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Forth Bridge Gets World Heritage Status

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND--It may not take forever to paint the Forth Bridge, but UNESCO hopes it will live on forever as a World Heritage Site.

City's Golden Spans Eye a New Color

PITTSBURGH--They won't be purple, like their Louisiana counterpart, but the three Sister Bridges of Pittsburgh may be leaving their traditional Aztec Gold behind.

Bridge Rainbow Sparks a Movement

LONDON--A gray Monday morning took an unexpectedly bright turn this week for thousands of bridge commuters who happened upon the global debut of a movement to "spark joy" in city life.

Breezing through a Paint Job

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

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.

Experts Needed for Taj Mahal Cleanup

AGRA, INDIA—International experts are needed to help remove spotting and yellowing of marble on India's iconic Taj Mahal, according to reports.

Bringing Color to 300M People

A new technology partnership and awareness campaign by Valspar Corp. aims to color the gray worlds of millions of people with colorblindness.

Coating Failure Exposes Car Thief

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

At Harvard, Color by Vapor

Coating thickness has typically been measured in mils or, at its thinnest, microns. Now, a team of Harvard researchers is measuring it in nanometers—one 24,500th of a mil.

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.

Huntsman Sheds Pigment Jobs, Plans

A year after announcing major expansion of its global pigment business, Huntsman Corp. is making sharp course corrections, with new plans for hundreds of layoffs and cuts in production capac...

AkzoNobel Joins ‘100 Cities’ Effort

Building on its own Human Cities urban renewal campaign, AkzoNobel has now thrown its support behind 100 Resilient Cities, a new global project of The Rockefeller Foundation.

Beetle Outwits the Whitest Whites

Coatings biomimicry has a new poster child: a Southeast Asian beetle that is leading researchers to the development of a whiter white, with less expense and fewer materials than the current ...

A Dazzling Homage to Camouflage

Hiding in plain sight has always been a crafty ruse, but if you want to completely confuse the enemy, you need to razzle-dazzle him.

Ex-Worker Sees Racism in Paint Names

A fired African American employee of Benjamin Moore has accused the paint maker of discrimination in using two brown color names that resemble his own.

In Brazil, Cup Fever Colors the Streets

Even if the ticket is too dear or you can’t take the month off, you can still soak up the sights of crazy-happy Brazilian neighborhoods all dressed up for World Cup 2014.

Urban Research Banks Against Beige

Could a blue bridge bring more cash to a city’s coffers than a brown bridge? New global research funded by AkzoNobel will put that notion to the test.

Seeing Red, Cabbies Paint Cheats Blue

When it’s time to pay up at the end of a cab ride, it typically comes down to Driver vs. Passenger. If a fare balks, what’s a cabbie to do?

Coating Changes Color under Pressure

New research has produced a coated material that can reveal pressure points by changing color.

Lead Makes Veneration Risky Business

Tens of millions of Catholics in the Philippines are being warned against kissing, rubbing and other hands-on veneration of statues in the run-up to Easter, due to high amounts of lead paint...

Building Show Beefs Up Experts, CEUs

From foundation to roof, an updated slate of technical presentations will address high-performance commercial construction issues at next month's premiere D+D 2014 show.

Beyond Glow in the Dark: Light-Up Paint

When it comes to illumination, who would know more than the Dark Side? That’s Darkside Scientific LLC, founded by Andy Zsinko, a longtime aftermarket painter who has gone glow-in-the-dark pa...

Public Voting on New Bridge Color

The 46-year-old Jimmie Davis Bridge is due for a new paint job, and the choice of hue has been put to Louisiana's citizens.

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.

First Colorant VOC Limits Take Effect

Industrial maintenance and specialty coatings in Southern California are beginning the new year under the nation's first VOC restrictions for colorants.

Building Industry on Board for D+D 2014

From rooftop to foundation and wall paint to structural steel, technical organizations representing the spectrum of building science technologies will partner withDurability + Design ...

And Now, a Dog of a Different Color

Dogs have a million endearing qualities: affectionate, eager, loyal. But color coordinated? Not so much. At least, not until now.

Lexus Hybrid Will Paint Your Potrait

What has your car done for you lately? Lexus has taken the intuitive driving trend to the next level, creating a car that paints a portrait of the driver based on his or her driving habits.

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.

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.

Mine Muck Sustains Painter’s Palette

The toxic sludge polluting streams from abandoned coal mines is going green—and yellow and red and orange.

Knit Wits Spin a Good Bridge Yarn

Protective coatings do a great job of keeping corrosion off bridges, but they don't exactly convey a warm, fuzzy feeling. For that, fortunately, there's Knit the Bridge, a grassroots communi...

Mummies, Mucus and Other Pigments Past

The stuff of cattle urine, snail mucus, and mummies, it’s not hard to see why some paint pigments of the past fell by the wayside.

Gild Trip: Fancy Feast is a Spray Away

The goose that laid the golden egg didn't have to die, as it turns out.

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?


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SABRE Autonomous Solutions
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Learn how this simple to use, field deployed, automatic robot is eliminating hazards in major confined, cluttered and complex surface preparation projects.

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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.

Wasser High-Tech Coatings Inc.
Wasser Coatings Protect

Wasser Coatings offer a complete range of Moisture Cure Urethane (NEPCOAT approved) systems in addition to Polyurea membranes and linings(NSF).

Armakleen Company, The
ARMEX when nondestructive cleaning is critical

When substrates cannot be damaged ARMEX is the only choice for blast media. ARMEX is a USDA approved A-1 cleaner available in eleven formulations.

PPG Protective and Marine Coatings Group
Industrial strength performance in ONE can.

Now get the durability and protection of two components in one can: Amercoat® ONE, PSX® ONE and Sigmadur ONE.

Termarust Technologies
Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
Active Corrosion

Arch truss treated with Termarust's (HR CSA) in 2003. This steel arch bridge is rust free on all surfaces including the crevice corroded joints and connections.

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.

PreTox Products - NexTec, Inc.
GOT LEAD? Specify Pretox System products

The ONLY Lead Stabilizer Compatible with All Paint Removal Methods. Works with all Blast Media: Grits | Recyclable Abrasives | CO2 | Water | Power Tools | Etc. Call Dave Steffen at 800.338.8296.

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