Articles (127)


Industry Impressions 2017: A Look at the Paint and Coatings Business Now and in the Year Ahead

from D+D Print, Fall 2017 ; by Amy Woodall, Durability + Design

Industry representatives explore the state of the paint and coatings industry in 2017...


Suitable For Polish? Specifying A Finished Floor Surface

from D+D Print, Spring 2017 ; by John Kazalonis, Consultant

Approaching the issues involved with polished concrete from the contractor’s point of...


Best Laid Plans: Preparing for Perfect Polished Concrete

from D+D In Depth, February 2017 ; by JIM CUVIELLO, CUVIELLO CONCRETE AND TERRAZZO POLISHING

Specifications can only go so far toward ensuring a successful polished concrete inst...


Coating Concrete Floors and Other Concrete Substrates: A Conversation with Fred Goodwin, BASF Construction Chemicals

from D+D Print, Winter 2017

“We know how to build durable and economical structures using concrete, but lack of c...


Building a Solid Foundation for Concrete Floor Coatings: A Guide to Inspection and Surface Preparation

from D+D In Depth, November 2016 ; by Steven Reinstadtler, Covestro LLC

An attractive, durable concrete floor coating requires methodical preparation before ...


World of Concrete Preview: Floor Coatings

from D+D In Depth, January 2016 ; by Harold Hower, Editor, D+D In Depth

Many exhibitors at this year's World of Concrete Show (Las Vegas, Feb. 1-5) will disp...


Pull-Off Adhesion Strength Testing of
Lining Systems on Concrete

from JPCL, January 2016 ; by Vaughn O’Dea, Cory Brown and Anthony Dallen, Tnemec Company, Inc.

The authors present the common pull-off adhesion test methods used for concrete subst...


Galvanic Corrosion in Water and Wastewater Structures

from JPCL, September 2015 ; by Vaughn O’Dea, Tnemec Company, Inc.; Travis C. Tatum, Dunham Engineering, Inc.; Pat Barry and Paul B. Higgins, The Barry Group, L.L.C.

The authors discuss prevention of galvanic corrosion in water and wastewater structur...


Basics of Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete

from JPCL, August 2015 ; by Fred Goodwin and Frank Apicella, BASF Construction Chemicals

Corrosion in reinforced concrete has been an issue since it was first introduced and ...


On Protecting Rebar in Concrete

from JPCL, August 2015

What is the best way to prevent corrosion of reinforcing bar in concrete?


Liquid-Applied Waterproofing Membrane for Bridge Decks

from JPCL, May 2015 ; by Dudley J. Primeaux II, PCS, CCI, Joseph Haydu, CEO, and Jonathan Haydu, Bridge Preservation LLC

This article describes the use of liquid applied waterproofing membrane as a method o...


High and Dry

from D+D Print, April 2015

Readers advise on moisture concerns when painting concrete walls with acrylics.


Polished Concrete — From the Beginning

from D+D Print, April 2015 ; by Jim Cuviello, Cuviello Concrete and Terrazzo Polishing

The history of polished concrete brings lessons of quality control and illuminates a ...


Concrete Floor Coating Challenges

from D+D Print, March 2015 ; by Dave Lick, Paint Quality Assurance Inspector

Peeling paint reveals a coating system failure in a commercial hallway.


Failure of a coated concrete floor

from JPCL, March 2015 ; by Dwight G. Weldon, PCS, Weldon Laboratories, Inc.


On evaluating non-visible contaminants on concrete

from JPCL, March 2015

How do you assess salts and other non-visible contaminants on concrete surfaces?


Golden Bells

from D+D Print, February 2015


Field identification of concrete contaminants commonly encountered in wastewater environments

from JPCL, January 2015 ; by Vaughn O'Dea, Tnemec Company, Inc.


Troubleshooting Architectural Cast Stone

from D+D Print, October 2014 ; by Todd Nelson, P.E., Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Here’s how to identify, troubleshoot and prevent common problems.


Coating Maintenance Challenges at the Bureau of Reclamation

from JPCL, The Facility Owner's Perspective 2014 Special Issue; by Pamela Simmons, Editor in Chief, JPCL

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation was established in 1902 and today is the largest whole...


All Wet

from D+D Print, September 2014 ; by Fred Goodwin, BASF Construction Chemicals

What you don’t know about moisture-testing concrete floors can cost you.


Alternate Materials Supplement Coating Protection in Wastewater Facility

from JPCL, The Facility Owner's Perspective 2014 Special Issue; by Harold Hower, JPCL

Gerry Piscopo, Director of Maintenance and Construction for the Emerald Coast Utilit...


