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Sherwin-Williams Names 2020 Impact Awards

Yesterday (Dec. 3), The Sherwin-Williams Company announced in an emailed press release the winner of the 2020 Water and Wastewater Impact Award. The award recognizes outstanding water and wa...


AZ Approaches Completion of Cool Pavement Program

Working in collaboration with Arizona State University, the Phoenix Street Transportation Department has reported it is nearing the completion of a series of “cool pavement” applications aro...


Tnemec Announces 2020 Tank of the Year

On Tuesday (Oct. 27), protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec Company Inc. announced the winner of its 2020 Tank of the Year—a municipal water tank in Destin, Florida—via emailed press relea...


Tnemec Opens Voting for 2020 Tank of the Year

On Monday, Tnemec Company Inc. announced via emailed press release that it had officially launched its online voting platform for the 2020 Tank of the Year Competition.


AkzoNobel Approved for Boeing Color Blending

Earlier this month, global coatings company AkzoNobel announced that it received approval by aircraft manufacturer Boeing to color blend the company’s Aerodur 3001 basecoat.


Indestructible Paint Keeps Focus on Training

During the global pandemic, performance paints and coatings manufacturer Indestructible Paint (Birmingham, United Kingdom) reports via emailed press release that it has reinforced its commit...


Rutgers Looks at Coating 3D-Printed Objects

Engineers from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, recently announced a new technique for coating complex 3D-printed objects that could lead to new opportunities to develop “smart s...


Webinar Archive: Overcoating Aged Metal

The PaintSquare webinar archive now features new recordings of webinar broadcasts of educational topics in the coatings industry. As part of this update, PaintSquare Daily News will occasio...


NC Artist Paints COVID-19 Message

Reported late last month, local muralist Ian Wilkinson and Ishmael completed a collaboration project in Asheville, North Carolina, on an historic silo in the town’s River Arts District.


Akzo Releases Update on Spray-Painting Drone

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel recently released an update on its partnership with Apellix, a Jacksonville, Florida, start-up that won the 2019 Paint the Future challenge.


Øresund Bridge Painting Begins

Nearly two decades after its opening, the Oresund Bridge—a roughly 8-kilometer-long (roughly 5 miles) cable-stayed bridge that connects Denmark and Sweden—will finally begin receiving a new ...


Tnemec Releases Tank of the Year Pick

In a somewhat unique turn of events, Tnemec Company Inc. announced via emailed press release earlier this week that this year’s winner of the company’s water tank contest—a municipal water t...


Tank of the Year Voting Opens

Voting has opened for Tnemec Company Inc.’s Tank of the Year contest, a yearly competition that features innovative uses of the company’s coatings on water tank projects.


AkzoNobel Provides Coatings for China Icebreaker

Toward the end of last month, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced that the company had provided coatings for China’s first domestically built polar icebreaker, known as Xue Long...


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Nominations Open for Tank of the Year Contest

Nominations have officially opened for Tnemec’s Tank of the Year contest, a yearly competition that features innovative uses of the company’s coatings on water tank projects.


Mackinac Bridge Gets New Paint Job, Scaffolding

For the first time in the structure’s history the Mackinac Bridge’s towers are being stripped to bare metal and repainted. What also makes this project unique is the award-winning scaffoldin...


PPG Supplies Coatings for Pittsburgh Roller Coaster

Coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) recently provided coatings for the Steel Curtain roller coaster, a fixture at Kennywood Park, an amusement park in the area. One of the colors chosen w...


Sherwin-Williams' Coatings Protect Royal Navy Warships

Global protective coatings company Sherwin-Williams has announced the delivery of over a million square meters worth of protective coatings to two Royal Navy warships through an emailed pres...


Historic San Francisco Mural to be Overcoated

In a unanimous vote, the San Francisco School Board has decided to remove the “Life of Washington” mural depicted at George Washington High School.


Coatings Company Donates Coatings for UFO

Coatings company PPG recently donated coatings for the refurbishing of Mars, Pennsylvania’s iconic flying saucer, which serves as a roadside attraction.


Biocide-Free Antifouling Used on Cruise Ship

Nippon Paint Marine recently announced the successful application of Aquaterras, a biocide free, self-polishing antifoulant, to AIDA Cruises’ 38,531gt cruise vessel, AIDAcara. The decision t...


Painters Needed for PA Inn

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle located in Howard, Pennsylvania.


High Schooler Develops Powder Coatings Venture

A high school student living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, began his venture into the world of powder coatings with plans to coat his four-wheeler. Now, he runs his own business custom-coating t...


Studio Develops ‘The Coolest White’ Paint

UNStudio (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Monopol Colors (Fislisbach, Switzerland) recently developed an extremely reflective white paint that reduces the amount of absorbable heat on buildings,...


Pasadena Gears Up for Painters Competition

The Coating Society of Houston is gearing up for its 30th annual painters competition, which promises fun for both industry members and their families.


Anticorrosion Coatings to Protect Natural Gas Facility

United Kingdom-based anticorrosion coating manufacturer Greenkote PLC recently announced that Chinese licensee Shanghai Premier Tension Control Bolts Co. Ltd. won a contract to supply 1,200 ...


SSPC Sets Standard for Concrete Coating Texture

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced earlier this week of a new standard for concrete coatings.


Contractors Needed for New Fire Station in GA

The City of Atlanta is soliciting contractors to construct a new fire station, which will reportedly be located in the northwest side of the city.


Jotun Coatings Protect Norway Suspension Bridge

To help protect the Arctic Circle’s longest suspension bridge, Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun (Sandefjord) provided its Jotamastic steel coating, which equips the structure...


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Geese Soar on Tank of the Year Winner

Breaking with tradition, Tnemec Company Inc. named in an emailed press release two water towers in Katy, Texas, painted with murals of geese taking flight, as the winners for this year’s Tan...


High-Tech Paint Job Protects New Mars Rover

The next iteration of the Mars rover—set to launch as part of the mission in July 2020—is undergoing prep work, and August saw the application of protective coatings to the chassis that can ...


Tank of the Year Voting Opens

Voting has opened for Tnemec Company Inc.’s Tank of the Year contest, a yearly competition that features innovative uses of the company’s coatings on water tank projects.


SSPC Trainthepainter Comes to Columbus

The University of Akron will be facilitating SSPC’s Trainthepainter training program in October in Columbus, Ohio, providing five days of coating applicator training for workers seeking to f...


Amateur Restorer Paints 15th Century Statue

A 15th-century carved wooden statue depicting the Virgin Mary, baby Jesus and Saint Anne recently received a facelift—an amateur artist used bright, almost neon-colored industrial enamel pai...


SSPC SoCal to Meet on Concrete Work

Bob Murphy, an SSPC Certified Concrete Inspector and trainer and recipient of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings' 2017 John D. Keane Award of Merit, will present on the topic of concr...


Malibu Seeking Storm-Drain Artist

The City of Malibu, California, is seeking an artist to bring their craft to the city’s environmental public art campaign. The “Keep It Clean, Malibu” campaign was started in 2014 by artist ...


Town Set to Vote on Burger Water Tank

The proponents of a yearslong campaign to get one town's water tower painted like a giant hamburger are cooking with gas now, as a collection of design renderings are up for a public vote.


AkzoNobel Converts Brazil Facility for Training

A Sao Paulo, Brazil, facility owned by global coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) will become a training center, specializing in programs related to the company's Sparlack Industrial wood co...


DOE: Hanford Tunnel Should be Grouted ASAP

The U.S. Department of Energy is calling for work filling a hazardous-waste storage tunnel at the Hanford Nuclear Site with grout to start within weeks so that the job will be finished befor...


Historic NYC Fire Boat's Paint Job Dazzles

A retired fireboat in New York Harbor will be giving tourists the ol’ razzle-dazzle for the remainder of the summer and fall as part of a public-art project highlighting a unique form of “ca...


Steel Coating Innovation Wins German Award

Reserachers at Fraunhofoer Institute for Laser Technology recently took home second prize in the Steel Innovation Prize program, presented every three years by the German steel industry, for...


DPRA, Muralists Team Up to Beautify Underpass

With four major Philadelphia-area bridges in its portfolio, the Delaware River Port Authority is accustomed to overseeing some big paint jobs, but a collaboration this summer with Mural Arts...


SSPC Seeks Structure Awards Nominees

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is now accepting nominations for its 2018-19 Structure Awards, to be presented at the 2019 Coatings+ Conference in February.


Sherwin-Williams Opens Submissions for Impact Award

Coatings supplier Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings announced last week that submissions are now open for its annual Sherwin-Williams Impact Award, honoring excellence on North...


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Meet the Prestige Judges: David Boyd

The deadline for nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards is approaching quickly, and this week PaintSquare Daily News profiles the last of the esteemed judges who wi...


BC Applies New Reflective Road Paint

British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation recently began painting more than 3,000 kilometers (over 1,800 miles) of roads in the Lower Mainland portion of the province. Part of the work i...


Winston-Salem Gets an 'Otter Tank'

A 50-foot tall otter has come to play on the side of a Winston-Salem, North Carolina, water tank—a mural that was recently completed to brighten up the white space, while also paying tribute...


EPA to Act on Methylene Chloride

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced May 10 that it has decided to move forward on its original ruling on methylene chloride, a chemical commonly used for stripping paint.


Firms Shortlisted for Eiffel Tower Area Project

In the latest move to update the amenities of the Eiffel Tower’s public space, four firms were shortlisted out of 42 applicants for the next phase of the 10-monh design contest.


New Stainer Brush Size Now Offered

Ohio-based Wooster Brush Company recently announced that it is adding to its line of Bravo Strainer brushes with a new size.


F-35 Delivery Stopped Again Over Primer Problem

The U.S. Department of Defense has again stopped delivery of the F-35 fighter jet over issues related to primer application on fastener holes.


MS Shipyard Opens New Blast, Paint Facility

VT Halter Marine, a shipbuilding and repair firm serving commercial and government clients, officially opened a new $10 million blasting and painting facility at its Pascagoula, Mississippi,...


Eiffel Tower's Original Color Could Get Restored

The iconic Eiffel Tower is due for its latest coat of paint, and French officials are debating bringing the monument back to its original color, a bright red.


Eiffel Tower Repainting Could Restore Old Color

The iconic Eiffel Tower is due for its latest coat of paint, and French officials are debating bringing the monument back to its original color, a bright red.


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Houston Group Gears Up for Painting Competition

Painters will have a chance to show off their skills this spring as the Coating Society of the Houston Area holds its 29th Annual Painters Competition March 31 at the Pasadena Fairgrounds, i...


Houston Group Gears Up for Painting Competition

Industrial painters will have a chance to show off their skills this spring as the Coating Society of the Houston Area holds its 29th Annual Painters Competition March 31 at the Pasadena Fai...


