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What’s The Difference Between Solvents?

The painting world is filled with very sticky material.  And that sticky paint can be very difficult to clean off.  So there are plenty of solvents used by commercial painting contractors to help clean their tools.
From denatured alcohol, to mineral spirits, to turpentine, to xylene.  These are all solvents frequently used by commercial or industrial painting contractors.  But knowing which solvent to use can be perplexing.
And the reason is that there are many different types of paints.  From alkyds, […]

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Painting Industrial Silos

Tanks and silos are common structures found adjacent to many facilities.  And just like every exterior structure, it can become weathered and corroded when exposed to the outdoor environments.  But commercial painting contractors have the experience and knowledge to specify which industrial paint will prevent further corrosion, and withstand constant exposure to rain and sun light.
Due to their placement, tanks and silos can take a beating from mother nature.  The constant water can cause coatings to delaminate from the […]

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Painting Commercial Wash Room Ceilings

Industrial wash rooms experience a lot of heat, moisture, and chemicals.  All of which have corrosive elements that can deteriorate coatings and substrates.  So here’s the coating application used by commercial painting contractors to increase the longevity of the substrate and paint system.

Industrial washrooms are subjected to abusive conditions.  Hot water, mold, and corrosive cleaning agents.  Collectively, all of these elements can be pretty damning for industrial coatings.
But despite all of these challenges, there is application techniques and material that can be applied […]

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The benefits of Glass Broadcast Beads

Shooting lines is a common application procedure for commercial painting contractors.  Sometimes those lines are installed in a warehouse facility.  And other times, they are installed in parking lots.  But in some situations, those lines need to be highly visible.  And in those instances, reflective glass beads will greatly improve their visibility.

And there are 2 common locations that receive these glass beads: airport runways, or major road ways.
Reflective Traffic Beads for Roadways
All major roadways require a TTP-1325 Type 1 glass […]

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Slip Resistant Coatings & Their Aggregates

Slip-resistant floors are common in many facilities due to their safety.  But how slip resistant they are is dependent on which type of aggregate implemented into the coating.
Epoxy flooring contractors have the common challenge of discovering how much slip resistance a facility needs.  And although it’s easy to assume that the more texture the better, more aggregate and texture brings with it some additional challenges.
And the biggest challenge is that they can be difficult to clean if there is too much aggregate.  Mops get […]

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Grouting Polished Concrete

Polished Concrete is one of the most durable, and reflective flooring finishes.  But achieving that level of sheen is challenging when the existing slab is coated.

Firstly, polished concrete utilizes the existing concrete slab.  Which can be great for new facilities.  It eliminates the need for epoxy coatings or trowel applied material.
And when the concrete slab is new, it would be very easy to polish the floor.  But when the slab is old, coated, and deteriorated, then the entire process will require much […]

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Osmotic Blisters in Urethane Cement?

Yes, it can happen.  Osmotic Blisters can occur in urethane cement applications.  But here’s how to avoid it.
Osmotic blisters are known to egregiously affect epoxy flooring applications.  They make unsightly little bumps in the finish, causing unhappy customers and project managers.
But urethane cement was invented and did a great job sealing the exposed concrete.  And for the most part, urethane cement does an excellent job stopping blisters from forming.
And that’s because it can tolerate a very high PSI.  Compared to epoxy’s […]

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Commercial Painters Accessing Difficult Areas

One of the biggest challenges facing commercial and industrial painters is accessibility.  But no matter how difficult or tight the access, the commercial painting or industrial painting project needs to get completed.
Most often, when a a typical citizens hears the phrase “difficult access,” they might initially think about heights.  And most of the time, that person could be correct.
Heights are one of the largest challenges painters face.  Are you painting a ceiling with piping, duct work, and conduit in the way?  Or do you […]

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Warehouse Floor Painting Contractors Need To Be Qualified and Experienced

Too many things can go wrong with commercial and industrial flooring applications.  But when a proper warehouse floor painting contractor is selected, then the customer can expect a long-lasting coating that can perform in each environment.
In places like Maryland and Pennsylvania, It’s easy to think that any coating application can be applied: just open up a can of paint, and slap it onto the concrete.  But if the process takes that little thought, then the end product is going to leave […]

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How Commercial Painters Avoid Osmotic Blistering for Epoxy Coatings

Osmotic blisters can be the kiss of death for many epoxy coatings.  Those blisters create weak spots on the coating, which increases the likeliness of the epoxy coating rupturing.  But an experienced commercial painting contractor will have the skills and foresight to prevent these blisters from occurring.
Osmotic blisters are unsightly little bumps that appear on epoxy floors.  And although they may not seem to be too problematic, they’re actually the first step in dealing with coating failure.
A blister occurs when there […]

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