Trailer Orders Continue to Pour In

Truck trailer orders have been exceeding expectations lately. In November 2015 an additional 39,300 new trailer orders were placed, an increase of 19% compared to October. Dry van, refrigerated van and dump trailers continue to be in high demand, contributing to November being the third highest month for trailer orders on record. These new trailers will need to look professional when they hit the road. Contact Armacoat today to learn how to keep these new trailers looking their best.

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Graco Introduces Reactor® A-XP1 Plural-Component Sprayer

Graco Inc., a leading manufacturer of fluid handling equipment, today formally released the Reactor A-XP1 plural-component sprayer. This entry-level, high-pressure, air system is best for low to medium output applications and is an excellent value for both residential and commercial use. "Whether you are spraying foam or applying polyurea coatings, we now have an air solution to meet our customers' needs," said Tryg Waterhouse, product marketing manager, Graco Applied Fluid Technologies Division. "Just like our popular Reactor A-25 systems, the A-XP1 is the best choice for affordability." With easy to use digital controls, the Reactor air systems have the ability to maintain consistent temperature control – even when spraying at maximum flow rates – resulting in a better quality coating. The Reactor air systems use three independent heat zones allowing for precise control of the iso, resin and hose heat; making this a reliable solution for spraying different chemical viscosities. Providing peace of mind, the Reactor A-XP1 and A-25 use the Graco trusted NXT® Air Motor, allowing low air consumption for increased efficiency. 

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Trucking posts job gains as overall hiring remains robust

The trucking industry has added 2,300 new jobs in November 2015. This is an increase of 28,600 jobs since last November. Overall, the trucking industry has 1.45 million positions. This upward trend reflects strong growth in the trucking industry. These new truck drivers will be driving a lot of miles, and need their vehicles looking fresh. Contact Armacoat today to learn how you can help these new drivers look their best when on the road.

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PaintCare Site Locator Now Uses Google Maps

PaintCare®’s Site Locator tool is now employing Google Maps to help users find the nearest, most convenient sites that accept leftover consumer paint. The PaintCare Site Locator at, also available as a mobile app for iPhone or Android, allows users to search by zip code, city, state, or street address for a comprehensive listing of locations throughout the United States that accept leftover paint from the public.

The PaintCare Site Locator not only pinpoints leftover paint drop-off sites in states where the PaintCare program has operations — Oregon, California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Minnesota — but all household hazardous waste programs throughout the country that run programs to accept post-consumer paint.

PaintCare, a 501(c)(3) organization created by the American Coatings Association (ACA), ensures effective operation and efficient administration of paint product stewardship programs, on behalf of all  manufacturers of architectural paint sold in the United States. PaintCare undertakes the responsibility for ensuring an environmentally sound and cost-effective program by developing and implementing strategies to reduce the generation of post-consumer architectural paint; promoting the reuse of post-consumer architectural paint; and providing for the collection, transport, and processing of post-consumer architectural paint using the hierarchy of "reduce, reuse, recycle," and proper disposal.

All PaintCare drop-off sites accept at least five gallons of paint per visit. Some participating retailers will accept more than five gallons. PaintCare recommends that users contact any drop-off location before bringing in paint to make sure they can accommodate the desired amount of paint for drop-off.

As a reminder, PaintCare sites accept house paint and primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings (e.g., shellac and varnish) but not aerosols (spray cans), solvents, nor products intended for industrial or non-architectural use. Accepted products are referred to as “Program Products” or “architectural paint,” which must be in containers that are no larger than 5 gallons in size. Paint must be in its original container and the container must have a label and a secured lid. Please note that leaking, unlabeled, and empty containers are not accepted at drop-off sites.

PaintCare Program Accepted Products

  • Interior and exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (including textured coatings)
  • Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)
  • Primers, sealers, undercoaters
  • Stains
  • Shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes
  • Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellents
  • Metal coatings, rust preventatives
  • Field and lawn paints 

Non-Program Products (not accepted at drop-off sites)

  • Paint thinners, mineral spirits, solvents
  • Aerosol paints (spray cans)
  • Auto and marine paints
  • Art and craft paints
  • Caulking compounds, epoxies, glues, adhesives
  • Paint additives, colorants, tints, resins
  • Wood preservatives (containing pesticides)
  • Roof patch and repair
  • Asphalt, tar and bitumen-based products
  • Two-component coatings
  • Deck cleaners
  • Traffic and road marking paints
  • Industrial maintenance (IM) coatings
  • Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) (shop application) paints and finishes

Visit to search for drop-off sites, or search for “PaintCare” in the Apple store or Google Play to download the PaintCare Site Locator mobile app for iPhone or Android. It works just like the search tool on our website.

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Smart Paint Signals When Equipment is Too Hot to Handle

NEWARK, NJ - Researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have developed a paint for use in coatings and packaging that changes color when exposed to high temperatures, delivering a visual warning to people handling material or equipment with the potential to malfunction, explode or cause burns when overheated.

The technology was commissioned and funded by the U.S. Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal in response to dangerous conditions in the desert during the war in Iraq, for example, where soldiers reported temperatures near munitions that had sometimes exceeded 190 °F, far in excess of the shells’ design limits.

“It would have been helpful to have had some sort of a calibrated temperature-triggered signal warning, ‘Don’t go near or pick up this shell,’” said Zafar Iqbal, a Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, who led the joint NJIT/ARDEC research team. Referred to as a “thermal-indicating composition” and applied as a coating or a mark on packaging, the material turns different shades of color from blue to red in response to a range of temperatures, beginning at about 95 °F. It was awarded a U.S. patent in May of this year.

“We essentially modified commercial paints and introduced nanotechnology-based concepts to tailor the trigger temperatures,” Iqbal explained, adding that his laboratory is starting to develop inks related to the paints that can be applied by inkjet printers. Iqbal is also developing a related technology that would signal whether a product has been damaged by force, shock or exposure to dangerous chemicals, such as carcinogens, or to radiation.

“A smart coded coating is like a smart skin – it will provide a visual or sensing signal to tell you if there is a problem,” he says, noting that sports helmets used in American football would be one potential application, helping coaches to determine whether a player has received a damaging blow to the head.

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