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4 Steps to Concrete Coating Success at Lower Temperatures

in Concrete Solutions
painter on a lift coating a concrete exterior

Follow these four steps to ensure good results when you need to coat concrete when it’s cold. 1.Use elastomerics for thermal movement If a coated concrete wall is expected to withstand an unusual amount of thermal movement, elastomeric coatings will help to accommodate that movement and continue to provide a consistent protective film. Coating products…

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The Best Coatings for Concrete in Cold Climates

in Concrete Solutions

In our story, Coating Concrete When It’s Cold: What You Need to Know, we outlined the key things every commercial painting contractor needs to consider when taking on a job that requires coating concrete at lower temperatures. Here is our guide to the products that will give you the best results in these conditions. In…

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5 Tips for Recommending the Right Paint for Commercial Facilities

in Paint Innovations
cutaway illustration of commercial building showing areas with differing paint needs

Recommending the right paint for the job is one of the most important steps to ensuring customer satisfaction. Idea: Create an internal checklist to help you: Identify the right coatings for the job Determine how to best position your recommendation with the customer Then, ask the right questions… 1. VOC and environmental considerations Are there…

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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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What’s New in the Way Paints Are Being Specified?

in Paint Innovations
photo of painted structural steel and concrete joints

As a commercial contractor, you are often working with project paint specifications once they have been set. Have you ever wondered how specs get set and what changes you may start seeing? Setting the specification Paint specifications are set by architects or specifiers. Both work with building owners and project managers to establish expectations. At…

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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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