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MAR 2017

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40 MARCH 2017 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Doing the job in the slow winter season, though, was also not advisable, because many coatings should not be applied in temperatures below 55° F (12.8° C), as Watson explained. As a result, Watson and the hotel 's management concluded that fall was the only true opening to do the job, which they knew could take at least three months. "After Labor Day, at the beginning of September, business finally drops off," Watson said of the Galveston Bay area. "It was really the only time of year this could be done. And then after November, weather gets too cold. ere's a very narrow window that this could be done, but we had great communica- tion with them in the planning process, and we were ready to start quickly." Houston Has a Few Problems W hile Surmac's 10-person team waited until after Labor Day to work around the hotel rooms, Watson got the hotel 's manage- ment to authorize an early start for coating the front of the building. at part of the job was less intrusive, since it did not involve guest room windows. Even with the head start, Watson knew it would be a race to finish the entire job by late November. "In August and September, we had a lot of daylight, so we were working as much as we could," he said. "We worked seven days a week, too. We knew we had to be very efficient in our work time to get this done, so we used that to our advantage." Unfortunately for the crew, climate still served as a signifi- cant headwind. "We had extreme heat starting off in August, with very high winds coming in, extreme humidity in the mornings, and thunderstorms out of nowhere during the day," Watson said. "We had to be prepared for anything. Fluids and electrolytes were important. [It was] very nerve-wracking. We also had to be careful in the evenings. We had to shut down at a certain time, or else the dew would take the coating off the wall at night. It was a job that was not for the faint of heart." Even in the less intrusive areas, there were still special challenges involved with working at a functional hotel — especially one known for luxury. "We knew we had all sorts of issues due to hotel clientele and guests," Watson said. "We couldn't have much noise; we had to be very quiet. We also had to recognize the presence of cars and avoid any overspray issues with parking lots. Fortunately, we've been doing hotels for this client for more than 10 years, and we're adept at working around the hospitality end of the business." Hotel Building Envelope For more than a decade, HoldTight ® 102 salt remover/f lash rust preventer has set the standard of per formance worldwide. www.holdtight .com | info@holdtight .com NO SALT. NO RUST. ONE STEP. Recommended industr y-wide Wr i te in Re ad e r In q u ir y #16 4

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