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Gripcrete 9000 PA Release 2-23

New Product Bulletin

PRODUCT RELEASE DATE: 2/23/2017

GripCrete 9000 PA OVERVIEW:

GripCrete 9000 PA is a high-solids polyaspartic developed for direct to concrete and primed concrete surfaces. This unique polyaspartic material has exceptional adhesion to marginally prepared surfaces because of unique viscosity and adhesion promoters. Its features epoxy type chemical resistance and tenacious adhesion while offering aliphatic polyurethane type protection to UV radiation. This new technology combines the work of three coatings; epoxy primer/ epoxy intermediate/polyurethane topcoat into one coat. This polyaspartic formulation will also have the unique ability to be tinted in the field to enable fast turn projects with unlimited color options. GripCrete 9000 PA will provide a high gloss finish. The material is VOC compliant and offer extended working times (up to one hour in low humidity environments) which is a vast increase from traditional polyaspartic offerings.

WHY WE DEVELOPED IT

GripCrete 9000 PA was developed to offer an alternative to polyurea and traditional polyaspartic floor coating. These coatings offer less than desirable results as working times and adhesion to prepped concrete has left the applicator with few options for fast turn projects. This material has superior application characteristics over competitor products while still providing excellent UV protection, chemical resistance, and same day return-to-service times.

KEY FEATURES

• Smooth, gloss finish

• 75% solids, VOC compliant

• SSPC Level 3 Paint 36 UV resistance performance

• Long working time (40-45 minutes)

• Resists forklift traffic

• Superior chemical and hot tire resistance

• Compliant for USDA applications

• Versatile usage for color quartz, vinyl flake, and metallic pigment applications

• Super fast return to service (2-4 hours for foot traffic)

WHERE DO I APPLY?

GripCrete 9000 PA is perfect for flooring applicators and owners who desire for a material with color matching capabilities and excellent adhesion to bare concrete or other hard to coat surfaces. It is excellent for commercial facilities seeking a solution for a low VOC, quick return to service floor coating that can hold up to consistent abuse from pedestrian traffic and forklift wear and tear.

Additionally, it can be used in most markets where a quick return to service (foot traffic) floor coating is desired. Combined with ease of application, adhesion to marginal prepared substrates, and fast return to service,

GripCrete 9000 is a product you can stand on.

TARGET MARKETS

• Industrial Facilities: Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Oil and Gas, Marine, Conventional Power Plants, Waste Water

• Commercial buildings: Warehouses, Garages, Churches, Schools, Commercial Building, Breweries, Restaurants

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To protect the equipment that drives your business, you need a partner with experience developing protective coatings for a wide variety of assets and industries.

At US Coatings, we build relationships that last the duration of a job and then some.

Floor Coatings Brochure

 

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Why warehouse floor coatings are more than just paint

Compared to other equipment and capabilities necessary in productive warehouses or other industrial settings, the paint chosen to coat a concrete floor never tops anyone’s list.

But warehouse floor coatings are critical to safe, efficient operations because they can reduce slip and trip hazards, protect concrete from harmful spills and heavy abuse and increase an operation’s efficiency.

At best, underestimating the necessity of the right warehouse floor coating can hold an operation back from running at peak efficiency. At worst, it puts employees and assets at risk and firms on the hook.

Enhance safety, efficiency and aesthetics with warehouse floor coatings

In settings where heavy shelves and forklifts are used, the right warehouse floor coating can protect concrete from cracking and chipping as well as the harmful effects of spilled chemicals. Coatings also protect people. Workers can move more safely on floor coatings engineered to resist slips and trips.

While it may seem frivolous to labor over what color to paint a floor, the right color does more for a space than meets the eye:

  • Spilled chemicals can be located and cleaned more easily when they contrast with the color of a floor coating. Differing floor coating colors can also separate sectors of a warehouse. This increases efficiency and reduces the risk of confusion and accidents.
  • Utility bills in warehouses add up. But the right warehouse floor coating can reflect light, keeping spaces more brightly lit. High-gloss coatings can reduce the cost to light a space or lead to the reduction in amount of lights used.
  • Aesthetics do matter. While a floor’s coating can add value in terms of safety, efficiency and asset protection, they’re also more pleasing to look at. Certain colors can even improve workers’ moods.

