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"Call For Papers"

Cleveland, Ohio– This year the Cleveland Society set out to answer a very basic question relevant to our industry: Why Do We Paint? The answer is both simple and extremely complex, but if a large gathering of paint people is asked the question, the primary response might be …. To protect our surfaces and infrastructure. Another prevalent response would be …. To beautify our surroundings by decorating those surfaces. This year, the Sink or Swim Technical Symposium is soliciting papers, which will guide us to how we can accomplish these objectives. As in years past, we will be presenting three sessions, which this year will center on the substrates we deal with. These, of course, include wood, concrete, metals and plastics. You are invited to submit your best solutions for protecting and decorating these substrates. Any aspect of coatings technology is fair game, as long as it helps us explore the answer to how we protect and decorate our surfaces and substrates, i.e., Why We Paint.


Wood Coatings and Primers

Wood is an ancient substrate, and many types of coatings have been developed to protect it. State, local and government regulations continue to be a driving force in what we can and can’t use to accomplish our goal. New variations on wood types and wood composites lead to different needs, and new solutions must be found for improved durability and higher performance. Papers sharing these solutions would be welcomed at our 63rd annual Symposium. Here are a few suggested topics, but we gladly welcome others that may be of interest to the industry:

  • New Waterborne Resin Technologies

  • Preventing Microbial Attack

  • Improving Scrubability

  • Reducing VOC’s

  • Eliminating Odors

  • Stain Blocking

  • Compliance and Sustainability

  • Analytical Methods

  • Pigments

  • Novel Technologies

  • Smart Coatings

Corrosion Resistant Primers and Topcoats for Steel and Other Metals

Demands for high performance coatings for steel and other metals continues to grow. The only caveat is that they need to be compliant with all State and local, as well as global regulations. This has opened up tremendous opportunities for our industry. What new resin technologies, pigment systems, and specialty additives will be required to improve long-term durability and performance? Please consider submitting your abstract in the following areas of Protecting and coating metal substrates:

  • Greener/Higher Solids Formulations

  • Water and solvent borne

  • Epoxy and Urethane Coatings

  • Corrosion/Oxidation Protection

  • Novel Polymer Technologies

  • Pigment Requirements

  • Accelerated Testing Protocols

  • Environmental Stewardship

  • Formulation Techniques/DOE

  • High Performance Additives

  • Market Research and Trends


Coatings and Sealers for Concrete and Other Cementitious Substrates

One of the oldest engineered substrates is still in wide use, with newer performance enhancements, including transparency, and air scrubbing capabilities. Coatings and sealers which allow this substrate to last are essential. Substrates include: Plaster Stucco, Cement and Concrete; precast as well as cast -in-place.

  • Waterborne/Compliant Technologies

  • Novel Polymer Technologies

  • Pigment Requirements

  • High Performance Additives

  • Market Research and Trends

  • Reducing VOC’s. Eliminating Odors

  • Stain Blocking. Breathable Coatings.


Plastic Substrates

Engineered plastics are everywhere. The automotive industry has had to deal with coating this substrate for years, but as the use of plastic expands into our everyday lives, so to must the need to find cost effective ways to coat plastics. Plasma pretreatment may not be a solution to improve adhesion. Please submit your papers describing techniques to coat , protect and beautify this difficult substrate.

  • High Performance Additives

  • Novel Polymer Technologies

  • Pigments

  • Novel Technologies

  • Smart Coatings

  • Market Research and Trends

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