ways to alter, improve, or remodel your living space. Even though you felt like everything about your home was perfect back when you first moved in, you now feel there is a dire need for change. But the problem is doing a major refresh means spending a lot of money. You think of some minor and gradual improvements like buying a new couch, replacing the carpet, or re-arranging furniture. But all of them do not really qualify as legitimate transformation. What you are after is something that dramatically changes the appearance of your home, but without shelling out hundreds of dollars.

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You may not agree with it at first, but the solution to your predicament is actually quite simple: paint. If you want to change the ambiance or feel in your home, painting it is a surefire way of doing that, minus the pricey investment. If the idea is to give your living room or kitchen a new look, you can easily do that by picking a completely unique, even contrasting color.

With paint, you can even transform your living space into something that feels bigger inside. Some homeowners have a lot of clutter inside but they no longer notice it because they’ve gotten used to the mess. But if you get rid of the clutter and try out some new paint colors that make you room or place appear bigger, you will be amazed by the result.

Different Layers and Shades

The best thing about painting as a solution to changing how your living space looks and feels is that you can experiment with different layers and shades with very little risk involved. Thankfully, you’ve got a lot of walls surrounding the rooms, which means you can use it as some sort of canvas to experiment on which color best suits the interior space. It is a case of trial and error, but you eventually will find the right color. If you feel like your living room or dining area is boring or lethargic, picking a bright, active, and energetic color will make tangible improvements. If you do not feel calm and relaxed in your own bedroom, that might change by painting it with a color that represents serenity, calmness, and relaxation.

Do Not Hesitate to Experiment

Money is not the primary investment in painting your home, commitment is. If you really are serious about dramatically changing the appearance of your home, both in and out, you should prepare yourself to channel the inner artist in you. In other words, do not hesitate to experiment. After all, you’re the one who feels like things must change in your surroundings. Of course, the term “experiment” does not mean you just go all out without carefully considering the steps you take. For instance, you cannot buy a boatload of paint of the same color if you haven’t even tried it. The first thing you should do is paint a small area in your house with the color you choose. If you feel like it’s the right paint color, move on to bigger picture. If it isn’t, look for another one.

Hire the Pros If You Lack the Confidence (or Experience)

Finally, both interior and exterior painting projects require a high level of commitment. It means you ought to put in the time and effort in it for the project to succeed. So, if you want some change on how your home looks, but you do not have the confidence in doing it yourself, you are certainly better off hiring professional painting contractors. There’s no shame in it.

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California DPR Copper-based Antifouling Paint and Coating Restrictions Now in Effect


The California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) new restrictions on copper-based Antifouling Paint and Coating Restrictions have become effective as of July 1, 2018.

Adopted Jan. 1, 2018, Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations (3 CCR section 6190, “Copper-based Antifouling Paints and Coatings”) was amended to provide:

  • DPR will not approve new applications for registration of copper-based antifouling paints or coatings for use in California on recreational vessels where the adjusted daily mean copper release rate exceeds 9.5 micrograms per square centimeter per day.
  • Any copper-based antifouling paint or coating pesticide product that is currently registered for use in California on recreational vessels where the adjusted daily mean copper release rate exceeds 9.5 micrograms per square centimeter per day is subject to cancellation pursuant to Food and Agricultural Code section 12825.

In January 2018, DPR informed all registrants with copper-based antifouling paint and coating pesticide products that exceed the maximum release rate, of their options for compliance and the approaching deadline. According to DPR, over 90 currently registered copper-based antifouling paints and coatings comply with the maximum release rate.

DPR has stated that it is in the process of reviewing all currently registered copper-based antifouling paints and coatings to determine which products are subject to cancellation as of July 1, 2018. Following this review, DPR will initiate proceedings to cancel the registrations of all non-compliant copper-based antifouling paint and coating pesticide products, regardless of whether the registrant has submitted data for DPR’s review.

More information on DPR’s Reevaluation Program is available at

Contact ACA’s Allen Irish or Raleigh Davis for more information.

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IPPIC Partners with World Ocean Council to Present Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) Session on Biofouling and Invasive Species


The International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) is partnering with the World Ocean Council (WOC) to present a special session at WOC’s 2018 Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS). The 2018 SOS will be held November 14–16 at the New World Millennium Hotel in Hong Kong.

The IPPIC-led session, “Biofouling and Invasive Aquatic Species: The GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships Project – Opportunities for Business Collaboration and Implementation,” will examine how the ocean business community – particularly ship owners and operators –  can act to manage biofouling and mitigate the threat of invasive species. IPPIC member companies are leaders in creating innovative and effective products that control or minimize biofouling, and which foster good hull-management practices in the global shipping fleet. Both IPPIC and WOC have worked to focus attention on biofouling, including its potential to serve as a vector for the introduction of invasive species and the significant threat to ocean biodiversity that this can pose.

A major international initiative to address biofouling – the GloFouling Project – is being launched with WOC as the lead implementer for engaging ocean industry action with and through key organizations, including IPPIC, which is a strategic partner of the initiative. The project is a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and is intended to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species. The GloFouling project focuses on preventing the transfer of aquatic species through biofouling on ships’ underwater hull and structures.

