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What You Need to Know About Coating Concrete

in Concrete Solutions

Concrete/cement is the No. 1 building material in the world – and one the most problematic surfaces you’re likely to encounter in typical commercial work, says Gary Vorick, Global Training Manager, Sherwin-Williams. Here’s what you need to know to prevent paint failure on concrete and masonry substrates. Moisture, movement and a variable surface Unlike steel,…

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2 Problem Substrates (And How to Overcome Them)

in Application Techniques
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Quick: Name the toughest substrate challenges in commercial painting jobs. If you said concrete and galvanized steel, you’re on the right track. “Concrete/cement is the No. 1 building material in the world, but more and more galvanized steel is being used,” says Gary Vorick, Global Training Manager, Sherwin-Williams. “These are two of the most problematic…

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Protecting Floors Protects Your Reputation

in Application Techniques

Heavy-duty surface protection is becoming more and more important as customers demand protection of expensive and custom flooring. A simple solution that makes you look good Trimaco Contractor Strength FloorShell™ is a proven and trusted temporary surface protection product for commercial, new construction and renovation projects. Using FloorShell saves you time and money since it…

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Create Texture Faster and More Reliably Than Ever

in Paint Innovations

Textured surfaces are often used in hotels and other commercial spaces to add dimension and interest to interior surfaces. These surfaces have long been inefficient to create, and present ongoing maintenance issues as scuffed walls highlight the joint compound underneath. The good news for painters Gone are the days of applying joint compound or a…

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Turn Jobs Fast with Airless Handheld Sprayers

in Application Techniques

Airless handheld sprayers are an essential tool for turning small jobs fast. Here are two recent developments in professional-grade handheld sprayers. FlexSpray™ A multi-tool that combines airless productivity and the control of HVLP into one versatile sprayer, the Titan® FlexSpray™ HandHeldreceived the Sherwin-Williams 2015 Vendor Product of the Year award. The FlexSpray functions as both…

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What You Need to Know About Coating Galvanized Steel

in Application Techniques

Galvanized steel is a type of steel that has been galvanized by the application of a zinc coating to protect it from corroding or rusting. “That means you’re not painting steel, you’re painting zinc,” says Gary Vorick, Global Training Manager, Sherwin-Williams. Here’s what you need to know to prevent paint failure on this problematic substrate.

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

in Paint Innovations
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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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