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New Floor Protection for Paint Jobs Released

Industry company Ram Board recently released its newest innovation for residential and DIY job sites.


SSPC 2018 Addresses Coating Concrete

Several technical sessions at SSPC 2018 featuring Greencoat, held Jan. 15-18 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, helped attendees better understand the finer points of ...


Structure Awards Honor Outstanding Projects

Seven outstanding projects in the protective coatings field from the past year were honored with SSPC Structure Awards at the SSPC 2018 awards luncheon, held Monday (Jan. 15) at the Ernest N...


SSPC, AASHTO, NSBA Issue Joint Standard

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is now offering a new standard, issued jointly with the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials and National Steel Bridge All...


DIY Painter Hits the Road

Some commuters get annoyed when a crew is out painting markings on the road and holding up traffic; late last month, a man in one China city got annoyed with traffic and decided to paint som...


Sprayer Made for Protective Coatings

In a recent expansion to its protective coatings sprayer line, Titan Tool released the new plural-component system Helix VR2.3, which features the company's exclusive heating system.


ChemQuest Offers Adhesive Bonder Training

Chemquest Group Inc., working in conjunction with North American partner Fraunhofer IFAM, will be offering the EWF-European Adhesive Bonder (EAB) course, which is set to begin late January 2...


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FL Water Tank Named 2017's Best

An elevated water tank in Destin, Florida, has earned the distinction of Tank of the Year, as recognized by protective coating manufacturer Tnemec Company (Kansas City, Missouri).


New Roller Aims for Even Paint Coverage

The Wooster Brush Company recently expanded its Pro/Doo-Z FTP line with a new product that features controlled paint release and shed resistance.


Roller Made for More Even Paint Coverage

The Wooster Brush Company recently expanded its Pro/Doo-Z FTP line with the addition of a 14-inch-by-3/4-inch nap roller that features controlled paint release and shed resistance.


New Dry Time Tool for Coatings Released

A Dutch manufacturer of measuring and testing equipment for coatings-related field and lab use recently introduced a new product for measuring and defining the stages of the drying process o...


Tank of the Year Voting Opens

Voting has opened for Tnemec Company Inc.’s Tank of the Year contest, a yearly competition that features innovative uses of the company’s coatings on water tank projects.


Dry Time Tool Made for Range of Temperatures

A Dutch manufacturer of measuring and testing equipment for coatings-related field and lab use recently introduced a new product for measuring and defining the stages of the drying process o...


Gordon Brush Acquires Kirschner Brush

Earlier this week, California-based paint brush manufacturer Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. announced its acquisition of Kirschner Brush Mfg. Company, which will boost Gordon's marine industry line o...


Gordon Brush Acquires Kirschner Brush Mfg. Co.

Paint brush manufacturer Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. announced earlier this week that it has acquired the Bronx-based Kirschner Brush Mfg. Company in a move that both entities describe as “a good ...


Sherwin-Williams Honors Water Projects

The Sherwin-Williams Company announced Tuesday (Oct. 3) the recipient of this year’s Impact Award, honoring a notable water or wastewater project carried out with the coating manufacturer’s ...


Manhole Designs Leave an Impression

A Berlin-based artist is elevating the lowly manhole cover to new levels as a hip piece of apparel that allows the wearer to rep a favorite city or neighborhood (or sewer authority).


MIT Research Could Impact Spray Coatings

New research from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology team regarding droplet behavior could, the scientists say, have implications for how some coating spray application is performed.


Tank of the Year Deadline Nears

The deadline is nearing for submissions to coating manufacturer Tnemec Company Inc.'s Tank of the Year contest, an annual competition honoring innovative and creative uses of the company's p...


A Contractor Talks Industrial Fireproofing

MJ Painting Contractor’s manager of sales and marketing, Pete Dandrea, spoke with PaintSquare News about some of the challenges and rewards of working with specialized coatings for fi...


Portable Electrostatic System Made for Efficiency

Sprayer manufacturer Titan has released a new system that aims to reduce material usage and overspray.


Portable Electrostatic System Made for Efficiency

The recently released Titan GM5000 Electrostatic System, combining the use of the GM5000 electrostatic gun and the AirCoat air-assisted airless sprayer, is designed to reduce material usage ...


PennDOT Awards $31M Bridge Rehab

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a project for rehabilitating the Elizabeth Bridge to Swank Construction Co. LLC, of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, in the amount of $...


Enbridge Begins Recoating Gaps on Line 5

Pipeline giant Enbridge Energy is reportedly working to repair coatings on its Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan after inspections over the summer turned up three small areas ...


Applicator Made for Automatic Drawdown

For labs that apply drawdowns manually but are interested in moving to an automatic tool, paint testing equipment firm TQC (Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands) has introduced its new Au...


Getting to Know the 'Bridge Brothers': Andre

Each week, PaintSquare Daily News, in partnership with 4th Coast Productions, will be introducing you to a different worker featured in the new documentary Bridge Brothers; Thi...


Tank Leaves College Town in 'Staty' of Confusion

The old college try wasn't quite enough for a crew of tank painters working on a Wichita, Kansas, water tower earlier this month.


Offshore Wind Firm Innovates with TSA

In order to protect its offshore Arkona wind farm, E.ON (Essen, Germany) is applying a thermal spray aluminum coating to the array's monopiles, a move the company says will protect them from...


Runway Painter Killed in Accident

In North Dakota, a runway painter was struck by a vehicle and killed, and the accident is still under investigation a week later.


Art Adorns City's Utility Poles

Springfield, Missouri, has seen a profusion of artfully painted poles, and more are on the way, according to KSMU Radio.


Artists Use Graffiti to Erase Objects

A team of Russian graffiti artists have visually deleted a car and a dumpster using paint and light.


PPG Announces Application Acquisition

PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) announced last week that it will acquire Warren, Michigan-based coating application services company The Crown Group.


PPG to Acquire Coatings Application Services Provider

PPG Industries recently announced that it has come to an agreement to acquire coatings application services business The Crown Group.


Road Crew Paints Over Roadkill

A road crew in Tulsa, Oklahoma, left behind more than just yellow stripes on a recent paint job.


Low-Pressure Proportioner Gets New Pump

A newly upgraded version of a low-pressure proportioner from Specialty Products Inc. is designed to provide higher capacity for polyurea application.


Sprayer Made For High Efficiency

Manufacturer Titan (Minneapolis) recently released its newest product line—the ControlMax Series High Efficiency Airless (HEA) paint sprayers.


Tool Made for Aerospace Sealants

A new tool introduced by PPG is made specifically for injecting aerospace sealants for channel seals.


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Cleaning System Made for Surface Prep

Equipment manufacturer Unimanix (Dorval, Quebec) recently announced its latest high-pressure water cleaning and surface preparation solution, the UNI 7060, designed specifically for overcoat...


Researchers Reveal New Deposition Process

German researchers recently unveiled a new laser deposition process that they say poses economic and environmental advantages over common alternatives.


WI Water Tower Goes PG-13

Travelers near one Wisconsin town were for a short time greeted by the word “sex” emblazoned in huge letters on the town’s water tower in what amounted to a paint job gone awry that left to...


Vivid Makeover Lures Tourists to Former Slum

A plan to apply fresh coats of colorful paint on houses in an Indonesian village has transformed a slum into a tourist mecca.


Elevation Awards Nominations Due

The time has come to nominate an outstanding project for the inaugural D+D Elevation Awards: The deadline to have your best work evaluated by a panel of industry experts, and get the visibil...


New Paints Arrive in Trio of Formulations

Pittsburgh-based PPG Paints recently announced three new product formulations.


Three-of-a-Kind Bridges Get Triple Rehab

Pittsburgh’s “Three Sisters” bridges are a landmark in the city: The triad of adjacent, identical structures are the only set of their kind in the United States. And, as Allegheny County off...


Aerosol Sprays Mend Textured Walls, Ceilings

Paints and coatings manufacturer Rust-Oleum recently announced the launch of its Zinsser Aerosol Texture Program, which the Vernon Hills, Illinois-based company says gives homeowners and pro...


Graffiti Takes Flight Via Drone

Italian architect Carlo Ratti is taking graffiti art to new heights.


Features in Airless Sprayers Get Revamped

Graco Inc. recently introduced its Ultra and Ultra MAX airless handheld sprayers. The company says the Ultra and Ultra MAX—available in corded and cordless models—have new features that make...


Paint's Swirls, Scarcity Spur Eye-Catching Jewelry

A bygone method of painting cars in automotive factories has given rise to a market for collectors scrambling to acquire color-swirled chunks that are, for some, akin to gems.


Free Webinar will Discuss Overcoating Aged Metal

Durability + Design will host a free webinar entitled "Overcoating Aged Metal Panels: Providing Improved Aesthetics While Extending the Maintenance Cycle." Tnemec Company’s Jennifer Gleisber...


Curing Agents Made for Low Temperatures

Huntsman Advanced Materials of Switzerland, a division of Huntsman Corporation (The Woodlands, Texas) recently launched three low temperature curing agents, used for heavy-duty industrial co...


Sherwin-Williams Seeks Impact Award Entries

The Sherwin-Williams Company is accepting submissions for its annual Sherwin-Williams Impact Award, honoring contractors, specifiers and owners on notable water and wastewater projects under...


New Device Profiles Oven-Cure Products

Fluke Process Instruments has released its latest device for profiling oven-cure paint- and powder-coated products.


Carbon Black Liquid Prep Made for Easy Dispersion

Orion Engineered Carbons recently introduced its Derussol B230 water-borne liquid pigment preparation.


Air Force Reveals Coating Booth of Tomorrow

While defense spending may be set to increase in the coming years per President Donald J. Trump’s budget proposal, one place where the U.S. military will be cutting costs is in the paint boo...


Province Makes Long-Awaited Road Paint Revision

British Columbia believes it has found a solution to a problem one government official said was the “No. 1 issue” he has heard about from the province’s citizens: faded traffic markings.


3M Sues Over Spray Gun Equipment Patents

Global adhesives and auto products manufacturer 3M has filed suit against a China-based manufacturer and a California-based auto refinish products retailer over what it calls patent copyrigh...


Drone Startup Helps Paint Take Flight

Entrepreneur Bob Dahlstrom has a plan to reduce the safety risks inherent in many industrial coating application scenarios—and his plan involves paint that flies.


Elevation Awards to Honor Coating Success

A new awards series from PaintSquare sister publication Durability + Design will honor the best of commercial and architectural coatings work from the past year.


'SL' Road Marking Makes UK Town Say 'OW'

Jurisdictional issues are to blamed for a road in one English town that simply warns drivers: “SL.”


