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VOCs… and Beyond: Powder and liquid coatings reviewed

Photo © Mark Kempf, St. Louis. Photo courtesy Dri-Design

When powder coatings were first introduced into the architectural market for metal surfaces, they were heralded as a vastly superior product and expected to quickly replace liquid paint and anodization. However, paint has had more staying power than predicted. To understand what attributes of liquid paint are causing it to remain popular, it is important to take a look a broad range of considerations, including color options, cost, ease of use and performance.

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Putting a Fresh Face on Historical Façades: Project teams

The absence or failure of adequate waterproofing systems is a major cause of deterioration from moisture intrusion on historical architectural façades dating back more than a century. Efforts by communities across the nation to preserve and restore these historical landmarks to like-new condition requires special expertise and thousands of hours to resolve deficiencies in waterproofing and to prevent future damage to the façade. Frequently, historic cast iron façades require the recasting and replacement of thousands of original ornamental components that are severely corroded beyond repair. Those original pieces that are salvageable must be stripped of old paint, repaired and recoated with high-performance primers and finishes that comply with demanding specifications for aesthetics, durability and resistance to corrosion and ultraviolet (UV) light. The scope and complexity of these projects require a high level of craftsmanship, technical expertise, and appreciation of the historical significance and challenges that are unique to these restorations.

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Putting a Fresh Face on Historical Façades

Photo courtesy Robert A. Baird/Historical Arts & Casting Inc.

The absence or failure of adequate waterproofing systems is a major cause of deterioration from moisture intrusion on historical architectural façades dating back more than a century. Efforts by communities across the nation to preserve and restore these historical landmarks to like-new condition requires special expertise and thousands of hours to resolve deficiencies in waterproofing and to prevent future damage to the façade. Frequently, historic cast iron façades require the recasting and replacement of thousands of original ornamental components that are severely corroded beyond repair. Those original pieces that are salvageable must be stripped of old paint, repaired and recoated with high-performance primers and finishes that comply with demanding specifications for aesthetics, durability and resistance to corrosion and ultraviolet (UV) light. The scope and complexity of these projects require a high level of craftsmanship, technical expertise, and appreciation of the historical significance and challenges that are unique to these restorations.

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