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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.

Acrymax Holiday Schedule

December 5th, 2013

In observance of the Christmas & New Year’s Holidays, Acrymax Technologies, Inc. will be closed started with the end of the business day on Friday, December 20th, 2013, and we will re-open on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014.

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

Elastomeric Coatings: Can they be too thick?

November 26th, 2013

Most elastomeric coatings function better when they are thicker. Each additional coat adds mil thickness and unlike other coatings especially asphaltic products which become brittle when they are thick, the added dry film thickness (DFT) enhances properties of elongation and tensile strength.

Imagine a very thick rubber band versus a thin rubber band. Which one do you think will last longer?

If our only concern was tensile strength and elongation,  then we should lay down as thick a coating system as our budget would allow. However, elastomeric coatings also bring other properties to the table.

In wall coatings, permeability or breathability is an important property not to forget.

Elastomeric wall coatings like Acrymax AF135 are designed to breath. So while keeping the building waterproof to rain and other moisture,  elastomeric coatings allow for the natural breathing of masonry surfaces without affecting the adhesion of the coating.

However each additional coat applied to the surface reduces the breathability of the coating system. Eventually the water vapor that used to move freely out of the masonry will now gather behind the coating and condense into liquid water. This water will lead to delamination of the coating (no matter how well the base layer is adhered) and the formation of a blister. Eventually this blister will rupture and cause a major coating defect.

So while this is not the norm with elastomeric coatings (they are typically applied too thin), this phenomenon is still something that needs to be kept in mind when working with and specifying elastomeric wall coatings.

Keep in mind, with roof coatings you generally want a less breathable surface and too much thickness is much less concerning.


 
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