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US Coatings to partner with The Thortex Group

US Coatings to partner with The Thortex Group Valentus Specialty Chemicals has entered a global technology supply agreement through its Protective Maintenance Coatings business unit and The Thortex Group. US Coatings, a subsidiary of Valentus Specialty Chemicals, will partner with Thortex to provide engineered coatings and repair systems to the worldwide infrastructure repair market. Thortex […]

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Case Study: Eastman Chemical Company Fights CUI with VSC 1200

Case Study: Eastman Chemical Company Fights CUI with VSC 1200 One of the costliest corrosion problems faced by the chemical processing and petroleum refining industries is corrosion under insulation (CUI).  CUI affects both carbon steel and stainless steel equipment and has been recognized as a problem for many years.  The American Petroleum Institute publishes recommended […]

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Phenolic Foam Remediation and Repair- How to Identify and, Stop, and Repair Sulphonic Acid Corrosion on Roof Decking

Discussion of coatings selected for deck remediation where the decking has been exposed to Phenolic Foam Insulation (PFI). History: In 1991, the major industrial coatings manufacturers of the United States were contacted by Beazer East, Inc. through a consulting firm.  These coating manufacturers were presented with the problem of specifying a surface preparation and coating […]

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VSC 1200: An advanced polyurethane industrial maintenance coating with superior long term performance

VSC 1200: An advanced polyurethane industrial maintenance coating with superior long term performance US Coatings is excited to introduce a new 2K polyurethane finish and surface-tolerant epoxy mastic system that outperforms competing systems in almost every way—at no added cost. Developed by Valentus Specialty Chemicals, the VSC 1200 Topcoat and VSC 1100 Primer are more […]

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“Selecting the Right Coating – The 4 Basic Questions”

“Selecting the Right Coating – The 4 Basic Questions” If one coating could do everything, coating selection would be limited to color and gloss choices and specification writing would be relatively simple.  Since that magic coating does not (yet) exist, we are left with hundreds of selections to choose from.  Many coatings will indeed perform […]

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“The Top Two Considerations of Writing Coating Specifications: Performance-Based versus Specific Named Products

“The Top Two Considerations of Writing Coating Specifications: Performance-Based versus Specific Named Products”    A coating specification serves many purposes. In its basic use, it provides a roadmap for the proper installation of a coating system. Any number of painting standards are often referenced to provide the applicator or end user proper guidelines for carrying […]

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Inorganic Zinc Primers vs. Galvanizing… the age old debate

Inorganic Zinc versus Galvanizing There is an age old debate regarding galvanizing steel versus using inorganic zinc primers for protection against corrosion in exterior environments.  Below is a selection from a NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) publication discussing the subject. The text is widely accepted as the most comprehensive guide to corrosion engineering. Excerpt […]

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Comparing and testing generic topcoats for exterior use

Comparing and testing generic topcoats for exterior use One of the important factors a buyer considers during the paint buying process is how well topcoats perform during their service. Also known as weathering finishes, these coatings are designed for ultraviolet (UV) exposure during exterior use. They’re common in any industry that requires equipment or structures […]

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Which primers are best for rusted steel?

MasticGrip 2500 is a surface tolerant, aluminum flake filled, mastic epoxy which can act as primer or finish. MasticGrip 2500  is an aluminum pigmented, low-stress, high-solids mastic with outstanding performance properties and offers . It has unique properties over conventional coatings because it wets out existing rust down to the steel substrate. MasticGrip 2500 coating […]

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The best 100% solids primer every painter should know about….

RustGrip 2300 is designed to minimize prep when time and resources are limited RUSTGRIP 2300 is a highly cross-linked penetrating primer/sealer with superior wetting properties. Its a 100% solids epoxy, and will not lift existing coatings yet, allows any topcoat to be overcoated. It is highly flexible with good chemical and solvent resistance, and accepts […]

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