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Using Paints and Epoxies
Presented by Gary Goyette
Restoration Maintenance Superintendent
Old World Wisconsin
Eagle, WI
"In most cases using epoxy for restoration is cheaper than reconstruction," explains Gary Goyette as he demonstrates the process. "Scrape away the rotten material and brush on the epoxy reconsolidant. Then a paste which contains a filler of micro-balloons or sawdust can be applied to fill the void."  
These materials are called fixatropic because they don't sag when applied to a surface. They are also called exothermic since they generate heat when curing, and thus do not shrink.

One of the companies Gary recommends for epoxy restoration products is:

Abatron, Inc.

5501 95th Ave.
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (414) 653-2000
Fax: (414) 653-2019

Manufacturers of adhesives, wood consolidants, and wood replacement compounds for structural and decorative restoration. Also available are adhesives and repair compounds for metal, concrete patching and resurfacing compounds, structural crack injection resins, flexible moldmaking compounds, protective coatings, fiberglass laminating resins, casting resins for tooling, porcelain refinishing compounds, and high performance sealants. Free brochures and online ordering.

"A good paint job should last 7 - 10 years," Gary tells our group. "Preparation of the existing structure will often require lead abatement procedures." He warns that using a heat gun can also release lead vapor, "Wear a good mask and keep a spray bottle of water at hand to quickly cool surfaces that get too hot."

He counsels us to use a three-layer system, a coat of primer followed by two top coats.
  "Don't paint in the full sun because the paint will skin, and always back brush all your applications even if you spray or roll on the paint - to insure better penetration."

Gary also tells us to watch the dew-point, "Start painting about an hour after the dew-point is reached and quit an hour before it settles back in." The dew-point is the temperature at which dew begins to form. It varies with the humidity and temperature of the atmosphere.

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