PaintPRO, Vol. 8, No. 1
January/February 2006
PaintPRO, Vol 8 No 1

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Other articles in this issue:
Applying Low-VOC Paints
Clear Wood Finishes
Contractor: Fine Painting & Decorating
Technology: Concrete Toppings
Technique: Glazed Finishes
Business Strategies: Marketing
Estimating, Etc.
Toolbox: Measuring Devices
Finishing Touch
Paint Industry News
Product News
Product Profiles

PaintPRO Archives — Finishing Touch

Faux Paint and Faux Rocks in Gas Station

Faux Painting, Faux Rocks

The Sky's the Limit

The project: The owner of this gas station in Norco, Calif., spared no expense to make his business stand out from the rest. Inside, the floor was coated with a 1⁄4-inch stamped concrete overlay, and steel tracks were embedded in the concrete. Concrete “rocks” blend nicely with the trompe l’oeil “entrance to the mine shaft” (aka men’s and women’s restrooms), and the ceiling absolutely blazes with color. The walls have a nice faux finish, and the bathroom was even given a coat of Venetian plaster.

The results: This gas station requires two to three deliveries of gas each day, while the “plain-Jane” station across the street gets only one.

The moral: Given a choice, customers will patronize a business that is more pleasing to the eye.

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