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Commercial Painting Problems and Solutions: Alligatoring

alligatoring paint problems

Despite its benefits, Commercial Painting can come with a world of problems.  And one of the most common is Alligatoring.

Sure, painting can come off as a fairly simple part of the construction project.  But just like anything, after you consider the varying environmental conditions, the varying products, and the plethora of application methods, you can quickly understand how the painting trade requires skill and experience.

And if you’ve seen a “finished” paint surface that looks like the image above, you’ll know that the “painter” is lacking in skill and experience.

This paint problem is called alligatoring.  We’ve discussed it before, but like to regurgitate topics so that everyone is always fresh on the basics of commercial coating application.

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What’s the Big Deal with VOC’s?

Volatile Organic Compounds

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as “organic chemical compounds whose composition makes it possible for them to evaporate under normal indoor atmospheric conditions of temperature and pressure.” The term applies to any organic compound that boils at or below 250° C at standard atmospheric pressure. VOCs are usually released into the air from materials containing these compounds. This covers a wide range of materials that we have discussed in previous articles. The World Health Organization classifies VOCs as very volatile, volatile and semi-volatile.

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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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Preventing Mildew with Industrial Paints

Mildew – Problem with Industrial Paints

While selecting paint for any industrial surface, there are a few factors that one needs to consider.  Your choice of paint should not depend only on colors or budget, but also the paint’s performance. From anti-corrosive paint to mildew-resistant coating, there are a variety of commercial painting products available in the market. Mildew-resistant paints are, usually, used for equipments and surfaces in areas where the environment is damp.

In industrial painting, mildew is defined as a slight discoloration in the surface of the paint that is caused by a growth of fungus. From wooden to aluminum, mildew can grow on a variety of organic and inorganic surfaces. They are visible as green, gray, brown or black spots on the surface. But, mildew is not caused by paint; it is caused by presence of moisture in the environment. Thus, most painted surfaces are vulnerable to mildew, especially, ones that receive very less or no sunlight. Mildew can also grow if paint is applied on a contaminated surface or substrate consisting of mold. Presence of mildew also interferes with adhesion, and can lead to other paint failures too.

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The Advent of Waterborne Paints

Waterborne Finishes – How to Use them

Oil-based paints have been the primary paint selection for decades.  But with new chemistry and technology, waterborne paints and coats are gaining popularity over them. As the name suggests, waterborne coatings contain almost 80% water, making water the dominant solvent.  A few decades ago, only a handful of companies manufactured waterborne paint, keeping the options and availability limited.  But with their growing popularity, there has been a significant rise in options of water borne coatings available in the market.

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PennCoat, Inc : Good Painting Practice : Scissor Lift Inspection

Scissor Lifts improve accessability throughout a painting job site. But before using one, there are specific safety checks that each operator should consider before using the scissor lift.
Scissor Lifts improve accessability throughout a painting job site. But before using one, there are specific safety checks that each operator should consider before using the scissor lift.

Scissor Lift – Checklist for Inspection

With a lot of painting jobs, a scissors lift will be just as vital as the paint and its accessories.  A scissors lift is a motorized vehicle with a platform that can be raised or lowered vertically. There is a control box on the lift’s platform, that allows the operator to control the scissors lift while on the platform.  From the platform, the operator can drive the scissors lift while erected in the air, and also control how high the scissor lift is erected.  The lift derives its name due to the criss-cross pattern formed by its folding supports when the lift is raised. There are several types of scissor lifts used in industries, classified on basis of their movement as – pneumatic, hydraulic and mechanical. Also, scissor lifts are available in different sizes, capacities and platform sizes. Each type of scissor lift has suited applications in various industries.

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