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JAN 2009

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ABOVE resort then decorated to blend in with each hotel's décor," states Rader. When they finally hit the floors, the PremUS crew averaged teams of eight to 10 men on each floor, working seven days a week, mostly third shift. "We'd usually come in around 11:30 pm and leave around six or seven in the morning. It caused the least amount of disruptions." He continues, "We had access to the site 24/7, but epoxy needs 15 to 16 hours to cure." "We built and installed plywood barricade walls which the ABOVE Rader's involvement during the specification process turned out to be an asset as the specialized coating system had already been tested — and highly modified — by the owner's engineers at that time. Applied at a thickness of approximately 35 mils per 200 to 300 sq. ft./gal., the coating had to be heavy enough to seamlessly float over the tiles. "The Dur-A-Chip system is designed for seamless application, which was perfect for this proj- ect because the owners didn't want any grout lines or control joints to show. We hid them between the colors," explains Rader. (See photo at left) the crew, the equipment, or the coatings. "The engineers came out and did a smell test on the Dur-A-Chip system before we speci- fied it," Rader says. "It is a 100 percent solids system, so there was no odor or fumes. And all of our equipment was dustless." They also had to submit the designs for all of the icons that would decorate the floors. "We made the icons in smaller scale so that the engineers could approve the color schemes, shading, etc." And, all the while, Rader and his crew were watching their deadline approach and devising their plan of attack, waiting for the opportunity to actually take to the floors. Write in Reader Inquiry #73 36 CoatingsPro J January 2009 READY, SET, GRIND! Finally approval was given and the PremUS crew simultaneously hit both floors. "We built and installed plywood barricade walls which the resort then decorated to blend in with each hotel's décor," states Rader. "Behind these walls, we worked in approxi- mately 1,300 square foot sections." With no time to spare, Rader averaged teams of eight to 10 men on each floor, working seven days a week, mostly third shift. "We'd usually come in around 11:30 pm and leave around six or seven in the morning. It

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