Shortage of paint!! And spackle and wood filler etc….. costly and scarce- delaying home improvement projects. pic.twitter.com/qvUWEPy4gP— Leslie Brinkley (@lrbrinkley) September 16, 2021
Paint is scarce and costly for the foreseeable future.
According to contractors and painters, store owners are struggling to keep product on the shelves.
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"Prices are going up, prices are changing, materials are unavailable," says the owner of East Bay Paint Center in Albany, Bob Langbein.
He says every day he only gets one out of every three gallons he orders as customers are shocked by having to delay projects.
Prices have jumped over 10%.
"It's kind of a perfect storm of things," Langbein said. "There's been a worldwide shortage of metal cans, they've been unavailable. So you'll see in the store alot of plastic cans. The big freeze in Texas did alot of damage to raw materials, plants, so production literally stopped."
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Add to that a shortage of truck drivers and a backup of containers stacked up at ports. Painting specialty tools like sanders are on backorder for up to eight months.
"Reality is you have a shortage of major materials across the board- plywood, dimensional lumber, paint," Owner Ron Paz, with Paz Construction and Management Services said.
He explained the biggest challenge, besides the cost, is the time. Can they even get the materials, or things like windows and doors?
"It used to be like four to six weeks, we're talking eight to ten weeks now," Paz said.
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In addition to the shortages and the delivery delays, more people are doing home improvement projects. Some paint stores store predict business is up 20 percent this year.
The experts suggest if you've got a painting project, be flexible in the material you plan to use. And order paint at least three weeks ahead of time.