By Cynthia Challener,CoatingsTech Contributing Writer Interior architectural coatings today do much more than hide blemishes in walls and ceilings. They often play a key role in the overall decorating scheme and are chosen in concert with furnishings and room accessories. In addition, consumers today expect these coatings to have minimal impact on the environment and […]
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By C. Jim Reader, Evonik Corporation, and Gary Johnson, Intertek Allentown It is often assumed that solvent-based sealers give better performance than water-based formulations on concrete because the solvent-based sealers are thought to better penetrate into the concrete matrix. In practice, it can be difficult to measure actual penetration of a sealer into concrete, as dyes and […]
By De Backer, M.P. Diebold, and M.P. Milone, The Chemours Company While there is an intuitive connection between wall brightness and the electrical demand for illuminating a room, there has been little data reported to quantify this relationship. Here, we report the relative electrical load needed to light a room at the 500 lux level specified by […]
By George R. Pilcher, The ChemQuest Group, Inc. Insight into the state of the U.S. coatings industry is valuable for many—whether you are directly employed by paint and coatings companies or suppliers of specialty chemicals used within the industry; serve as an industry observer interested in correlating the health of the industry with similar enterprises […]
By Cynthia Challener, CoatingsTech Contributing Writer Despite growing interest around the world in the use of concrete and composite materials, wood remains widely used in exterior architectural applications, including siding, decking, fencing, and similar applications. Coatings continue to play an important role in maintaining the appearance and protecting the integrity of wood. “Exterior wood has conveyed […]
Many of the wood substrates incorporated into new residential and commercial buildings are coated at the factory.
Founded in 2001 by executive director Ken Wampler, The Alpha Workshops produces remarkable, hand-made wallpapers in its Manhattan workrooms.
While powder coatings continue to increase in acceptance, the current rate is slightly lower than what occurred 5–10 years ago, with the majority of liquid coating users having already switched to powder.
By Greg Monaghan and Alex Pinnix, Specialty Polymers, Inc. Most water-based architectural stain blocking primers typically have only moderate stain blocking performance, and they are designed to lock stains in the primer coat rather than block stains. This leads to a major performance difference compared to solvent-based primers. Since the stain is visible in the dry […]
Contributing Writer Silicones have unique physical properties and impart a range of properties to paints and coatings. When used as additives at very low levels, they can dramatically improve processing conditions and the final appearance of paints. Silicone crosslinkers are also useful for improving the performance of alkyd and acrylic paints. Protective coatings with silicone-based […]