PaintPRO , Vol. 6, No. 5
September/October 2004

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Low-VOC Paints
Exterior Caulks
Bathtub Refinishing
Radiant Barrier Coating
Decorative Painting
Estimating, Etc.
Contractor Profile: Norcal Wood
Manufacturer Profile: Sikkens
Paint Industry News
Product News
Painting Tips



PaintPRO Archives — Product News

Devoe Paint's Monochromatic Gray Base System

More hide, fewer topcoats with Devoe's gray primers
Devoe Paint's new Monochromatic Gray Base System uses various shades of gray primers to match up the light reflectance value of the basecoat and the topcoat. Even a color with very poor hide can achieve a smooth finish in just a couple of coats rather than four or five.

Painting a deep color such as red over a white basecoat typically would require three, four or even five coats of topcoat, due to the color's mismatched light-reflectance values. But when applied over the right shade of gray, both primer and finish will have the same light reflectance value, absorbing or reflecting light at the same rate.

The system has nine grays, all tinted by using different amounts of black, the most inexpensive colorant. Which color to use is communicated to the dealer through the Paintmaker color formulation system. Another version of the product is available for the Ralph Lauren line, which uses different colorants and requires different primers to get the same effect. Over an entire house, it is estimated that this system can save $500 in labor and materials. For more information on Devoe Paint, visit their Web site.


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