Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, paint and sealing coating specialist RPM International (NYSE: RPM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at RPM International's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

RPM International facts

Headquarters (Founded) Medina, Ohio (1947)
Market Cap $2.7 billion
Industry Specialty chemicals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $3.39 billion
Management

CEO Frank Sullivan (since 2002)

COO Ronald Rice (since 2006)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 9.6%
Cash/Debt $309.61 million / $935.75 million
Dividend Yield 4%
Competitors

Sherwin-Williams (NYSE: SHW)

Masco (NYSE: MAS)

PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 93% of the 347 members who have rated RPM International believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Hofmannia and All-Star kinosternon, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Earlier this year, Hofmannia tapped RPM International as a super-stable way to make some income: "It's got a great yield and has been a steady dividend distributor over decades. Besides, everyone needs spray paint for those home improvement projects!"

In fact, 2010 marks the 37th consecutive year that RPM International has managed to increase its dividend to shareholders, placing the company in a group of less than 0.5% of all 19,000 publicly traded U.S. companies. So when you couple that rare consistency with a juicy 4% yield -- higher than that of rivals Sherwin-Williams (1.9%), Masco (2.8%), and PPG Industries (2.8%) -- RPM International is easily an income opportunity worth looking into.

CAPS All-Star kinosternon helps paint the picture:

A good, old, basic Midwestern company with a simple model -- they sell stuff we need to build things (big or little). I use their products, see them used more often, and see them in various stores (Lowe's (NYSE: LOW), Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Menard's). I first considered them as an investment back in the 1990's when I began using their products. They have a solid history of dividends and dividend growth with a reasonable payout ratio. As investments go, they're boring. I like that.

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