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ASTM Testing to Measure Washability Properties of Wall Paints

    Last month we outlined the performance parameters required for the testing of Scrub Resistance of waterborne architectural coatings. This month we will discuss a related test, washability. While scrub resistance is the ability of a paint surface to resist wear when rubbed with a brush, sponge or cloth, washability is the ability to remove stains

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    ASTM Testing to Measure Scrub Resistance of Wall Paints

      Waterborne architectural coatings are expected to deliver a high level of performance. Considering that these films are at most a few thousandths of an inch, these coatings are incredibly resilient. Over the next couple months we will compare and contrast a few related but significantly different tests for interior coatings. The first test we will

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      Fire Protection of Building Structures with Intumescent Coatings

        When exposed to fire, building materials lose integrity. Concrete can spall and crack exposing rebar, which can lead to structural failure. Wood is easily charred and will quickly loose structural integrity. Steel will start to lose strength at 400 °C. There are two main methods of fire protection, active and passive. Active protection systems are

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        Impact Modifiers

          Current U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s cost on the loss of infrastructure due to paint and coatings failure is estimated at over 1 trillion dollars. In order to combat this, according to Bloomberg (April 20, 2017), the current administration wants a trillion dollars’ worth of infrastructure work on the ground. Two hundred billion dollars will come

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          “Going from Strength to Strength”

            European Coatings Journal publishes technical paper authored by 1st Source Research CEO, Gerald Vandezande.  In “Going from Strength to Strength” Vandezande describes how a new additive improves performance in several key properties.  A new type of additive has been developed with the aim of enhancing several key properties of two-pack epoxies simultaneously.  Flexibility, adhesion and

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            Epoxy Coatings Properties and Market Needs

              Epoxy coatings are expected to have the following properties: resistance to a wide variety of chemicals, outstanding corrosion resistance, and adhesion to a wide variety of substrates including marginally prepared metal surfaces and concrete. When developing new additive for the epoxy coatings market, it is important to keep in mind that any added ingredient can

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              Coatings Industry Innovation

                The coatings industry is continually innovating to produce products with lower VOCs while maintaining properties and productivity. This is particularly true for the Maintenance and Marine markets where solvent borne or 100% solids epoxies are used to impart excellent protective properties to valuable steel and concrete substrates. Reducing VOCs in epoxy coatings are particularly challenging

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                Tradeshow Participation

                Western Coatings Symposium
                Las Vegas, NV – October 20 – 23, 2019
                At the Western Coatings Symposium, professionals from all over the world come to discuss the latest consumer trends and market needs for the coatings industry. It is organized by the ASCT, GGSCT, LASCT, and PNWSCT.

                Eastern Coatings Show
                Atlantic City, NJ – May 13 – 15, 2019
                The Eastern Coatings Show is the largest coatings show in the Eastern US, with 150 exhibitors. It is organized by the MNYCA, NESCT, and PSCT.

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