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MAY 2018

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66 MAY 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM en it was time for the toppings. With about 38 people for this stage, the crew was comprised of separate teams for what turned into three separate systems, which included a primer and finish coat for each. For all systems, the crew used ¾-inch (1.9 cm) nap rollers to start with Color Prime. Because the TerraNeo system topcoat was applied in two different colors — Vesuvius and Glacier — the Color Prime also came in two different colors: Granite Gray and Mountain Fog, respectively. ose layers were applied at 1,500 square feet (139.4 m²) per 50-lb. (23 kg) pail. For the Reflectit, the crew also troweled on a layer of SkimIt on top of the Genesis DM. Applied at 350 square feet (32.5 m²) per 60-lb. (27 kg) pail, the SkimIt was used to create a smooth, level surface before applying Color Prime and the metallic-look- ing Reflectit. All three finish coats — Reflectit, TerraNeo, and Sandpebble Fine — are 100 percent acrylic-based. For the Reflectit, the crew used a Binks 2001 spray gun and applied it to an average of 900 square feet (83.6 m²) per 42-lb. (19.1 kg) pail. For TerraNeo, the crew used trowels and applied it to an average of 1/16‒⅛th inch (0.2‒0.3 cm) thick, while the Sandpebble Fine, also troweled on, was applied to an average of 1/16th inch (0.2 cm). With the three separate finishes alone, there was a lot to coordinate. In addition, this was the first time that the Reflectit product was used in the area. "So they [Dry vit] brought their technical specialists skilled with the various applications down to Oahu, and they worked directly with Group Builders. ey got their lead foreman up to speed on the application. And we did mockups and got it all figured out. ey did a good job of pulling it off 'cause usually you don't want to be the first guy doing anything," Camp explained. "With Dry vit's help, Group was able to pull it off quite well, I thought," he continued. "ey did a good job training us," Laragan said. e process was detailed, but that didn't slow the Group Builders crew. "Once you get used to it, it's easy. It just takes time to get to know the material, but other than that, it's a very fast process." Because the different systems and colors were next to each other, the crew used 2-mil (50.8 microns) plastic and painters tape to protect nearby areas from getting coated with the wrong material. And as far as Laragan was concerned, "the material is beautiful." He continued, "We like working with that material." Road to Success Despite the backdrop, the job wasn't all paradise for the Group Builders crew. As an exterior project, it should be no surprise that the weather affected the coatings application. In fact, all types of weather seemed to cause a different effect. Rain was a no-brainer, but wind and sunshine could present problems, too. ey watched the forecast closely to ensure they knew what was coming. If it was windy, the crew couldn't spray Reflectit. And they didn't dare roll it. Once you start with spray, you stick with spray, according to Laragan. "Roll on and spray on have two different finish-type looks," he explained. With a decorative result on the line, they couldn't risk the varying appearances of the different application methods. But wind would cause overspray concerns, so windy days meant no spray. Even sunshine brought up a concern for the crew. "e One architectural finish used on Keauhou Lane was the stucco-like Sandpebble Fine. The Group Builders crew applied this layer with trowels to an average of 1 / 16 th inch (0.2 cm) thick. Wherever the metallic-looking Reflectit was going, the crew also applied SkimIt with trowels. They applied the Reflectit finish using spray guns to an average of 900 square feet (83.6 m²) per 42-lb. (19.1 kg) pail. Architectural Coatings VENDOR TEAM Binks by Carlisle Fluid Technologies Equipment manufacturer 16430 N Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 450 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (800) 992-4657 DeWalt Equipment manufacturer 701 E Joppa Rd. Towson, MD 21286 (800) 433-9258 Dryvit Systems, Inc. Coating manufacturer One Energy Way West Warwick, RI 02893 (800) 556-7752 Red Wing Brands of America Safety equipment manufacturer 314 Main St. Red Wing, MN 55066 (844) 314-6246

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