Comparing coating systems

The advantages and disadvantages of the many available coating systems mean decision makers must assess the work done in their spaces, the safety concerns present in those settings, their project budget and time constraints. Here’s a quick roundup of warehouse floor coating systems:

  • MMA – Low-glare Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) systems are resistant to some acids, alkalis and solvents and boast a fast cure time—you can walk on an MMA-coated surface in less than two hours. MMA can be applied at lower temperatures, can withstand elevated temperatures and has a much higher dry film thickness (DFT) than other systems, making it resistant to scratching. But floor preparation cannot be overlooked as MMA systems don’t bond as well to substrates compared to other options. Good ventilation is required when applying odorous MMA coats. MMA systems require as many as four coats and are costlier compared to other systems.
  • Epoxy and urethaneThese systems also resist chemicals well and boast high hardness. Their dry film thickness is on par with other coatings systems, require three coats and are among the less costly alternatives. But these systems do not cure quickly. The walk-on time of 24 hours is among the longest of the available systems; because each coat takes longer to cure, the total project time takes nearly two days.
  • 100% solids epoxy – These systems stand up to abrasion and chemical spills and can be applied to floors as part of a multi-part system or on their own. Because these coatings are 100% solids, their wet film thickness and dry film thickness are identical. That means no thickness is lost due to evaporation of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). For this reason, 100% solids epoxy coatings are safer to use. They’re also the cheapest option, but they do not cure quickly —walk-on time is up to 24 hours.
  • Polyaspartic – This hybrid system is an offshoot of epoxy and urethane systems that offers the advantages in a single coating what two coatings of epoxy and urethane systems can muster. Polyaspartic formulations can be manipulated to allow for curing times that suit individual projects and can be applied at temperatures well below freezing. Walk-on time is just four hours and polyaspartics are safer to use due to only moderate odors. These systems are costlier than epoxy / urethane and 100% solids systems but offer better flexibility compared to the other options.

US Coatings systems suit various needs

No industrial setting is identical, so one coating type certainly doesn’t fit all settings. That’s why US Coatings offers a range of floor coating options made to suit your individual needs.

GripCrete 200 SL – This 100% solids flooring epoxy is recommended in interior spaces where abrasion resistance or chemical protection is desired, including warehouses, service centers and commercial buildings. It can be used alone or in a multi-coat system.

GripCrete 200 SL can be applied directly to concrete but the risk outgassing / pinholing is reduced if the surface is primed. See additional GripCrete 200 SL specs here.

GripCrete 1750 MVE – MVE stands for moisture vapor emission. This low-odor, low-VOC, 100% solids concrete primer / sealer minimizes outgassing and moisture vapor transmission. GripCrete 1750 MVE is suitable for use as a primer in confined spaces and in underground or above-ground concrete coating applications. It can be applied to damp concrete.

GripCrete 1750 MVE is prone to chalking and ambering under sunlight in humid conditions; urethane or polyaspartic topcoats (such as GripCrete 200 SL or GripCrete 9000 PA) are recommended to prevent epoxy erosion and to retain color.

GripCrete 9000 PA – PA stands for polyaspartic. This next-generation coating is designed for a wide range of interior and exterior applications, including in warehouses, factories, chemical processing plants, stadiums and institutional buildings like hospitals and schools. It can also serve as a topcoat over other US Coatings floor systems. GripCrete 9000 PA is fast curing and UV-stable.

Polyaspartic coatings add greater value because they achieve in a single application the benefits of an epoxy and urethane system. As project timelines and budgets constrict, a polyaspartic warehouse floor coating could be the option that returns industrial spaces to service faster while keeping workers safe.

Thinking strategically about your warehouse floor coating can raise many questions, so contact us and we’ll help guide you through choosing the coating that best suits your space and developing a coatings maintenance plan. To get additional information about the products we offer, consult our product catalog.

