Pro Picks: Four pros weigh in on their favorite specialty coatings

Stephanie Conner

InPaint_Jun-Jul2017_FINAL_B_Page_30_Image_0001Rusted metal roofing, high-traffic stadium floors, and tile that needs recoating; these are just a few of the project types that the pros featured in this issue’s Pro Picks had to contend with in the recent past.

Read on to learn which specialty coating they turned to to tackle the challenge and get the job done right.


our prosBESI JANOVA: With a focus on commercial work, the family owned and operated Alpine Painting & Sandblasting in Paterson, NJ, has been in business since 1975. Repaints are a big part of the company’s work, and specialty coatings have come in handy for a few specific needs, says Besi Janova, a commercial project estimator for the company.

“We recently did a project where we had to recoat tile,” he explains. The Alpine team identified a special bonding primer—Rust-Oleum’s XIM Advanced Technology UMA Bonder—followed by a topcoat.

XIM is known for its bonding primers, particularly for surfaces like porcelain, tile, glass, Formica, and others that are hard to paint. Available in white and a tintable base, the product works for interior and exterior jobs and is low VOC and low odor.

“We’ve used that bonding primer for many years,” Janova says. “It’s worked very well for us.”

Another recent project the company worked on involved rusting corrugated overhead decking.

“The customer didn’t want to pay to get it sandblasted,” Janova explains. “So, we needed something that was going to hold back that rust.”

For situations like this, the company’s painters like Sherwin-Williams Opti-Bond Multi-Surface Coating, a single-coat, rust-inhibitive alkyd finish designed for ceilings and overhead expanses. It dries quickly, Janova says, and is resistant to corrosion.

“We met the customer’s needs and saved them money, too,” Janova adds.

WALT JOHNSON: For 30 years, W.E. Davis Co. has been providing residential and commercial painting services to clients in Western Washington. Walt Johnson uses a range of architectural coatings, including interior and exterior paints, stains, clear finishes and specialty coatings.

When asked to paint the interior of a veterinary clinic, he recommended an acrylic epoxy. “It needed to be chemically resistant (because of animal urine, etc.), and the walls needed to be scrubbable and washable so the facility could be kept clean,” he says. “Plus, you want acrylic vs. solvent so that there would be no harm to the people who work there, or the animals.”

For this job and others like it, Johnson likes the Miller Paint Co. Water-Based Acrylic Epoxy (183-5-10).

“You can use it on any sort of substrate, and as long as you pay attention to mixing ratios and induction time, it handles like paint,” he says.

ANTHONY FORESTO: As project manager for Arenas, Parks & Stadiums Solutions, Inc., Anthony Foresto has had more than his fair share of experience with structural and ornamental steel. His top coating pick: PPG Paint PITTHANE Ultra Gloss Urethane Enamel. “It’s a 2-part urethane system that, in my opinion, retains its gloss and color better than any other product of its kind out there,” says Foresto. “When you go in a ballpark, you’ll see a lot of the drink vendors slide their trays down the rails. Most coatings can’t tolerate this kind of repeated abuse. But Pitthane holds up really well.”

Another high-traffic surface Foresto tackles in his work is floors. “I like PPG Paint Break-Through! 250 Interior/Exterior Gloss Water-Borne Acrylic. It’s rated for forklifts so it’s super tough and durable. That’s the kind of performance you need in stadium and park settings, where hundreds of thousands of people come through in a single season.”

JOEL HAMBERG: For Joel Hamberg Painting in Portland, OR, woodwork refinishing is a key part of the business. With a mix of residential and commercial work, Hamberg, who’s been in the industry for more than 30 years, places an emphasis on sustainable products—and for all the woodwork he handles, Hamberg is a fan of SamaN products, out of Canada.

“It’s a very complete line—stains and varnishes and about 20 colors,” he says. “SamaN is what we use for handrails, kitchen cabinets and woodwork that’s been damaged or has faded.”

The refinishing work, he says, is a simple process that seldom requires stripping the wood. And the SamaN products are fast-drying, he says, which helps him be efficient.

“These products are great for furniture, cabinets, decks and more,” Hamberg adds. “And they make contractors money because they are of such high quality and help save you time.”

Hamberg also works on a lot of historic buildings, which entails dealing with lead paint and abiding by the RRP Rule.

For these projects, he turns to Rust-Oleum’s XIM Peel Bond High-Build Bonding Primer/Sealer—a water-based, penetrating bonding primer and sealer designed for both interior and exterior use.

“It helps us deal with old paint without totally stripping it,” he says. “It’s a great product.”

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