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Brushing Away Harmful Germs
CertaPro Painters® Uses New Innovative Paint to Keep You Healthy

April 2016
Kaiser Fontana, Location: Fontana, CA, Architect: HMC Architects

Paint Shield kills a wide variety of sickness-causing microbes, including staph, MRSA and E.coli, common in hospitals and senior care communities.

The painters at CertaPro Painters® of Bel Air are brushing up on their skills for the rollout of a new kind of paint that actually kills the germs that make people sick.

“There are lots of anti-microbial paints,” says Dave Joynt, owner of CertaPro Painters® of Bel Air. “They don’t actually kill [germs]. This product will actually kill it on the surface.”

Because Joynt’s company has a large medical client base, it made sense for him to learn more about Sherwin-Williams’ Paint Shield. It is the first paint registered with the Environmental Protection Agency that kills a wide variety of sickness-causing microbes, including staph, MRSA, E.coli, VRE and Enterobacter aerogenes. In their press release about the new paint, Sherwin-Williams says the microbicidal paint actually kills these germs within two hours of exposure on a painted surface.

“For hospitals, athletic facilities, schools, day care centers, senior care communities, residential housing, hospitality, cruise ships and other facilities, Paint Shield™ is a powerful ally in the fight against these infectious bacteria,” Steve Revnew, senior vice president of product innovation for Sherwin-Williams, says in a statement. “We paint in medical facilities all the time,” Joynt says. He says several doctors’ offices have already expressed interest in learning more about the paint. He hopes to interest hospitals and even day care centers in the product, as well.

According to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release citing 2011 studies, approximately one in 25 U.S. patients contract at least one infection during the course of their hospital care.
Brian Seymore, a Bel Air-based chiropractor and physical therapist, says he sees the value in the new product. “I think the concept makes a world of sense,” Dr. Seymore says. “In medical offices, I think it would be a good thing for patients.”

And good for doctors and medical staff, too. “If it’s a cleaner, safer environment, then employees would have fewer sick days,” Dr. Seymore says.

Sherwin-Williams recommends the use of professional painters. Joynt says he has sent his own crews for further Sherwin-Williams training to ensure they coat walls to the paint company’s specifications. “We are going the extra step to make sure our crews are trained,” he says. “I’m just doing it so the crews, when they are in a medical facility, understand the importance of what we do and make sure we do it right.

Kaiser Fontana, Location: Fontana, CA, Architect: HMC Architects

“Continuity is important,” Joynt says. There can’t be any spots left unpainted. Two coats are required and the paint has to be applied by brush or roller – no spraying, according to Joynt. What’s more, he added, they have to paint in a way that minimizes the effects on medical staff. They have to take special care around medical equipment and schedule around busy doctors’ offices and hospitals. These are precautions Joynt says his staff members are already aware of.

Because the paint must be re-applied every four years, Joynt says his office will even keep a database for all his Paint Shield clients.

The paint comes in 550 colors, mostly pastels, mid-tones and neutrals, in an eggshell finish.

Paint Shield is expected to retail for about $115, while Sherwin-Williams’ top quality wall paint costs about $70 a gallon, Joynt says. “For what it does it’s probably not unreasonable,” he says, adding that the real cost of a paint job is the labor, which makes up about 80-90 percent of the total cost of a painting contract. He estimates that the higher cost of the paint will, in the end, raise the total cost of a new paint job about five to 10 percent.

One downside of the product is the frequency of repainting, says Dr. Seymore – and that’s one that may discourage some potential clients. He says he figures walls must be repainted every 10 years or so – more than twice as long as Paint Shield’s required four years. “Out of pocket expenses go up quite a bit,” he says, noting that these are costs that can’t be recovered from patients or insurance companies.

He says he could see owners of day care centers, assisted living and senior care facilities as primary clients for the product. The paint could even be a selling point to attract new families. “We’re much more willing to pay for day care if we know all the walls are going to be microbe free,” Dr. Seymore says.

Joynt’s 10-year-old CertaPro Painters® franchise utilizes between 10 to 30 painters, depending on the season. It is one of seven Baltimore-area franchises for CertaPro Painters®, a national company based in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Each CertaPro Painters business is independently owned and operated.

“I’m very excited about it,” Joynt says. “I think it can be a game-changer in medical facilities.” I95

CertaPro Painters® of Bel Air
Dave Joynt, President