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Acrymax Holiday Schedule 2014

December 23rd, 2014

In observance of the Christmas & New Year’s Holidays, Acrymax Technologies, Inc. will be closed started with the middle of the business day on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, and we will re-open on Monday, January 5th, 2014.

During the closing period management will be available to respond to voice mail and emails.

Please feel free to leave any message and we will do our best to respond promptly.

We wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season.

In the event of an emergency, please call 610.389.2116 or 610.357.4355.

Oh, say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave…………

September 18th, 2014

Last week Acrymax exhibited at the Construction Specifications Institute’s Construct 2014 Expo in Baltimore, MD.  Expos such as this allow Acrymax to tell our story and meet people who can benefit from our high-performance coating systems. We enjoyed meeting with many interested and interesting specifiers, architects, and building owners.

Acrymax & Fort McHenry

Construct 2014 wasn’t the only event going on in Baltimore last week. Our National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, turned 200 years old on Sept. 14th 2014 and a variety of celebrations took place from the Inner-Harbor to Fort McHenry itself.  It was because of Fort McHenry and the War of 1812 that the words of Francis Scott Key would ultimately become so well known.

Fort McHenry is a coastal star-shaped fort situated in a position to defend the City of Baltimore and its Inner Harbor. It was constructed between 1799 and 1802. During the Battle of Baltimore from September 13-14, 1814 the valiant defense of the fort inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the “Star Spangled Banner” and write his storied words about a young nation’s flag, but more importantly its people. Key’s poem and borrowed melody did not become our Nation’s anthem officially until Congress passed a resolution in 1931, which President Hoover signed into law that same year.

Fast forward to 2013, and the National Park Service at Fort McHenry along with the Historic Preservation Training Center from Frederick, MD decided to preserve and protect the metal roofing on the fort with a coating system.  Preservation Products, Inc. supplied the Acrymax coatings for this project. The National Park Service opted to use Acrymax  elastomeric coatings which contain recycled content. These coatings are formulated with over 40% recycled content allowing the National Park Service to not only achieve its goal of preservation of the standing seam metal roofs of the fort, but do so in an environmentally conscious manner.

It is fitting that our coatings were chosen for use at Fort McHenry. A fortification such as Fort McHenry by definition “defends”, and Acrymax does this as well. Acrymax high performance coatings are formulated to provide the very best defense of your building from the damaging effects of the weather. Acrymax has also been used on Fort Sumter, Fort Mackinac, and Fort William Henry among others. When you need the best defense, you need Acrymax………

 

 

Quality Assurance Spot Assessments of Ongoing Cleaning and Painting Projects

March 27th, 2014

Spot QA Assessments of Ongoing Cleaning and Painting Projects

Unfortunately, spot assessments of coatings are usually given the backseat to other “priorities” in a project. This can be a bad thing given the importance of coatings to the overall project. A recent Durability and Design webinar highlighted the importance of spot assessments to the success of a project.

The webinar explains which areas to spot check, the importance of test patches, and why application checks are vital to project success.

The full webinar presentation can be accessed here.

Coating Applications Outside Recommended Thickness

March 24th, 2014

A recent article in the February 2014 issue of Journal of Protective Coatings & Lines had several great tips regarding application of coatings and mil thickness recommendation. The article was titiled “Applying Coatings outside of the Recommend Thickness Range” . More information can be found in the full article.

This article dealt with both Wet Film Thickness (WFT) during application and Dry Film Thickness (DFT) after the coating has cured.

Insufficient Coating Thickness can lead to poor hiding, pinpoint corrosion, and cracked or brittle coatings

Excessive Coating Thickness can lead to sagging or running, cracking or de-lamination, wrinkling, increased dry time and improper curing.

Acrymax Supplier Wins ACS Award For Chemical Innovation

March 3rd, 2014

Arkema, Inc. has won the American Chemical Society’s 2014 National Award for Team Innovation. It was awarded this honor for its developed of the Kynar Aquatec® emulsion technology.

Acrymax utilizes these resins to manufacture field-applied and factory-applied waterborne fluoropolymer finish coatings. These coatings are highly durable and weatherable while still meeting low VOC requirements.

Additional information this prestigious award can be found in the following SpecialChem article.

Roller Application Tips

February 18th, 2014

The following are tips for painting with rollers. Some of these tips are common sense while others are bit more technical

Roller Type

  • Flat finish paints are best applied with a polyester fabric.
  • Enamels and gloss paints use a woven or lambskin fabric.
  • The core of the roller cover must be able to keep its round shape and not absorb water or solvent.
  • The thickness of the nap will vary from ⅛ in. up to 1½ in.
  • Thicker naps on rougher surfaces make it possible to deposit coating material into deep recesses.