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Introducing UreGrip 3360 DTM

UreGrip 3360 is the next generation of direct-to-metal finishes. It offers outstanding durability and weathering characteristics. In addition, it’s formulated to resist mold and mildew. UreGrip 3360 may also be used as a topcoat with an inorganic zinc epoxy primer system for maximum corrosion protection in the most severe industrial environments.

UreGrip 3360 is recommended for applications where high-gloss, low-VOC, increased production and long-term performance are desired.

Where to Use?

UreGrip 3360 DTM should lead the pack when it comes to a one coat solutions for fabricators, OEM’s and even maintenance painters looking for an solution that has a 2 hour pot life and 2-3 hour dry-to-handle times.  

This coating can displace an  epoxy and polyurethane systems in one coat or may appeal to owners who would like to lower their shops VOC emission rates.

Why Use Polyaspartic?

The fast dry, high-gloss, low temp drying capability in one coat along with 2-4 hour dry to handle times.  This technology allows for same day turn-arounds that could have taken 2-3 days with traditional systems.  For cold weather application this coating can dramatically extend the painting season as lab testing has proven curing in sub-freezing conditions. 

Features: 

– This material has a rapid tint capability (RTS) and can be tinted with commonly available 844 tints systems.  

– Excellent color and gloss retention

– High Gloss Finish > 90+ @ 60 Degrees 

– Very good chemical resistance

– VOC Compliant for shop use < 250 g/l 

Pricing: How does UreGrip 3360 DTM Stack Up?  

Product Competitor 

Cost per gallon* 

Solids/gallon 

Cost/sq.ft./mil 

USC UreGrip 3360 DTM

 $xxx.xx

86%

 $0.07

SW Envirolastic 840 DTM

 $xxx.xx

77%

 $0.08

International 4500

 $xxx.xx

56%

 $0.11

Traditional Epoxy/Urethane 

Epoxy  

 $xx.xx

80%

 $0.04

Polyurethane 

 $xx.xx

56%

 $0.08

Contact US Coatings for pricing. 

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Polyaspartic vs. Epoxy and urethane: Choosing coatings wisely

Choosing the right coating for your industrial assets is important. The right choice could mean added useful life and less maintenance for key assets. The wrong one might lay the groundwork for untimely and costly failures.

Foreknowledge of which coatings are better suited for different environments and job specifications is key to an efficient and effective coating job. Let’s compare epoxy and urethane coating systems, a longtime staple of industrial asset protection, to polyaspartic technology, a hybrid coating type increasing in popularity because it can limit lag time and reduce costs.

The case for epoxy and urethane coatings

Epoxy and urethane coating systems offer two layers of protection over a surface. These perform well in heavy industry settings because they’re more tightly cross-linked and less permeable, offering good substrate protection, increased chemical resistance and greater hardness. Due to these qualities, metal and concrete substrates protected by epoxy and urethane combinations stand up well to use and abuse.

Epoxy and urethane coatings also can tolerate exposure to many industrial chemicals. For instance, surfaces protected by epoxy and urethane coatings stand up well against sulfuric acid, which is used in a wide variety of industrial processes. However, certain organic acids present in food production, such as nitric acid, can harm epoxy and urethane coatings.

Epoxy and urethane coatings are well-suited for interior spaces with controlled environments.

Limiting lag time with polyaspartic technology

Relatively new on the industrial coatings scene is polyaspartic technology, a hybrid coating similar to polyurethanes. Innovations in the technology have made these coatings a more versatile option compared to epoxy and urethane coating systems. Applying polyaspartics in a single coat accomplishes what traditional epoxy and urethane systems need two coats to do. The technology has come a long way as early polyaspartic formulations had low adhesion values. Well-known system failures have been blamed on this lack of adhesion promoters in early polyaspartic technology.

Polyurethanes are softer, more flexible and offer better color and gloss retention. They perform well as structural protection, are more versatile in terms of protecting assets in harsh weather conditions and offer better impact resistance than epoxy and urethane coatings. For example, tanks, exterior pipes, barges or exterior concrete are better protected with polyurethane coatings.

