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The idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover” might be a cliché, but the concept holds true when it comes to surface coatings. This month, D+D In Depth delves into testing how well an exterior coating system controls moisture intrusion from blowing rain, as well as going beneath the surface to uncover the original colors and materials used in historic properties. And, although hidden beneath other building materials, the air barrier system may be the most important invisible product on most projects; learn more about the factors that come into play when selecting products. — AMY WOODALL, EDITOR

Wind-Driven Rain Resistance Testing of Exterior Coating Systems

BY KEVIN BROWN AND JULIE GLOVER, KTA-TATOR INC.

An exterior wall coating with inadequate resistance to rainwater penetration can lead to moisture intrusion and, as a result, a host of material and health problems. However, several test methods – both in the laboratory and in the field – are available to assess a coating system’s ability to control water absorption.


History Is Investigation: An Introduction to Historic Finish Analysis

BY ALLEN ZIELNIK, ATLAS MATERIAL TESTING TECHNOLOGY LLC

In the world of historic preservation, paint analysis is frequently used to identify the original colors and media used in order to maintain historical accuracy, proper restoration and ongoing preservation. This feature looks at various investigative techniques, as well as examples where this process was used in restoration projects.


Choosing an Air Barrier System: Know Your Variables

BY PHIL KABZA, FCSI, CCS, AIA, SPECGUY SPECIFICATIONS CONSULTANTS

When it comes to specifying air barrier products, a wide array of variables come in to play, ranging from building assembly and exposure conditions to product chemistry and construction management issues. Learn more about how they affect selection, and how to build your knowledge and expertise.


The Nitty Gritty of Coating Selection: A Panel Discussion about Specific Coating Brands

BY HAROLD HOWER, D+D IN DEPTH

Conference panelists are usually prohibited from sharing specific coating names and product claims in the name of objectivity. However, the upcoming D+D Material Selection Conference takes the opposite approach. See what attendees can expect to learn about the performance of specific coating brands during a panel discussion on coatings and water repellents for exterior masonry walls.



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