Application Technique

  • Before using the roller, rub the dry roller cover briskly to raise the nap.
  • Fill the coating container tray about half full. Load the roller uniformly by rolling it into the coating, then back and forth on the tray ramp.
  • Before you use a new roller, roll it out completely on newspapers or cardboard. This conditions the fibers and works out air bubbles.
  • For large jobs, a half-filled, five-gallon bucket with a bucket spreader screen can be used. You can precondition the roller on the spreader screen.

While these tips are good, remember to consult the manufacturer for recommendations on application equipment. For specific information on Acrymax coatings, please see ATB-102, which can be found on our technical support web page – http://www.acrymax.com/tech-support.html.

These types are summarized from the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings article. Additional information and the article in its full version can be found on Paint Square.com

http://www.paintsquare.com/archive/?fuseaction=view&articleid=5097

 

Acrymax Adds New Sales & Technical Service Representative

February 6th, 2014

Andrew Joyce joined Acrymax Technologies, Inc. as a sales and technical service representative at the start of 2014.

After serving as a communications expert in the United States Marine Corps with multiple tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq, Andrew received his bachelor’s degree from Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL. 

With his background in construction and military service, Andrew bring much to the table with Acrymax. We are proud and lucky to consider him a part of the Acrymax team.

He currently resides in Salem County, NJ.

Brush Application Tips

February 3rd, 2014

The following are tips for painting with brushes. Some of these tips are common sense while others are bit more technical.

Types of Brushes

  • The largest brush suitable for the size and shape of the object should be used to increase productivity.
  • Squared end brushes called wall brushes are used on flat areas.
  • Angular cut “sash” brushes, which are 2 to 3 in. wide, are used on narrow surfaces.
  • Oval brushes are used on irregular surfaces such as nuts and bolts.
  • When owners are particular about the look of the finish coat, a higher quality brush may be in order.
  • Generally, use natural bristle brushes for solvent-borne coatings and synthetic bristles for waterborne coatings.
    • Solvents will soften synthetic bristles, causing them to swell and lose their stiffness.
    • The same is true of natural bristle brushes used with waterborne coatings.

Application Technique

  • Always paint from top to bottom.
  • For best blending, work from unpainted areas into painted areas and don’t stop painting until you reach a natural breaking point such as a corner, door, or window.
  • When there is an accumulation of coating at or near the top of the brush, work the coating out of the brush on an unpainted area of the work piece.
  • Always keep the work piece “squared off.”
  • Finish all strokes in the same direction into the painted area to prevent brush marks.
  • Don’t spread the paint too thinly, or you might experience shading, poor hiding, poor coating properties and you will likely need to recoat to correct.
  • Don’t spread the paint too thickly, or you might have drips, sagging, poor curing, or other problems.

Clean-up

  • Unless you are using throwaway brushes, you should take care to prevent brushes from drying with coating in them.
  • You should be aware of the pot life if using a multiple-component coating.

While these tips are good, remember to consult the manufacturer for recommendations on application equipment. For specific information on Acrymax coatings, please see ATB-102, which can be found on our technical support web page – http://www.acrymax.com/tech-support.html.

These tips are summarized from the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings article. Additional information and the article in its full version can be found on PaintSquare.com (http://www.paintsquare.com/archive/?fuseaction=view&articleid=5097)

Working towards Protective Coatings Specialist

January 20th, 2014

I’m working towards becoming certified through the Society of Protective Coatings (SSPC) as a Protective Coatings Specialist (PCS). This program sets apart individuals who have a high level of experience and knowledge in the protective coatings market.

SSPC asserts that a protective coating specialist will have mastered several key skills necessary in the protective coatings including but not limited to the following.

  • Assessment of coatings systems
  • Development of coatings specifications
  • Surface preparation and coatings applications
  • Economics of coatings
  • Contract planning and management
  • Coating failure analysis
  • Inspection

I’m currently taking the 1st course necessary for this certification – Fundamentals of Protective Coatings. Much of the course is a review of experiences I have had working for Acrymax over the past 4 1/2 years and my college courses, but it is good to ensure that I have a solid foundation before moving onto higher aspects of SSPC training.

 

Eric Bennung
Vice President
Acrymax Technologies, Inc. 

Snow? What snow? We’re Open for Business!

January 3rd, 2014

Although it took about 15 min to clean off the truck this AM and about the same time to shovel my way into the building, Acrymax Technologies is open for business.

Just like our high performance elastomeric coatings, our company is not slowed down because of a little (or a lot of) snow!

Acrymax Technologies, Inc.


 
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