Keeping you informed: TruBlue Partners with Fresh Coat Painters – Lumilor Coating Set to Light up the Sky and more – One Art Installation and 160+ Touch-ups – Paint Finds Its (re) Purpose

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TruBlue Partners with Fresh Coat Painters

TruBlue Total House Care, a property management company offering handyman, lawn care, emergency repairs, and other home services, has added Fresh Coat Painters to its list of referral partners.

According to Fresh Coat Painters President Tara Riley, “Having a partnership with TruBlue is awesome because in markets with both a Fresh Coat and TruBlue, the local franchise owners can work together to serve clients in the best way. TruBlue can do small painting jobs, but needs someone they can call on for big painting projects, which is where Fresh Coat comes in.”

LumiLor coating set to light up the sky and more

LumiLor, the world’s first and only patented electroluminescent paint, is now being used by Airbus to create electroluminescent exterior markings for use on planes.

A four-layer coating system that produces light with the use of alternating current, LumiLor is available in lit colors of green, aqua, blue, white and orange. When not illuminated, the coating appears as a dull gray.

LumiLor is currently being used in aftermarket applications (think cars, motorcycles and helmets) and is being integrated into a variety of manufactured products.

According to Darren Mieskoski, VP of sales and marketing, the company is currently developing applications for use on both interior and exterior building surfaces. He said, “Basically anything you can paint can become a light bulb.” And because the product is cool to the touch, even when illuminated, he sees great potential in safety applications such handrails, molding, and more.

One art installation and 160+ touch-ups

When MASS MoCA debuted James Turrell’s Perfectly Clear, the centerpiece of a Turrell retrospective installation Into the Light in North Adams, MA on May 28, 2017, they made sure they had plenty of touch-up paint on hand for the weeks and months that would follow.

A two-story installation that visitors actually ascend into, the work features an expansive chamber with curved corners that make it hard to discern where the floors, walls and ceiling begin and end. Light inside the walls lends a color-changing glow to the space and helps to blur the visual cues that typically ground you in a space.

According to Deputy Director and COO Larry Smallwood, every surface of the space is coated with Rosco Supersaturated White paint. The vinyl acrylic coating is often used on set designs and projection screens. “The challenge,” Smallwood said, “is that you don’t usually have people walking on what’s akin to ceiling paint.”

While visitors to the exhibit are required to wear protective booties, they still leave their mark. “We do touch-ups twice a week,” he said, noting the work gets done after hours and requires some basic prep, cleaning, spraying, and a good bit of blending up the walls.

“A lot of people might not realize the level of care and maintenance required by an extremely popular installation like this,” said Smallwood. “With reservations for this limited-admission work stretching out weeks and months in advance, we want to keep it looking pristine.”

The exhibit is slated to stay on display at least through 2018, meaning the museum will be looking to order more paint for some time to come.

Paint finds its (re)purpose at landfill

For years, the landfill in Mesa County, CO was required to cover its trash mound on a daily basis with 6″ of dirt. But in recent years, dirt was in short supply. What wasn’t in short supply was the 9,000 gallons of paint collected at the county’s hazardous waste facility.

Working with LSC Environmental Products, LLC, the county’s Solid Waste Management team developed a plan to create a more durable cover for the trash mound by mixing the available paint with a slurry. After a 90-day test, the landfill implemented the approved paint-cover strategy using a hydroseeder. In the first year of the program, the facility used 3,800 gallons of latex paint in the slurry and saved $11,300 in disposal fees in the process. In addition, Mesa County Solid Waste Management was awarded the Program Innovation Award by the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association.

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