Coatings Industry Articles

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Testing Methods For Adhesion and Pull Off Strength

VIDEO:  AWFI Senior Coatings Analyst, Bill Goughenour, demonstrates testing methods for coatings applied to a substrate.  This video discusses pull-off strength & cross hatch testing procedures….read more

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Using Standard Operating Procedures

In the wood finishing industry, manufacturers have often relied on what we refer
to as “tribal knowledge” for the information base used in the finishing room. In many
situations, this “tribal knowledge” is the knowledge…read more

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Preventing Product Liabilities

No one wants to think about a potential finish failure.  In our society where liability suits are prevalent, manufacturers must take every precaution to protect against finish failures and liability suits.  Preventing a problem before it occurs…read more

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Setting Up a Finishing Department Training Program

Wood Color Charts and Colorants

As an industry consultant and training professional, I visit over thirty wood manufacturers each year.  They range from one man shops to multi-million dollar operations…read more

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Wood Dye Stain Technologies

We often hear finishers comment that they never use dyes or dye stains in their wood coloring development process.  In this article, we want to present the use of dye stains in order to help finishers realize their potential to produce…read more

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Special Crackle Finishing Effects

Have you ever had a sample of crackle finish handed to you by a customer?  The finisher’s first reaction is most often one of fear and apprehension at the thought of having to produce a crackle finish.  These reactions may be well founded.  Crackle…read more

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Spray Gun & Equipment Cleaning

As the old saying goes: the job isn’t complete until the clean-up is complete.
Equipment clean up may be the least desirable part of a spray operator’s job; however, good cleaning of equipment is essential to achieve consistent quality ofread more

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Hot Weather Finishing Challenges

Hot Weather Finsihing Challenges

As the weather heats up during the summer, finishers should expect finishing problems to escalate. As a general rule, ambient temperatures over 90 degrees with accompanying humidity over 70% can cause problems to occur in…read more

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Greening Up the Finishing Room

Everyone is looking for ways to add a little green to the bottom line. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take a little paint and cover up the red ink on the balance sheet? Going “green” in the finishing department can do…read more

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Good adhesion of your coatings should always be a concern in any type of coating system. As coating formulations change and new methods of finishing are developed, our first reaction is to check to insure that the coating meets the expected adhesion…read more

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