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Bots Enlisted for Confined-Space Work

WASHINGTON--Navy robots and automated systems capable of blasting and painting in confined spaces aboard ships soon may offer relief to their human counterparts.


Lasers Get High Thickness at High Speed

DRESDEN, GERMANY--Fuel savings of 100 billion liters a year are the promise of a new laser-assisted carbon coating application method now in development.


Breezing through a Paint Job

MARANELLO, ITALY--What's the difference between vandalism and art? About 150 mph, apparently. And a really good photographer.


XL Sprayer Sized for XL Projects

MINNEAPOLIS—Graco has introduced a sprayer with its largest air motor yet, for high-volume application of protective coatings to bridges, ships, water towers and other major projects.


Customer Stabs Painter over Job

SALEM, NH—A New Hampshire house painter is recovering from a six-inch knife wound inflicted by an angry customer who broke into his home and attacked him, police say.


An Icon Very Nearly Not Golden

SAN FRANCISCO—Turn your mind's eye for a moment to a new vision of the Golden Gate Bridge's glorious orange towers.


Pothole Provocateur Presses Penile Plot

MANCHESTER—Forget those local "road hotlines." One artful Brit has found a better way to call attention to untended potholes: Festoon them with genitalia.


Bidding Open for 1MG VA Water Tank

The City of Chesapeake is searching for contractors to rehabilitate the Bainbridge Boulevard Elevated Water Storage Tank, located in Chesapeake, VA.


Coating Failure Exposes Car Thief

Like so many bad ideas, it must have seemed like a good one at the time.


$4M Bridge Painting Project Out for Bid

Bids are being accepted for cleaning and coating work on the 1,978-foot-long Simpson Avenue Bridge over the Hoquiam River in Grays Harbor County, WA.


Traditions Set in Paint & Mischief

For individuals and cities alike, "going green" on St. Patrick's Day is less of an environmental initiative and more of a literal challenge.


Titan Unveils New Stripers

Spray technology manufacturer Titan has announced a new series of line stripers, including models for striping pavement, grass or turf.


Paint Punishes Pee Perps

A water-repellant coating is helping a town in Germany pee back on late-night revelers who relieve themselves in public.


Bidders Sought for Water Tank Painting

Coating proposals are invited for a 250,000-gallon elevated water storage tank in Marysville, KS.


Research Makes a Case for Cracks

Cracks in a coating system could be a good thing, with the potential to improve insulation properties and coating life when carefully manipulated, researchers in Sweden have found.


Meet the Rembrandt of Road Striping

Watching people who do their jobs beautifully and with joy is a rare treat. How else to explain the nearly one million YouTube viewers and thousands of Reddit fans who have sat, entranced, t...


JPCL Names Papers of the Year

LAS VEGAS—Outstanding technical papers on polyurea technology, pipeline rehabilitation and other coating topics drew top awards Tuesday (Feb. 3) at SSPC 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.


SSPC Revises Three Standards

Two abrasive-blasting standards and one related to coating film thickness have been updated by SSPC: the Society for Protective Coatings.


WWII Ship Enlisting Restoration Help

A rare veteran of the Allied invasion of Normandy is in need of a facelift, and her minders have put out a call to make that happen.


Plum Job: $23M Bridge Painting Let

They may have grape expectations now, but crews of a Florida industrial painting contractor will probably be dreaming in purple by the time they complete their next big project.


WI Pilot to Have Drivers Seeing Orange

What road marking color do motorists see best? Traditional yellow and white, or maybe something else? That's the question that Wisconsin is putting to the test.


Quebec to Gates: #PaintYourBridgeBill

Two Quebec-area mayors want the richest man in the world to open his wallet and paint a bridge.


SSPC, NACE Revising Applicator Standard

NACE and SSPC are seeking input on their joint applicator certification standard as they prepare to review and revise the standard.


Getting it Right: How to Use SSPC-PA 2

A large coated area can require hundreds of readings to make sure the dry film thickness is just right.


