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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?


Snow Plows Get Artistic Touch

For most kids, local snowplows have traditionally been mere killjoy pieces of equipment that open the dreaded path to school on snowy days. Now, however, students across the country are embr...


Investor Acquires FL Powder Coater

Positioning itself for aggressive growth in the U.S. powder-coating market, Architectural Finish Systems Inc., of Clearwater, FL, is sporting a new owner, new expansion funds, and new manage...


Sealer Protects Floors from Pounding

High-traffic industrial and commercial concrete and masonry floors have a new water-based, nano-acrylic/urethane sealing topcoat option from NewLook International.


New Gauge Measures, Communicates Color

X-Rite Inc. has introduced a handheld spectrocolorimeter designed to give companies “an inexpensive yet powerful way to record and communicate color differences to speed introduction of new ...


Paint Job Will Take Ship to the Max

Peter Max is back—and now, he’s painting ships.


3D Software Pulls Switch on the Swatch

The venerable paint swatch may be headed for the history books, in the wake of a new partnership that will provide real-time 3D color renderings and animation of transportation and aerospace...


Sky’s the Limit for Paint Idea Contest

Got a sharp idea for painting the 605-foot-high roof of a needle? Then the owners of Seattle’s landmark Space Needle have an offer for you.


Car Coating Forecast: Color My Ride

For decades, silver, black and white have been the overwhelming color of choice for motorists worldwide, accounting for up to 80 percent of the cars on the road. Enough, says BASF Automotive...


BASF Phasing Out Lead Chromate Pigments

BASF, one of the world’s largest pigment suppliers, will stop making lead chromate pigments by the end of 2014 and concentrate on developing and producing alternative products, the company h...


Seeing Red Over Blue Bridge Made Yellow

A UK county council is red-faced after deciding to paint a historic bridge in the wrong color to speed up the project—even though the bridge will now need to be repainted.


Soviet Gloom Expunged In Time-Lapse Technicolor

A stunning coating project that has doused a rusting Soviet-era pipe factory in pop color has been captured in a remarkable time-lapse movie by a Russian filmmaker.


Tnemec Debuts 3D Tank Visualizer Tool

Coatings maker Tnemec has developed a new 3D graphic tool that allows tank owners and operators to design and visualize their next tank coating system online.


Innovative Pigments Drive Global Boom

They reflect. They insulate. They self-clean and fight bacteria. And because they perform all these innovative functions and more, pigments will be in above-average demand worldwide in the n...


No Foolin’: PPG Paints Swatch to Watch

Swatch out! Squinters of color swatches will finally get a strip they can see Friday (April 1), when PPG Pittsburgh Paints unveils what it calls the world’s largest paint swatch.


Purple Wind Turbines Could Save Wildlife

The deadly interaction of wind turbines and wildlife has long vexed both the wind industry and ecologists, but a UK research team may have an answer: Paint them purple.


Kelly-Moore Says Color Collection ‘Enlivens’ Neutrals

Citing the “frugal fatigue” of hard times, Kelly-Moore Paints has debuted a new collection of colors to offset the safe beiges and whites popular in the last few years.


‘Super-Strength’ Colorant System Rolled Out

California Paints (Andover, Mass.) introduced Trillion™-Super Strength Colorant, a zero-VOC colorant system reported to offer increased color saturation with less colorant.


Evonik Announces Process Advance for Colorants

Evonik (Marl, Germany) said its investment in high-throughput experimentation (HTE) technology in its global Colorants Product Line will reduce the development time for colorant design.


Glidden Issues ‘Top 10 Growing Up’ Color List

AkzoNobel’s Glidden™ paint issued a “Top 10 Growing Up Colors” list, reflecting the most popular decorative-paint color choices for children.


California Paints Issues
‘20th Century’ Colors

California Paints announced the release of a “historic color program” that includes the company’s new 20th Century™ Colors of America color palette.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Color-Management Program

Datacolor® introduced the Datacolor Select Kit™, a color-management program for retail paint and home décor outlets that provides customers with a computer-aided color-matching system.


PPG Says New Studio Accelerates Color Design

PPG Industries Inc.’s industrial coatings business announced the opening of the Shmaze Color Design Studio, a facility near Irvine, Calif., that works to accelerate color design and prototyp...


