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If you’re planning a home renovation, you may want to stop reading this and go paint shopping, like, now.
The perfect storm of factors has created a massive shortage in paint supply, leading to the highest prices since 2009, per CNBC.
It’s a classic supply and demand story
Here’s what’s happening:
- Demand for paint spiked when the pandemic created a rush of interest in home projects
- A freeze in Texas interrupted production of petroleum, which is needed to make paint
- The congested global supply chain has caused shortages of epoxies, acrylics, and solvents used in paint
As a result, popular paint colors are both harder to find than usual, and also way more expensive.
But consumers aren’t the only ones paying the price
The shortage is being felt across the board:
- Paint manufacturers are facing rising costs for materials
- Big stores are facing the highest producer prices since 2010
- Small businesses are struggling to get any paint at all since producers supply the larger stores first
There’s bad news and good news
The bad news? Experts believe prices will continue rising through the end of the year.
The good news? It should be temporary — the Federal Reserve considers paint part of a group of materials experiencing a period of “transitory” inflation, which they claim is already showing signs of recovery.
The best news? There’s no shortage of paint-mixing videos on YouTube, which may help you relax while waiting for your favorite color to get restocked.
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