Houston Gets Ready for Painters Competition

It’s not just industrial painters who will enjoy the annual painting competition hosted by the Coating Society of the Houston Area: the kids will have a good time, too.


Sprayers Offer Quick, Smooth Finish

Graco Inc. has revealed a new line of airless handheld sprayers, which include new features that make it easier to spray more paint in less time.


SSPC Seeks Stakeholder Input on Standard

If you’ve got thoughts on a recently revised standard on thermal spray coatings, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings wants to hear from you.


Brutal: Architects Plea for DC Paint Project's End

A white paint job at an historic, brutalist metro vault in Washington D.C. is causing some to see red.


Team Works on Cold Spray for Airplane Repair

Researchers at the University of Akron are working with an Ohio aircraft maintenance firm to develop a cold-spray system for the repair of corroded airplane components that they hope will ke...


Man Paints over Historic Clock Tower

A man has been charged with criminal and willful damage after he painted over a historic clock tower at Southern Cross railway station in Melbourne.


SSPC Inks Deal for Malaysia Training

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced Friday that it has signed an agreement with the Institute of Materials, Malaysia to provide SSPC training in Malaysia.


Rolls-Royce Unveils Diamond Dust Paint

Luxury car company Rolls-Royce Motor Cars brought the world's first diamond paint finish into the light at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month with the unveiling of the Ghost Elega...


Seattle Underpass to get Color Splash

The concrete forest under Interstate 5 between Seattle’s Cherry and James streets is about to get much more visually appealing.


High-Rise Painting Robot Makes Debut

Improved worker safety and increased productivity are the goals behind a new robotic painting and cleaning system now in operation in Singapore.


City Picks Up Tab for Heinz Field Paint Job

The Pittsburgh Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority board members agreed on Thursday (March 9) to reimburse the Pittsburgh Steelers $276,860 for structural steel painting and relat...


Rolls-Royce Shows Car with Diamond Paint

Luxury car company Rolls-Royce Motor Cars shined at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of the Ghost Elegance, a car with the world’s first diamond paint finish.


Leeds Bridge Displays Colors for a Cause

A railway bridge in Leeds has been repainted with a rainbow of colors in a show of support for the city’s LGBT community.


Hold It: Urine Allegedly Damaging 747s

It's common knowledge that leaks can lead to corrosion, but one airline is giving that idea whole new meaning. A warning was recently issued to British Airways baggage handlers instructing t...


Streets to Silos, Artists Magnify Impact

Although street artists have long held the goal of making a lasting impression with their designs, murals have recently gotten much bigger, more connected to the communities where they appea...


Graco Reveals New Spray Tips

Graco Inc. (Minneapolis) has introduced a line of fine-finish, low-pressure spray tips that can be used with lacquer, varnish, stain, enamel, oil-based paints and latex primers and paints.


Air Canada Unveils New Livery

In step with the airline’s 80th year and Canada’s 150th anniversary year, Air Canada unveiled its new livery on Thursday (Feb. 9) at three simultaneous events held in Toronto, Montreal and V...


Titan Unveils New Airless Spray Tip

Made for residential and commercial professional painting projects, Titan Tool’s new High Efficiency Airless (HEA) TR reversible airless tip will be available in U.S. and Canada this spring.


Field Painting for the Super Bowl

Painting crews play a key role when it comes to the big game.


Super Bowl Hosts Painting’s ‘All-Star’ Team

While the New England Patriots will soon become the team with the most Super Bowl appearances ever, with nine, they can’t hold a candle to another participant in this year’s big game, who wi...


Feds: Remove 'Thin Blue Line' from Roads

Some roads in New Jersey may be striped with good intentions, but federal officials have stepped in to say that the blue lines painted to honor police officers are a safety issue and should ...


China to Ease Israel’s Labor Woes

China has agreed to send up to 20,000 construction workers to Israel to help alleviate the country’s labor shortage.


It’s Not Graffiti ... It’s Science

If a trio heads into the rocky terrain of the Swiss Alps with buckets of paint and brushes in hand, your first guess might be that some fresh graffiti was about to appear.


SSPC Passes ANSI-ASQ Assessment

The professional association for the industrial protective and marine coatings industry has passed a surveillance audit by the accreditation body responsible for ensuring the safety and qual...


New Mazda Car Material Eliminates Painting

Automaker Mazda has unveiled its first cars to be made partly of a bio-plastic material that doesn’t need to be painted, and is said to provide superior strength and scratch-resistance.


Boeing Launches SC Paint Operations

With the completion of a new 360,000-square-foot paint facility, Boeing South Carolina announced that its North Charleston, SC, production campus will no longer have to fly the 787-10 Dreaml...


Finishing Firm Fined Following Worker Death

Federal safety inspectors have recommended fines totaling $171,169 for a Wisconsin aluminum extrusion and coating services business following the June 14 death of a 51-year-old worker.


Wooster Introduces New Pro Brush

The Wooster Brush Company (Wooster, OH) has announced a new addition to its lineup of professional paintbrushes.


Coating Technician Death Spurs Fines

A Wisconsin aluminum extrusion and coating company is facing federal fines of $171,169 stemming from the death of a 51-year-old worker.


Boeing Paint Firm to Close Plant, Dismiss 200

A painting subcontractor providing services to The Boeing Company will lay off nearly 200 workers early next year when its contract with the multinational aerospace corporation expires.


Paint Becomes Focus in Soccer Championships

Watching the painting process rather than the match became the focus of a recent soccer championship in Canada.


Study: Conservation on the OEM Coatings Line

Elimination of one step in the paint process at BMW Group’s Munich plant has allowed the German vehicle manufacturer to save 12,000 tons of CO2 annually during automotive production, accordi...


Painters: Flaunt Your Handiwork

Coating professionals looking to show off their painting skills will want to save the date for the annual painters challenge hosted by the Coating Society of the Houston Area (CSHA).


Paint Breathes New Life into Iconic Jet

Coatings played a pivotal role in restoring a historic bomber jet that is now a key attraction at a Woodford, England, aviation museum.


Painter Injured in 40-Ft. Water Tower Fall

Federal safety officials are investigating an accident outside Pittsburgh in which a scaffolding failure caused a painter to fall inside a water tower Monday (Nov. 14).


Painters Think ‘Outside the Can’

A paint can is a paint can is a paint can… unless it’s also R2-D2, a pineapple or Iron Man. At least that’s how contestants see it in Axalta Coating System’s annual “Paint Outside the Can” c...


Coating Tech Heads to Space

Products developed for use on space vessels are often adapted for use in fields like medicine and consumer products, but that practice reversed itself recently when an Irish company’s coatin...


Paint, Waterproofing Revive the Octagon

If the walls of the Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C., could talk, they might tell tales of safekeeping the first lady’s pet parrot while the city was set ablaze by British troops, or perha...


Companies Join Forces on Engine Coatings

Praxair Surface Technologies, a company specializing in high-performance coatings for the aviation, energy and other industries, is teaming up with GE Aviation in a specialized coatings join...


Town Paints Bridge by the Numbers

When a Denver neighborhood sought to paint a bridge to beautify the structure, increase safety and prevent graffiti, artist Michelle Brown crowdsourced the effort, making it a fun and intera...


Top Tank Soars with Birds in Flight

A nature-inspired motif featuring the area’s native species encircles this year’s winner of Tnemec Company Inc.’s annual Tank of the Year contest.


Bridge of Firsts Celebrates $48M Rehab

An important structure in the history of bridges has just undergone an extensive four-year, $48 million restoration.


Portland Statue Restored, Protected

A 125-year-old piece of public art in Portland, ME, has gotten a restoration and a new layer of protective coating, to the tune of $10,000.


Firm Finishes Historic NZ Bridge Repaint

The first full repaint of a New Zealand rail viaduct in over 50 years is nearing completion, three months ahead of schedule.


Painting a Thin Blue Line in NJ

If you’ve heard of the “thin blue line,” you might know it symbolizes the role of police, standing between the community they protect and criminals. It also serves to commemorate fallen offi...


SSPC Releases Publication Updates

Two publications—a standard for latex exterior coatings and a guide for lighting in industrial coating operations—have been updated under the direction of SSPC: The Society for Protective Co...


Victorian-Era Ship Gets NY Restoration

One of the last large wrought-iron ships ever built has made its way back to a New York maritime museum after 16 months of restoration work.


Philly to Test Anti-Pee Paint

Seeking to solve complaints of occasional "human waste" on its subway system, Philadelphia is looking to test the impact of a special clear coating that not only resists urine, but repels it...


Philadelphia Ponders Anti-Pee Paint

Following in the footsteps of Hamburg, Germany, and San Francisco, Philadelphia is opting to explore use of a paint that should help discourage public urination in its subway system.


Giant Peach: Fruit of Painter’s Labors

It was a big job, but for one Welsh painter, you might say it was just peachy.


Stepping Away from the Gray

When it comes to painting military aircraft, painters in the U.S. Air Force are accustomed to applying one color more than others: the customary flat gray seen on weapons systems around the ...


SSPC Issues 2 Standard Revisions

SSPC, the Society for Protective Coatings, has announced new revisions to two of its standards.


Scottish Bridge Gets Unorthodox Paint Job

A bridge in Scotland just got a new coat of paint, but it wasn’t a standard job involving a crew of bridge painters and a three-coat system.


Free eBook Covers Overcoating

When it comes to maintenance painting strategies, overcoating is a solution that can restore both aesthetic and protective properties to a structure without removing and replacing an existin...


Accessory Aims to Speed Up Cut-Ins

A new spray gun accessory from manufacturer Titan is built to make spraying and cutting in quick and easy, without masking.


Weather Spoils New Paint Jobs

From humidity to rain, the weather forecast has brought headaches for road crews and drivers across the country when it comes to freshly painted road markings.


Painters Sent to Spelling Class

If part of your job involves painting words on the street, you’d think you’d be extra careful when your current project is smack dab in front of a school.


Elcometer Launches New Bresle Test Patches

Inspection equipment manufacturer Elcometer Limited (Manchester, England) has released a new tool for measuring the level of soluble salts on uncoated surfaces in accordance with ISO 8502-6.


Paint Job Reflects Area’s Rail History

As part of its infrastructure improvements program, Chicago’s commuter rail system plans to use paint to pay homage to the area’s historic contributions to the railroad industry.


Rain Spreads Wet Paint

Residents of St. Charles, MO, are questioning why road crews would choose to put down lane markings on a day when the weather seemed questionable.


Firm Seeks Coatings Assist on New Tech

A robotics startup is looking for a coatings industry partner to put its system to the test in a project conducive to automation.


Bridge Group Delays Work to Test Coatings

Officials responsible for operating the bridge connecting the twin cities of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, plan to test alternative coatings for use on future painting...


