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Commercial Painting Problems and Solutions: Alligatoring

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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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Common PPE’s for Facility Painting & Epoxy Flooring

Industrial Safety Team
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Personal Protection Equipment (PPE’s) is one of the most important pieces of equipment that should be at every job site.  It offers salubrious benefits, and helps maintain everyone’s safety.  Different jobs require different PPE’s.  Here’s a run-down of the most commonly used PPE’s for all of our commercial painting, industrial painting, and epoxy flooring projects:

  • Bump Cap/Hard Hat –
    • Our job environments don’t always require bump caps or hard hats.  When working in office areas, or clean rooms, or warehouses, it’s uncommon to require hard hats.  The facility doesn’t request them in their required PPE’s, and the area doesn’t pose a threat that would require the need for a bump cap.  But every once and a while, we do get placed in industrial, construction zones that require hard hats.  When cranes, and loose debris are being constructed, hard hats are important.  Additionally, if painting a facility’s ceiling, and there are pipes and I-beams, and other obstructions, then it is often required by the facility, and our own Project Manager to ensure the crew is wearing a bump cap.
    Eye Protection –
    • Eye protection is always required.  Whether we are only painting bollards, or if we’re grinding an entire slab, eye protection is always required.  An eye is too sensitive to flying debris, and should be protected at all times.  But glasses aren’t enough.  Safety glasses need side shields, so that flying obstructions can’t come in contact from the side.  So regardless of what type of work you’re conducting, proper safety glasses are required.
    Hearing protection –
    • For the most part, ear protection is required only in manufacturing facilities.  Their loud equipment and machinery increase the decibels beyond a safe threshold for an unprotected human ear.  So in all manufacturing areas, hearing protection is required.  This is not the same for warehouses and office environments.  However, regardless of the area, we do require our installers to wear hearing protection during specific operations.  If someone is power washing, blasting, spraying, hand grinding, or working a walk-behind grinder, then we mandate that installers are to wear hearing protection.  Ear plugs are the most common form of hearing protection for commercial and industrial painting.  But sometimes, when we have to blast areas, the ear muffs are required.
    Hand Protection
    • When dealing with paints and epoxies, cotton gloves typically serve the best.  They are relatively versatile, and can handle a lot of flexibility.  They absorb enough paint and epoxy so that your hands can stay reasonably clean.  But when using mineral spirits or denatured alcohol, we request our installers to use coated cotton gloves.  The coated gloves help protect the installers.  Many solvents can be exposed through the skin, which can have an adverse affect on your health and safety.  But when grinding, the installers are required to wear tear-proof gloves, to ensure their protection from high-speed grinders.
    Feet Protection
    • The most common foot protection is leather, steel-toed boots with meta guards.  When dealing with epoxy flooring and facility painting, there are many heavy pieces of equipment and material that could cause damage if striking your foot.  Although this may seem like a common PPE requirement, some facilities only require leather boots.  Even if the facility only calls for leather boots, most installers will still wear their steel-toed boots, due to the nature of the heavy equipment and material frequently used on epoxy flooring jobs, and commercial painting jobs.

    These are some of the most common PPE’s for each job.  However, there are more safety concerns that a  Project Estimator needs to consider when looking at potential work including fork-lift traffic, fall protection, hot pipes, or anything else that needs to be considered to ensure someone’s safety.

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Industrial Painting Contractors

Industrial Paint Fading

Our Team Of Experienced Industrial Painting Contractors

PennCoat Inc. has been providing industrial painting services in the NorthEast for nearly 30 years. With decades of experience and a safety rating second to none, our experienced industrial painting contractors are the heart of our operations. While those in Eastern Pennsylvania know the PennCoat name, our goal is to become your top solutions in the coatings and restoration industries.

PennCoat Inc. is located in Landisville, Pennsylvania. Our industrial painting contractors provide services in Central Pennsylvania, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware. Over the years, we’ve worked on a multitude of industrial facilities, from plants to manufacturers.

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Facility Equipment Painting – PennCoat, Inc.


Painting Equipment For Industrial Environments

Sometimes, there’s more to an industrial environment than the actual foundation and building.  Sometimes, a few of these industrial buildings actually have industrial equipment.  And when that industrial equipment gets used to fabricate, or compress, or treat, they can become very dirty and corrode.  So it’s common to find facilities that need their equipment painted with protective coatings.