Combatting Corrosion on the California Highway

from JPCL, The Facility Owner's Perspective 2014 Special Issue; by Charlie Lange, Managing Editor, JPCL

This article provides an overview of Caltrans’ process of maintaining its steel highw...


Polyurea “Loose” Liners: A Floating Fix for Cracked Concrete Secondary Containment

from JPCL, February 2014 ; by Kristin Leonard, Bechtel Corp.

This article evaluates the performance of a polyurea “loose” lining system for repair...


Surface Preparation: A Continuing Evolution

from JPCL, Three Decades of Change in the Coatings Industry 2013 Special Issue; by Charles Lange, JPCL


Industry Standards for Surface Preparation

from D+D Print, July/August 2013 ; by Kenneth A. Trimber, KTA-Tator, Inc.

Thorough surface preparation is necessary to achieve long-term coating performance. T...


Concrete Sealers

from D+D Print, June 2013 ; by Jayson Helsel, KTA-Tator, Inc.

Applying concrete sealers over new or existing concrete is a practical solution for p...


The contractor who almost got floored

from JPCL, May 2013 ; by Raymond S. Tombaugh, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc. and Richard A. Burgess, PCS, Series Editor


An introduction to how coatings protect concrete

from JPCL, April 2013 ; by Charles H. Holl and Scott A. O’Connor

This month, we will briefly review the composition of concrete and why we coat it. We...


An introduction to the deterioration of concrete

from JPCL, March 2013 ; by Randy Nixon, Corrosion Probe, Inc.


On sealing cracks in concrete

from JPCL, March 2013

What is the most effective practice for crack sealing in concrete to prevent water in...


Concrete Flooring Moisture Issues: Minimization, Evaluation, and Mitigation

from D+D Print, January/February 2013 ; by Frank Apicella and Fred Goodwin, Concrete Flooring Moisture Issues: Minimization, Evaluation, and Mitigation,BASF Construction Chemicals

Sometimes described as a hard sponge, concrete can be problematic to coat. This artic...


Painting Concrete

from D+D Print, January/February 2013 ; by Burt Olhiser, Vantage Point Consulting

Olhiser describes the hidden pitfalls, as well as the potential, practical, solutions...


Flooring the Frick

from D+D Online Features, D+D February 2013 2013 ; by Jen Kramer

Once the copper-lined coffin was secure in the grave, and the pallbearers, including ...


Preparing Concrete Floors for Coatings

from JPCL, January 2013 ; by Tracey Glew, The Preparation Group

This article focuses on the importance of selecting the appropriate method and equipm...


Enduring Impressions: Historic Architectural Concrete Panels

from D+D Online Features, November D+D online 2012 ; by Jamie Farny

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) recently established a new outdoor community sp...


Minimum Confusion on Maximum Refinement

from D+D Online Features, November D+D online 2012 ; by Brad Burns

Maximum refinement is a term that is often used within the Concrete Polishing ...


Coating System Concerns For Single-Wythe CMU Construction

from D+D Online Features, November D+D online 2012 ; by Ken Trimber

Within a 20-mile radius of your home, you have seen one or more Big Box stores, strip...


Preparing Surfaces at Wastewater Plants: An Overview of Substrates, Practices, and Standards

from JPCL, September 2012 ; by Vaughn O’Dea, Tnemec Company, Inc.

The author describes how surface preparation for the use of high-performance protecti...


Keeping the Shine: Training in Maintaining Polished Concrete Floors

from D+D Online Features, September 2012 ; by Howard Jancy

Hellooooo! Is anybody listening? Too often, I hear myself saying that when, fo...


Coating concrete: Protection works both ways

from JPCL, July 2012 ; by Karen Kapsanis, JPCL


The Six Essential Elements of Successful Concrete Repairs

from JPCL, July 2012 ; by R. A. Nixon, Corrosion Probe, Inc.


Maintaining Cow Decks at Dairy Farms: No Parlor Game

from JPCL, July 2012


Polyurea Plus Color Equals One Fantastic Makeover

from JPCL, July 2012


Progress Brings Problems to Wastewater Systems

from JPCL, July 2012 ; by Gary R. Hall, Lake H. Barrett Jr., and Pete J. Jansen, Sauereisen


Concrete Infrastructure Protection: Trends and Solutions

from JPCL, July 2012 ; by Steven Reinstadtler, Bayer MaterialScience


Concrete Solutions: Coatings Answers for a Highly Complex Substrate

from JPCL, July 2012 ; by Jayson L. Helsel, P.E., KTA-Tator Inc.