Paint Used as Sealer Exposes Scheme

A man posing as a contractor took advantage of a Bowie, MD, resident by using paint to “seal” her driveway and charging her thousands for the job.


Fire Destroys UK Spray Finish Shop

Fire officials were forced to demolish an industrial paint application facility after it was heavily damaged by fire over the weekend.


Experts Denounce Tortoise-Painting

Tortoise shell is decidedly “in” as a design for eyeglass frames, but for some in Florida, it’s apparently not stylish enough on actual tortoises—so much so that conservation officials are c...


From Road Markings to Logo Design

The process of applying thermoplastic lettering to road surfaces recently caught the eye of one tech blogger who could barely contain his wonder.


NFL Kickoff Marred by Sticky Paint

Paint is being blamed for the cancellation of this year’s Hall of Fame Game, the traditional first preseason game of the National Football League's year, in Canton, OH.


Bus Painters Embellish Liverpool Liveries

The painting team at one of Europe’s largest bus and train transport services organizations has lent its skills to transforming three double-decker buses into mobile artworks.


Ex-Worker Alleges Pipe Coating Violations

At least one former worker has called into question the safety of an oil pipeline being built in North Dakota, but the company building it says the charges are coming from disgruntled ex-emp...


Bridge Painting to Span 15 Years

A record-breaking bridge in Scandinavia appears to have a timeline to match when it comes to painting the monumental span.


Foreign Worker Settles Tesla Suit

Tesla Motors and the Slovenian worker injured during construction of its high-volume paint shop have settled a case that brought to light questionable wage and hiring practices involving the...


Worker, Tesla Settle Low Wage Suit

A Slovenian worker who was injured in a three-story fall at a Tesla Motors paint shop factory in California has settled a worker’s compensation and wage case against the electric automaker a...


A ‘Dazzling’ Commemoration

Dazzle camouflage may have been a functional painting method used on World War I ships to confuse the enemy’s visual perception, but right now it’s part of an eye-catching art project markin...


Soda Landmark's New Coat

It may be a lesser-known monument than its neighbor, the Gateway Arch, but the giant Vess soda bottle, in downtown St. Louis is a local landmark nonetheless. And this week, the bottle got a ...


Paint Line Gets Revamp

Pratt & Lambert Paints announced the launch of Accolade Premium Paint & Primer, a 100 percent acrylic coating designed for use on interior walls, ceilings, trim, drywall, wood, masonry, meta...


Galvanizer Faces $50K Bill

A Texas galvanizing facility is facing more than $50,000 in fines after federal inspectors found numerous alleged safety violations at its steel coating plant.


SSPC Revises 2 Standards

Two standards—one for the coating of metals and one for qualifying and certifying industrial coating and lining application specialists—have been updated under the direction of SSPC: The Soc...


Grain Silo Gets 'Despicable' Paint Job

The long, flat stretches of road in rural Indiana can lead to driver fatigue, but if you’re cruising through Wells County and see a giant minion on the side of the road, don’t worry: You’re ...


Advancing Anti-Reflective Coatings

A European research institute has put its efforts behind developing an application-specific coating process for anti-reflective coatings that could benefit a range of glass surfaces.


Recognizing Industrial Beauty

Professionals in our industry spend their careers protecting industrial structures from corrosion, and JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings strives to deliver information about the...


When It Rains, It Shows

Boston’s sidewalks look just like any other city’s sidewalks…until it rains. A rainy day quickly exposes lines of poetry to the city’s pedestrians.


Firm Opens New Coating Line

An independent supplier of advanced repairs, coatings and replacement parts for gas turbine engine component has opened a new technologically advanced coating line in its Tilburg, Netherland...


New Paint Robot Cable Touts Durability

German cable and wire manufacturer SAB Brockskes GmbH & Co. KG has introduced a new control cable for use in robotic paint applications.


The Witch Will Be Back

A water tower in New England is getting a makeover, but it won’t be losing its most notable feature: the Salem Witch.


Webinar: Painting Bolted Connections

Does your coatings work involve bolted connections on structural steel? Do you know how to handle them? The next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC turns its focus on the important consi...


Painter’s Tape Boasts Clean Tears

A new painter’s tape promises to tear by hand at 90-degree angles, making application easier for pros and do-it-yourselfers alike.


Vandals Take Second Shot

Graffiti artists and taggers often seem to favor bridges when it comes to places to ply their craft. One group of vandals in West Virginia, however, got the rare chance to apply more paint t...


Richmond Seeks to Paint the Drains

It’s not so unusual to find artists painting murals on the sides of buildings, bridge abutments, roadway barriers or water towers. But can you make art out of storm drains?


New Spray Gun's Ergonomics Touted

The new RX-PRO airless spray gun from Titan purports to help the user stay more comfortable during long jobs. The manufacturer recommends its use in a variety of applications, including comm...


Indian Crosswalk Takes on New Dimension

We’re all accustomed to the striped crosswalks we encounter while driving—but if all crosswalks looked like one that was recently painted in a city in India, we might pay them a little more ...


Aluminum Finish Made to Mimic Wood

Powder coating manufacturers Linetec and Decoral System USA have teamed up to offer a variety of wood grain finishes made for architectural aluminum products.


New Spray Gun to Offer Comfort, Control

Titan has introduced RX-PRO, an airless spray gun, designed to offer paint contractors comfort, control, durability and convenience.


TX Firm Tops Painters Competition

Teams from Valu Industrial ER Services, of Baytown, TX, took both first and second place at this year’s Annual Painters Competition, held April 16 by the Coating Society of the Houston Area....


SSPC, MPI Partner on Training

An expanded partnership between SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and the U.K.-based MPI Group will result in the broadening of the Trainthepainter program, a framework corporate edu...


Union Painters Spruce Up Communities

A labor union representing painters and other members of the construction industry joined together to give back to the community this past weekend.


ChemQuest, Coatings Center Team Up

A new strategic partnership aims to advance technology and production needs of coatings end-users, suppliers, formulators and raw material producers.


A Robotic Spray Can That Paints Murals

A “smart” spray can system uses computer-aided painting and robotics to help non-artists quickly and accurately reproduce photographs as large-scale murals.


Roller Covers Made for Resinous Flooring

Seymour Midwest has launched a new range of roller covers for flooring and coatings professionals, under the brand Midwest Rake Assurance.


Chemical Firm Integrates Coatings Center

An international business strategy firm specializing in specialty chemicals has announced the launch of a new facility to support the technology and production needs of clients in markets su...


Workers Win $3.4M in Race Case

A federal jury has ordered a Bridgeport, CT-based striping company to pay more than $1.5 million each to two former employees who filed a racial discrimination and hostile work environment l...


Tunnel Painting Tricks Unaware Driver

It’s the oldest trick in the book … at least in Saturday morning cartoons.


Sprayer Line Aims for Large Jobs

Plymouth, MN-based paint spray tool manufacturer Titan announced an expansion to its PowrCoat series line of sprayers.


PDCA, Valspar Team Up for ‘Hoops’ Event

Valspar and the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) have announced a partnership to aid the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity organization.


Preserving Steel with Overcoating

What you need to know when performing maintenance painting of steel bridges and industrial structures is the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Show off Your Painting Skills

The Coating Society of the Houston Area (CSHA) is inviting painters to participate in its annual painters contest, to be held April 16 in Baytown, TX.


Sanders Made for Surface Prep, Polishing

Festool USA has launched Rotex, a new line of multi-mode sanders designed for professional painters.


Steel Firm Builds New Paint Line Facility

Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI), reported to be the fifth largest producer of carbon steel products in United States, has broken ground on its new $100 million paint line and Galvalume facility in...


Tool for Thin Film Application Debuts

TQC has made tool for thin film application of coatings, lacquers and other materials on sample specimens or flat substrates, the company says.


Giving Planes Coats of Many Colors

Just how much work goes into painting a brand-new jumbo jet? One U.S. airline decided to give online video viewers a little taste of what the process is like.


Wooster Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

One of the nation’s oldest manufacturers of paint applicators is celebrating its 165th anniversary this year.


Reusable Marking Paint System Unveiled

Paints and coatings manufacturer Rust-Oleum has introduced a new product for the marking paint industry.


‘Break-Through’ Paint Gets Revamp

PPG Industries Inc.’s PPG Paints brand has reformulated its low-VOC Break-Through! interior and exterior waterborne acrylic paint.


Artist Files Suit to Save Detroit Mural

The artist behind the iconic “bleeding rainbow” mural in Detroit has filed a copyright suit against the owner of the vacant brick building it adorns.


Corrosion Inhibitor Comes as a Spray

Cortec has introduced a spray version of one of its corrosion protection materials that the company says offers a more convenient way to protect metal parts that need a light coating of oil ...


Water Tower Fall Nets $180K in Fines

After a painter fell 70 feet in June inside the Wisconsin water tower he was cleaning, the federal agency that is charged with ensuring worker health and safety said they knew something was ...


Coating Made for Concrete Refill

The Sherwin-Williams Company Protective & Marine Coatings division has introduced an epoxy-modified cementitious resurfacer that the company says patches and refills voids and bug holes in c...


Sprayer Made for High-Volume Coatings

Graco has introduced an industrial coatings sprayer that the company says has the largest air motor it has ever built.


Campaign to Produce a Dull Paint Film

Is watching paint dry your thing? Well, imagine if you could enjoy the pensive pastime on the big screen.


AkzoNobel Opens Wood Coatings Center

AkzoNobel has announced the opening of a new technical center for wood coatings in Malmö, Sweden.


Curing Agent Made for Epoxy Coatings

Cardolite Corporation has debuted an epoxy curing agent for commercial use, including concrete coatings and grouts, mortars and adhesives.


Locals See Red over Double Yellows

Residents of a town in Somerset County, U.K., were scratching their heads last week when a run-of-the-mill road-painting job went awry.


Robot Helps Keep Road Painters Safe

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth have teamed up with its state’s Department of Transportation to build a robot that helps keep workers safe.


Murals Color Streets During a Monsoon

What would a city look like if paintings on city streets suddenly appeared every time it rains? People in Seoul, South Korea, know the answer.


Cashew-Based Coating Made for Industry

Cardolite Corporation has introduced an epoxy curing agent that it says will give customers a cost-effective upgrade from common medium and high viscosity, solvent-free polyamides.


Patriotic Theme Nets Top Tank Spot

A patriotic water tank in the City of Cocoa, FL, beat out more than 200 competitors to win Tnemec’s 2015 Tank of the Year contest.


$3M Paint Project Revives Iconic Tent

Long neglected, the New York State Pavilion’s “Tent of Tomorrow” has been returned to its original yellow splendor, thanks to a pro-bono paint job worth approximately $3.25 million.


Airline Unwraps Its ‘Frozen’ Aircraft

Kids can get a little obsessed with their favorite Disney characters. And if your little Frozen fan finds out he or she can fly to Disney on a plane adorned with Elsa, Anna and Olaf, you mig...


