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Monthly Archives: August 2012

    Miller Paint Signed An Expanded Contract With MetroPaint

 

Miller Paint Company last week signed an expanded contract with the Metro regional government to buy at least 40,000 gallons of recycled paint per year through 2017.

Portland-based Miller will then sell the paint, which retails under the label MetroPaint, at 50 Miller Paint stores across the Pacific Northwest, according to Metro.

MetroPaint, part of Oregon’s nation-leading paint recycling program, is made at a Swan Island processing center. About 19 percent of the paint entering the recycling process is from Miller.

MetroPaint took in 328,000 gallons of recycled paint in the last fiscal year and sold about 44 percent of that as MetroPaint. Nearly $1 million in paint was sold in the last fiscal year, about a quarter of that through Miller Paint.

Miller Paint CEO Steve Dearborn told Metro: “It’s, first of all, the right thing to do. From our standpoint as a retailer, it’s been a positive addition to our line, and the colors work. For the customers who are looking for recycled paint, it’s been good.”

 

Miller Paint was the recipient of an Innovation in Sustainability award from Sustainable Business Oregon in 2010.

 

By Nick Christensen. Bylined writers are Metro staff. Stories with a byline do not necessarily represent the opinions of Metro or the Metro Council. Metro news is committed to transparency, fairness and accuracy.

Miller Paint

From left, Metro deputy chief operating officer Scott Robinson and Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick talk to Miller Paint CEO Steve Dearborn. At right is Jim Quinn, manager of Metro’s Hazardous Waste Program.

 

For years, Metro’s recycled paint has been the top source of recycled paint in the Portland region.

MetroPaint’s new deal with Miller Paint Company, though, prepares it to lead the way in a broader “region” – the Pacific Northwest.

At a signing ceremony Aug. 15, Miller Paint CEO Steve Dearborn and Metro deputy chief operating officer Scott Robinson inked a deal that guarantees Miller will buy at least 40,000 gallons of recycled paint from Metro each year through 2017.

That means that recycled MetroPaint will be available at 50 Miller Paint outlets, from Ashland to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, as well as at MetroPaint’s Swan Island processing center.

Miller has been retailing MetroPaint since 2009, selling the recycled colors at its outlets as well as some Fred Meyer stores. Jim Quinn, manager of Metro’s Hazardous Waste Program, said the additional availability was key in selling the recycled products.

For MetroPaint’s first 10 years, the paint was only sold at Swan Island.

“We eventually realized that having this one point of sale here wasn’t quite cutting it,” Quinn said. “Now that we’re carrying it for a lot of retail outlets throughout Portland and the Northwest, it has made a difference.”

In some regards, the paint that’s being sold by Miller Paint is on its second go-round in the stores – 19 percent of the paint that comes into MetroPaint for recycling is Miller Paint.

“It’s, first of all, the right thing to do,” said Dearborn, Miller Paint’s CEO. “From our standpoint as a retailer, it’s been a positive addition to our line, and the colors work. For the customers who are looking for recycled paint, it’s been good.”

MetroPaint took in 328,000 gallons of recycled paint in the last fiscal year and sold about 44 percent of that as MetroPaint. Nearly $1 million in paint was sold in the last fiscal year, about a quarter of that through Miller Paint.

More could be distributed, Quinn said, but “to some extent our supply is the limiting factor. Even though we’ve boosted our supply with this new PaintCare system, and the paint is flowing more, there is still a limiting factor for certain colors – white in particular.”

More than 100 hazardous waste collection stations in Oregon send paint to MetroPaint for processing. Quinn said about 15 percent of that is waste that can’t be reprocessed. Another large percentage doesn’t match with any of MetroPaint’s color palette and is sent overseas.

“To be recycling this much paint is amazing,” said Shirley Craddick, a Metro councilor who was at Wednesday’s signing ceremony. “We should be so proud that we’re not taking all this to a landfill, and it can be reused.”

The contract calls for Miller Paint to increase its purchases of MetroPaint to 50,000 gallons by 2017. Metro sells the recycled paint to Miller Paint at about half the consumer retail price.

 

Spread The Red!

Remember in about the year 2000 a trend began with people painting Red in dining rooms all over? All kinds of reds were used… Maroons, Burgundy’s, Brick’s, Scarlets and on.

Red is energetic and an appetite stimulating color.  The perfect hue for dining rooms, AND in kitchens if you ask me!  This trend is still going, as you’ll find this color in dining rooms across the nation.

Still love Red? Spread the love by taking that love into other areas of the home too!  Red is found in many home styles from Asian and Country, Nautical and Tuscan, Indian and Southwestern. So the options are really endless!

Try Red in an office, for perking up your work. Red in a theater room for a rich and cozy ambience. Red in a bedroom can be nice too, but remember to be careful with how much you use here because of the stimulating effect of this color could keep you up when you need to be resting!

Red is quite bold, but with so many reds out there, there is sure to be one that reflects your personality even if your personality doesn’t fall into the categories listed before.  Picking which Red for your walls can be tricky. See below for a few tips on looking for the perfect one.

RED CHEAT SHEET:

Maroon – A deep bluish red that isn’t as bold as a true red

Crimson - A lighter variety of maroon with bluish tones

Burgundy – Similar to maroon in depth, but with more purple tones than blue

Ruby – Slight pink undertone (think the gemstone)

Brick – Brownish based red

Scarlet – A brighter version of red with a touch of orange

REMEMBER!!! The best way to know how a color will look in any given room before committing to purchasing the gallons you’ll need for the job, is to sample it on the wall in a small quantity in the room FIRST! Then just have fun with it, and Spread the Red!