Polyaspartic technology breaks from traditional polyurethanes because polyaspartic esters can be manipulated to suit varying applications. Manipulating the esters allows for controlled drying times and extends potlife. Where epoxy and urethane coatings require much longer curing times, polyaspartic coatings cure much more quickly. That limits lag time, allowing assets to be put back to use more quickly. Polyaspartic coatings also can be formulated for application and curing at temperatures well below freezing.

Polyaspartic technology eliminates a step in the coating process compared to epoxy and urethane combinations, saving labor and material costs and shortening project timelines.

Because lower- and zero-VOC coatings can be achieved with polyaspartic technology, it’s safer to apply in confined spaces like storage tanks, railcars or pipes where ventilation is minimal. This also can save on taxes levied against high VOC outputs.

US Coatings introduces UreGrip 3360

US Coatings’ newest polyurethane coating presents a solution in the polyaspartic vs. epoxy and urethane debate. Formulated to protect metal substrates, UreGrip 3360 incorporates polyaspartic technology with advantages that include direct-to-metal application, excellent color and gloss retention and single-coat high build capability. UreGrip 3360 boasts outstanding durability and weathering characteristics and is used to protect a wide range of industrial assets.

UreGrip 3360 offers a two-hour potlife. Faster curing means assets can return to service on the same day as application. Reduced downtime cuts costs; these savings are multiplied when UreGrip 3360 is used in subsequent surface coating programs.

Let us help

As the industrial coating landscape changes, US Coatings is ready to help owners and managers determine the best coating solutions to their specific needs. Contact us for a consultation or view our product portals to learn more about what we offer.

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UreGrip 3900 Release

Overview

UreGrip 3900 is a 2K, thin-film (1-2 mils/25-50µ DFT), fast dry, high solids, low VOC/HAP’s, high gloss polyurethane with mirror-like DOI (depth-of-image). This unique product allows for dry times to be customized by the applicator to meet the expectations of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s). The coating has high early hardness, excellent adhesion and resistance to impact, marring, abrasion, chemicals and staining. 3900 is recommended as a direct to metal (DTM) finish coating or as a finish over universal alkyds, epoxies, epoxy mastics, or properly prepared aged coatings.

What is UreGrip 3900?

US Coatings understands that a fast drying, great looking finish signifies value in the eyes of our customers, and UG 3900 is the perfect solution to communicate product quality to their customers that lasts beyond the time of sale. UreGrip 3900 was designed to meet a variety of customer needs in the OEM and light industrial market. This product offers the aesthetics of an automotive finish combined with the performance of an industrial urethane. The ease of use and the physical performance exceeds any competitive coating in the high-solids, thin-film urethane market space today.

The application qualities are appropriate where high DOI (depth of image) and improved throughput are desired, for example, excavation & agribusiness equipment, top-of-the-line light duty trailers, compressors, metal furniture & fixtures, crane fabricators, and job shops.

Additional markets where clients are searching for a thin film topcoat with superior hiding and UV stable polyurethane finish the for completing of their custom work or large-scale assembly lines. The lower film build capability makes 3900 aggressive against thicker film polyurethanes. 3900 is also perfect for maintenance and touch-up of existing structures in moderately corrosive, high visibility areas.

Features:

  • Infinite color matching capability with revolutionary US Coatings proprietary system
  • Ability to accept standard high-performance coatings tint systems
  • Force-cure capable
  • Exceeds air quality restriction requirements for the entire US
  • May be applied as a DTM (Direct-to-Metal)
  • Application by conventional, airless spray, HVLP, electrostatic or plural component spray
  • Customizable dry times
  • Wet look, high DOI finish offers best-in-class aesthetics

Market Segment Targets:

  • General Metal Finishing, Compressors, Tools, Machine Tools, Packaging Equipment, Dumpsters, Garden Equipment
  • Light and Heavy Duty Equipment, Earth Moving Equipment, Cranes, Machinery, Lift Trucks and Accessories
  • Agriculture Equipment, Wagons, Tillers, Bailers, Spreaders, Harvesting Equipment
  • Light and Heavy Duty Trailer Manufactures
  • Appliances
  • Office Furniture
  • Lawn and Garden Furniture
  • Metal Building Products, Doors, Shelving, Displays, Fencing, Tool Sheds
  • Decorative Steel Products

