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The market for antimicrobial surface coatings continues to grow, but some experts are unconvinced that the technology merits widespread use. This month, D+D In Depth explores how antimicrobial agents interact
with other coating components, and their suitability for specific scenarios. We also tell the story of renovating a 19th-century house museum, in which limestone facades and tile roofs meet cutting-edge materials and techniques.
— AARON JENTZEN, EDITOR

Restoring a Gilded Age Icon

BY PAMELA JEROME, CARL ROTHBART AND ROSE SCOTT LONG,
ARCHITECTURAL PRESERVATION STUDIO, PC

The Breakers (1895) is the “crown jewel” of the historic Great House museums owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County. A series of restoration projects aim to repair damage from exposure and recapture the building’s original appearance.


The Invisible Menace: Antimicrobial Coatings to the Rescue

BY ALLEN ZIELNIK, ATLAS MATERIAL TESTING TECHNOLOGY LLC

The USDA and several leading paint and powder-coating companies are working to fine-tune antimicrobial coatings used to finish medical instruments, equipment and supplies to prevent bacteria growth. Now, the technology is starting to make an even bigger impact on consumers.


From Stradivarius to Hardwood Floors:
How Coatings Protect and Beautify Wood

BY ALLEN ZIELNIK, ATLAS MATERIAL TESTING TECHNOLOGY LLC

Wood is one of our most versatile and beautiful building and decorative materials, but also one of the most complex. With so many wood products and applications, how can we begin to categorize the available coatings and better understand their properties?


Design Solutions for the Vegas Strip

BY DEL WILLIAMS, TECHNICAL WRITER

When it comes to custom water features, architectural decor and themed prop design, a new breed of seamless, spray-on, waterproof protective coatings offers alternatives to more conventional plaster, epoxy, tile and fiberglass.



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