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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
photo of a failing masonry coating

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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Boston University: Why We Used Paint Shield®

in Paint Innovations

New Paint Shield® Microbicidal Paint was the perfect solution for a repaint of the FitRec Center at Boston University. The center, including two pools, two gyms, locker facilities and a rock-climbing wall, has been a popular addition to campus since opening in 2005. “The ability to kill specific bacteria is why we chose it,” says…

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LEED® v4: What You Need to Know

in Application Techniques

Have you seen architectural specifications requiring LEED® v4 and wondered “what now”? Not only can our sales representatives walk you through the appropriate coatings and documentation, but now we also have new website resources to help guide you through the new requirements enacted in November 2016. Get started with these online resources Find them at…

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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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New: Get Loxon® All-Weather Concrete Protection in a Semi-Transparent Stain

in Concrete Solutions

Enhance the natural variation in concrete by adding semi-transparent color with Loxon® Vertical Concrete Stain, coming to your Sherwin-Williams store in summer 2017. The new Semi-Transparent Stain addition to the Loxon family is ideal for large commercial concrete structures or horizontal surfaces. It’s perfect for fences, traffic barriers and any exterior masonry where maintaining the…

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What You Need to Know About Coating Galvanized Steel

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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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Mastering Disaster: Everything You Need for Restoration Jobs

in Application Techniques
flooded hotel lobby

Fire, flood, water, storm or smoke damage. When you face these kind of challenges, you can count on Sherwin-Williams for expert advice on the right coatings and application techniques to make your customer’s property look as good as new, as quickly as possible. Fast, personalized services Each restoration job has its own challenges. A Sherwin-Williams…

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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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Philadelphia Rec Center: Why We Used Paint Shield®

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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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