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by Ron Joseph

November, 2003

Starting a Painting Company

Q. I am a student of building technology a polythecnic in Nigeria. I want to open a painting company and I need expert information on paint types, usage (best for which surface), paint deffects, how best to mix the paint, the compositions and functions.

A. Your best bet is to purchase an engineering manual such as the Organic Coatings Directory and Guidebook that is published by Elsevier Science Publishing Co. You can purchase accopy by writing to

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