Blogs (57)


The Perfect Commercial Painting Lead Generation Guide

by Austin Houser

Every commercial painting business needs a steady stream of high-quality leads to be ...


School Colors That Make a Difference

by Jill Pilaroscia

Most people agree that color can trigger a response – you love it or hate it. Color r...


Choosing the Right AWB Solutions for Different Environments

by Errol Bull, P.E., CSI - Architectural Engineer, Technical Services Manager

In this article, Errol Bull, Technical Director for GE branded silicones, explores th...


The Ultimate Guide to Mixing Antimicrobial Coatings

by Emily Newton

Antimicrobial coatings can provide products with built-in resistance to microbial gro...


Smart Coatings Boost High-Performance Building Enclosures

by Karine Galla

What could be better than a high-performance coating for a building enclosure? How ab...


Why Are High-Performance Polymers So Versatile?

by Emily Newton

Researchers and other professionals who work with polymers and similar materials are ...


The Role of Advanced Coatings in Integrated Design

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

I am currently enjoying a new position in academia after 35 years of practicing inter...


Saving Customer Paint Data Can Drive Repeat Business

by Industry Professionals

The retail paint industry is evolving, but one thing that has remained unchanged is t...


Not 'Equal,' Just Equivalent

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Specification marketing is second only to continuing education presentations as the m...


Project Compaction: Not Just for Soil

by Letsfixconstruction.com

I sat through a pre-construction meeting via conference call today to go over the ins...


Floored: Advance Actions Assure Acceptable Conditions

by Letsfixconstruction.com

The flooring industry is constantly challenged by the same repeating issues: installi...


Thermoplastics: The Genie is Peeking Out of the Bottle

by Warren Brand

You heard it here first, folks. Paint is dead. It just doesn’t know it yet.


Fire-Resistive Tests, Specs Challenge Industry

by Allen Zielnik

Certainly, the concept of integrated fire safety doesn’t rest only with the building ...


Fighting Ice with Specialty Coatings

by Allen Zielnik

Whether you’re a climate change believer or denier, the predictions are that our weat...


Controlling Corrosion on Offshore Turbines with Coatings, Part 2

by Lee Wilson

There are a number of different turbine types and structural configurations and desig...


Controlling Corrosion on Offshore Turbines with Coatings

by Lee Wilson

Corrosion is a major risk for offshore wind foundations: Its effects could mean costl...


Different Forms of Corrosion Require Various Coatings Systems

by Allen Zielnik

Globally, the corrosion of metals accounts for trillions of dollars in annual costs. ...


Just Right: A Goldilocks Approach to Specification

by Robert Ikenberry

When writing a specification for protective coatings, too much can be just as bad as ...


Polyurea Shows Promise Protecting Parapets

by PaintSquare Staff

University of Cincinnati professor Richard Miller has undertaken to determine what t...


The Misconception Series — Spray-Applied Fireproofing

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Fireproofing, as covered by this specification section, typically refers to an applic...


Advice from a Wastewater Expert

by PaintSquare Staff

Kevin Morris, a 25-year veteran of the coatings industry, specializing in water and w...


Exposure to Industrial Solvents: No Joking Matter

by Kevin Guth

Most painting firms that I have encountered concentrate their control efforts on prot...


The Questionable Promise of Superhydrophobic Coatings

by Warren Brand

Imagine for a moment painting a surface that never gets dirty. Or one that’s perfectl...


The Proper Use of Sealants on Weathering Steel

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Sealants used as weather seals on the exterior envelopes of buildings have been formu...


Delegated Design: Where Does the Buck Stop?

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

With the increased use of delegated design in construction projects, questions have a...


The Evolution of Protective Coatings and Applicators

by Kevin Coleman

At the same time coatings have advanced, the equipment to apply them has evolved as w...


Coatings Scientist: Eye on Innovation

by V.C. "Bud" Jenkins

What I like most about the coatings industry is that it is never boring. Each day pro...


