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An Easy Way To Get Your Building Up To Code: Photo Luminescent Paint

Posted by Megan Thome on May 5, 2019 10:34:00 AM

Is Your Building Up To Code?

In the wake of tragedy, the New York City Department of Buildings created the World Trade Center Building Code Task Force to reevaluate current building design, construction and operating requirements for high rise office buildings. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks the Task Force brought together experts from public and private sectors as well as survivors of the attacks to review the codes in relation to high-rise office buildings and determine where safety improvements could be made.

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Topics: Design, Technical

Specialty Paint Challenge

Posted by Megan Thome on Apr 15, 2019 10:36:00 AM

Designers Love A Good Challenge

Right? Here you go: 

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4 Ways Specialty Paint Can Save You Money

Posted by Megan Thome on Feb 1, 2019 10:38:00 AM

1. Don't Replace, Repaint

Replacing Can Be Costly (And Wasteful)

Replacing old outdated and dingy looking tile can be costly, and not to mention, terrible for the environment. Sometimes being environmentally friendly is also wallet friendly! Avoid adding to the landfills by ripping out all that old tile and simply paint over it instead. It's amazing how environmentally friendly paint can be. Specialty paint can update old tile and make it look great again! This will save you time and money on your overall budget.

2. Enhance Block Walls

Create An Inviting Space

Look, we all know block walls are ugly. As much as we'd love to just end their existence, sometimes there's no way around it. Block walls will always be a designer's nightmare, but specialty paint sure can improve that nightmare! If you have to learn to live with this problem area, instead of going through the added expense (and time) to cover them up and install drywall, make them a beautiful and inviting space by painting over them with a specialty paint. A multi color specialty paint in particular can give more dimension and texture to block walls to make them feel more warm, natural and inviting. 

3. Protect High Traffic Areas

Specialty Paint To The Rescue

The most expensive part of paint is the application. Material expense? Not an issue. Did you know that 75% of the project cost is labor?! If you figure out the ROI for using a paint of lesser quality for your project, you end up spending more due to the expense of labor (repainting year after year). You can download our ROI guide right here to see the breakdown. This is especially important to note in high traffic areas where regular paints won't hold up to the daily wear and tear (and won't hide those scuffs and stains on your walls) and will need to be repainted frequently. Specialty paint is more durable and will hold up to the daily wear and tear while hiding all those scuffs and stains, saving you money on repaints and repairs.

4. Don't Close Down For Repaints

Save Time And Money

Many businesses (especially healthcare!) can't afford to shutdown for repaints, touch ups and updates to their walls. How do they keep their design and walls looking fresh without losing money by shutting down for application? Specialty paints can save you money in this situation in a variety of ways. If you've specified a specialty paint that's durable, chances are it's going to survive in these high traffic areas and save you from having to repaint or touch up at all - this is obviously the desired situation to be in! Some durable specialty paints are also roll able, which is another ideal situation for businesses that don't want to or can't close down, since you don't need to close off areas when your method of application is roll applied.

Figure Out Your ROI

When starting to look at your project it's important to note that not all paints have the same ROI. Specifying a cheap paint might sound like a good idea, but as we pointed out above, there are many ways in which a "more expensive" specialty paint will save you money. Download our ROI right here to see the data on how specialty paint can save you a good chunk of change.

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The Dirt On Scrub Ratings

Posted by Megan Thome on Oct 17, 2018 10:46:00 AM

Scrub Cycles

Performance is a critical part of the equation when evaluating Earth-friendly paints yet it is often overlooked. Low VOCs, low odor, plant-based, all natural, derived from magical rainbows - we’re familiar with all the other criteria, but how should we factor in the durability of a paint? 

There's been a lot of buzz surrounding scrub scrub ratings lately. While having low VOCs, low odor and being environmentally friendly are important qualities to look for in a paint, so is the scrub rating. The truth of the matter is, if you're specifying a product with scrub rating of 300 scrubs, it's simply not going to hold up to the daily wear and tear and you're going to find yourself repainting all. the. time.

Do you need a high scrub paint? Get your own handy decision guide below to walk you through selecting your paint.

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, testing a paint’s durability requires something a bit more objective. The durability test method that the paint industry agreed upon is American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D2486 Scrub test. In this test, dried paint samples are repeatedly scrubbed with an abrasive brush until the surface of the paint deteriorates. This determines the number of “scrubs to failure”. The higher the number, the more durable the paint.

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New Product Announcement: Flex Pearl

Posted by Megan Thome on Aug 22, 2017 9:51:28 AM

Zolatone's newest and most anticipated finish is a rollable pearl paint your walls will love. Flex Pearl is the only product that offers whites and light colors in a true pearl that can be rolled!

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New Product Announcement: Flex Pure Color

Posted by Megan Thome on Mar 22, 2017 9:56:34 AM

Brand new to the Zolatone line and sure to save you time and money (and headaches), check out Flex Pure Color with Stain Relief Technology.

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Topics: Design, Technical

How Multi Color Paint Can Solve Common Color Issues

Posted by Megan Thome on Jan 26, 2017 2:20:00 PM
Common Color Issues Solved With Multi Color Paint

Paint color should be the easiest thing in the world, and many often assume that picking the perfect color for the job is going to be a breeze. You'd be surprised to find out that this isn't always the case! There are 4 main problems associated purely with the color of paint you've chosen for your job. We'll go through these 4 problems and show you how multi-color paint could be your night in shining armor.

Download this post as a checklist here.

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Topics: Technical

There's Nothing Scary About Durable Interior Paint

Posted by Megan Thome on Oct 18, 2016 3:57:02 PM

Eggshell Paints Have Been
Terrorizing Walls For Too Long

What's more terrifying than scuffed up walls? The thought of your designs being ruined a few months after reveal makes our blood boil. We can almost hear nails on a chalkboard. The horror of your damaged walls needing repair over and over... it's absolutely terrifying.

Get our Return On Investment Guide to help guide your paint decisions.

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Topics: Design, Technical

Running For Office: Polomyx Vs. Flex

Posted by Megan Thome on Sep 28, 2016 12:56:47 PM

It's Decision Time!

It's a battle for the title of favorite durable commercial paint. Polomyx and Flex are in a heated contest to win your votes for Favorite Durable Interior Paint. The race is on, you're looking for the best candidate for office. We're going to help you find the best candidate for lobbies, hallways, classrooms, showrooms, and stairwells, too. Let's meet them...

Get the facts, download your candidate guide right here.

The Viewpoints

Let's take a look at your candidates for the 2016 election.

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Topics: Design, Technical

Installing Specialty Paints

Posted by Megan Thome on Sep 2, 2016 2:14:25 PM

What to Know Before Bidding On That Commercial Job

Painters and contractos need to know a lot about a job before they can bid on the project and show up at the job site. Make sure you're ready to get to work efficiently by knowing what to expect.

See the numbers to put this all into perspective: Get Zolatone's ROI Guide Here.

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