Aging Lighthouse Gets Fresh Coat

At 186 years old, Michigan's oldest operating lighthouse has recently received a facelift.


New Coat Helps Keep the Light On

Nearly surrounded by four of the Great Lakes, Michigan is reported to have the most lighthouses of any state in the U.S.


Paints Teach Color Without Words

How do you describe a blue ocean that isn’t truly “blue?” What about flesh tone that is not actually "beige"?


Webinar Covers Application, Standards

From equipment to quality control, an upcoming free webinar focuses on everything you need to know when applying thermal spray coatings.


Webinar Focuses on Aesthetics, Testing

From good color to gloss retention, a free upcoming webinar focuses on the long-term appearance of coatings used on commercial buildings.


Artist Can Keep ‘Un-Swedish’ Paint Job

Artist Bernth Uhno will be allowed to keep the paint job that officials had ordered removed after saying the choice of a gradient color was not "Swedish."


Deadline Nears for Tank of the Year

Tank coating manufacturer Tnemec announced that time is running out to submit nominations for its tenth annual Tank of the Year competition.


Corrosion Summit Registration Open

Finishing Solutions Network has announced its upcoming 2015 Corrosion Summit, to be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at Painters District Council 30 Headquarters in Aurora, IL.


Respirator Cartridge Re-Launched

MSA, a global safety products manufacturer, has announced the re-release of a previously discontinued respirator cartridge.


Labor Shortage Challenges Contractors

At a time when the construction industry is seeing an influx in demand, many companies—including those in the building, infrastructure, highway, federal/heavy and utility fields—appear to be...


Skilled Workers in Short Supply

Nearly 90 percent of U.S. construction companies report difficulty in filling key craft and salaried jobs as construction demand rises across the country, according to an industry survey.


Coil Coating Group Offers Tool Kits

The National Coil Coating Association has released a new resource for users and specifiers of prepainted metal products.


Bidding Open to Paint 3 CT Tanks

The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority is seeking contractors interested in cleaning and recoating three existing ground storage tanks located in the towns of North Branford,...


Pumps to Offer Pulse-Free Spray

An industrial finishing technology manufacturer has announced the release of its new series of diaphragm pumps.


Colorful Paint Job Riles Residents

Question: What’s painted orange, purple and yellow and causing a dispute among neighbors in a Chicago suburb? Answer: A house.


Zinc-Rich Primer Helps Fight Corrosion

Axalta Coating Systems has introduced two new Ganicin organic zinc-rich primers.


Navy Hopes Coating Will Extend Sub Life

The U.S. Navy is trying out a new painting method to keep marine foul off of attack submarines in an effort to extend the vessels’ service expectancy.


Going Green for Safety

A lot of communities want to go green in their new construction projects and materials selection—but there is a limit. Billerica, MA, selectman George Simolaris learned this the hard way.


Free eBook Tackles Overcoating

As costs associated with bridge rehabilitation have risen, overcoating has become a more common practice in maintenance painting and rehab for bridges and other structures.


City Paints a Wee Prevention Tactic

San Francisco is coating building exteriors oft treated as public urinals with a fresh finish designed to splash urine back on the source.


Interior Coating Designed to Stop Odors

Sto Corp. has released an interior coating product formulated to eliminate indoor odors.


Motor Designed to Boost Productivity

Graco Inc. has released the new Xtreme PFP with XL 10000 air motor, which it calls the largest air motor it has ever built.


Formula Reported to Halt Corrosion

SKOKIE, IL--Rust Buddy has introduced a liquid-applied polymer product reported to stop active corrosion with just one coat.


Treatment Tackles Active Corrosion

SKOKIE, IL--A new liquid-applied polymer product is designed to stop active corrosion with just one coat.


Paint Pushes Past 49,000 Years

BOULDER, CO--If durability is the gold standard of coating performance, here's a paint that passes the test.


49,000-Year-Old Paint Found on Stone

BOULDER, CO--An international team of researchers has discovered a milk- and ochre-based paint dating back 49,000 years that South African inhabitants may have used to decorate their bodies ...


Laying Down 1,000 Bricks an Hour

PERTH, AUSTRALIA--The Emperor Hadrian sure could have used the bricklayer Hadrian.


Bot Can Build a House in 2 Days

PERTH, AUSTRALIA--Bricklayers, are you ready to meet your match ... or maybe your replacement?


Bad Paint Job Proves Pirates' Undoing

MALAYSIA--Professionals know that a slapdash coating job will always come back to bite you. Now, pirates know it, too.


Bots Enlisted for Confined-Space Work

WASHINGTON--Navy robots and automated systems capable of blasting and painting in confined spaces aboard ships soon may offer relief to their human counterparts.


Diplodocus Enjoys a Dino-Mite Makeover

PITTSBURGH--Being extinct is no excuse for not looking one's best.


Lasers Get High Thickness at High Speed

DRESDEN, GERMANY--Fuel savings of 100 billion liters a year are the promise of a new laser-assisted carbon coating application method now in development.


Breezing through a Paint Job

MARANELLO, ITALY--What's the difference between vandalism and art? About 150 mph, apparently. And a really good photographer.


Dinosaur Icon Gets a Makeover

PITTSBURGH--A prehistoric paint job is underway in Pittsburgh.


SSPC Seeking Cream of the Coatings Crop

PITTSBURGH—Proud of a recently completed painting project? Be a structure showoff and nominate exceptional industrial and commercial coatings projects for the 2016 SSPC Structure Awards


XL Sprayer Sized for XL Projects

MINNEAPOLIS—Graco has introduced a sprayer with its largest air motor yet, for high-volume application of protective coatings to bridges, ships, water towers and other major projects.


Titan Expands Fine-Finish Sprayer Line

MINNEAPOLIS—Titan has introduced a new line of professional fine finishing air-powered sprayers designed for small- to medium-sized wood and metal finishing shops.


Customer Stabs Painter over Job

SALEM, NH—A New Hampshire house painter is recovering from a six-inch knife wound inflicted by an angry customer who broke into his home and attacked him, police say.


An Icon Very Nearly Not Golden

SAN FRANCISCO—Turn your mind's eye for a moment to a new vision of the Golden Gate Bridge's glorious orange towers.


Man Slashed over Bad Paint Job

SALEM, NH—A homeowner unhappy with a paint job broke into the painter's home and ended up in a knife fight that left the painter with a six-inch wound in his abdomen, police say.


Pothole Provocateur Presses Penile Plot

MANCHESTER—Forget those local "road hotlines." One artful Brit has found a better way to call attention to untended potholes: Festoon them with genitalia.


Subsidized Railcar Maker Racks Up Fines

ROCHELLE, IL—A railcar manufacturing facility recently enticed to its location by more than $11 million in government incentives is facing its second federal health and safety case in a year...


3 Companies Top Paint Ratings

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA—Behr, Clark + Kensington and The Sherwin-Williams Company have topped J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Paint Satisfaction Study, ranking highest in customer satisfaction ...


Paint Makers Roll Out New Wonders

MINNEAPOLIS—Do your dazzling design dreams have you abandoning hand-cramping painting for glue-and-go wallcoverings?


Wagner Sprayer Made for Big Jobs

MINNEAPOLIS—Wagner SprayTech has expanded its FLEXiO family of indoor/outdoor sprayers with the FLEXiO 990 for full-house interior and exterior painting.


Amazon Opens Virtual Bidding Service

Would you bid on a project without seeing it in person first? Well, Amazon hopes so. The Seattle-based online shopping giant has launched a new marketplace to connect its 100 million U.S. cu...


Bidding Open for 1MG VA Water Tank

The City of Chesapeake is searching for contractors to rehabilitate the Bainbridge Boulevard Elevated Water Storage Tank, located in Chesapeake, VA.


Furious Yellow: Paint Proves a Scream

Among the tens of thousands of paint colors out there, a few would undoubtedly make anyone scream. For artist Kim Beom, it's yellow.


Colorful Paint Job Found ‘Not Swedish’

Officials in eastern Sweden have ordered an artist to repaint his home because the chosen color scheme is not “Swedish,” according to reports.


Coating Failure Exposes Car Thief

Like so many bad ideas, it must have seemed like a good one at the time.


$4M Bridge Painting Project Out for Bid

Bids are being accepted for cleaning and coating work on the 1,978-foot-long Simpson Avenue Bridge over the Hoquiam River in Grays Harbor County, WA.


Traditions Set in Paint & Mischief

For individuals and cities alike, "going green" on St. Patrick's Day is less of an environmental initiative and more of a literal challenge.


Stripers Handle Pavement, Grass, Turf

Titan has rolled out three new line striping equipment models for medium to large projects.


Titan Unveils New Stripers

Spray technology manufacturer Titan has announced a new series of line stripers, including models for striping pavement, grass or turf.


Handheld Sprayer Made for Flexibility

A new multi-tool for painting contractors offers the flexibility to spray-apply all types of coatings for interior, exterior and fine finishing jobs, according to manufacturer Titan Tool USA...


Fed-Up Town Makes Buildings Pee Back

Revelers with swollen bladders should be ready to wear what they relieve on the buildings of St. Pauli.


Student's Can Tool Hits the Market

A new one-step paint can sealer born as a class project at the University of North Dakota is now commercially available through Progressive Paint Solutions Inc. of Hendersonville, TN.


Paint Punishes Pee Perps

A water-repellant coating is helping a town in Germany pee back on late-night revelers who relieve themselves in public.


What Color is Your Parakeet?

One would think that the world's four-legged critters are born as cute and colorful as they need to be. Alas, a disturbing recent rash of animal painting efforts suggests otherwise.


Bidders Sought for Water Tank Painting

Coating proposals are invited for a 250,000-gallon elevated water storage tank in Marysville, KS.


Research Makes a Case for Cracks

Cracks in a coating system could be a good thing, with the potential to improve insulation properties and coating life when carefully manipulated, researchers in Sweden have found.


Student Mural Fires Up a Flip-Flop

A Canadian high school is under fire for its now-you-see-it-now-you-don't response to a student mural showing two young men embraced in a kiss.


Meet the Rembrandt of Road Striping

Watching people who do their jobs beautifully and with joy is a rare treat. How else to explain the nearly one million YouTube viewers and thousands of Reddit fans who have sat, entranced, t...


OSHA Cites Northrop Grumman Painting

Complaints about excessive painter exposure to methylene chloride and hexavalent chromium have led to serious federal citations against defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp.


JPCL Names Papers of the Year

LAS VEGAS—Outstanding technical papers on polyurea technology, pipeline rehabilitation and other coating topics drew top awards Tuesday (Feb. 3) at SSPC 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.


