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JAC July 2005

JAC July 2005

In This Issue...

Special Report

Lasting expressions: Aesthetics rule in bold new world of decorative materials for concrete

by Joe Maty

The origins of concrete can be traced to the Roman Empire of two millennia ago, but the rise of decorative concrete is a recent phenomenon. This report surveys developments in methods and materials, with project profiles showcasing the aesthetic possibility

Study in contrast: Casino, natural-foods co-op put their money on variants of deco-floor theme

What could a high-rolling Atlantic City casino and a natural-foods co-op in the Pacific Northwest possibly have in common?


Editor's Word

A different slant on sustainability

by Joe Maty

Talk about contrasts. The setting was Las Vegas, bastion of hedonism, materialism, and American-style excess taken to its most extreme manifestation. Then came the voice of one man crying in the wilderness.

Aligning facilities tradition with education: Considering the big picture in charting coatings material and application strategies

by Peter Brown and Andrew Wilson

This review explores current directions in school planning and design and examines important considertions in the selection of coatings materials for schools designed for a new generation of students.

Cool house, warm wood

by David Hertz

Architect Hertz relates how he integrated design and finishing concepts in creating a unique indoor-outdoor living space at his home, the McKinley Residence in Venice Beach, CA. The home also serves as a living laboratory for environmental design ideas

Directories/Buying Guides

Decorative Stain Products for Concrete

Manufacturers known to supply decorative stains for concrete were invited to complete a questionnaire describing their materials. Twenty companies responded with information that includes product name, VOC level, solvent type, and whether or not the product name, VOC level, solvent type, and whether or not the product is acid-reactive and UV-resistant.

Passing the Test

Durabilty: The art of graffiti prevention

by Allen Zielnik

How advanced materials testing determines coating performance and durability


Institute announces industry-government plan to develop projects, strategies for leftover paint

The Product Stewardship Institute (Boston, MA) recently announced an industry-government agreement aimed at developing programs to reduce the environmental impact and cost of managing leftover water- and solvent-borne paint.

The Concept Stage

Research project reported to signal significant stride for water-borne, intumescent-coatings technology

Development efforts being pursued by Eliokem, a supplier of resins for coatings, are reported to offer the potential of expanded uses and capabilities of water-borne intumescent coatings.

The art and science of intumescents

by Dan Heemstra

Thin-film intumescent coatings are seeing increasing use as a tool that offers fire-protective capabilities while meeting the design objectives of architects. The author examines important aspects of the technology, including materials, application, testin

Getting It Right

The cold, hard truth on coatings for concrete: Chemistry can be crucial to success or failure

by Jayson Helsel

Concrete is seeing increasing use as a building material in construction. Successfully coating concrete, however, can pose many challenges.


Wood Coatings: Don’t get (sun) burned

by R. Sam Williams

Contrary to popular myth, allowing wood to weather before applying a finish does not help the cause of coating adhesion and durability. That’s the verdict from the Forest Products Laboratory, based on long-term exposure studies.


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Profession Overspray Removal Services

The Finest Name in Safe Overspray Removal. We specialize in removing all contaminants from any surface. Family Owned and Operated for 33 years! Fully insured. Satisfaction is guaranteed.

Graco Inc.
Graco Mortar Pump

The M680 sprays epoxy-based mortars, anti-skid coatings, cementitious and filled materials. Compact.
Easy to use.
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International Paint LLC
Light Duty Protective Coatings

Check out our expanded line of alkyd, acrylic and waterborne epoxy coatings.

Covestro (formerly Bayer)
Bayer MaterialScience is now Covestro.

The pioneering spirit of our first 150 years will drive the bold vision of our next 150: to develop the industry’s most innovative coatings solutions.

New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America
Performance Amine 1,3-BAC

A highly reactive cycloaliphatic diamine offering superior performance. Reasonable cost and curing efficacy makes it suitable for all types of epoxy resin applications.

DeFelsko Corporation
PosiTest Automatic Adhesion Tester

Electronically controlled hydraulic pump applies smooth and continuous pull-off pressure at user selectable rates. No twisting, pumping or cranking.

Corrosion Probe, Inc.
From Detection to Correction

Corrosion Probe, Inc. has the Most Concrete Coatings Experience and Expertise. Contact us today at

AW Chesterton
ARC Protective Coatings

perform reliably under the most demanding exposures in the toughest process conditions. Use our Coating Selector Tool for your application needs at

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

With 4,000 distribution points and 3,700+ years of experience, Sherwin-Williams delivers the products, support and expertise you need, right where you need it.

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