If these walls could talk, they’d say…

OLYMPIC Paint offers chance to win $2,000 cash, consultation with DIY expert Eric Stromer

PITTSBURGH, June 21, 2011 – If your walls could talk, what would they say? That’s the question OLYMPIC(R) Paint is asking homeowners across the country on its Facebook page, where fans are invited to enter the “If These Walls Could Talk” competition by uploading a photo or video of a room in need of a “paint-lift.” Olympic Paint will reward the best answer, based on community votes, with a grand prize of $2,000 and a free consultation with major cable network and celebrity do-it-yourself expert Eric Stromer, as well as weekly prizes of $1,000.

“I’ve teamed up with Olympic Paint to help homeowners transform their plain or outdated walls into something that reflects the personality of their home and their personal style,” said Eric Stromer, host of HGTV’s “Over Your Head” and author and DIY columnist. “Available in numerous shades and color combinations, Olympic Paint makes it easy to create a space that fits your lifestyle and desired look.”

To upload an entry or vote for a favorite “If These Walls Could Talk” entry, visit the competition page at http://apps.facebook.com/ifwallscouldtalk.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Eric on this fun competition to help consumers not only bring fresh paint to their walls, but also a fresh look, mood and attitude to their room, while learning a few helpful painting hints along the way,” said Jennifer Dodson, senior marketing manager, Olympic Paint and Stain. “I’m sure we’ll find that walls across the country have some interesting things to say about their color aspirations!”

As an interior and exterior designer, Stromer specializes in creating spaces that are inviting and knows that choosing the right colors is essential when designing and managing home renovation projects. While there will be only one grand-prize winner, Stromer is offering tips via the Olympic Paint Facebook page to help consumers achieve the perfect paint job, including:

  • Always use blue or green tape to tape off for painting. It’s designed with less adhesive to prevent pulling off paint when finished.
  • Time saver: Don’t worry about taping off windows before you paint; you can easily blade them afterward.
  • Hold the paintbrush like a pencil to achieve more accuracy when cutting a line.
  • Lightly sand all glossy surfaces before painting, and the paint will stick much better.
  • When removing electrical cover plates or fixtures for painting, tape all screws to the wall plates and fixtures.
  • If you don’t have time to clean paintbrushes or rollers, wrap them in plastic wrap or foil and you’ll save yourself about four hours.

To learn more about the reasons to insist on Olympic Paint and to get more painting tips, visit www.olympic.com or www.insistonolympic.com. Also, join the conversation by liking Olympic Paint on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/olympicpaintandstain) and by following Olympic Paint on Twitter (www.twitter.com/inspiredcolor). Log on for updated painting and color selection tips, how-to's, and inspiration from others sharing their latest home improvement stories.

Olympic Paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc., is a category leader in the paint segment. Olympic Premium Interior Zero-VOC, low-odor paint, sold exclusively at Lowe’s, the nation’s second-largest home improvement retailer, offers a natural choice for “green” decorating. For more information on Olympic products and ongoing color updates, visit www.olympic.com.

About PPG
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Olympic is a registered trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.

Jennifer Dodson
PPG Architectural Coatings

Nikki Kuczynski