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Remarkable™ by 360° Coatings

We hear it frequently in the news, “asthma and allergies increasing.” With these problems on the rise, chalkboards have become a thing of the past. The dust they produce is an allergy and asthma nightmare. The solution: dry erase boards.

An innovative specialty coatings company, 360° Coatings, has risen to the challenge with their product Remarkable™ Coating. Speaking with Susan Anspach, Partner of 360° Coatings, she tells how unique their product truly is, “It’s an eco-friendly, two part clear dry erase coating, with virtually zero VOCs. It can go over any color of paint you want. You simply roll it over the paint, let it dry 12 hours and then write on it with dry erase markers. It wipes off with the microfiber cloth that is included in the kit.” Remarkable™ is a non-yellowing product that can be applied over any paint color and virtually any surface. One coat is sufficient over most surfaces. Some more porous substrates may require two coats.

Even though dry erase boards are utilized at home and school, Susan notes the bigger picture, “White boards or dry erase boards are used more often than we realize. They are a necessary staple for hospitals, schools, universities, restaurants, corporate boardrooms, etc. Large areas are often specified for dry erase surfaces. Using Remarkable™ rather than a traditional white board saves thousands of dollars. Remarkable lets you turn any color wall into a beautiful, functional, and re-write-able surface.”

Dry erase boards are found everywhere in today’s society. From schools to boardrooms they abound. Imagine the design potential to fully tap into in this lucrative industry utilizing Remarkable™. Dry erase boards are found throughout hospital rooms, in hotel meeting rooms, inside school lockers and desks, the places and possibilities are virtually unlimited. Once creativity becomes involved, there are no limits. With Remarkable™, beauty and décor are preserved while functionality is heightened.

Paint a child’s playroom and imagine the artwork they can create over and over again. Office walls are a fantastic place to increase an outpouring of ideas, creativity and teamwork, resulting in motivated employees and higher productivity. Increase workspace with Remarkable™, at a fraction of the cost. The possibilities are limitless.

Kathy Carroll is a proud distributor of Remarkable™ by 360° Coatings. This is a truly exceptional product, ready to use in a matter of hours rather than days, dries clear and at a fraction of the cost. As Kathy says, “You’re only limited by your imagination.” Call today to place your order or with any questions you may have, we look forward to hearing from you!

Reflecting on an Amazing Year

The “theme of inspiration” has come to fruition as Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes completed its final phase of renovations. For all of you who have not seen it in its final splendor, come in and soak up the ambiance that’s sure to inspire!

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We’ve had a wonderful year of success with Bellissimo Stencils and Vinyls designed exclusively for Faux by Kathy. They add the perfect touch of elegance.

William Cochan taught a four day class at Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes on May 7 – 10th. He brought trompe l’oeil to life in an atmosphere fairly sizzling with energyKathy has thoroughly enjoyed stepping up as the local IDAL Chapter President where she shares her creative ideas, time and has also generously donated product during their chapter meetings.

William Cochran, a master artisan, came to Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes to teach a class for an awe-inspiring four days.

Quick Inspiration has been an amazing success and we are immensely thankful to all the contributing artisans.

We are proud to announce the release of Stain It! by FBK. It is available in sixteen ounces, quarts and gallons. Stain It! by FBK is an amazing product with incredible versatility, able to tint to any color imaginable.

Kathy’s Pin It Page consists of step-by-step procedures in full graphic splendor, perfect to pin to your personal repertoire for ease of use.

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New Beginnings in 2013

It’s that time of year to renew your subscription for our newsletter, or if you have not signed up before, now is a great time to join.

Exceptional new products are coming from Proceed that will be available for you.

We are happy to announce that will have brought Dimensions Plaster back.

In six step-by-step videos, Kathy Carroll will demonstrate Quick Inspirations, Finishes of the Month, as well as new designs she plans to unveil on YouTube.

We are proud to announce the release of Paint It! by FBK. It is available in sixteen ounces, quarts and gallons.

As we reflect on many of our past accomplishments and look forward to our new beginnings in 2013, we must give heartfelt thanks to our many friends and customers for their steadfast loyalty.

As always, we wish you happiness, health and prosperity in the New Year!

Have a Wonderful Year!
Kathy Carroll and the FauxByKathy.com Team

Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year!

To our valued customers and friends,

We wish you every happiness this holiday season and throughout the New Year. To show our appreciation and gratitude for your steadfast loyalty, we would like to offer you a gift of 10% off your next purchase.

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Please accept this gift from us in recognition of all that you do. We look forward to continuing to serve you in the New Year.

Wishing you an extraordinary 2013!
Kathy Carroll and the
FauxByKathy.com Family

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