~Melanie Gibbs

Color Meanings & Symbolism: Red

Make Your Garage Floor Sparkle With Seal-Krete

 

This is a great place to start.  Right here you’ll find the info and advice you’ll need to have your garage floor sparkling before you know it.

General Information/Surface Preparation

• New concrete must be cured for 30 days.

• Use only when air & surface temperatures are 55 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Surface must be clean, dry, sound and free of dirt, dust oil, wax and grease.

• Oil stains should be removed with an oil stain remover or equivalent degreaser.

Method 1 (Preferred)

• Use Seal-Krete Clean-N-Etch to clean and etch the concrete, then triple rinse. The surface should have the feel of 150 grit sandpaper. When dry, check the surface with a few drops of water. Water should penetrate quickly – if not, re-etch affected area(s). Allow to dry completely before applying Epoxy-Seal.

You can go to the Seal-Krete website for a video.

Method 2 (muratic ACID)

• The surface should be cleaned with a good alkaline cleaner, such as, TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) and a thorough rinsing. After etching with muriatic acid, the surface must be neutralized with baking soda and water followed by another thorough rinsing. When dry, check the surface with a few drops of water.  Water should penetrate quickly – if not, re-etch affected area(s). Allow to dry completely before applying Epoxy-Seal. Note: A one pound box of baking soda added to a five gallon pail of water will cover an area of approximately 500 sq. ft. Note if using muriatic acid to etch it must be neutralized with baking soda: Since muratic acid can only etch the surface then tsp should be used to clean the floor after etching procedure is complete

ON BARE CONCRETE:

• Inter-mix all paint.

• Apply one thin coat of Epoxy-Seal with one of the following rollers:

Smooth surfaces (garage floors/basements): 3/16” to ¼” nap roller

Broom finished surfaces: 3/8” nap roller

Rough or textured surfaces: ½” nap roller

• Allow the first coat to dry, 4 -6 hours (this time should be extended for cooler temperatures), prior to applying a second coat in the opposite direction for full hiding.

• Allow the coating to cure as follows before subjecting to foot or vehicular traffic:

 

55 °F               77°F                90°F

Touch: 45 min.           25 min.           10 min.

Recoat: 6 hrs               4 hrs.              2 hrs.

Light foot traffic: 36 hours        24 hours        12 hours

Heavy foot traffic: 5 days           72 hours        36 hours

Vehicular traffic: 10 days          7 days               5 days

• Coverage: 300 – 500 sq. ft. per gallon, depending on porosity (Approximately: 2 -3 gallons: 2 car garage/3 – 4 gallons 3 car garage)

ON PAINTED SURFACES:

• Oil-based paints containing silicone and solvent based sealers or curing agents in addition to, two component epoxy or urethane coatings must be chemically or mechanically removed.

• Latex paints must be sanded, cleaned with an alkaline cleaner (such as, TSP), rinsed and allowed to dry completely.

• Inter-mix all paint.

• One thin coat of Seal-Krete Original Waterproofing Sealer should be used as a bonding primer or, if unavailable, 16-oz of water may be added per gallon for the first coat only (do not mix water with all paint, just the amount you will be using for the first coat alone).

• Apply one coat thin of Epoxy-Seal with one of the following rollers:

Smooth surfaces (garage floors/basements): 3/16” to ¼” nap roller

Broom finished surfaces: 3/8” nap roller

Rough or textured surfaces: ½” nap roller

• Allow the first coat to dry, 4 -6 hours (this time should be extended for cooler temperatures), prior to applying a second coat in the opposite direction for full hiding (wet film thickness for each coat 4 mils )

• Allow the coating to cure as follows before subjecting to foot or vehicular traffic:

 

55 °F               77°F                90°F

Touch: 45 min            25 min.           10 min.

Recoat: 6 hrs               4 hrs.              2 hrs.

Light foot traffic: 36 hours        24 hours        12 hours

Heavy foot traffic: 5 days            72 hours        36 hours

Vehicular traffic: 10 days          7 days            5 days

• Coverage: 300 – 500 sq. ft. per gallon, depending on porosity (Approximately: 2 -3 gallons: 2 car garage/3 – 4 gallons 3 car garage)

MAINTENANCE & LIMITATIONS:

• Do not rinse or clean the surface for at least 30 days after application.

• Tire marking can be removed with a non-abrasive scouring pad and mild detergent (scouring pads used to clean Teflon pans and non-abrasive dishwashing soap is recommended).

• TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) or a good alkaline cleaner can be used to clean the garage floor after the 30 day period. Clean with detergent and shop broom, rinse with a water hose. Using a pressure washer is not recommended as it could damage the coating.

• Do not use caustic cleaners (anything containing abrasive materials or solvents) to clean the Epoxy-Seal.

• Use only when air & surface temperatures are 55 – 90 degrees F.

• Do not apply if rain is forecast 24 hours.

• Do not apply to wood, metal, glazed surfaces or where areas of standing water or hydrostatic pressure are of concern.

• Do not rinse or clean the surface for at least 30 days after application.

• To avoid premature paint failure, do not use abrasive cleaners (such as, orange cleaner, Formula 409, any substance containing solvents) or a pressure washer.

• Heavy foot and vehicular traffic requires touch-up.

• Limit of colorant that can be added to deep base – 8 oz.

• Limit of colorant that can be added to white base – 5 oz.

For more information you can go to the Seal-Krete website at www.seal-krete.com, and/or head to your local Miller Paint Store.

~Melanie Gibbs