White Cars on Popularity Hot Streak

Holding on to its title for four years in a row, white was named the most popular shade on vehicles around the world.


Loopy Lane Lines a Viral Hit

Employers: If your next painting applicant boasts experience with striping roads in Russia, you might want to keep looking.


5 SSPC Courses Added for Vets

Veterans interested in coatings training now have five additional programs to choose from, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced.


Painter Gets a Brush ... with the Law

Angry with speeding drivers, a Pennsylvania man took the matter (and a paint brush) into his own hands by painting "SLOW 25 MPH" in the middle of the street.


Aviation Painters Forum Takes Off

Like aviation technology itself, coatings for today's aircraft are changing constantly, bringing high-stakes challenges that have turned a group of industry competitors into collaborators.


New Standard Underway for Pigment Loss

ASTM is proposing a new standard that will provide definitive instructions for conducting a pigment loss on ignition test.


U.S.-Ordered Sale to Profit Graco

A shotgun divorce ordered by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission will end lucratively for Graco Inc., as the spray-equipment giant prepares to sell of its Liquid Finishing business at a nine-f...


Painters Serve a Storied Battleship

A 72-year-old World War II veteran is enjoying a much-needed facelift, thanks to a group of painters from New Jersey and a coating supplier.


Coating Gage Extends Thickness Range

A new thickness gage for non-destructively measuring polyurea and other coatings on concrete builds on previous versions with added features, according to manufacturer DeFelsko Corp.


Virtual Tour Reveals New Paint Shop

Chrysler is showing off its brand-new Michigan paint shop with a little help from Google, giving anyone with Internet access an up-close look at its shiny new facility and fancy robots.


Zinc Primers Tout Crack Self-Healing

Hempel has announced a portfolio of three new anti-corrosive zinc primers developed for a wide range of industries and applications, from offshore oil and gas to wind turbines.


CA Man Fined for Defacing Graffiti

After defacing two Banksy murals in Utah, a California man will pay $13,000 to clean the graffiti he added to the murals, which are considered works of art.


Israeli Air Force Strips Chopper Coatings

Years of heavy-duty coatings have apparently become too heavy for Israel’s attack helicopters, prompting authorities to peel off the paint to lighten the choppers’ load.


Paint May Pack an Asteroid Punch

Industrial coating techniques could hold the key to saving Earth from killer asteroids, a group of researchers contends.


Graffiti Strikes a Russian Nerve

Russian officials are pleading with Bulgarians: Lay down your paint brushes, and please stop desecrating the Monument of the Soviet Army.


Tower Coating Problem Probed

A reported coatings application error on a $99 million air traffic control tower may cost millions of dollars to repair and could set back the project a year, according to a Las Vegas newspa...


New Bridge Already Needs New Paint

Although well shy of its first birthday, the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge already needs to be repainted, according to a new report.


How-To Steers through Thick and Thin

Making sure concrete coatings are applied just right—not too thick and not too thin—is the focus of the next installment in the PaintSquare Video Learning Center series.


Mural Goes Up Before Road Goes Down

A 62-foot section of a doomed double-deck highway in Seattle just got a bright yellow paint job, costing the city nearly $10,000 and leaving some locals scratching their heads.


Compact Lift Offers Rotating Platform

Lift-A-Loft has introduced a vertical mast lift designed for compact spaces in industrial applications.


Webinar Aids Safe Painting at Heights

Ensuring the right equipment to protect painters working at heights will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Coating How-tos, through Thick and Thin

Tracking wet film thickness throughout a project—to avert dry film curveballs later on—is the focus of the newest PaintSquare Video Learning Center installment.


IUPAT Launches Training for Veterans

A new program is providing free training to U.S. military veterans in the industrial coating sector, with plans to expand into other coursework soon.


A Coating Cure for the Car-Wash Blues?

