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Get the Antimicrobial Advantage

In high-traffic environments where conditions are ripe for the growth of microbes, businesses have to take extra precautions. But lately, forward-thinking business leaders are taking similar precautions not just to protect themselves against risk, but also to differentiate themselves in their marketplace. Antimicrobial additives can be used in many types of coatings to fight the growth of poten...
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Troubleshooting 4 Common Coatings Issues

Some people seem like they are just asking for trouble. The way they act, talk and live suggests that they welcome the next disaster. Part of my job is to make sure my customers aren’t asking for trouble when it comes to their industrial coatings. I have been involved in the industrial coatings industry, in one form or another, for well over 30 years. During this time, I’ve troubleshot a lot of...
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Forecasting 2015 Manufacturing Costs for Coatings Industry

People who seem to make the smartest long-term buying decisions in the coatings industry and basic materials industry aren’t lucky or smarter than everyone else. They are more likely diligent forecasters in tune with the market and how it’s affecting costs. STABILITY FOR NOW Right now, and in particularly in the last 12-24 months, manufacturing costs and related costs have stabilized somewhat in...
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3 Better Questions to Ask Industrial Coatings Vendors

When it comes to evaluating finishes and vendors of industrial coatings, it’s not necessarily what you ask. It’s how you ask it. Most purchasers, finishing managers and others whose daily lives on the job can be affected—negatively or positively—by the coating they are using are concerned with how well a product is going to perform, how much it’s going to cost and the quality of the vendor’s s...
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Industry Opportunity: Switching From Solvent-Based to Water-Based Coatings

By Mike Manetta, Target Account Executive This is a major industry shift that is becoming commonplace. If you have yet to make the shift, now is the time to put the wheels in motion. Potential benefits Switching from solvent-based to water-based coatings has a lot of benefits for industrial and wood customers. It can lower your carbon footprint, improve the health of your workplace, dem...
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Mistake 6: Allowing Complacency in the Workplace

By Les Yoder, Account Executive Getting complacent with who you work with and failing to innovate is easy to do. It’s also easy to quickly lose your competitive edge. We have seen too many people have an attitude of “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” that gets them into trouble. Potential risks Your competition is innovating and changing to build their businesses and increase their mar...
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Mistake 5: Choosing a Coating That Has More Features than You Need

By Les Yoder, Account Executive While we don’t think you should choose a coating based on price alone, we want you to be as profitable as possible. That means avoiding spending money on coatings that deliver more bells and whistles than your project requires. Potential risks You want to deliver an end product that is high quality and competitive in the market. If you waste money choos...
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Mistake 4: Making Decisions Based Solely on Price Per Gallon

By Les Yoder, Account Executive From our experience working with and evaluating coating manufacturers and their products, the old adage holds true: you get what you pay for. In this market, it’s tempting to go with a paint that is a few dollars cheaper than another one, but that isn’t always the best idea. Potential Risks To use a wood example, you can take the best built piece of furnitu...
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Mistake 3: Underestimating How Much Time It Will Take To Do A Job

By Les Yoder, Account Executive Hopefully you’ve never experienced this, but we’ve seen it happen. Your technicians and finishers are humming along. Products are rolling out. More are getting started. But about halfway through the project you realize that things aren’t moving as quickly as you thought they would. Perhaps an equipment issue or a coating problem has added unwanted repair or c...
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How to Learn From Others’ Mistakes: Keep Growing

“The only source of knowledge is experience.” But is experience simply the name we give to our mistakes? Either way, Accessa has some 30 years of coatings knowledge racked up and now they want to make it easier than ever to share with you. Get the free guide “Lessons Learned to Keep Coatings Customers Growing.”  Just follow the link to download your copy or look for it featured on the Accessa ...
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