Quality Measures: A Cure for Fear of Failure

from JPCL, July 2012 ; by David Beamish, DeFelsko Corporation


Six Key Points You Should Know about Concrete Surface Preparation before Coating Application

from JPCL, July 2012 ; by Fred Goodwin, BASF Construction Chemicals


Why Gamble? Casino Likes Odds with Bet on Waterproofing System

from D+D Online Features, July 2012

The Jersey Shore has arrived. That is, the luxury mega-casino portion. Several new pr...


Preserving an icon

from JPCL, May 2012 ; by Dirk Uebelhoer, Corporate System Engineer, Flooring and Coating, Sika Services AG


Issues That Do Not Meet The Eye: Design Considerations for Lining Concrete Sludge Mixing and Storage Tanks in Wastewater Treatment Plants

from JPCL, March 2012 ; by R.A. Nixon, Corrosion Probe, Inc.

"This article focuses on several condition assessment and design considerations asso...


Concrete Maintenance - Maintain to Sustain

from JPCL, January 2012 ; by Fred Goodwin, BASF Corp., Construction Chemicals

In this inaugural article of JPCL's 2012 Top Thinkers: The Clive Hare Honors series, ...


Restoring and Protecting Bridge Piles

from JPCL, January 2012 ; by Carl W. Scheffel, P.E., and H. Michael Simpson, Fox Industries

The authors describe the requirements for repair systems that would be effective on c...


Protecting Concrete on the Beijing-Shanghai Railway Bridge

from JPCL, December 2011 ; by Huang Weibo, Liu Xudong, Lu Ping, and Ma Xueqiang, Research Institute of Functional Materials, Qingdao Technological University, China.

The authors give a brief history of polyurea use in China, describe the Beijing-Shang...


New Products

from PWC, March/April 2010


Trowel-Applied Mortar Systems for Floors: Tips for Specifiers and Installers

from JPCL, January 2010 ; by Casey Ball, The Sherwin-Williams Company


Cases from the F-Files: Who Reads Instructions Anyway?

from JPCL, December 2009 ; by Rick A. Huntley, Senior Coatings Consultant, KTA-Tator, Inc.; Richard Burgess, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

The Case of the Failing Floor Coating


Getting a Fix on Concrete Repairs

from PWC, December 2009 ; by Bill Palmer

What to do, how to do it, and when to call for help.


PWC+

from PWC, December 2009


The Beauty of Overlays

from PWC, December 2009 ; by Brett Martin

Colorful, dramatic concrete is hot - and easier than you think. Also: Buying and...


Effective formulas for the polymer floor

from JAC, October/November 2009 ; by Robert Cain and Eric Borglum, Key Resin Company

Performance success is driven by optimum mix of chemistry, composition, and applicati...


News

from JAC, October/November 2009


The Basics of Deteriorating Concrete at Wastewater Plants: Tips on Causes, Repair, and Resources

from JPCL, September 2009 ; by Heather Bayne, SSPC

This article reviews aggressive exporsures within wastewater facilities; degradation ...


Concrete artistry with color and design

from JAC, August/September 2009

Decorative concrete techniques, including the use of color dyes, concrete polishing, ...


Surface Preparation: Practices, Equipment, and Standards through 25 Years

from JPCL, August 2009 ; by Daryl Fleming and Jodi Temyer, JPCL

As surface preparation practices, regulations, and equipment changed, so did SSPC's s...


Studies on secondary surface prep after UHPWJ and on preparing concrete

from JPCL, July 2009


Gray? No way!

from JAC, June/July 2009 ; by Joe Maty, Editor, JAC

A varied palette of color and design options creates a host of choices for the concre...


JAC, PaintSquare sites launch Webinars & Education section

from JAC, June/July 2009


Recent product releases

from JAC, June/July 2009


An Overview of Preparing Concrete for Coatings: What to Ask, What to Do, and Where to Find Help

from JPCL, May 2009 ; by Fred Goodwin, Fellow Scientist, BASF Construction Chemicals

Key questions to ask about the surface preparation of concrete are covered in this ar...


Coating concrete: double-check your specs

from JPCL, May 2009 ; by Kevin Morris, Market Development Director, Water and Wastewater, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Editor's Note: This article is a condensed version of a paper the author presented at...


