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D+D July/August 2013

D+D July/August 2013

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Decorative Finishes

Trick the Eye Engage the Mind

by Pamela Simmons, Durability + Design

The author reviews the work of noted trompe l’oeil artist, John Pugh. The muralist has found that by creating architectural illusion that integrates with the existing environment both optically and aesthetically, the art transcends the “separateness” that public art sometimes produces.

Building Envelope

Laboratory and Field Testing Of Thin-Film Air Barrier Coatings Applied To CMU

by Kevin Knight, Retro-Specs Ltd.

Air barriers have become a means of reducing energy consumption, decreasing mold claims, and increasing building service life. Testing air-barrier systems correctly prior to occupancy can save time, money, and headaches down the road.

Maintenance + Renovation

Wood Restoration

by Alan Zielnik, Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC

Restoration involves preserving materials from a particular period of significance, and often that material is wood. This article explores the common causes of wood damage, the steps involved in restoration, the types of products available, and how they work.

Good Technical Practice

Industry Standards for Surface Preparation

by Kenneth A. Trimber, KTA-Tator, Inc.

Thorough surface preparation is necessary to achieve long-term coating performance. This article describes relevant industry surface preparation standards produced by SSPC, NACE, ICRI, and ASTM, and reports on plans for developing new standards in the recently formed SSPC Commercial Coatings Committee.

Coatings Technology

Graffiti Costs and Cleanup: How Coatings Can Help

by Alan Zielnik, Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC

Graffiti-removal costs put a significant strain on both government and private budgets. Alan Zielnik delves into the subject of antigraffiti coatings as a cost-effective mitigation tool and surveys coating selection, coating types, and test methods.


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by Sharon Steele, Publisher, Durability + Design

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