D+D Online August 2010

In This Issue...


High performance, low VOCs: Formulating advances deliver water-borne epoxies that meet the demands of the day for metal coatings

by Daniel J. Weinmann

Consumer concerns and current trends in regulation make it clear: environmental compliance is the order of the day. As such, the coatings manufacturers and users share a keen interest in continued development of water-based, low-VOC solutions.


Diamond-polished concrete: A new spin on an old technology

by Walter R. Scarborough

Contrary to popular belief, processing of concrete (grinding, honing, and polishing) is not really new; it’s been around for years, as has as dyeing or staining concrete.


Hooked: The Saga of One Man’s Connection (Obsession?) with Decorative Concrete

by Todd Rose

Ten years ago I was shoeing horses in Beaufort, S.C. But after racking up a few injuries, I started to look for another line of work.


Ready for prime time: Low-VOC fluoropolymer coating counted on to generate buzz in California and other venues where ‘green’ takes top billing

A recently developed high-performance coating based on fluoropolymer chemistry is beginning to make its mark on the West Coast due to a combination of aesthetic, performance, and environmental characteristics the technology is reported to deliver.


Small Part on a Big Stage: Nanoparticle Coating Technology Plays Supporting Role in Empire State Building Retrofit

The iconic Empire State Building, an imposing 20th-century symbol of New York City’s business and financial might, is getting a 21st century-style upgrade—one with a “green” hue.


‘Green’ in any Flavor: Wall Finish Brings Zing to Louisiana Restoration Project

by Joe Maty

“One” is the loneliest number, goes the old hit song by Three Dog Night.


Minding the Store: Coatings problems and solutions for commercial building owners

by Kenneth A. Trimber & Kevin J. Brown

“Big-box” retail stores come complete with a number of king-sized challenges lying in the path of personnel responsible for the initial application of paints and coatings for protective and decorative purposes, and for subsequent maintenance-painting or other programs designed to protect and beautify these buildings.


The English Garden, Rooftop Edition: MMA Membrane Provides Water, Root Barrier

The garden, roof can help meet multiple design, functional, and green-building objectives in urban settings, including improved energy efficiency, reduced carbon footprint, and enhanced aesthetics.


New LaGuardia Tower Gets Aesthetic, Performance Lift with PVDF-Based Coatings

Alcoa Architectural Products’ Colorweld® 300 finish, based on high-performance fluoropolymer coatings chemistry, is contributing to the visual appeal of the new air-traffic control tower at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.


Gilded Age Gems: Restoring Victorian Grandeur in SoHo’s Historic Cast Iron District

by Crystal S. Gosine

The 26 blocks that comprise New York City’s SoHo Cast Iron Historic District encompass the largest concentration of Victorian full and partial cast-iron façades in the country. Officially designated in 1973, this is one of New York City’s most historically renowned neighborhoods.


The ‘Cooler’ it may not be, but Restoration with Reflective Coating Knocks Degrees off Prison Building’s Summer Temperatures

by Joe Maty

The warehouse building at Indiana’s Putnamville Correctional Facility may not have become the proverbial “cooler,” as an isolation cell is sometimes called. But a roof-restoration project involving the use of a white, solar-reflective roof coating certainly has taken the building’s temperature down a few notches.


   
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