Greener gambits in the antigraffiti game

from JAC, May 2009 ; by Peter Schmitt and Kathy Allen, Bayer MaterialScience LLC

R&D program produces water-borne polyurethane formulations that combine low VOCs, red...


Product Pipeline

from JAC, May 2009


The many shades of green

from JAC, May 2009

Top Green Projects reflect the multifaceted nature of design and materials that contr...


Concrete stains and dyes: Surveying the color spectrum

from JAC, March/April 2009 ; by Howard Jancy, Butterfield Color Inc.

Mixing and matching of chemistries, substrates inspires creation of varied artistic i...


Dealing with the effects of aging

from JAC, March/April 2009 ; by Joe Maty, Editor, JAC

Far removed in geography, design, and construction, two notable sites take on the job...


Maintenance Tip: Evaluating Techniques for Measuring Applied Film Thickness of Polyurea Elastomeric Systems

from JPCL, March 2009 ; by Dudley J. Primeaux II, Primeaux Associates LLC, Elgin, TX and Kelin Bower, PolyVers Internatioanl, Houston, TX

In any coating or lining work, obtaining the specified minimum film thickness or the ...


Product News

from JPCL, March 2009


Product Pipeline

from JAC, March/April 2009


Special Advertising Gallery: Concrete coatings and treatments

from JAC, March/April 2009

A sampling of materials that offer an expanding array of choices to boost the appeara...


Product Pipeline

from JAC, January/February 2009 ; by JAC Staff


Volunteers spruce up Dallas nonprofit agencies

from JAC, January/February 2009 ; by JAC Staff


Annual Buying & Specifying Guide - Concrete densifiers/hardeners

from JAC, December 2008


Annual Buying & Specifying Guide - Concrete Floor Coatings

from JAC, December 2008


Annual Buying & Specifying Guide - Concrete sealers

from JAC, December 2008


Annual Buying & Specifying Guide - Exterior wall coatings

from JAC, December 2008


Annual Buying & Specifying Guide - Repair materials, wood and concrete

from JAC, December 2008


Getting up to speed on concrete polishing

from JAC, December 2008 ; by Mark B. Vogel, W.R. Meadows Inc.

Enhanced performance and appearance attributes have contributed to the increased use ...


Making it clear on water repellents (Part 1)

from JAC, August/September 2008 ; by David W. Boyer, PROSOCO Inc.

This two-part examination of clear water repellents for above-grade concrete and maso...


Product Pipeline

from JAC, August/September 2008 ; by Technology Publishing


Special Advertising Section: Concrete Polishing

from JAC, August/September 2008 ; by Technology Publishing

Concrete polishing: Durability, sustainability, creativity.


Coloring of concrete: Transforming a gray area

from JAC, June/July 2008 ; by Jamie Farny and Terry Collins, Portland Cement Association

Applying stains to concrete adds instant visual appeal to this popular building mater...


Making the call on the concrete wall

from JAC, June/July 2008 ; by Deborah Slaton and Paul Gaudette, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Key issues in the use of coatings and sealers for concrete walls include a number of ...


Putting a hold on leaks

from JAC, June/July 2008 ; by Christopher Perego, BASF Construction Chemicals-Building Systems

Sealants and coatings for concrete play a crucial role in keeping water on the outsid...


The NEW look of concrete: An expanding universe of color, creativity, and utility

from JAC, June/July 2008

A special advertising gallery showcasing decorative-concrete technologies.


Polished concrete: Gaining traction in the green-building arena

from JAC, March/April 2008 ; by Greg Schwietz, L&M Construction Chemicals

A polished concrete floor system, when viewed as a whole, can help increase the energ...


Stain and sealer system transforms concrete floors at Ave Maria University

from JAC, March/April 2008


The war against water

from JAC, March/April 2008 ; by Allen Zielnik, Atlas Material Testing Technology, LLC

An array of water-repellent and waterproofing measures are enlisted in the never-endi...


A firm foundation, part 2

from JAC, January/February 2008 ; by Charles H. Holl, Dayton Superior Corp.

Important preparation and test-method procedures are reviewed in the second part of t...


JAC Buying and Specifying Guide

from JAC, December 2007

In the first annual JAC Buying and Specifying Guide, information from more than 160 m...


Aiming for the fences (and the rest of the stadium)

from JAC, October/November 2007 ; by John C. Williams, HOK Sport+Venue+Event

A winning maintenance-coating game plan for sports facilities must take into account ...


