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Primer Isn’t Needed Anymore, Right?

in Paint Innovations
Rick Watson, Director- Product Information & Technical Services

With the proliferation of “paint and primer in one,” it can seem that paints today are engineered to do it all, making primer irrelevant. However, primer is often an important part of customer satisfaction with the job. By Rick Watson Here are the facts There are times when you do not need to prime. There…

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Antimicrobial, Antibacterial, Microbicidal: What’s the Difference?

in Paint Innovations
illustration of microbes under a magnifying glass

Some of today’s advanced coatings are formulated to kill bacteria or prevent the growth of mold and fungus on painted surfaces, even long after the paint has been applied. By Steve Revnew Three terms used to describe these coatings – antimicrobial, antibacterial, microbicidal – are often misunderstood and misused. Each is significantly different, so understanding…

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Built for Speed: Coating Specification Writing Tool

in Paint Innovations
Spec Express tool for creating 3-part CSI construction project specs

Need a tool that helps you easily identify and create customized coating recommendations? SpecExpress™ is a free specification writing tool that helps you create paint specifications based on the unique criteria of each project. Make use of these powerful benefits SpecExpress enables you to efficiently identify proper coating systems for those substrates with which you…

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Philadelphia Rec Center: Why We Used Paint Shield®

in Paint Innovations
the newly repainted common area of the Philadelphia Athletic Rec Center

The specification of Paint Shield® Microbicidal Paint played an important role at the recently completed Philadelphia Athletic Recreation Center renovation project, says Sandra Ho of AEC Cares, the nonprofit that coordinated the volunteer urban renewal project with the City of Philadelphia and the Community Design Collaborative. “These are high-traffic areas,” she says. “So to be…

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Gloss and Sheen: Understanding Your Options

in Application Techniques
illustration showing gloss is assessed at a 60 degree viewing angle; sheen at 85 degrees

Selecting or recommending the correct paint is about finding the coating with the right mix of functional and aesthetic properties. As a commercial contractor, it’s good to consider your customer’s knowledge of sheen and gloss, and how that may impact both the longevity and appearance of the finish. Factors to consider We all know, for…

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4 Tips for Maintaining Your Spray Equipment

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commercial sprayer pump replacement

Graco Senior Technical Product Trainer Joe May offers his top maintenance tips for keeping your spray equipment in optimal working condition. He recommends instituting these four practices: 1.Strain paint to prevent clogs Straining your paint is an easy way to prevent debris like sand, rock or paint skin from clogging spray tips or damaging your…

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6 Steps to Social Media Success

in Business Builders
illustration of facebook, twitter, youtube, pinterest and instagram icons

Here are some social media tips for commercial contractors from Clare Lanphear, Social Media Manager, Sherwin-Williams: 1.Keep it in perspective Social media should complement, not replace your marketing strategy – for example, showcasing bigger or specific types of jobs (industrial, hotels) for which you are trying to target. 2. Be choosy Decide who you want…

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Coatings Choice Crucial on Chicago Condo Conversion Job

in Concrete Solutions
the exterior of the vb1224 lofts project in Chicago

With high ceilings and expansive views, the VB 1224 Lofts project was the perfect space for a condominium conversion. But transforming an abandoned paper mill in Chicago’s West Loop into a showcase of contemporary loft living would not be a simple task. The challenge: Deteriorating substrates An exterior inspection found significant deterioration of the eight-story…

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