I was contacted by a manufacturing facility in Baltimore, Maryland, looking for an industrial painting contractor.  And when I went to visit his facility, it presented with nearly 200 pieces of equipment that needed clensed and coated.

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GSH Labeling Guide For Industrial Painting and Epoxy Flooring Contractors

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Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

Industrial painting contractors and epoxy flooring contractors often deal with hazardous liquids.  But at first glance, many of these liquids can appear to be harmless buckets of thick, colored liquid.  But once you begin to see what they liquids are made of, you’ll be more aware of their potential to harm and cause damage to your health.

So, in an initiative to make anyone handling these items safer, the United Nations created the GSH (Global Harmonized System) of labeling.  This labeling was designed to be legible for anyone, anywhere,  so that anyone using these materials could understand the potential hazards.

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Industrial Painting Services In Maryland

If you’re looking for industrial painting services in Maryland, you’ve come to the right place. When it comes to your business, nothing should be left to chance. And when it comes to the appearance of your industrial business, the overall look and style matters. For those of you that seek industrial painting services in Maryland or elsewhere, quality and experience are two defining elements that you should be looking for. When compared to the top industrial painting companies in Maryland, very few match the reputation of PennCoat Inc.

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Industrial Painting Companies In Pennsylvania

Industrial Painting Companies Pennsylvania

Preventing elemental damages to your industrial business should always be a high concern for all owners. The appearance of your business is often the first thing customers see, keeping a professional look that represents your brand is important. So where do you turn when your industrial business needs help?

If you’re looking for the most experienced industrial painting companies in Pennsylvania, PennCoat Inc. is a leading choice. PennCoat Inc. has been providing industrial painting services in Pennsylvania for nearly 30 years. PennCoat currently provides industrial painting services in both Central Pennsylvania and Eastern Pennsylvania.

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Commercial Painting – UV Resistance

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UV Protection — Aliphatic Urethane

One of the most important industrial and commercial painting features the PennCoat looks for in exterior topcoats is protection from the Sun’s powerful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In today’s article, we’ll examine UV in some detail and then revisit the properties of aliphatic urethane topcoats and see how it stands up to UV rays.

Ultraviolet Light

UV light spans wavelengths from 400 to 10 nanometers, shorter than visible light wavelengths but longer than those for X-rays. Humans can’t see UV light, although some animals can. Because it vibrates at a higher frequency than does visible light, it carries more energy per photon and in high amounts can damage paints and people. UV takes its toll on exterior structures by making materials brittle and causing color to fade. In humans, it’s been linked to eye problems and skin cancer.

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PennCoat – Hi-Temp Industrial Painting

Hi-Temp Industrial Painting

High-Temperature Coatings for Industrial Painting Contractors

We sometimes take on jobs requiring us to apply coatings that can withstand extreme temperatures. One such product, Hi-Temp 1027, is a paint/primer that can resist dry temperatures up to 1,400° F and protect “cryogenic equipment in continuous or cyclic operation from minus 300° F to 1000° F.” The coating can also:

  • Prevent corrosion when applied under insulation
  • Prevent stress cracking from corrosion
  • Adhere to rusted metals
  • Act as a low-vapor, high-build primer

Physical and Chemical Characteristics

Hi-Temp 1027 is an inert multipolymeric matrix consisting of a blend of aromatic hydrocarbons, solvents (xylene, naphthalene, ethylbenzene, dimethyl carbonate) and ground mica — about 7 to 13 percent by weight. The mica provides a number of benefits, including:

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PennCoat, Inc. – Industrial Painting with Elastomeric Paint

PennCoat Industrial Painting Elastomeric Coating

Elastomeric Coatings

We often need to protect steel from the elements and from temperature swings. Elastomeric coatings fit the bill quite nicely. The best brands, such as FX-501M from Fox Industries, are made from 100 percent acrylic polymer, which is a long chain of acrylate or methacrylate molecules. The polymer is waterbased and forms a tough, corrosion-protective film on metal. Other ingredients are added, such as diphenyl ketone (a UV-ray protectant) ethylene glycol (an anti-corrosive), and coloring agents.

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