Selecting Coatings by Brand: An SSPC 2017 Workshop


A novel workshop at SSPC 2017, scheduled for Jan. 31 in Tampa, FL, will describe the capabilities and uses of proprietary products for exterior concrete and masonry substrates.

The workshop, “Coatings and Water Repellents: Advantages and Disadvantages of Specific Brands,” isn’t a typical, generic conference presentation. It is designed to help owners, architects, consultants and contractors select specific coatings by brand name, not by a generalized, and sometimes vague, generic description of products.

Five coating suppliers—Dow Corning Corporation, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Sto Corp., Prosoco and Benjamin Moore—will participate in the all-day workshop. First, in two morning sessions, they will each describe their coating and water repellent brands. Then, in an afternoon panel discussion, they will explain the appropriateness of selecting their brands in eight scenarios of use.

For instance, one scenario involves a building in Chicago with CMU walls that have been painted twice since the original paint was applied. The walls are damp and have extensive blistering and peeling, but the contract calls for overcoating. The supplier panelists will explain strengths and limitations of their products in achieving this overcoating successfully.

Kenneth Trimber, chairman of the SSPC’s Commercial Coatings Committee, will moderate the new workshop, which is sponsored by Durability + Design magazine.

AIA Credit Available

Participants can acquire seven American Institute of Architects-approved Learning Units if they attend the morning sessions and the afternoon session. Each morning session provides two credits, and the afternoon session three credits.

They can also participate in technical sessions of SSPC’s Commercial Coatings Committees on Wednesday, Feb. 1, the day following the workshop, as well as other conference components.

SSPC offers both one-day (includes all events for the day chosen) and full-conference (includes all conference events for the four days) registration. Go to to register.

The SSPC conference and exhibition, focused on protective coatings for industrial, marine and commercial structures, will be held from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 in Tampa. Participants will include contractors, facility owners, specifiers and suppliers to the industry.

Durability + Design magazine covers the technologies of architectural coatings and related materials.

For more information, contact Harold Hower at; 412.431.8304.


Tagged categories: Benjamin Moore; Coating Materials; Commercial Construction; concrete; Concrete coatings and treatments; Dow Corning; Ken Trimber; Masonry coatings; North America; Prosoco Inc.; Sherwin-Williams; SSPC 2017; SSPC Commercial Coating Committee; Sto Corp; Water repellents

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