Steelscape Releases Specialty Finishes Brochure

Steelscape has released its Specialty Finishes brochure

Steelscape has released its Specialty Finishes brochure.

Steelscape has released its Specialty Finishes brochure, which highlights its complete product offering of durable architectural finishes that transform metallic-coated steel substrates into unique textures and finishes for use in a variety of applications. Included in the brochure are finishes, like RAWHIDE, which is a textured coating similar to stucco that is ideal for roofing, siding or custom applications. To request a copy of Steelscape’s Specialty Finishes brochure, call (360) 673-8660 or visit Steelscape.com to download the brochure.

PPG Architectural Metal Coatings Binder Available in Downloadable Format

PPG Industries’ coil and building products coatings group announced that its Architectural Metal Coatings binder is now available online in a digital, downloadable format.

The digital binder features fully updated catalogs, product brochures and data sheets for PPG’s entire roster of PPG liquid coil coatings such as DURANAR and CORAFLON fluoropolymer and DURASTAR polyester coatings, and liquid and powder extrusion coatings such as Duranar and Coraflon fluoropolymer and ENVIROCRON polyester coatings.

The binder also contains PPG color guides, technical documents, white papers and case studies, along with sourcing information for PPG CAP CERTIFIED APPLICATOR PROGRAM group participants and PPG-approved extrusion applicators and coil coaters.

Sharon Bird, PPG marketing communications manager, industrial coatings, said that the new digital binder demonstrates PPG’s commitment to “green” building and design, and it will complement PPG’s growing array of online tools, including a newly enhanced searchable project gallery.

“PPG is committed to sustainable business practices. This new digital binder shows that commitment while giving architects, specifiers, coaters and applicators access to the latest product information from PPG, even when they are on the go,” she said. Visit www.ppgideascapes.com to preview the digital PPG Architectural Metal Coatings Binder or call (888) PPG-IDEA (774-4332) for more information about PPG coil and building products coatings.

PPG to Reintroduce DURANAR ADS Coatings

PPG Industries‘ coil and building products coatings group announced that it will reintroduce DURANAR ADS (air-dried system) fluoropolymer coatings this summer, three years after the products were withdrawn from the market.

This next-generation line of Duranar ADS coatings, based on a newly-formulated fluorinated copolymer resin combined with PPG proprietary chemistry, is designed to repair fluoropolymer coatings on architectural metals damaged during production or after field installation. In addition, these high-performance coatings can provide a wide range of color options for manufacturers and contractors in solid, metallic, pearlescent and infrared-reflective (IR-reflective) pigment technologies.

Brian Knapp, PPG manager, coil and building products coatings, said the reformulated products will fill a specific demand that has been unmet since first-generation Duranar ADS coatings were discontinued. “Other than acrylic lacquers, which are not very durable, there has not been a user-friendly product available for touching up fluoropolymer coatings on products such as window frames, door frames, roofs and metal wall panels marred during fabrication or installation,” he explained.

Because of its single-component formulation, Duranar ADS coating has the flexibility to be applied by fingernail brush for small touch-ups at the end of a production line or to be spray-applied in the field to repair or refurbish weathered metal roofing or siding panels.

Machine Applies Coatings Evenly

The Spraybot from Sprayworks Equipment Group

The Spraybot from Sprayworks Equipment Group

The Spraybot from Sprayworks Equipment Group is a spray gun mounted on a motorized mobile spray machine that is designed to evenly apply coating materials to roofs and more. The spray gun oscillates, delivering a wide angle—up to 7 1/2 feet—of material to its targeted surface. The Spraybot features two DC motors, user-friendly controls, an adjustable spray-head mounting device and speed-control options. It can process approximately 5 to 50 pounds of material per minute and can operate for 8 hours on 1 gallon of gas.

American WeatherStar Redesigns Website

American WeatherStar has redesigned its website.

The six-month project was an effort to improve navigation and drive more building owners and managers to the site. American WeatherStar believes the new site design will accomplish the goals with a more intuitive presentation based on presenting its three core product divisions—Coatings, Spray Foam and Single-Ply—within a clean, easy-to-use and search-engine friendly environment.

The site has also been relocated to a new server, which may require frequent site visitors to clear their browser’s cache and history before the new site is visible. Be sure to update your bookmarks, too.

As a work in progress, American WeatherStar constantly strives to improve upon how the organization is presented. The company requests you share suggestions about its site, services and products.

PVDF Coil Coating Resists Acid Rain

Dura Coat Products Inc. has introduced a coastal coating system to resist corrosive environments

Dura Coat Products Inc. has introduced a coastal coating system to resist corrosive environments

To combat environmental conditions harmful to metal roofs, coil coatings manufacturer Dura Coat Products Inc. has introduced a coastal coating system to resist corrosive environments. The formulation features PVDF-based Durapon 70 as a top coat applied over Dura Coat’s DC425G 380 high-build primer. Conditions include salt air within 1,500 feet of the coast, and acidic rains such as those common in the heavy industrial areas of the nation.

Durapon 70 is one of Dura Coat’s new generation PVDF coatings designed to create an exceptionally tough surface that’s resistant to scratching, scuffing, transit abrasion and the elements, yet is flexible for the most demanding post-forming operations.

