Priming and Painting for Wall Graphics Applications

New drywall must be primed and painted properly to ensure good adhesion of pressure-sensitive vinyl wall graphics. You wouldn’t think that applying vinyl wall graphics to newly painted drywall should be a problem. Of course, problems can and do happen. Especially when contractors rush to get the job done.

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How Dyes and Pigments Differ

The chemicals that color our world, whether we are painting or digitally printing or decorating fabric, fall into two categories: dyes and pigments. Both types of colorants add color to materials ranging from wood, paper, textiles, glass, plastic, ceramic glazes and even concrete. Each type of colorant, however, is very different with respect to chemical composition, solubility, durability […] Read more »

Printing and Painting Problems Caused by Static Electricity

In much of the country September ushers in climatic changes. As the autumn air becomes colder, the humidity of the air outdoors decreases.  The drop in humidity can result in an increase of problems related with static electricity. Static problems in print shops are further exacerbated, as we switch from air conditioning to a heating cycle.   Read more »

Intercoat Adhesion

Intercoat adhesion refers to either the bond of a primer coat to a substrate, or to the adhesion of one coating to another. In many cases, a primer or top coat bonds to the primer or another coating mechanically.  Although you may not see microscopic imperfections on a surface, a primer or paint will grip […] Read more »

How Acrylic Paint Compares with Oil Paint

  I had stepped into an artist’s shop in New Orleans. What had attracted me were the vibrant colors in his paintings. I had assumed that he must have used acrylic paints. To confirm my suspicions I questioned the artist, “Are you using acrylics?” He defensively replied, “What great artist has ever used acrylic paints?” […] Read more »