Concrete Protection and Decoration - A different slant on treatments for tilt-up

from JAC, October/November 2007 ; by Lorella Angelini, BASF Building Systems

High-build coatings can provide decorative and protective advantages in applications ...


Concrete Protection and Decoration - A firm foundation

from JAC, October/November 2007 ; by Charles H. Holl, Technical Specialist, Dayton Superior Corp.

The author provides a practical overview of the more commmonly used cleaning, surface...


Concrete Protection and Decoration, Concrete and coatings: A complex relationship

from JAC, October/November 2007 ; by Allen Zielnik, Atlas Materials Testing Technology LLC

Reviewed here are performance requirements for concrete coatings used for a variety o...


Playing with color at Wiggles World

from JAC, October/November 2007

A photo montage of the coated concrete surfaces of the play area at Wiggles World, pa...


Concrete Floors - Dogs get their day at designer-style digs

from JAC, August/September 2007

The name says the facility is for the dogs, but the look has dog owner written all ov...


Directory of Green Coatings

from JAC, April/May 2007

Coating products from 127 companies are listed and described.


Polyurea Coatings - Sealing the deal in Cerritos

from JAC, April/May 2007

Polyurea coatings anchor a waterproofing system used in the restoration of a parking ...


Monster of a Midway Job

from JAC, March/April 2007 ; by Gary Henry, PROSOCO

Boasting 25,422 available parking spaces and encompassing approximately 3 million squ...


Securing the Deck

from JAC, March/April 2007 ; by Jayson L. Helsel, P.E.

Concrete, one of the most widely used and versatile construction materials, is the ty...


Deceiving appearance: Concrete, for all its strengths, can present complexities for coatings

from JAC, January/February 2007 ; by Allen Zielnik, Atlas Materials Testing Technology LLC

Cement and concrete are our most versatile building materials, and their use can be t...


Grit and polish

from JAC, January/February 2007 ; by Charels H. Holl, Dayton Superior Specialty Chemicals

Designers and owners are taking a shine to the varied decorative and performance effe...


Some hard truths on concrete coatings and coverings

from JAC, January/February 2007 ; by Jayson L. Helsel, PE., KTA-Tator, Inc.

A horizontal concrete surface may convey the appearance of a relatively monolithic, s...


Concrete protection and decoration

from JAC, August/September 2006

Inspired interpretations, Taking flight


Directory of Floor Coatings for Concrete

from JAC, August/September 2006

This Directory of Floor Coatings (and related products such as stencils, stamping too...


Water woes

from JAC, August/September 2006 ; by Charles Holl, Dayton Superior Speciatly Chemicals

Moisture vapor and hydrostatic pressure can wreak havoc with protective and decorativ...


Creating decorative concrete: Methods and materials

from JAC, June/July 2006 ; by Jamie Farny, Portland Cement Association

Concrete occupies a long and storied place in the construction world, but decorative ...


Directory of Sealers for Masonry and Concrete

from JAC, January 2006

This buying guide lists and describes clear and pigmented as well as film-forming and...


Sealers and coatings for masonry and concrete: The essentials

from JAC, January 2006 ; by Deborah Slaton, James D. Connolly, and Leonard L. Phelps

This article examines reasons for sealing or coating (or not coating) exterior masonr...


The cold, hard truth on concrete sealers and coatings

from JAC, January 2006 ; by Jayson Helsel

Sealing or coating concrete and masonry surfaces can significantly extend their usefu...


Study in contrast: Casino, natural-foods co-op put their money on variants of deco-floor theme

from JAC, July 2005

What could a high-rolling Atlantic City casino and a natural-foods co-op in the Pacif...


The cold, hard truth on coatings for concrete: Chemistry can be crucial to success or failure

from JAC, July 2005 ; by Jayson Helsel

Concrete is seeing increasing use as a building material in construction. Successfull...


USGBC issues draft of new LEED system for new construction

from JAC, April 2005

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently issued a “first public-comment draft...


Concrete Finishing: Reactive stain breathes life into landmark chapel’s concrete

from JAC, January 2005 ; by Joe Maty

Seattle University’s prizewinning St. Ignatius unites ‘ancient and new’ - In seeking ...


Innovations for repairing concrete buildings in salt environments

from JAC, January 2005 ; by Kenneth Tator

State-of-the-art technologies for repairing concrete buildings located in harsh, salt...


New coatings VOC limits go into effect in Mid-Atlantic

from JAC, January 2005

WASHINGTON—New volatile organic compound (VOC) limits on architectural and industrial...


 
 
   

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