Weekly Poll (33)


In July, an Italy-based project titled, “Urban Flying Opera,” used drones to paint a large-scale graffiti project with the aim to beautify the city of Torino. With more stories of drones being utilized for this type of coatings work, do you think the technology has the potential to eventually replace commercial painters?


Researchers from Columbia University have recently developed a new coating material inspired by the Saharan Silver Ant to keep buildings cool. According to physics professor Nanfang Yu and his team, the developing coating can reflect up to 99% of sunlight. Slated to require more research and testing, when do you predict the technology will be released into the market?


UNStudio and Monopol Colors recently announced that they've developed a new "extremely reflective white paint" that has been given a Total Solar Reflectance rating of 80—about 5-10 points above other white paints, according to the companies. Do you think we'll start to see even higher TSR scores as research goes on?


Rice University researchers recently reported building a "better" epoxy with the addition of graphene foam, noting that it is substantially tougher than pure epoxy. Do you think this will be a long-term epoxy solution?


Will newly developed nanomaterials like graphene revolutionize the protective coatings industry in the next 10 years?


A recent D+D feature described several cases of roof-coating failure that had initially stumped roofing professionals. Have you ever had a job failure that wasn’t caused by what you initially thought?


The EPA recently granted approval to the Kansai Paint Group for its paint that repels mosquitos, the first of its kind to be approved by the agency. It is slated to be available in the U.S. this summer. Is this something you will invest in?


Researchers have started modifying the color of a certain bacteria, which they say could lead the way to “growing” biodegradable, non-toxic paint. Do you think research such as this is worth pursuing?


According to a D+D feature published in January, hybridization and specialty additives will allow further development in the realm of waterborne roof coatings. Which area do you think will see higher performance?


A middle school in Washington is the first in the U.S. to use a new graffiti-resistant coating on its campus, and school district officials consider it a low-cost investment for preventing future damage. Do you think more schools should incorporate such a coating?


A Canadian coating company is getting a federal boost on a product that it says will act more like insulation, effectively saving consumers money and energy. Do you think such a coating will do well once it gets on the market?


Have you a seen a boost in cool-roof installs since the introduction of Berkeley Lab’s “Cool Roof Time Machine”?


The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed bans on chemicals found in consumer and commercial paint removal products. Good or bad move?


How important is it to you to use green building materials when they are an option?


Which of these most influences your decision to purchase or specify a coating?


Should Benjamin Moore change the name of its “Confederate Red” paint color, which some people have found offensive?


A California judge has handed three former makers of lead-based paint their first big defeat and a $1.15 billion abatement tab. Good call or bad call?


How do you most often hear of new paint or coatings technologies?


What paint/coatings trends are you watching most closely right now?


How do you think today’s “green” coatings compare overall with conventional paints?


In your experience, what is the most common cause of premature coating failures?


What is the most common cause of coating failures?


What external force has contributed the most to changes in coatings technology in recent years?


How should VOCs and toxicity levels be set for paints and coatings?


Which of the following research or development areas seems most likely to become a strong market for coatings?


What is the future impact of biomimicry in development of materials and building science?


What technology do you prefer for permanent (non-sacrificial) anti-graffiti coatings?


What is the best source of advice in selecting coatings systems for harsh environments, such as coastal South Florida?


In what performance area would innovations in architectural coatings be most valuable to you?


What anti-graffiti paint technology are you currently specifying to coat sound barriers, privacy walls, or other architectural surfaces?


When you are deciding on coatings and similar products to use or specify, where do you get the majority of your information?


In recent residential repainting work with which you've been involved, what was the predominant substrate type?


Which of the following developments has had the most positive impact on coatings technology?


 
 
   

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