Competitive Comparisons

Company US Coatings Sherwin-Williams Carboline
Product UreGrip 3900 Polane HS Plus Carbothane 8845
Generic Polyurethane Polyurethane Acrylic, Aliphatic Polyurethane
Gloss 90+ 90+ 75+
SBV 76% 60% 71%
VOC supplied 215 g/l 335 g/l 228 g/l
HAP’s supplied 0.43lbs/solid gallon NA 0.54lbs/solid gallon
DFT/coat 1.5-3 mils/25-50µ 1.5-2 mils/37-50µ 3-5 mils/75-125µ
Dry to Touch @ 75°F/24°C 60-90 minutes/

customizable

60-90 minutes 90-120 minutes
Dry to Handle @ 75°F/24°C 4-8 hours 10-12 hours 7-8 hours
To Recoat 60-90 minutes 60-90 minutes 90-120 minutes
Max Recoat No Maximum NA 200°F/93°C
Airless Spray Tip .013-.017” .009-.013” .013-.017”
Mix Ratio 4:1 3:1 4:1
Surface Prep Primer Finish
SSPC SP3 NA UreGrip 3900
Pretreated Surfaces NA UreGrip 3900
SSPC SP6 MultiGrip 7000 Universal UreGrip 3900
SSPC SP6 MultiGrip 7000 Phenolic Alkyd UreGrip 3900
SSPC SP6 EpoxyGrip 2900 UreGrip 3900
SSPC SP6 EpoxyGrip 2500 UreGrip 3900
Feature Advantage Benefit
High Solids Coating Lower applied cost per square foot applied VOC and HAPs regulations and reduced
VOC and HAPs regulations and reduced Lower operating costs than competitive products Greater plant safety and reduced hazardous waste generation
Unique color delivery system Early hardness and excellent color and gloss retention Coatings looks like new for longer

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US Coatings Joins Dunn-Edwards Industrial Lineup

The following is from a release that initially appeared on the website of Dunn-Edwards Paints

Dunn-Edwards is proud to now carry US Coatings, a leading manufacturer of high-performance and industrial coatings. US Coatings manufactures a complete line of light-, moderate and severe-duty industrial products, including single-component acrylic primers and topcoats, alkyd shop primers, two-component epoxies, urethane, and ultra-weatherable poly-siloxane products. If your project requires intumescent coatings, US Coatings also offers complete product solutions for interior and exterior fireproofing requirements. US Coatings custom tailors its products to fit the needs of clients across a wide variety of markets and — with the addition of this new product line — Dunn-Edwards now provides the most extensive range of industrial product solutions in the Southwest.

Founded in 2000 in St. Louis, MO., US Coatings is an industry leader with connections spanning a vast number of specialty coatings markets, including marine, oil and gas, chemical, mining, water and waste-water treatment, manufacturing and commercial and architectural. Despite this success, US Coatings is committed to remaining nimble enough to take on any challenge, large or small. All US Coatings products are manufactured with the latest in coatings technology, providing exceptional toughness and durability, advanced corrosion resistance, enhanced chemical resistance and superior weatherability, as well as ease of application. Many US Coatings products meet or exceed SSPC coating specifications, such as SSPC – Coating Specification No. 36 which defines performance-based qualifications for Two Component Weatherable Aliphatic Polyurethane Topcoats.

More than just purveyors of paint, US Coatings take collaborating with its customers seriously, providing superior service throughout the course of every job. With the support of US Coatings, Dunn-Edwards continues to focus on building relationships with customers to offer personalized attention to each client’s project — before, during and after — something the competition can’t match. For more information regarding US Coatings or any of its industrial coatings partners, please contact your local Dunn-Edwards sales representative.

 

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High solids coatings: A visual breakdown

There’s a lot of talk about high solids coatings among industrial coatings professionals these days. But outside of the circle of experts (and sometimes even within it), the concept can be a little fuzzy. Here’s a visual breakdown that hopefully simplifies main principals at work when we refer to high, or even 100 percent, solids coatings.

