House enchancment tasks paused because of widespread paint scarcity

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — For those who’re trying to spruce up a room with a recent coat of paint, you would possibly need to press pause on that challenge. 

Paint is tremendous exhausting to search out proper now and it’s not simply right here in Southwest Florida. 

“I went to North Fort Myers, then Southwest Cape,” stated Joe Mulhern of Correct Portray. “I wound up having to hit House Depot on Pine Island.”

Mulhern, higher identified by his clients as Joe the Painter, can’t get his fingers on the essential instrument he wants for his job: Paint. 

“Calling each story like ‘Hey, let me know. Let me know,’” Mulhern stated. 

Main producers like PPG and Sherwin-Williams blame a uncommon February deep freeze in Texas coupled with Hurricane Ida for impacting their chemical crops. 

See the assertion from PPG under:

“Various world suppliers have been impacted by the climate occasions in February and subsequent lack of power provides in Texas and different southern U.S. states, in addition to latest Hurricane Ida impacts. On the similar time, there was a big enhance in demand in some markets we provide because of elevated client demand for our paint merchandise for residential renovations. PPG continues to take an aggressive method to securing supplies and carriers to reduce the affect to our clients.”

Greta Edgar, PPG Communications Supervisor

Sherwin-Williams, who additionally makes Valspar, stated the COVID-19 pandemic added to issues like provide chain disruptions.

See the assertion from Sherwin-Williams under:

“In an already-challenged provide chain because of COVID-19, the February pure catastrophe in Texas additional impacted the advanced petrochemical community inflicting vital disruptions. These manufacturing disruptions, coupled with surging architectural and industrial demand, have pressured uncooked materials provide and quickly pushed costs upward. Restoration from the catastrophe remains to be incomplete. Extra not too long ago, Hurricane Ida has impacted chemical services in Louisiana, placing additional strain on the availability chain and uncooked materials availability. The tempo at which capability comes again on-line and provide turns into extra strong stays unsure. We’ve been extremely proactive in managing the availability chain disruptions to reduce the affect on our clients.”

Julie Younger, Sherwin-Williams Vice President of World Company Communications

Leonel Ferrer, the co-owner of Royal Blue Portray Contractor, stated he presently has six homes sitting, ready for paint. 

No paint means no work, and no work means no cash. 

“If we don’t get paint, we will’t preserve going,” he stated. “We are able to’t preserve working. I truly bought three guys that give up and now they’re working within the restaurant.”

Ferrer’s so determined, he saddled up and drove greater than two hours to load up on what’s turning into like a kind of uncommon jewel. 

“I drove all the best way to Tampa like a month in the past to get 85 gallons of paint,” he stated. 

Paint professionals aren’t the one ones struggling. Residents attempting to clean up a room are having to unfold provides skinny. That’s all as a result of the paint provides simply aren’t there.

“These cabinets are often filled with paint,” stated Brandon Lepe at A&E Paint Facilities in Cape Coral. 

On Tuesday, A&E Paint Facilities was filled with empty spots on their cabinets. 

“Most of those cabinets proper right here which can be empty, are those that we will’t get ahold of,” Lepe stated. 

Whereas the cabinets would possibly look filled with paint, Lepe stated what they’ve in retailer is nothing. 

“That’s most likely probably the most we’ve seen in inventory for some time,” he stated. “We get pallets in and so they’re just about out the following day.”

Inside paints are exhausting to combat proper now, together with satin and flat finishes being uncommon to identify on cabinets. 

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