Sherwin-Williams Raises the Bar on Bridge Project Productivity

High-build Envirolastic 980 PA accelerates project throughput and return to service

CLEVELAND – June 11, 2013 – Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings announces the launch of Envirolastic 980 PA, an advanced high-build polyaspartic urethane coating delivering rapid return to service and one-coat exterior durability.

“The protective coatings industry is always challenged to keep not only its own deadlines on steel bridge and other civil infrastructure projects, but also to assure that the entire chain meets or exceeds finished product expectations,” said Dee McNeill, Regional Market Director, Bridge & Highway, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings. “This advanced polyaspartic chemistry delivers superior efficiency, allowing accelerated throughput and return to service we haven’t seen previously — and at significantly lower overall cost. All participants on an infrastructure project will benefit.”

Because of its high-build properties, Envirolastic 980 PA eliminates the need for the two coat application over a zinc-rich primer that has been the industry standard for decades. Performance requirements can be achieved without the intermediate coat, McNeill said. In addition, the product offers curing even in low or humid temperatures, abrasion and corrosion resistance, and high gloss retention. Up to 9 mils dry film thickness is possible in just one pass.

The coating dries to touch in 30 minutes and an asset can be returned to service in two hours when applied at 77 F (25 C). This compares to the more typical two coats that require two eight-hour worker shifts with significant nonproductive time in between coats, and return to service times that vary widely with the environment in which it is being applied.

Envirolastic 980 PA is also suitable for use on sports facilities and other high-visibility structures.

Sherwin-Williams is a global protective and marine coatings company that delivers smarter asset protection and unmatched service and specification support to its customers from 4,000 locations worldwide. From alkyds to zincs, the company offers a complete line of time-tested, high performance coatings and systems to combat corrosion, supported by the largest group of NACE-certified coatings inspectors in the industry. With more than 140 years in business and a culture of product innovation, Sherwin-Williams today is the single source of supply for coatings solutions made to your specifications and delivered on time, every time.


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