“Swipe-fee” relief avoids delay in Senate
Retail associations are celebrating the defeat of a measure that would have delayed new rules governing "swipe fees" for certain card transactions at the retail point of sale.
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association was among those applauding the defeat of a proposal by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Sen. Bob Corker (R.-Tenn.).
"Out-of-control swipe fees on transactions have been yet another cost burden on building material dealers who are struggling to remain afloat in this housing recession," said Scott Lynch, NLBMDA executive VP. "We are pleased that the Senate wisely chose not to further delay this much-needed relief."
The Food Marketing Institute’s senior VP government relations, Jennifer Hatcher, called the delay proposal a move that would have been bad for business. "The Tester-Corker language [would have removed] any guarantee that Main Street America will ever see relief from rising debit card swipe fees, and we hope our U.S. senators will recognize this when the Tester-Corker amendment vote is called," Hatcher said. The amendment, which would have delayed new swipe-fee rules by 12 months, was defeated by a vote of 54-45, with a 60-vote super majority needed for passage
As it stands, more retailer-friendly swipe-fee rules will go into effect July 21. The Federal Reserve Board plans to limit fees to 2% of the transaction for small banks and financial institutions, and a flat 12-cent cap for the largest banks. The NLBMDA said it supports the new rules, describing them "as an important move to reign in costs for building material dealers and other retailers."
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Dunn-Edwards introduces new “hybrid” enamel paint
Dunn-Edwards, the Los Angeles-based paint and sundries line, has introduced a premium interior enamel product line that has the performance and appearance of traditional oil-based paint but cleans up with soap and water.
Called Aristowall, the gloss and semi-gloss paint is a water-oil hybrid product designed for interior walls, trim, molding, cabinets, doors, kitchens, baths and high-traffic areas. It uses waterborne alkyd technology, according to Terry Chi, product manager. “The end result is a surface that looks like glass,” she said.
Like all other Dunn-Edwards products, Aristowall is ethylene glycol (EG)-free, low-VOC at 50 grams/liter, and has very low odor both during and after application.
Dunn-Edwards operates 109 stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. It is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers and distributors of architectural paints and painting supplies.
I am a contractor in fresno
I am a contractor in fresno ca. and iv’e been using aristowall on all my projects for doors and casings, all trim and cabinets. it dries hard like a oil base and has excellent adhesion and blocking abilities and does not stay sticky like most latex acrylic paints, so therfore doors do not stick to door jams when closed. if it is to be used over an existing oil based paint the surface must be properly prepared for good adhesion and primed.this is an excellent product and dunn edwards did there homework. the guy that had the bad results in the other post must not have done the prep. properly for cabinet re-painting. painting cabinets is like painting a car( alot of prep.) to do it right..
Hi, this is Terry Chi,
Hi, this is Terry Chi, Product Manager, from Dunn-Edwards, we regret the experience you had with our product. We will have a rep reach out to you right away to see if we can resolve the issue.
First time user and unhappy
First time user and unhappy with the drying time, after five days cabinets are still soft enough to use your finger nails and scrap off! Customer purchased paint under my recommendation as I was told by salesman this fine to use on kitchen cabinets! I'm pissed off! p.s. will be looking for another paint company for more challenging applications meanwhile i've contacted my field rep to see what he says, client also wants him to pay her a visit. WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!
FrogTape’s painting pro offers tips
FrogTape, a division of Avon, Ohio-based ShurTech Brands, is promoting its painter’s tape with the help of a professional painter — Dan Brady of Traverse City, Mich.-based Dan Brady Painting & Wood Restoration.
"When you’re painting a deep color into white trim, I don’t care how steady your hand is, it helps to have a tape that doesn’t bleed," said Brady.
Common mistakes of DIYers engaged in painting projects, he said, include:
• Failing to perform sufficient prep work;
• Taping too close to the corner of a wall — painters should leave a 1/16-in. gap, instead of trying to apply it flush against the other wall;
• Clean surface throroughly, especially if there is a waxy buildup, when applying painter’s tape;
• Remove painter’s tape when the paint is still wet, not after it has dried.
The product Brady promotes — FrogTape — is made with a liquid-blocking polymer called PaintBlock Technology designed to prevent bleeding.
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