If you’ve resisted buying a white car for fear it would show too much dirt, fear no more.


Hydrant Artists Irk San Francisco

Call it art or call it vandalism: By any name, the unauthorized spray painting of dozens of fire hydrants across San Francisco is costing the city a small fortune and could be endangering pu...


New Tool Measures Powder Coatings

DeFelsko has launched a new non-contact powder thickness gauge for measuring uncured powder coatings.


Paint Lights ‘Route 66 of the Future’

Tomorrow’s highway has arrived on a short stretch of a Dutch roadway where glowing green road markings have replaced street lights.


ACA Launches Education Tools

The American Coatings Association has announced a new education section on its website, dedicated to professional development opportunities and information.


Coatings Get Rad at RadTech

A wide range of coatings industry topics and exhibitors will be on tap at RadTech's three-day conference on ultraviolet and electron beam equipment, raw materials and formulated products.


Polyurea/Foam Sprayer Gets a Makeover

Software and hardware advances to improve application accuracy and data tracking lead the list of upgrades in Graco Inc.'s new Reactor 2.


GM Spends $1.2B on New Paint Plants

General Motors broke ground Monday (March 3) on a $600 million environmentally friendly paint shop in Flint, MI, bringing to $1.2 billion the automaker’s paint plant investment in the last y...


Reindeer Hope Collisions Glow Away

Glowing reindeer are roaming around Finland, but instead of red noses lighting the way, these animals are equipped with fluorescent antlers.


Spray Guns Boast Uniform Pattern

Lightweight spray guns that handle industrial coatings have been introduced by Finishing Brands, the Toledo, OH-based manufacturer of Binks industrial finishing equipment.


Houston Gears Up for Competition, Show

Industrial painters seeking a few hundred bucks and priceless bragging rights could take home both in the upcoming annual painting competition hosted by the Houston Coating Society.


Valspar Sales Growth Paints Q1 Green

A 10 percent boost in its Coatings segment has the Valspar Corp. off to “a good start” in 2014, the company reported Wednesday (Feb. 12).


USS Yorktown Gets 500-Gallon Facelift

A World War II veteran is getting a stopgap coating job after 20 years while her tenders seek funds for a complete $3 million redo.


Horse Stripes Shoo Flies

In Germany, a real-life horse of a different color is proving hot to trot against its age-old nemesis.


Thermal Paint Pops Out Icy Warning

Dangerously icy roads in Austria have officials experimenting with painted signs that appear only when the temperature plummets.


On the Road, White Flexes its Might

The automotive coatings industry may be the only place where people see black and white through rose-colored glasses.


Worker Injured at Pipe Coating Company

A temporary worker at a Pennsylvania pipe coating company is lucky to be alive after a large steel pipe fell on his back and pinned him face first to the ground, authorities said.


Fischer Overhauls Poroscope Line

Fischer Technology has completely redesigned its line of Poroscope portable holiday detectors, the company announced.


60K Airline Workers Pick New Paint

It was a close race, but American Airlines employees have spoken, voting to repaint hundreds of aircraft with a new red, white and blue flag design.


Navy Likes Ike’s New Paint Protocol

A promising new painting technique being piloted aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower may change the way the Navy does industrial painting on all of its aircraft carriers.


SSPC Announces New Polyurea Standard

Performance requirements for polyurea and polyurea/polyurethane hybrid coatings used to protect industrial structures are the focus of a new technical standard by SSPC: The Society for Prote...


Sky-High Paint Job Goes to a Vote

A recent merger has American Airlines saying “out with the old and in with the new.” Wait, maybe they want “in with the old and out with the new.”


N. Korea Faked Military Jets with Camo

Apparently attempting to paint a stronger military presence, North Korea reportedly slapped a camouflage coating on several cargo planes and flew them over Pyongyang during a parade, news re...


JPCL Europe Announces October Edition

Mitigating corrosion under insulation, using epoxy systems, and properly preparing concrete are a few of the topics covered in the free, digital October edition of JPCL Europe, availa...