Bids Invited for Water Tower Painting

Contractors have until Feb. 10 to bid on recoating a 500,000-gallon elevated water storage tank in Collinsville, IL—a contract estimated at $450,000.


SSPC Revises Three Standards

Two abrasive-blasting standards and one related to coating film thickness have been updated by SSPC: the Society for Protective Coatings.


Resin Made for DTM Protection

Omnova Solutions has launched a specialty resin formulated to protect commercial, light industrial and residential metal surfaces from the elements.


Painters’ Waste Transformed into Art

A former decorative painter in California has given her used brushes a new life—as both symbol and storyteller.


WWII Ship Enlisting Restoration Help

A rare veteran of the Allied invasion of Normandy is in need of a facelift, and her minders have put out a call to make that happen.


Plum Job: $23M Bridge Painting Let

They may have grape expectations now, but crews of a Florida industrial painting contractor will probably be dreaming in purple by the time they complete their next big project.


Seeking the Key to the Emerald Kitty

The explanation may be more confusing than the original mystery. But the answer to "what turned the Bulgarian cat green?" appears to be: paint.


WI Pilot to Have Drivers Seeing Orange

What road marking color do motorists see best? Traditional yellow and white, or maybe something else? That's the question that Wisconsin is putting to the test.


Quebec to Gates: #PaintYourBridgeBill

Two Quebec-area mayors want the richest man in the world to open his wallet and paint a bridge.


SSPC, NACE Revising Applicator Standard

NACE and SSPC are seeking input on their joint applicator certification standard as they prepare to review and revise the standard.


Getting it Right: How to Use SSPC-PA 2

A large coated area can require hundreds of readings to make sure the dry film thickness is just right.


White Cars on Popularity Hot Streak

Holding on to its title for four years in a row, white was named the most popular shade on vehicles around the world.


Loopy Lane Lines a Viral Hit

Employers: If your next painting applicant boasts experience with striping roads in Russia, you might want to keep looking.


$546K Tank Contract Awarded

A Georgia general contractor has been awarded a $546,300 contract for tank and tower cleaning and coating work in Clermont, FL.


5 SSPC Courses Added for Vets

Veterans interested in coatings training now have five additional programs to choose from, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced.


Painter Gets a Brush ... with the Law

Angry with speeding drivers, a Pennsylvania man took the matter (and a paint brush) into his own hands by painting "SLOW 25 MPH" in the middle of the street.


Study: Painters, Trades in Demand

A good painter is hard to find, America's employers report. So are other tradespeople and professional positions across the construction industry, according to a new survey by the Associated...


Survey Finds Craft Worker Shortage

Most U.S. construction companies are reporting difficulty in filling openings for key craft workers, including painters, a new survey finds.


Aviation Painters Forum Takes Off

Like aviation technology itself, coatings for today's aircraft are changing constantly, bringing high-stakes challenges that have turned a group of industry competitors into collaborators.


New Standard Underway for Pigment Loss

ASTM is proposing a new standard that will provide definitive instructions for conducting a pigment loss on ignition test.


Military Coatings Mission Accomplished

Seven historic U.S. Army vehicles will greet this Veterans Day restored to their former glory, thanks to a massive volunteer effort by contractors and suppliers across the coatings industry....


U.S.-Ordered Sale to Profit Graco

A shotgun divorce ordered by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission will end lucratively for Graco Inc., as the spray-equipment giant prepares to sell of its Liquid Finishing business at a nine-f...


Insect Colors Inspire Fade-free Future

The brilliant color of butterfly wings and beetle shells may just hold the key to producing a paint that never fades.


Painters Serve a Storied Battleship

A 72-year-old World War II veteran is enjoying a much-needed facelift, thanks to a group of painters from New Jersey and a coating supplier.


Coating Gage Extends Thickness Range

A new thickness gage for non-destructively measuring polyurea and other coatings on concrete builds on previous versions with added features, according to manufacturer DeFelsko Corp.


Bids Sought for 2 FL Water Towers

Bids are being accepted for cleaning, coating and repair work on two water storage towers in Clermont, FL.


Virtual Tour Reveals New Paint Shop

Chrysler is showing off its brand-new Michigan paint shop with a little help from Google, giving anyone with Internet access an up-close look at its shiny new facility and fancy robots.


Zinc Primers Tout Crack Self-Healing

Hempel has announced a portfolio of three new anti-corrosive zinc primers developed for a wide range of industries and applications, from offshore oil and gas to wind turbines.


CA Man Fined for Defacing Graffiti

After defacing two Banksy murals in Utah, a California man will pay $13,000 to clean the graffiti he added to the murals, which are considered works of art.


Painting for the Fences

For 70 years, “The Fence” on the Carnegie Mellon University campus in Pittsburgh has been painted over ... and over … and over again.


Israeli Air Force Strips Chopper Coatings

Years of heavy-duty coatings have apparently become too heavy for Israel’s attack helicopters, prompting authorities to peel off the paint to lighten the choppers’ load.


Paint May Pack an Asteroid Punch

Industrial coating techniques could hold the key to saving Earth from killer asteroids, a group of researchers contends.


Coating Operation Fined $341K

Workers repeatedly inhaled, absorbed and even ingested toxic hexavalent chromium through a variety of coating tasks at an Oklahoma contractor, federal authorities are alleging.


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Winter Painting—Weather or Not (II)

The painting inspector's gut feeling, unfortunately, had proved spot-on. As described in the first installment, the GC had decided that January and February of the brutal winter of 2013-14 w...


A Wall, Long Gone, Ripe for Painting

Now, you can have your history and paint it, too. In what may be a perfect convergence of artistic, economic and historical opportunity, a German cement maker is peddling paint-your-own piec...


Best Practices:
Winter Painting—Weather or Not

Almost all the premature coating failures we see are for one of three reasons: The wrong coating system was specified for that substrate or service environment; the painter failed to conduct...


Graffiti Strikes a Russian Nerve

Russian officials are pleading with Bulgarians: Lay down your paint brushes, and please stop desecrating the Monument of the Soviet Army.


History Unveils Paint-Your-Own Keepsake

In what may be a perfect convergence of artistic, economic and historical opportunity, a German cement maker is peddling paint-your-own pieces of the Berlin Wall.


Tool Offers Painters 17 Hands

Hyde Tools has introduced a painter’s tool that purportedly can do everything from open bottles to clean rollers and pull nails.


Disappearing Paint Gets Permanent Role

Vanishing spray paint, which became immensely popular during the World Cup in Brazil, will become a permanent fixture in the game it has forever changed: European football.


Report: Coating Error Snags FAA Tower

An incorrectly installed antifungal coating will delay "by at least a year" the opening of a new $99 million tower at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, the Las Vegas Review-Journal ...


Tower Coating Problem Probed

A reported coatings application error on a $99 million air traffic control tower may cost millions of dollars to repair and could set back the project a year, according to a Las Vegas newspa...


New Bridge Already Needs New Paint

Although well shy of its first birthday, the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge already needs to be repainted, according to a new report.


How-To Steers through Thick and Thin

Making sure concrete coatings are applied just right—not too thick and not too thin—is the focus of the next installment in the PaintSquare Video Learning Center series.


Coatings Fraud Allegations Dismissed

A Massachusetts maker of coatings and spray equipment has withdrawn its claim that a licensee-turned-competitor built the new business on stolen information.


Masking Tape Made for Pipe Coating

Industrial tape maker Shurtape has introduced what it calls the first high-performance masking tape designed for the oil and natural-gas pipe coating industry.


Cleric is on a Blessed Roll

The leader of the Romanian Orthodox Church has devised an unusual technique for blessing hard-to-reach areas—a paint roller.


Vanishing Spray Paint is a Real Kick

Armed with an arsenal of aerosol, World Cup referees have a new trick up their sleeves to stave off a sneaky soccer move.


SSPC Seeking Superlative Structures

Daring bridge projects, artistic tanks, shipshape vessels and other striking coating projects are all eligible for 2015 SSPC Structure Awards, with nominations now open.


In Houston, Primer Meets Prime Mover

Street art has just received some heavenly cred—product placement with the Almighty.


OSHA Cites Bad Bracing in Steel Fatality

A massive steel beam that fatally crushed a worker last year at a Boston steel fabricator was not properly braced, nor was its stability maintained, federal officials say.


Seeing Red, Cabbies Paint Cheats Blue

When it’s time to pay up at the end of a cab ride, it typically comes down to Driver vs. Passenger. If a fare balks, what’s a cabbie to do?


Global Industrial Painter Training Set

SSPC has thrown its weight behind a leading UK painting and blasting training curriculum as part of an effort to expand the program worldwide.


Mural Goes Up Before Road Goes Down

A 62-foot section of a doomed double-deck highway in Seattle just got a bright yellow paint job, costing the city nearly $10,000 and leaving some locals scratching their heads.


Painter’s Tape Gets Adhesive Revamp

Shurtape Technologies LLC says it has reformulated its medium adhesion painter’s tape to meet the durability demands of today’s painting projects.


Compact Lift Offers Rotating Platform

Lift-A-Loft has introduced a vertical mast lift designed for compact spaces in industrial applications.


Webinar Aids Safe Painting at Heights

Ensuring the right equipment to protect painters working at heights will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Coating How-tos, through Thick and Thin

Tracking wet film thickness throughout a project—to avert dry film curveballs later on—is the focus of the newest PaintSquare Video Learning Center installment.


SSPC Updates Concrete Floor Guide

From pre-bid to post-punchlist, full guidance for concrete floor projects is wrapped up in SSPC’s newly revised Technology Guide 20: Guide for Applying Thick Film Coatings and Surfacings ove...


IUPAT Launches Training for Veterans

A new program is providing free training to U.S. military veterans in the industrial coating sector, with plans to expand into other coursework soon.


A Coating Cure for the Car-Wash Blues?

If you’ve resisted buying a white car for fear it would show too much dirt, fear no more.


Paint Buyers Give Top Nods to 3 Brands

They may not be the biggest, but Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and BEHR are the best in the minds of many of their customers, according to J.D. Power's new Paint Satisfaction Study.


Officials Cry Fowl on Painting Holdup

If only industrial scaffolding didn’t look so cozy and inviting—a place to curl up and call home. But apparently, it does—at least, if you’re a raven—and now, the town of Fair Lawn, NJ, will...


Ben Moore, Sherwin Top Paint Ratings

Happy customers—the golden geese that will buy your product over and over again—have put Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams at the top of J.D. Power's 2014 Paint Satisfaction Study.


Hydrant Artists Irk San Francisco

Call it art or call it vandalism: By any name, the unauthorized spray painting of dozens of fire hydrants across San Francisco is costing the city a small fortune and could be endangering pu...


New Tool Measures Powder Coatings

DeFelsko has launched a new non-contact powder thickness gauge for measuring uncured powder coatings.


