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August 2015 MPI News
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The Case of the Two Towers:
Tips for Specifying and
Applying Elastomeric

Peeled coating reveals debris on substrate Based on the experience of PQA Inspector Dave Lick and MPI’s Level 2 Architectural Coatings Specialist course

Waterbased elastomeric coatings are often the go-to choice for exterior concrete/masonry wall applications. But they can be tricky to apply correctly, and for some applications they should be avoided even if they appear to be the leading choice. In this article, we’ll begin a series describing best practices for working with elastomeric coatings and how to avoid costly problems.

Elastomeric coatings are higher volume solids (45-60%) than conventional paints, and are applied in films that typically attain a dry film thickness in the range of 10-20 mils per coat (versus conventional paints with a DFT of 2-3 mils). Initially designed as a waterproofing solution for stucco, which is a relatively rough surface that tends to crack, elastomerics are also well suited for tilt-up or poured-in-place concrete and masonry wall surfaces (including CMUs) because they provide excellent waterproofing properties; can tolerate some substrate movement; and their stretchiness (150-400% or greater elongation without breaking throughout their service life) allows them to fill or bridge even moving hairline cracks.

Elastomeric coatings can be an attractive choice for specifiers or owners because of their durability; many manufacturers offer a 10-year warranty versus the typical two-year warranty for conventional coatings. So it’s not unusual to see elastomeric technology specified for applications where a high quality exterior latex coating may actually be equally suitable.

What to Watch For… Too Little Product Applied

One coat of elastomeric applied at 18 mils DFT; note ropey lumpy texture

With elastomerics, all too often we see projects where the dry film thickness of the finished system is woefully lacking
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Congratulations to the new MPI Level 1 Training Grads

MPI recognizes these new Certified Architectural Coating Technologists who recently passed MPI Level 1 training: MPI ACT Cert

  • Pier Crivillaro, Benjamin Moore
  • Craig Heintzman, Benjamin Moore
  • Linda Cipriano, Benjamin Moore
  • Carmine Zirino, Benjamin Moore
  • Nick Holmquist, Benjamin Moore
  • Doug Breckner, Benjamin Moore
  • Jennifer Nelson, Benjamin Moore
  • Jon Minogue, Benjamin Moore
  • Courtney Galer, POCO Building Supplies
  • Dustin Phillips, POCO Building Supplies
  • Jim Michelsen, Primeworks Property Services
  • Bret Michelsen, Primeworks Property Services
  • Carolina Maloney, RJC Engineer
Level 1 graduates can advance to Level 2 Architectural (New Construction) Painting or Maintenance Repainting.

MPI Issues Another Level 2A Architectural Coating Specialist Certification

ACS CertificationMPI is proud to announce that Luc Chartrand of MF Paints has successfully completed MPI’s Level 2A Architectural training course and received their Architectural Coatings Specialist (ACS) certification.

MPI Level 2 is the study of best practices for commercial/architectural painting; graduates are rigorously trained to provide expert answers to customer questions; troubleshoot existing problems and prevent mistakes; write strong paint specs for repaint or new construction work; and provide expert recommendations for the correct coatings, systems, and surface preparation for each type of surface and application. See what our Level 2 grads have to say about the course.

Member of MPI’s International Advisory Board Receives Navy’s Top Scientist Award

Daniel Zarate, a chemist with Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC) in Port Hueneme, California, was honored at the Pentagon by the assistant secretary of the Navy (ASN) for research, development and acquisition as one of the Navy’s top scientists, June 12.

Daniel ZarateZarate successfully developed, validated and transitioned the next generation of Polysulfide Modified Novolac Epoxy (PMNE) coating for use in petroleum, oil, and lubricants (POL) fuels tanks. The new coating successfully resolved environmental and operational risks associated with leaks caused by corrosion, including the elimination of volatile organic compounds in the coatingread more

MPI is sad to announce the passing of one of their first international MPI advisory board members.

Eric KlineEric Stephen Kline passed away on Friday July 31, 2015. He recently retired from KTA Tator as an executive Vice President, after 30 years, but continued to serve as a technical advisor and goodwill ambassador.

Eric was on MPI’s International Advisory Board since MPI was set up. He came to Vancouver with an associate to train the inspectors of the Master Painters & Decorators Association in industrial coatings approximately 20 years ago. Approximately 15 years ago, he drove from Pittsburgh to Washington DC to support MPI in a meeting with Federal Government decision makers while having just had surgery on both Achilles tendons, then drove back to Pittsburgh the same day. Eric has been a personal friend of both MPI and MPDA for years, and will be sorely missed.

Eric was a prolific lecturer and author, seeking solutions to corrosion issues that plagued the coatings industry. He was a favorite presenter at many technical conferences. Eric received many awards from the coatings industry including: SSPC Honorary Life member Award (2008), SSPC John Keane Award of Merit (2003) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AISC (2014).

Family meant a great deal to Eric. He was married to Suzanne (Suzie) for 49 years and they produced 5 wonderful children and 8 grandchildren of which Eric was very proud.

Memorial donations can be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org), 333 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or the American Diabetes Association, 100 West Station Square Drive, #1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (www.diabetes.org).

New Approved Products

Sample of products added this month to our Approved Products Lists…
MPI # Label Product Name Product Code RG L GPS-1 GPS-2
Beauti-Tone Paint
149 Beauti-Tone Natura Primer Sealer 58010
Behr Paint
33 Behr Semi-Transparent Oil-Based Wood Stain 4330
39 Premium Plus Interior All-In-One-Primer 75
Benjamin Moore
44 Coronado Super Kote 5000 Acrylic Latex Eggshell Enamel 30
Davis Paint
100 Davis Boiled Linseed Oil X4
Masterchem Industries
39 Kilz 2 Interior/Exterior Water-Based Primer 2000
223 Kilz Odorless Interior Oil-Based Primer 1004
PPG Architectural
44 Glidden Professional Ultra Hide 250 Interior Eggshell 1402
50 Dulux Ultra Zero VOC Interior Latex Primer 97600
149 Dulux Ultra Zero VOC Interior Latex Primer 97600
149 X-Green™ Valspar Professional Interior Latex Primer 11286
50 X-Green™ Valspar Professional Interior Latex Primer 11286

check Product meets Green Performance Standard 1 (GPS-1), chemical component restrictrions.
check Product meets MPI Green Performance Standard 2 (GPS-2) limit of maximum 50 g/l VOC
check Product meets VOC regulations for either Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) or Environment Canada
check Product meets LEED 2009 requirements (excluding LEED for schools)
For more information about MPI’s Green Performance Standards, click here

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