Akzo Takes ‘Let’s Color’ Campaign on the Road

AkzoNobel’s four-nation “Let’s Color” tour—a worldwide initiative aimed at encouraging the use of color in the built environment—headed for India following stops in England and France, the c...


California Paints Issues Color-Trend Forecast

California Paints said it has partnered with the London-based color-consultancy studio Global Color Research to issue a group of Spring-Summer 2011 color trends.


Benjamin Moore Honors 6 for Color Use

Benjamin Moore will honor six architecture and design firms and individuals with its 2010 HUE Awards.


‘Mood Test’ May Help Pick Paint Colors

Clients overwhelmed by paint color choices may find peace and focus in a new online “mood test” developed by CIL Paints.


Olympic’s ‘Audubon’ Colors Take Off

Olympic Paint has announced a new collection of eight color palettes inspired by the artistic tradition of the National Audubon Society.


Free App Designed for Contractor Data

Benjamin Moore has introduced a multifunction iPhone app that allows contractors to store and access data and photos on projects and clients.


Expert Offers Contractors Color Tips

Contractors who want to help color-confused clients should check lighting, ask about mood, and discourage picking colors at the paint store counter, a color expert advises.


Evonik Offers Color Tools for Coatings

Evonik Degussa Corporation, headquartered in Essen, Germany, has developed two new tools for the industrial coatings market—the Portfolio of Color® and the Chroma-Chem® Color Identifier™.


Miller Paint Unveils 2010 Colors

Five varied themes underscore the colors now available on Miller Paint Company’s Colour Canvas 2010 Collection color cards.


PPG Porter Predicts Mixed Color Trends

Simultaneous needs for timelessness and change will both drive “conscientious” paint color choices for homeowners in 2010, according to a new forecast by PPG Porter Paints.


Livelier Paint Colors to Brighten 2010

Move over, neutrals. Lively, mood-lifting colors will return to home décor in 2010, predicts Canada’s Sico Paints.


Enhanced Online Color-Selection Tool

The Sherwin-Williams Company announced the launch of the enhanced Color Visualizer at the company website located at www.sherwin-williams.com.


Color Scheme Adds Octane to Corvette Diner

Color and design flair in an epoxy floor system supplies extra octane to the 1950s-era theme at the Corvette Diner in San Diego’s Liberty Station.


Kelly-Moore Unveils Western Palette

Kelly-Moore Paint Company Inc. has introduced “Historic Lifestyles of the West” —the first paint color palette reflecting the legacy of a geographical region, the company says.


Sherwin-Williams Launches iPhone Color App

Sherwin-Williams has launched a free color-matching iPhone application that allows users to quickly capture hues from their surroundings and match them to more than 1,500 Sherwin-Williams c...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Rapid-Tinting Program for Deck Coatings

Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing introduced Custom Colors on Demand for Vulkem® 351 (LV) Pedestrian Topcoat, offering reduced lead times for custom-tinted orders.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: ‘Whiter White’ Mica Pigment

BASF introduced Glacier™ Frost, described as a “whiter white” pigment consisting of titanium dioxide-coated synthetic mica flakes.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Zero-VOC Paint Colorants

BASF introduced PureOptions, described as a point-of-sale colorant tinting system for paints with zero VOCs and low odor.


Sherwin Talks up Color, Green Initiatives

The Sherwin-Williams Company’s EcoVision initiative and colormix ’09 color-trend forecast were given top billing by the company during the recent PACE 2009 (Paint and Coatings Expo) in New O...


Commercial Paint Colors to Evoke Home, Group Says

Even at the mall or in the office, there’s no place like home, says global paint authority Color Guild, which is forecasting homey paint colors for commercial interiors throughout 2009.


PPG Introduces ‘Hacienda’ Color Palette

PPG Industries Inc.’s Pittsburgh Paints brand introduced the “Hacienda Style” Color Palette, said to reflect the warm tones of Mexican style and design.


Reassuring Paint Colors Seen for 2009

Colors that promote feelings of comfort and security will drive interior and exterior residential paint preferences in 2009, reports Color Guild, an international association of independent ...


 
 
   

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