Color Benefits Schools

by Jill Pilaroscia

The school environment is a clear example of how color shapes human experience and be...


Building a Good Foundation

by V.C. "Bud" Jenkins

I was at a client’s store last week when a painting crew of five young workers came i...


6 Fundamentals of Good Roof Design

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Roofs fail prematurely or fail to reach their rated life of approximately 20 years fo...


The Development of Protective Pipeline Coatings, Part 2

by Lee Wilson

The 1980s really did see the birth of the three-layer systems comprised of a polyolef...


The Development of Protective Pipeline Coatings, Part 1

by Lee Wilson

This is the first in a two-part series chronicling the history of protective pipeline...


Office Master Specs: 5 Things to Consider

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Perhaps the best argument for creating and maintaining an office master spec is to ha...


Infrared vs. Convection Curing

by Patrick Harmon

Many manufacturers face the challenge of product piling up around their painting depa...


7 Tips for Writing a Spec Section from Scratch

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

For those of you who frequently write construction specifications, the time will come...


Collected Color: The Harvard Pigment Library

by Jill Pilaroscia

As color experts, we're always excited to share new developments in the field with ou...


5 Tips to Reduce Solvent Use in Your Finishing Work

by Patrick Harmon

I was recently with a customer who wanted to reduce solvent use. His company currentl...


A Tale of Two Clients

by Warren Brand

There’s a concept in martial arts that the first time a student sees a


Can We Save Our Corroding Infrastructure?

by Warren Brand

It's time for a new way of thinking. Let’s first start with a story from a 60 Minu...


A Pleasant Surprise in the Permian Basin

by Warren Brand

The three-hour drive through the scrub of the Northwestern Shelf of the Permian Basin...


Facility Manager’s Rx for Building Success

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Maybe you just joined a health-care facility and are taking on a new construction pro...


When Bad Specs Happen to Good Projects

by Lee Wilson

As we are well aware, many factors can and do cause premature coating failure. The us...


The More Things Change ...

by Cynthia O'Malley

I recently had the rare opportunity to sit and have an extended conversation with a l...


Land Mines on the Road to Safety

by Simon Hope

I never cease to wonder at the depths to which individuals will lower themselves for ...


The Cold War over the Cold Wall Effect

by Warren Brand

Reality is not always as firm a thing as we would wish, alas, even in the realm of co...


Merger Mania, and Why It Matters

by Karen Kapsanis

Over the past 30 years in the coatings industry, mergers and acquisitions have affect...


‘I’m Simply Painting Some Concrete…’

by Burt Olhiser

Coating new concrete is a simple matter, correct? All you need to do is use a manufac...


Getting Your 250,000 Cents Worth

by Pamela Simmons

Let’s face it. Pennies have become pretty much useless as currency. Banks don’t seem ...


Raise a Pint, Paint by Facebook

by Jill M. Speegle

With the help of spray-painting robots, Facebook fans have helped Guinness paint two ...


In the Loop: Q&A with Paint-Recycling Guru

by Jill M. Speegle

When an Ontario-based hazardous waste company hauled its first paint can in 1997, lit...


Solar Paint? There’s a Ton of Energy Going into the Idea

by Harold Hower

In this blog I like to talk technology—the kind that’s on the fringe of practical app...


New Micro-climate Destroys Paint

by Harold Hower

Paint chemists from New York to Los Angeles have been buzzing this past week about tw...


Biological Skin Proposed for Buildings

by Harold Hower

It's not a Grade B horror movie, obviously, but it does have its creepy side, neverth...


Smog-eating Coating Questioned About Durability, Safety

by Harold Hower

The proposed smog-eating purple skyscraper in Hong Kong, with photocatalytically acti...


Politics and Paint: More or Less Government in Coatings?

by Harold Hower


Smog-Eating Purple Skyscraper

by Harold Hower

Smog-Eating Purple Skyscraper


Singing the Praises of Coatings

by Harold Hower

At the risk of sounding parochial, or self-promotional, I want to sing the praises of...


 
 
   

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