Powered Roller Draws Paint Feed

Wagner Spraytech has done away with conventional paint trays for large-volume roller jobs, launching a new powered unit that pumps paint directly from the can to the roller.


Paint Lights ‘Route 66 of the Future’

Tomorrow’s highway has arrived on a short stretch of a Dutch roadway where glowing green road markings have replaced street lights.


Roller Gauges Thickness While Coating

A new roller accessory from Wooster Brush allows applicators of high-performance floor and roof coatings to ensure the product’s proper mil thickness during application.


Historic Army Project Enlists Painters

The largest U.S. Army museum in the world is recruiting volunteers for painting and blasting work on historic armored vehicles.


Bidders to Belly Up to Tavern Project

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is seeking bids to prep and paint an 18th-century tavern in Halifax, NC.


ACA Launches Education Tools

The American Coatings Association has announced a new education section on its website, dedicated to professional development opportunities and information.


Best Practices:
2 Painting Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

There’s a rule that paint inspectors live by: When you look at the exterior concrete walls of a high-rise condo or apartment building, don’t assume that the paint is planning to stay there.


Titan Expands Impact Sprayer Line

Residential, property-maintenance and light commercial applications have a new airless-sprayer option in Titan Tools' Impact 400.


Event Lights Up the Future of Curing

UV and EB curing—technologies that are igniting advances in materials and coating science—will be focus of RadTech 2014, the world's largest UV and EB event, coming in May.


Coatings Get Rad at RadTech

A wide range of coatings industry topics and exhibitors will be on tap at RadTech's three-day conference on ultraviolet and electron beam equipment, raw materials and formulated products.


Polyurea/Foam Sprayer Gets a Makeover

Software and hardware advances to improve application accuracy and data tracking lead the list of upgrades in Graco Inc.'s new Reactor 2.


SSPC Revises Zinc Primer Standard

Testing and performance requirements for highly pigmented primers containing zinc dust are part of new revisions to a standard from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


GM Spends $1.2B on New Paint Plants

General Motors broke ground Monday (March 3) on a $600 million environmentally friendly paint shop in Flint, MI, bringing to $1.2 billion the automaker’s paint plant investment in the last y...


Reindeer Hope Collisions Glow Away

Glowing reindeer are roaming around Finland, but instead of red noses lighting the way, these animals are equipped with fluorescent antlers.


Graco Revamps Plural Sprayer System

Graco Inc. has launched Reactor 2, a plural-component sprayer for polyurethane foam and polyurea that offers software and hardware advancements to improve application accuracy.


Spray Guns Boast Uniform Pattern

Lightweight spray guns that handle industrial coatings have been introduced by Finishing Brands, the Toledo, OH-based manufacturer of Binks industrial finishing equipment.


Houston Gears Up for Competition, Show

Industrial painters seeking a few hundred bucks and priceless bragging rights could take home both in the upcoming annual painting competition hosted by the Houston Coating Society.


Sprayers Boast a Fine Finish

Graco Inc. has introduced a new set of portable, self-contained, lower-pressure airless sprayers designed to reduce overspray and improve control.


The Case for Commercial Coatings

ORLANDO—Commercial coatings protect buildings as surely as industrial coatings protect infrastructure, so why are there so few standards and certifications for the former?


Valspar Sales Growth Paints Q1 Green

A 10 percent boost in its Coatings segment has the Valspar Corp. off to “a good start” in 2014, the company reported Wednesday (Feb. 12).


Commercial Coatings Play Catch-Up

ORLANDO—Sure, commercial coatings make a building look good, but their many other functions must be rigorously addressed with standards, or they risk losing ground to their industrial counte...


USS Yorktown Gets 500-Gallon Facelift

A World War II veteran is getting a stopgap coating job after 20 years while her tenders seek funds for a complete $3 million redo.


Best Practices:
The Pain in Painting Drywall

Question: Can an ASTM Level 5 Drywall Finish produce a satisfactory painted finish in critical lighting areas and/or when using higher-sheen paints? Answer: It depends.


Horse Stripes Shoo Flies

In Germany, a real-life horse of a different color is proving hot to trot against its age-old nemesis.


Thermal Paint Pops Out Icy Warning

Dangerously icy roads in Austria have officials experimenting with painted signs that appear only when the temperature plummets.


On the Road, White Flexes its Might

The automotive coatings industry may be the only place where people see black and white through rose-colored glasses.


Worker Injured at Pipe Coating Company

A temporary worker at a Pennsylvania pipe coating company is lucky to be alive after a large steel pipe fell on his back and pinned him face first to the ground, authorities said.


Fischer Overhauls Poroscope Line

Fischer Technology has completely redesigned its line of Poroscope portable holiday detectors, the company announced.


DE: Stripping Operation Violates Law

An aircraft painting contractor accused of providing “inconsistent” answers regarding its waste practices and operating a paint-stripping operation unlawfully is facing multiple violations a...


Paint Fumes Spark Elephant Attack

The smell of fresh paint in his cage apparently incited a two-ton elephant to fatally charge his longtime trainer at a popular tourist complex in Vietnam.


Best Practices:
When New Galvanizing Fails

In Western Canada—and, we surmise, other parts of North America—new steel doors are typically galvanized as part of the manufacturing process.


60K Airline Workers Pick New Paint

It was a close race, but American Airlines employees have spoken, voting to repaint hundreds of aircraft with a new red, white and blue flag design.


Navy Likes Ike’s New Paint Protocol

A promising new painting technique being piloted aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower may change the way the Navy does industrial painting on all of its aircraft carriers.


Paint-Crazed Elephant Kills Keeper

Paint fumes are believed to have spurred an elephant to fatally attack its longtime trainer in a cage he was painting at a popular tourist center in Vietnam.


New ‘Un-wallpaper’ Designs Roll Out

From Woodgrain to Fields of Flowers, Rollerwall LLC has introduced more than 90 new “un-wallpaper” patterns for its roller design wallprinting system.


SSPC Announces New Polyurea Standard

Performance requirements for polyurea and polyurea/polyurethane hybrid coatings used to protect industrial structures are the focus of a new technical standard by SSPC: The Society for Prote...


Sky-High Paint Job Goes to a Vote

A recent merger has American Airlines saying “out with the old and in with the new.” Wait, maybe they want “in with the old and out with the new.”


Worker Burned in Spray Painting Fire

A commercial painter has been severely injured in a flash fire that apparently erupted when paint vapors ignited at a clubhouse project in Las Vegas, according to reports.


Suppliers Lend Hand for UK Hearts

Members of the British Coatings Federation are donating red paint to transform obsolete phone booths across the UK into life-saving defibrillator stations.


Lighting the Way for Graffiti at Night

A novel spray-can attachment “designed for rebels of the art world” is now offering after-dark assistance to taggers who don’t have enough work time in their day.


Best Practices:
No, You Can’t Just Paint Over That

The inspector recently encountered this scenario from a specifier. “An existing wall has latex paint over an enamel (alkyd) finish. A new latex topcoat was applied that caused the bond betwe...


New Synthetic Shellac Primer Bows

Rust-Oleum Corp. has introduced a primer and sealer made with synthetic shellac that mirrors the properties of traditional shellac for new construction, remodeling and restoration projects.


Best Practices: How Much is Too Much?
Tips for Repainting with Elastomerics

In our experience, many architects and owners specify elastomeric coatings for exterior concrete and masonry walls as a reflex.


$3K Awarded in Paint Yellowing

A British homeowner has taken paint maker Dulux to task after its brilliant white paint turned yellow on his walls just weeks after application.


Best Practices: The Case of the 2 Towers

Last week, we tipped you to secrets for specifying and applying water-based elastomeric coatings—often, the go-to choice for exterior concrete/masonry wall applications. This week, we'll sho...


Best Practices: Tips for Specifying
And Applying Elastomeric Coatings

Water-based elastomeric coatings are often the go-to choice for exterior concrete/masonry wall applications. But they can be tricky to apply correctly and should be avoided for some applicat...


N. Korea Faked Military Jets with Camo

Apparently attempting to paint a stronger military presence, North Korea reportedly slapped a camouflage coating on several cargo planes and flew them over Pyongyang during a parade, news re...


JPCL Europe Announces October Edition

Mitigating corrosion under insulation, using epoxy systems, and properly preparing concrete are a few of the topics covered in the free, digital October edition of JPCL Europe, availa...


Is the Problem the Paint or the Drywall?

A patchy or uneven texture on freshly painted new drywall might seem like the painter’s fault, but it’s often actually a drywall issue, and this can lead to great frustration for both the ar...


Color-Changing Car Paint is Hot

A viral video of a car coating that changes color in hot water, à la Hot Wheels Color Shifters, has garnered 2.7 million views and sent people worldwide lining up to try it.


The Un-touch-upables:
Tips for Effective Touch-up

Here’s a painter’s nightmare: He’s just finished applying the topcoats in a shiny new office complex. One of the guys moving in the mahogany conference-room table slips, and—SMASH!—what had ...


Billionaire Sues over Yacht Coatings

Unhappy with the paint job on his mega-yacht, a Russian billionaire is taking AkzoNobel to court, seeking $100 million in a claim of unsatisfactory work.


PPG Expanding in Russia, Greece

PPG Industries is taking two major steps to enlarge its European footprint, with separate announcements this week of new coating facilities in Russia and in Greece.


Bot Boasts the Stroke of Genius

Industrial painting robots are nothing new, but their strength has always been technical precision and perfect replication—not sophisticated artistry.


New Polyurea Unit Tackles Tight Spaces

Secondary containment spill prevention, waterproofing, truck bedliners and other projects that demand portability are the industrial applications served by Graco's new Reactor E-10hp High-Pr...


IL Town Fires Up its Artistic Side

Fire hydrants in Geneva, IL, are getting an artistic makeover, compliments of individuals who “adopted” the hydrants through a new city program.


Free Webinar to Cover DFT Measurements

Using SSPC’s standard for dry coating thickness measurement requirements will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Construction Firms See Worker Shortage

Despite an industry jobless rate still stuck above 9 percent, most construction employers across the United States are reporting trouble finding qualified employees at every level.


Free Webinar Covers Polyurea Standard

Polyureas, polyurethanes and the latest industry standard for field application of those coatings will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Contractors Warn of Worker Deficit

Nearly 75 percent of U.S. construction companies report an insufficient pipeline of qualified craft workers, according to a new study.


Painter Dispute Wipes Smile From Tower

An unfinished paint job has erased the beloved signature smile from the water tower of a New Jersey Shore town and plastered a big, fat frown on the faces of its 895 residents.


New Paint Record Dares to be Dull

Q: How do you set a new world record? A: Invent your own feat. And when better than the dog days of August to establish a new record for the world's dullest event: watching paint dry?