The development of innovative coatings that control biofouling on ships, offshore structures, and other key infrastructure involves not only technical research hurdles, but also a host of regulatory challenges producers must face bringing these products to market. Coatings researchers must balance the requirement for products that not only control biofouling effectively, but which do so in a way that is cognizant of the need to minimize ancillary environmental damage, including harm to other species that are not implicated in fouling. In this way, coatings scientists must balance the need for effective treatments while avoiding harm to the marine environment.

The IPPIC-led session fits the summit’s 2018 theme, “Ocean Sustainable Development – Connecting Asia and the World,” and is intended to advance action by considering:

  • The GloFouling Initiative and the role of coatings in preventing invasive species;
  • Role of coatings in greenhouse gas reduction and greener shipping;
  • Regulatory and other challenges to effective biofouling management; and
  • The emergence of the maritime sector in China and how it impacts the market for antifouling technologies.

The SOS 2018 will assemble ocean industry CEOs to consider the future of the ocean business, provide projections on growth of the ocean economy, bring together women leaders in the maritime sector and Young Ocean Professionals, address port resiliency, sustainable fishing and aquaculture, energy from the ocean, marine pollution, marine biodiversity, and increasing ocean knowledge through industry data collection – and other topics critical to the Sustainable Development goals.

To learn more about the 2018 SOS or register, visit

IPPIC and its members have long been leaders promoting effective biofouling management on a global level. In addition to its research and development activities to provide products to the global maritime industry, IPPIC has been a key contributor at the IMO, developing a biofouling management structure and template to help ship owners and operators put in place an effective biofouling management plan. IPPIC also works with business organizations, other non-governmental organizations, and all levels of government to help develop smart regulation of biofouling and hull management tools and products.

IPPIC is comprised of members representing associations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, EU, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States. The Secretariat position is currently served by the American Coatings Association. IPPIC provides a forum for information exchange and cooperation on the major issues and priorities facing the paint and printing ink industries worldwide. For information about IPPIC and the activities it is involved in on behalf of the global paint and coatings industry, go to

Contact ACA’s Allen Irish for more information.


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Colorado to Develop Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) and Consumer Product Rules


On June 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register additional air quality designations for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). EPA officially designated 51 areas as non-attainment zones.

NAAQS are standards for outdoor ambient air that are intended to protect public health and welfare from pollution. These non-attainment states will likely adopt more stringent coating Volatile Organic Carbon (VOC) regulations in the future.

Accordingly, Colorado’s Department of Public Health & Environment has developed a Consumer Products and Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) regulations website, which notes that it intends to initiate an AIM VOC and Consumer Product rulemaking process in September 2018 and likely adopt final regulations in 2019.

Colorado has been reviewing both the California and Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) AIM and Consumer Product regulations as a model for its rule. ACA has urged Colorado to adopt the OTC Phase I AIM VOC rule given that Colorado has similar cold weather challenges as the northeast states.

If your company manufactures and/or distribute AIM or Consumer Products in Colorado and are interested in these rulemaking activities, please consider joining the ACA AIM VOC and Consumer Product Committees.

Contact ACA’s David Darling for more information.

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CPCA Intervention Spares Further Challenges for Canadian Paint and Coatings Manufacturing

Earlier this month, the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) announced that the government of Canada granted CPCA’s formal request for an exemption from the proposed countermeasure tariffs on U.S. goods coming into Canada as of July 1, 2018.

In June, the Canadian government invited Canadian stakeholders to comment on a list of proposed retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods in response to U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. In a formal submission to Canada’s Department of Finance, CPCA noted the proposed tariff on imported U.S. steel drums and cans (proposed Tariff 7310.29) could be interpreted to include pails, cans, vats, and totes used by Canadian paint and coatings manufacturers. With no Canadian manufacturer of these pails and cans, particularly for architectural paint and aerosol sprays, Canadian-based manufacturers would face millions of dollars in higher input costs in relation to competing finished products imported from the United States.

“The North American paint and coatings industry is highly integrated with many U.S.-owned companies operating manufacturing plants here in Canada supported by cross-border supply chains,” said CPCA president and CEO Gary LeRoux. “These tariffs could be the last straw for many Canada-based manufacturers, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, already considering possible relocation to U.S. jurisdictions with lower taxes, fewer regulations, lower energy and labor costs, ongoing exchange rate challenges and other incentives for plant relocation.”

According to CPCA, due to increasing consolidation in recent years, nearly half of all paint and coatings products sold in Canada are imported from plants in the United States, an increase of nearly 15 percent over the past decade. Over that time consolidation has resulted in the closure of Canadian manufacturing plants and the relocation of many head offices to the United States. CPCA argued that the proposed countermeasure would have imposed tariffs on all Canadian paint and coatings manufacturing facilities, both Canadian and U.S.-owned, and further exacerbated current competitive and regulatory alignment challenges between the two countries.

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ShayoNano Appoints Palmer Holland as Exclusive U.S. Distributor

ShayoNano has appointed Palmer Holland as its exclusive U.S. distributor for its line of hiding pigments for use in aqueous roof coatings, paints, industrial coatings, and inks. “Palmer Holland has the national coverage and market expertise to promote this new technology in the targeted market segments,” says John Falsone, vice president, Sales/Marketing at ShayoNano. “We look forward to supporting their efforts as they grow the U.S. market.”



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