Color-Changing Car Paint is Hot

A viral video of a car coating that changes color in hot water, à la Hot Wheels Color Shifters, has garnered 2.7 million views and sent people worldwide lining up to try it.


Billionaire Sues over Yacht Coatings

Unhappy with the paint job on his mega-yacht, a Russian billionaire is taking AkzoNobel to court, seeking $100 million in a claim of unsatisfactory work.


Bot Boasts the Stroke of Genius

Industrial painting robots are nothing new, but their strength has always been technical precision and perfect replication—not sophisticated artistry.


New Polyurea Unit Tackles Tight Spaces

Secondary containment spill prevention, waterproofing, truck bedliners and other projects that demand portability are the industrial applications served by Graco's new Reactor E-10hp High-Pr...


IL Town Fires Up its Artistic Side

Fire hydrants in Geneva, IL, are getting an artistic makeover, compliments of individuals who “adopted” the hydrants through a new city program.


Free Webinar to Cover DFT Measurements

Using SSPC’s standard for dry coating thickness measurement requirements will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Free Webinar Covers Polyurea Standard

Polyureas, polyurethanes and the latest industry standard for field application of those coatings will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Painter Dispute Wipes Smile From Tower

An unfinished paint job has erased the beloved signature smile from the water tower of a New Jersey Shore town and plastered a big, fat frown on the faces of its 895 residents.


Painting a Solution to Eagle Deaths?

Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy is undertaking a major research effort to see if strategic painting of wind turbines can help reduce one of the industry’s toughest problems: p...


Contractors Indicted in 10-Year Fraud

A North Carolina construction company and five individuals have been charged in a massive fraud that allegedly used bogus small-business and disadvantaged-business designations to obtain mor...


$850M Revives Auto Paint Plant Plans

Once on the chopping block, an automotive paint shop in Michigan is now being transformed into a state-of-the-art facility as part of an $850 million investment by Chrysler Group LLC.


$1.5M Awarded for Thin-Film R&D

A United States military research and development agency awarded $1.5 million in a three-year project to develop new ways to apply thin-film coatings to military equipment without using exce...


Spray Booth Light Cart Gets New Design

An updated paint booth cart light enables better mobility and light fixture protection, Larson Electronics announced.


Mini-Pumps Serve Tight Spray Spaces

Quikspray Inc. has introduced two mini-pumps—one electric and one manual—designed to dispense a wide variety of materials in tight spaces.


‘Big Rig’ Sprayer Offers Easy Conversion

A new heavy-duty gas hydraulic sprayer for protective coatings eliminates the need to haul around an air compressor.


Coating eBooks Cover Railcar, Pipelines

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying coatings for railcars and transmission pipeline is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings


Seeing Red: Gun Pulled Over Paint Job

A Washington State man tracked a city employee to his home and pulled a loaded gun on him after being told to repaint a fire hydrant because it violated city code, police say.


New eBooks Guide Plant Coatings

Free technical guidance on coatings for power and wastewater plants is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL.


Webinar Looks At Analyzing Soluble Salts

A look at selecting specific procedures for retrieving soluble salts and determining the concentration of salts will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


New Paint Criticized on Canadian Plane

A new paint job on a government airplane is sticking Canada’s taxpayers with a $50,000 bill and leaving them seeing red, white and blue.


Boeing’s New Bots Slash Painting Work

New robotic aircraft painters deployed by Boeing Corp. have reduced a multi-day production process to just minutes, with perfect quality each time, the company says.


The Art of Street Maintenance

Black is a bore. Or so the city of Madison, WI, thinks, which is why City Council is currently mulling over an ordinance that would allow approved groups to decorate intersections and roads ...


How-to Helps Measure Surface Conditions

A how-to guide to properly measuring ambient conditions is the latest in an original series of video tutorials presented by KTA-Tator Inc. and produced by PaintSquare.


