Paint scarcity places pause on dwelling enchancment tasks

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — In the event you’re trying to spruce up a room with a recent coat of paint, you would possibly wish 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 Dwelling Depot on Pine Island.”

Mulhern, higher recognized by his prospects as Joe the Painter, can’t get his palms 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:

“Quite a lot of international suppliers have been impacted by the climate occasions in February and subsequent lack of vitality provides in Texas and different southern U.S. states, in addition to latest Hurricane Ida impacts. On the identical time, there was a big improve in demand in some markets we provide as a result of elevated client demand for our paint merchandise for residential renovations. PPG continues to take an aggressive strategy to securing supplies and carriers to reduce the affect to our prospects.”

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 as a result of COVID-19, the February pure catastrophe in Texas additional impacted the complicated 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 continues to be incomplete. Extra just lately, Hurricane Ida has impacted chemical services in Louisiana, placing additional stress on the provision chain and uncooked materials availability. The tempo at which capability comes again on-line and provide turns into extra sturdy stays unsure. We have now been extremely proactive in managing the provision chain disruptions to reduce the affect on our prospects.”

Julie Younger, Sherwin-Williams Vice President of International 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 are able to’t preserve going,” he stated. “We are able to’t preserve working. I truly received three guys that stop 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 changing into like a type of uncommon jewel. 

“I drove all the way in which 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 stuffed with paint,” stated Brandon Lepe at A&E Paint Facilities in Cape Coral. 

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

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

Whereas the cabinets would possibly look stuffed 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 subsequent 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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