For added protection, Dura Coat now offers new Edge Seal, a clear, air dry sealer that is applied with a roller to help seal cut edges of metal panels and trim that occur during the installation process. Edge Seal can also be applied during routine roof maintenance.

Dura Coat Product’s Durapon 70 provides some of the finest metal protection available. With the addition of the new Edge Seal Coating, raw metal edges are also protected against corrosion.

Arkema Presents Technical Paper about Environmentally Safer Coating Systems

Arkema Inc. presented a technical paper on a high-performance, environmentally safer coating system for optimizing the protection of artistic and historic metalwork at the SSPC 2014 Conference on Feb. 11. SSPC 2014, held in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., serves as an international forum at which contractors, consultants, inspectors, engineers, paint/equipment manufacturers, and structure/facility owners exchange the latest research and technologies in the coatings industry. The event’s GreenCOAT technical program emphasizes innovations, the latest advances in eco-conscious coating technology, and developments for complying with green regulations.

With decreasing maintenance budgets, caretakers of our outdoor monuments, sculptures, and high-value architectural metalwork face formidable preservation challenges. In response to this urgent issue, the conservation community is continuously searching for more durable, low-maintenance coatings that provide longer-lasting protection against corrosion and degradation. Equally important, these new coating systems need to be environmentally safe, as increasingly stringent restrictions on volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and solvent use are limiting available materials that can be used.

In his presentation on the restoration of historical architectural tiffany metalwork at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dr. Kurt Wood, a principal scientist in Arkema’s Fluoropolymers R&D Division, explained how Kynar Aquatec PVDF emulsion technology meets the critical needs of the conservation and architectural communities for durable, low maintenance coatings that are safer for the environment. His presentation reviewed the results from accelerated and natural weathering studies, historic architectural metalwork applications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum, and a study of the candidate coatings by a group of experienced metal conservators from across the country.

“Researchers at Arkema Inc. continually strive to optimize PVDF-acrylic hybrid materials for different protective coating applications,” says Dr. Wood. “Ultimately, it is hoped that this collaborative work will serve as a guide to conservators, caretakers, and preservation professionals in implementing new strategies for optimizing the protection of high-value artistic and historic metalwork.”

RCMA Announces Presentations During the International Roof Coatings Conference

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), in partnership with nine industry organizations, will host the International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) July 14-17, 2014, in Baltimore at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel. In January, key leaders in the roof coatings industry who make up the IRCC Abstract Review Committee met to select the impressive lineup for this year’s IRCC presentations. The 2014 IRCC will include the following timely topics:

Dr. Karma Sawyer, United States Department of Energy
“The Building Envelope Emerging Technologies Portfolio in DOE’s Building Technologies Office”

Alice Kennedy, Baltimore Office of Sustainability
“Advancing Installation of Reflective Roofing Systems through Community-Based Social Marketing and the Baltimore Energy Challenge”

Dr. James L. Hoff, Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing
“Introducing the RoofPoint Energy and Carbon Calculator: Measuring the Energy and Environmental Contributions of Roofing Systems”

Jeffrey Steuben, Cool Roof Rating Council
“When the Going Gets Rough: The Impact of Substrate Texture on Solar Reflectance Ratings”

Dr. Hashem Akbari, Concordia University
“Advances in Developing Standards for Accelerated Aging of Cool Roofing Materials”

Michael D. Fischer, Kellen Company
“Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Codes and Standards: Impact on the Roof Coatings Industry”

Dr. Justin Jitao Chen, Dr. Steven Jiguang Zhang, Dr. Joseph Rokowski and Loganathan Ravisanker, Dow Chemical Company
“Novel PUA Hybrid Chemistry for Elastomeric Roof Coatings”

Joe Mellott and Tom Diamond, The Garland Company
“Overcoming Vapor Drive Issues in Cool Roofing”

Kurt Shickman, Global Cool Cities Alliance
“Cool Surfaces: An International Opportunity”

Dr. Michael R. Van De Mark, Missouri S&T Coatings Institute
“Solvent Reduction Technology – What are the Rules?”

Dr. Kaushik Biswas, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
“Impact of Dynamic Insulation Technologies on Steep-Slope Roof Assemblies”

Steve Heinje, Quest Construction Products
“The Roots and Future of Sustainability”

The second biennial IRCC is back by popular demand following the well-received inaugural 2012 IRCC, which was attended by over 120 industry representatives. This year, RCMA has partnered with nine U.S. and international organizations to bring you the 2014 IRCC. These conference partners include:

  • · Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
    · Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
    · National Research Council Canada (NRC)
    · Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA)
    · Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA)
    · Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA)
    · European Cool Roofs Council (ECRC)
    · American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
    · Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)

The conference will begin with an opening reception on the evening of Monday, July 14, and will continue through noon on Wednesday, July 16. Following the IRCC programming, the RCMA Summer Meeting Series, open to RCMA members and guests, will continue through the morning of Thursday, July 17.

Discounted “early bird” registration opens on Monday, April 7, 2014, and will run through May 19. Please contact RCMA Staff Associate Laura Dwulet to be added to the mailing list for conference and registration updates.