Graco Adds 2 Portable Airless Sprayers

Graco has unveiled a series of airless sprayers designed to handle a wide range of hot potted coatings applications.


‘Stupid,’ ‘Bizarre’ Lines Draw Laughs

It was both confusing and amusing when a contractor in a UK town painted double yellow lines in an alleyway, leaving only 13 inches of space between them. But the fix was what really set peo...


Binks Releases New Pumps, Expands Line

Binks has added two new models to its line of industrial pumps and expanded its piston pump line.


Paint Shop Tax Fraud Nets 8-Year Term

The owner of an auto paint and repair shop will spend eight years behind bars after stiffing the state of South Dakota on sales tax returns.


Webinar Examines New Spray Technology

A look at the newest plural-component spray technology used to apply today's high-solids protective coatings will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Graco Settles 2nd Anti-Trust Case

For the second time in less than a year, spray-equipment giant Graco Inc. has agreed to settle federal anti-trust claims related to a takeover of its competitor.


‘Angry Citizens’ Paint Pothole Protest

Fed up with the capital's crumbling roads, a group of Moscow activists has mounted a spray-paint attack on city potholes, hoping to gain action from local officials.


GM 5000 Boasts Lightweight Comfort

Wagner Industrial Solutions has introduced an electrostatic spray gun designed for improved ergonomics and efficiency.


New Coating eBooks Focus on Oil and Gas

Technical guidance on coatings for chemical and petrochemical plants and offshore platforms are the focus of two new, free eBooks published by JPCL.


Now, The Artist Formerly Known as 43

We've had Cher, Madonna, Prince (and his multiple identities and glyphs). So why not an artistic alias that's a number? Especially when that number has a unique place in American history?


The Robotic Future of Repainting Roads

Robots guided by visual systems could be the future of transportation maintenance, particularly for the endless repainting of pavement markings on the nation's roadways, a new project sugges...


Defending Space with Spray Paint

Graffiti often pops up at unexpected heights and locations, but spray painting may also hold the key to deflecting asteroids from Earth, an aerospace researcher contends.


Car Owner Gets Striped into a Ticket

Eager crews of city painters and parking enforcers have managed to render a legal parking space illegal, tow the car, and fine the innocent owner—all in one messy municipal mashup.


Wooster Tool Eases Pipe Painting

For painting pipes and other curved substrates, the Wooster Brush Company has introduced a new tool.


Free eBook Focuses on Bridge Coating

Safety, quality, decision-making and other hands-on issues vital to a successful coating project are among the topics of a new, free eBook available from JPCL.


GM to Invest $600M in KS Paint Shop

General Motors has announced plans to spend $600 million on a brand-new paint shop, including new technology and environmental enhancements.


New Lights for Hazardous Locations

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com has announced the addition of several new products this year, including a hazardous location-approved LED light fixture and a fluorescent light fixture wit...


Navy Ship to Get Camo Paint Job

Decades removed from the “razzle dazzle” camoflauge paint jobs used on warships, the U.S. Navy has decided to bring camo back, announcing a decision to use a similar scheme on littoral comba...


Dura-A-Flex Expands Applicator Training

Dur-A-Flex has added a second location and additional sessions to its Applicator Training Program (ATP), expanding the program to the company's facility in Ontario, CA.


New Adhesion Tester For Site or Lab

For those who need to test coatings adhesion in small spaces and on a variety of substrates, a new, portable pull-off adhesion tester is now available from Elcometer.


Sprayer Hones Fireproofing Accuracy

Data reporting technology that helps contractors ensure accurate, on-ratio application of fire-protective coatings is the key to Graco's new XM PFP Plural-Component Sprayer.


Carboline Named in BP Refinery Suit

BP is suing protective coatings giant Carboline and four other companies, alleging that steel they provided and fireproofed for a multibillion-dollar refinery project is defective and causin...


 
 
   

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