5-Year DFW Airport Project Out to Bid

The Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport Board is inviting bids for a five-year, million-dollar painting contract.


Master Painters Expand Online Training

Paint professionals interested in advanced training and certification in maintenance repainting have a new online option from the Master Painters Institute (MPI).


Painting a Solution to Eagle Deaths?

Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy is undertaking a major research effort to see if strategic painting of wind turbines can help reduce one of the industry’s toughest problems: p...


Contractors Indicted in 10-Year Fraud

A North Carolina construction company and five individuals have been charged in a massive fraud that allegedly used bogus small-business and disadvantaged-business designations to obtain mor...


$850M Revives Auto Paint Plant Plans

Once on the chopping block, an automotive paint shop in Michigan is now being transformed into a state-of-the-art facility as part of an $850 million investment by Chrysler Group LLC.


$1.5M Awarded for Thin-Film R&D

A United States military research and development agency awarded $1.5 million in a three-year project to develop new ways to apply thin-film coatings to military equipment without using exce...


Spray Booth Light Cart Gets New Design

An updated paint booth cart light enables better mobility and light fixture protection, Larson Electronics announced.


Quikspray Unveils Compact Pumps

New mini-pump units from Quikspray enlarge the options for spray application in small spaces.


Mini-Pumps Serve Tight Spray Spaces

Quikspray Inc. has introduced two mini-pumps—one electric and one manual—designed to dispense a wide variety of materials in tight spaces.


Webinar Dips into Galvanizing Coatings

Navigating the many options for overcoating galvanized steel—for both protective and aesthetic purposes—will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Coating Award Nominations Invited

SSPC is seeking outstanding, innovative and challenging commercial and industrial painting and coating projects for its 2013-14 Structure Awards.


SSPC Seeks Structure Award Nominations

SSPC members have until Oct. 15 to submit nominations for the 2013-14 Annual Structure Awards.


‘Big Rig’ Sprayer Offers Easy Conversion

A new heavy-duty gas hydraulic sprayer for protective coatings eliminates the need to haul around an air compressor.


Hybrid Expands Application Window

A new high-performance elastomeric coating for commercial applications offers a wide-ranging application window that accommodates both low temperatures and high humidity.


Coating eBooks Cover Railcar, Pipelines

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying coatings for railcars and transmission pipeline is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings


Hybrid Polyurea Made for Climate Swings

Rhino Linings Corp. has introduced a spray-applied elastomeric coating that can be applied in a wide range of weather conditions.


Seeing Red: Gun Pulled Over Paint Job

A Washington State man tracked a city employee to his home and pulled a loaded gun on him after being told to repaint a fire hydrant because it violated city code, police say.


New eBooks Guide Plant Coatings

Free technical guidance on coatings for power and wastewater plants is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL.


Ninja Goggles Protect from Overspray

Using air as a barrier, new Ninja goggles shield painters from overspray, according to manufacturer ProBlocker.


Goggles Made to Block Overspray

ProBlocker, maker of protective slit eyewear, has introduced Ninja goggles to shield painters from overspray.


Webinar Looks At Analyzing Soluble Salts

A look at selecting specific procedures for retrieving soluble salts and determining the concentration of salts will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


New Paint Criticized on Canadian Plane

A new paint job on a government airplane is sticking Canada’s taxpayers with a $50,000 bill and leaving them seeing red, white and blue.


Boeing’s New Bots Slash Painting Work

New robotic aircraft painters deployed by Boeing Corp. have reduced a multi-day production process to just minutes, with perfect quality each time, the company says.


Conductive Paint Proves a Turn-on

A new electrically conductive paint that acts as “liquid wiring” is lighting up interest across the coatings industry.


Paint Pen Lights Up Projects

Forget pesky electrical upgrades. Who has time, when you can just paint them on? Thanks to an electrically conductive paint, almost any surface can be turned into a functioning light, and th...


TX Rec Center Repainting Up for Bid

Bids are being invited for a repainting project at a 23,000-square-foot community recreation center in Temple, TX.


The Art of Street Maintenance

Black is a bore. Or so the city of Madison, WI, thinks, which is why City Council is currently mulling over an ordinance that would allow approved groups to decorate intersections and roads ...


How-to Helps Measure Surface Conditions

A how-to guide to properly measuring ambient conditions is the latest in an original series of video tutorials presented by KTA-Tator Inc. and produced by PaintSquare.


JPCL Invites Free Buying Guide Listings

Suppliers of industrial coatings equipment are invited to submit free listings now for JPCL’s upcoming 26th annual Equipment Buying Guide.


Graco Adds 2 Portable Airless Sprayers

Graco has unveiled a series of airless sprayers designed to handle a wide range of hot potted coatings applications.


‘Stupid,’ ‘Bizarre’ Lines Draw Laughs

It was both confusing and amusing when a contractor in a UK town painted double yellow lines in an alleyway, leaving only 13 inches of space between them. But the fix was what really set peo...


Binks Releases New Pumps, Expands Line

Binks has added two new models to its line of industrial pumps and expanded its piston pump line.


New Painter Tools to Bow in Vegas

A new painting tool with “101 uses” and a glove that scrubs off paint will join Hyde Tools’ rollout of new products next week.


Paint Shop Tax Fraud Nets 8-Year Term

The owner of an auto paint and repair shop will spend eight years behind bars after stiffing the state of South Dakota on sales tax returns.


Viral Video Shows Spectacular Splatter

Blowing up glass bottles of paint with firecrackers may not be the safest experiment, but it certainly makes a great viral video.


Police Pig is Back in the Pink

One Oregon police department’s prized hog has received a fresh coat of paint. No, we’re not talking about a motorcycle.


Nissan Shows Off $200M Paint Plant

New application technologies, smaller booths, a cool roof and other eco-friendly measures will slash energy usage and improve productivity at Nissan's new $200 million paint facility, billed...


Ben Moore Tops Paint Satisfaction Study

Interior paints from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and BEHR topped J.D. Power and Associates' 2013 U.S. Interior Paint Satisfaction Study.


Webinar Examines New Spray Technology

A look at the newest plural-component spray technology used to apply today's high-solids protective coatings will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Insect-Killing Paint Rolls Out in Africa

Malaria-ravaged Ghana has a new weapon to combat the deadly disease: an insecticide paint from Coral Dulux Ghana, an AkzoNobel brand.


Graco Settles 2nd Anti-Trust Case

For the second time in less than a year, spray-equipment giant Graco Inc. has agreed to settle federal anti-trust claims related to a takeover of its competitor.


Big Boxes Gaining on Paint Stores

The neighborhood paint store had better look over its shoulder: Big-box retailers are coming on strong, fueled by one-stop shopping convenience and lower prices, a new market study shows.


‘Angry Citizens’ Paint Pothole Protest

Fed up with the capital's crumbling roads, a group of Moscow activists has mounted a spray-paint attack on city potholes, hoping to gain action from local officials.


GM 5000 Boasts Lightweight Comfort

Wagner Industrial Solutions has introduced an electrostatic spray gun designed for improved ergonomics and efficiency.


New Coating eBooks Focus on Oil and Gas

Technical guidance on coatings for chemical and petrochemical plants and offshore platforms are the focus of two new, free eBooks published by JPCL.


Now, The Artist Formerly Known as 43

We've had Cher, Madonna, Prince (and his multiple identities and glyphs). So why not an artistic alias that's a number? Especially when that number has a unique place in American history?


Wooster Brush Shows Off a New Angle

The world's most popular size brush now comes in three new filament blends and a thick new shape that allows painters to bring more paint to each stroke, according to Wooster Brush.


Fire Devastates Pipe Coating Facility

Fire investigators are searching for answers after a blaze destroyed a pipeline coating facility in Leduc, Alberta.


The Robotic Future of Repainting Roads

Robots guided by visual systems could be the future of transportation maintenance, particularly for the endless repainting of pavement markings on the nation's roadways, a new project sugges...


Defending Space with Spray Paint

Graffiti often pops up at unexpected heights and locations, but spray painting may also hold the key to deflecting asteroids from Earth, an aerospace researcher contends.


Car Owner Gets Striped into a Ticket

Eager crews of city painters and parking enforcers have managed to render a legal parking space illegal, tow the car, and fine the innocent owner—all in one messy municipal mashup.


Wooster Tool Eases Pipe Painting

For painting pipes and other curved substrates, the Wooster Brush Company has introduced a new tool.


Erasable Paint Clears Wall Scrawls

Kids can doodle, students can figure, and office workers can brainstorm all over their walls with Sherwin-Williams' new Dry Erase 2K Waterborne Clear Gloss.


Free eBook Focuses on Bridge Coating

Safety, quality, decision-making and other hands-on issues vital to a successful coating project are among the topics of a new, free eBook available from JPCL.


GM to Invest $600M in KS Paint Shop

General Motors has announced plans to spend $600 million on a brand-new paint shop, including new technology and environmental enhancements.


Graco Unveils 2 Handheld Sprayers

Graco Inc. has launched two new handheld sprayers designed for smaller painting projects.


New Lights for Hazardous Locations

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com has announced the addition of several new products this year, including a hazardous location-approved LED light fixture and a fluorescent light fixture wit...


Navy Ship to Get Camo Paint Job

Decades removed from the “razzle dazzle” camoflauge paint jobs used on warships, the U.S. Navy has decided to bring camo back, announcing a decision to use a similar scheme on littoral comba...


Dura-A-Flex Expands Applicator Training

Dur-A-Flex has added a second location and additional sessions to its Applicator Training Program (ATP), expanding the program to the company's facility in Ontario, CA.


New Adhesion Tester For Site or Lab

For those who need to test coatings adhesion in small spaces and on a variety of substrates, a new, portable pull-off adhesion tester is now available from Elcometer.


New Graco XM Made for Intumescents

Graco Inc. has introduced a plural-component sprayer with data technology that ensures on-ratio application of fire-protective coatings.


Sprayer Hones Fireproofing Accuracy

Data reporting technology that helps contractors ensure accurate, on-ratio application of fire-protective coatings is the key to Graco's new XM PFP Plural-Component Sprayer.


DOD Adds $1.5M to Powder Coating Push

The U.S. Department of Defense has stepped up its campaign against liquid protective coatings with a $1.5 million award to PPG Industries to develop a powder Chemical Agent Resistant Coating...


Custom Paint Jobs Take Ugly Honors

Some cars are born ugly; others have ugliness thrust—or painted—upon them. Now, readers of the website Jalopnik have anointed the worst of the worst custom car paint jobs.


Carboline Named in BP Refinery Suit

BP is suing protective coatings giant Carboline and four other companies, alleging that steel they provided and fireproofed for a multibillion-dollar refinery project is defective and causin...


 
 
   

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