Monthly Archives: July 2014

PennCoat Epoxy Coatings – Aliphatic Urethanes

PennCoat Epoxy Flooring - Aliphatic Urethane Top Coat

Aliphatic Urethane

You can choose among several classes of topcoats when you need to protect a surface such as a floor. Two popular types of topcoats are those made from epoxy and those made from aliphatic urethanes. The epoxy topcoat will give good results in a range of applications, but aliphatic urethanes display superior performance, including resistance to abrasion, chemicals and UV light. They are environmentally friendly and emit little odor. These characteristics stem from the primary ingredient in aliphatic urethane: hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) and its homopolymer.

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Industrial Painting – Oil vs Water Based Paints

oil based vs latex paint

Water and Oil-Based Paint

Paints are liquids that, when applied to a surface, dry to a solid film and impart color, protection and texture. Nothing spruces up a room faster than a new coat of paint, but the type you use depends on the surface you’re covering and the paint previously used, if any. The paint’s binder adheres to a surface and imparts durability, gloss and resistance to wear. The two main categories are oil-based and water-based paints.

Oil-Based Paints

Oil-based paints contain petroleum distillates and other organic solvents. They are often called alkyds and can contain various diluents, including ketones, esters, glycol ethers, alcohols, resins, aliphatics and aromatics. These paints adhere well, but can eventually oxidize and turn brittle, resulting in cracking, chipping and yellowing. Oil-based paints are preferred when you are covering chalked, or powdery surfaces, or ones that have several previous layers of oil paint. These paints take longer to dry, take longer to clean up and often have a strong odor. The solvents create a drag that slows application and results in thicker layers, which are useful when applying only one coat. If the solvent contains linseed oil, the paint may support mildew growth and therefore usually contain mildew-cides.

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PennCoat Solutions – Chemical Resistant Top Coat

chemical resistant epoxy top coat

Chemical Resistant Epoxy Floor Top Coat

Many industrial plants, consumer and commercial locations, and research laboratories face concerns arising from chemical spills that can damage or destroy floor surfaces. The ideal solution is to install a chemical resistant epoxy flooring with a topcoat that resists many types of chemical spills. Dur-A-Gard Novolac is a leading topcoat product that provides superior resistance to a wide spectrum of chemical agents. The unique composition of Novolac Topcoat, which has low volatile organic compounds and low odor, is responsible for its broad resistance to chemicals, solvents, stains and high temperatures when applied over epoxy coatings. It also resists stripping and protects against sun damage.

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PennCoat, Inc. Safety Protocols – Confined Spaces

PennCoat Industrial Painting Confined Spaces

Working in Confined Spaces – Dangers and Precautions

In industrial environment, how do you define a confined space? A confined space is a partially enclosed or completely enclosed area that can be entered by a worker. As the space can be restrictive and small, there are high risks associated with it. From drowning and asphyxiation to fire and explosion, there are several risks workers are exposed to when working in confined spaces.

Industrial spaces consist of various structures that have enclosures with limited openings. It commonly consists of –

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PennCoat – Coating Food and Pharmaceutical Facilities

Epoxy Floor

Food and Pharmaceutical Plants – Benefits of Using Epoxy Paints

Every industry has a contrasting work environment, which requires specific paint and flooring installations, and often epoxy paints. Paint adds appeal to any industrial facility, whether it is a warehouse or a factory. But, industrial coatings aren’t based on appearance alone, as varying environmental challenges factor into which coating should be applied.  Food and beverage production plants, warehouses, laboratories, and pharmaceutical plants require high performance and hygienic floor surfaces that are easy to clean, chemical resistant, and abrasion tolerant.

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