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paintersExperienced, Well Trained,
Knowledgable, & Local

“The members of Pelican Paint Group are well trained, experienced, and deeply rooted in NOLA,” says company owner William J. Pitre Jr.

Well Trained:

After college, I spent 25 years working with the Pittsburg Paint Group™ on the manufacturing side of the business as a regional manager. It was there I was able to learn the Painting, Coating, and Stain businesses from the ground up. Spending this much time with a FORTUNE 500 & GLOBAL WIDE paint company you can’t help but get to see and learn things that you could never learn in a class room says Pitre. THAT IS WHY EXPERIENCE MATTERS!


From there I continued my career and a life-long dream of owning my own retail paint store and showroom. In 2007 that dream turned into a reality and I acquired the historic FRERET PAINT STORE in the heart of New Orleans, La.  Already a local icon in the uptown area for the last 70 years, Freret Paint continues that tradition today by servicing the greater New Orleans area with PITTSBURGH PAINTS™ full line-ups of paint, coating, and stain products.


Having been a lifelong resident of the greater New Orleans area, I was able to witness first hand the many different heat waves, rain storms, and hurricanes that we were so prone to. I began to understand the climate that was so unique to us and how this climate was taking its toll on many of the local residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. I kept seeing the same clients coming back year after year, constantly painting and re-painting their homes and business. I thought to myself that this was just INSANE; there must be a better way!

Pelican Paint Group:

It was then that my many years of experience in the exterior painting business and my knowledge of the local climate collided, and we came up with a better solution than traditional exterior paint for my clients.

The Product:

PPG’s™ Permanizer ® Exterior Acrylic Coating System was introduced at Freret Paint and the Pelican Paint Group was born. We are now the exclusive field applicator for PPG’s™ Permanizer ® Exterior Acrylic Coating System for the greater New Orleans area.