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US Coatings adds East Coast sales team

US Coatings is excited to announce the addition of a new East Coast sales team to further expand our nationwide industrial coatings sales presence. Patriot Metal Finishing Systems, Inc. will now be carrying products from US Coatings.

The Mooresville, North Carolina-based company specializes in finding metal finishing solutions for a broad customer base across a number of industries.

“It’s really exciting to see our coast-to-coast presence solidified with such a trusted brand,” said US Coatings General Manager Mike Reed. “Being attached to the Patriot name on the East Coast represents massive sales potential for us.”

“We are honored to form a new partnership with US Coatings. Complementing our current liquid paint offering, US Coatings brings to Patriot an exceptional staff, state of the art coating technology & a service lab and team that are second to none in our industry,” said Matthew R. DeVries, President of Patriot Metal Finishing. “We believe this new business relationship will launch both our companies to a new level of sales and recognition in the finishing industry.”

The agreement with Patriot Metal Finishing comes shortly after the opening of a warehouse and industrial tint center in Los Angeles, California. Together, these agreements help to expand the nationwide distribution capabilities of US Coatings through trusted partnerships.

About US Coatings

US Coatings is a St. Louis, Missouri-based industrial coatings supplier. Founded in 2000, US Coatings creates products designed to serve a number of specialty markets and applications and prides itself on superior customer service throughout the course of the job.

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Supporting independent sales reps

The privilege of the nimble coatings manufacturer

From the desk of Mike Reed, General Manager at US Coatings

I’ve talked before about the importance of independent sales reps to our operation. I’ve argued that coatings sales reps have entered an age of under appreciation at large coatings companies. They’re often micromanaged, not allowed to unleash the full potential of their professional networks and their compensation often doesn’t represent the true value they bring to their companies.

Higher commissions are one way that coatings manufacturers can address this issue. But that’s not the only strategy, and perhaps not even the most important one when it comes to assisting independent sales reps to be effective salespeople. After all, commissions occur less and less frequently the tougher it is to make the sale. First and foremost, coatings companies need to focus on supporting their reps however they can.

Taking sales support company-wide

Selling industrial coatings is a job that’s easier with a committed support team behind you. At US Coatings, we like to say that everyone in the company fills a sales support function. Sales, along with the quality of our products, are what keep us in business after all. So for us, it only makes sense to throw all of our resources behind the talented people that make sales happen.

Another thing that makes selling easier? Having exactly what the customer wants. That’s simply beyond the capabilities of some massive coatings manufacturers. They have poured time and resources into getting juggernaut product lines moving full steam ahead, and tweaking them to meet a single customer’s needs is the equivalent of turning a freighter around at sea to recover a crewmember’s lost hat. It simply can’t be justified from the standpoint of time and revenue.

More nimble coatings companies can still manage this, though. Custom coatings formulations are still a possibility for customers that would be forced to settle for an off-the-shelf solution with a global coatings giant. Take a customer that requires samples before making a bulk purchase, for example. Those might take a large manufacturer months to ship, if they’re willing to customize a product at all. But a coatings manufacturer who has a designated, small-batch specialist that’s used to working with a sales rep to address unique customer needs, these small orders can be churned out within a matter of days. This leads to happier customers that are more ready to make deals.

When the sales and manufacturing arms of a company are collaborating to isolate product performance factors important to a buyer, to efficiently deliver on customer needs, and to do so quickly and reliably, then sales representatives are empowered by the full weight of the operation they belong to.

Management, it goes without saying, is also a critical source of support. Sales reps need to feel that it’s okay to take their skills to the markets they’re most familiar with and to leverage the contacts they’ve generated over years of experience in sales. Too often, management assigns sales reps to arbitrary territories or product categories that don’t reflect their skills and experience.

This is the level of support that independent coatings sales reps should expect from their organizations. It’s the best way to maximize both sales and the talents that each individual brings to his or her job. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more of a rarity for global coatings giants to provide it. And that may just end up benefiting the rest of us.

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